The Year in Arts: The best in music, dance, television, art, theater

From Ariana Grande to art in the #MeToo era, with Globe critics’ Top 10 picks in TV, music, theater, art, and dance for 2018.

Print of Pooh sitting on a branch with honeypots by Ernest Howard Shepard, 1970.


A walk through the MFA’s Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit wraps visitors in warmth

The Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts explores more than the Hundred Acre Woods. It’s a reflection of human emotion.

“Landscape of Suzhou Sceneries” (detail) by Shen Zhou, dating from 1484 to 1504, is among the works being donated to the Museum of Fine Arts by collector Wan-go H. C. Weng.

MFA receives giant gift of Chinese art

Wan-go H.C. Weng has donated his family’s collection of 183 works of art — spanning 13 centuries and five dynasties of Chinese Imperial rule.

“Monolith — The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park” by Ansel Adams.

Photography Review

You probably remember Ansel Adams from dorm-room calendars. But there’s much more

You’ve seen Ansel Adams’s famous photographs before. Now, in a sprawling exhibition at the MFA that opens Thursday, his visions — and that of other artists — are on display.

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Public art gets interactive at the Prudential Center

Boston-based artist Stephanie Cardon created the installation, called “Unless,” out of 3,400-square-feet of repurposed neon orange and brilliant blue construction debris netting.

The Year in Arts 2018

The art world’s gaze in the #MeToo era

Women artists and artists of color have long worked to claim attention, and in 2018, this suddenly mattered in a new way.

The Year in Arts 2018

Best art museum shows of 2018

Choreographic art, Chinese empresses, and Winnie-the-Pooh? Those were among the best museum shows of the year.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Holiday gift guide edition!

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

The best books of 2018

Our critics share their favorites in fiction, general nonfiction, mystery, sports, and graphic novels.

Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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New England Literary News | Nina MacLaughlin

Celebrating Calderwood Courtyard; newly discovered Plath story to be published

“Rhythm & Light’’ tells the history of the Calderwood, how it came to be in 1927 and was redesigned by Renzo Piano in 2014.

“Threaded Drain Plate” by Alice Adams.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Rawness and mystery in the early work of Alice Adams

A splendid exhibition at David Hall Fine Art traces the artist’s trajectory.

The work of nature photographer Ansel Adams will be featured in an exhibit opening at the MFA on Thursday. Above: Adams’s Clearing Winter Storm, taken at Yosemite National Park about 1937.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 10-16

Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA, tips on traveling better from globe-trotting journalists, the Cultural Survival Bazaar, and more.

HIP HOP NUTCRACKER Touring Company By Tim Norris

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

“Francis Grant, Mule Spinner, Bartlett Yarns, Harmony, ME” by Steve Dunwell

Art review

The clothes some wore, the clothes some made

A show at Massachusetts Historical Society and one at the Charles River Museum dress up history.

Brooklyn, NY - 28 July 2017. A crowd estimated at 9,000 filled the Prospect Park Bandshell, with an estimated 3,000 outside the fence, for a concert by Esperanza Spalding and Andrew Bird at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Esperanza Spalding on stage. (Photo by: Ed Lefkowicz /VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

Things to Do

The Weekender: Visionary singers, stirring stories, and RuPaul’s ‘Holi-slay Spectacular’

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Alexandria Smith

Alexandria Smith’s work is hard to miss these days

The artist’s work can currently be seen in Boston, Medford, Cambridge, and North Adams.

Love Story Candice Breitz (South African, born in 1972) Featuring Alec Baldwin 2016 7-Channel Installation *Museum purchase with funds donated by Lizbeth and George Krupp *Courtesy, Goodman Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto + KOW *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art Review

With Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore, seeing double and thinking twice

In an arresting video piece at the Museum of Fine Arts, artist Candice Breitz enlists A-list celebrities to tell the stories of six refugees, highlighting our outsize attention span for the famous — and our lack of it for everything else.

Alexandria Smith’s “When the Bough Breaks.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Searing images in a sweeping show about race and democracy

“Nine Moments for Now,” at Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, ranges from slavery’s bitter history to the subjects of protest and social action.

Installation view of Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 12, 2018-March 31, 2019). From left to right: Silver Marlon, 1963; Triple Elvis [Ferus Type], 1963; Single Elvis [Ferus Type], 1963; Large Sleep, 1965; Marilyn Diptych, 1962. Photograph by Ron Amstutz. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Art Review

Andy Warhol, beyond the limelight

A new retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art of the best-known artist of our time looks past the apex of his fame to craft the fullest portrait yet.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 3-9

Hanukkah at the MFA, the Harvard Square Holiday Fair, and more.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

New history of the Pats; prowling with owls at Eric Carle Museum

The team history was written by Vermonter Glenn Stout and Braintree resident Richard Johnson.

11Messiah Photo by Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films. Boston Baroque Messiah at NEC's Jordan Hall. Credit Kathy Wittman (3).

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, a Boston native, at Paris Fashion Week in 2013.

An intimate snapshot of Boston-born photo legend Bill Cunningham

A lecture at Newport’s iconic Rosecliff mansion marks the opening of the exhibit “Bill Cunningham: Facades.”

Boston, MA - November 24, 2018: Paula Suarez, of Malden, uses rings to cross the room in


In oddly liberating ICA show, a choreography of the mind

In a fascinating interactive exhibit by the renowned choreographer William Forsythe, the canvas, ultimately, is you.

“Degas: Passion for Perfection” is about an exhibition organized by England’s Fitzwilliam Museum. Pictured: curator Jane Munro.

Movie Review

At the MFA, a portrait of Degas as a difficult man

“Degas: A Passion for Perfection” is about an exhibition organized by England’s Fitzwilliam Museum.

Danny Lyon’s “Cotton Pickers”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

In photos, protest comes in quiet acts of witnessing

Photos by Danny Lyon capture the civil rights movement, prisoners, and other subjects, while Sue Julien’s portraits read like shadows against monochromatic grounds.

The Berkshire Museum has sold Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop.”

Berkshire Museum sells Norman Rockwell painting to George Lucas’s museum

A museum founded by ‘‘Star Wars’’ creator George Lucas bought ‘‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop’’ and will loan it to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge into 2020.

FILE - In this July 12, 2017 file photo, a pedestrian passes the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. The Massachusetts museum that won a legal battle over its plan to sell dozens of works of art announced Tuesday, April 10, 2018, that 13 of those pieces, including one by Norman Rockwell, will be auctioned next month. Rockwell’s “Blacksmith’s Boy-Heel and Toe” is among the pieces for sale by Sotheby’s in May, the Berkshire Museum announced. Works by William Bouguereau, Alexander Calder and John La Farge also are going on the auction block. (Ben Garver /The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)

Berkshire Museum finishes controversial art sales, raising $53 million

An art sale at the Berkshire Museum, which had been opposed by numerous groups, involved 22 artworks, including Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” and “Blacksmith’s Boy.”

Museum of Fine Arts Curator Emily Stoehrer, pictured in a 2014 file photo.


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston showcases jewelry, metalwork in new exhibit

“Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” includes some works not shown in public for generations.

Press photo of H.E.R.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

The MFA and BPL’s Toulouse-Lautrec show will focus on Parisian women of the late 19th century.


Boston Public Library partners with Museum of Fine Arts in new exhibition

“Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris” will open in April.

John Legend.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Beethoven, Beatles, bisexuals, and Black Friday

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Dieter Rams in the documentary “Rams.”

In Focus

Documentary celebrates Dieter Rams, industrial designer

A preview of Gary Hustwit’s documentary “Rams” about the German industrial designer Dieter Rams.

Emory Douglas’s “The Black Panther, September 21, 1974 (I Gerald Ford am the 38th Puppet of the United States)” is in “Everything Is Connected.”

Art Review

Art and conspiracy meet at the Met Breuer

The ambitious exhibit “Everything Is Connected” examines the intersection of the visual arts and a culture of paranoia.

An image from Edward Gorey’s “The Deranged Cousins,” which the artist set on Cape Cod.

E is for Edward, an eternal eccentric

Mark Dery uses newly discovered correspondence and interviews with friends in his biography of Edward Gorey.

Visitors take photos with mobile phones of a 2003 limited edition screenprint


Banksy exhibit opens in Milan on heels of auction stunt

The MUDEC museum in Milan is hosting the first exhibit of street-artist Banksy’s works in an Italian public museum,

Paul Manship’s “Young Indian Hunter”

Art REview

Snatching stillness from motion at the Addison

Sculptures by Paul Manship and the related work of four photographers are at the Addison Gallery.

Judy Riola’s “Extra Legs”is part of the show titled “tangerine trees and marmalade skies” at Room 83 Spring.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

It’s frothy color and caffeinated worlds at Room 83 Spring, in Watertown

Trippy “tangerine trees and marmalade skies” is an offbeat exhibition featuring Timothy Kadish, Carol McMahon, Robert Rindler, and Judy Riola.

Peter Simon on a farm in Vermont in an undated photo. This image appeared as part of an essay Simon published in the Globe Magazine in July.

Peter Simon, renowned Martha’s Vineyard photographer and brother of Carly Simon, dies at 71

Simon died Sunday of cardiac arrest, according to a family friend.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 19-25

Mike Epps at the Wilbur, Echo & the Bunnymen at the Orpheum, Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT’s museum, and more.

FILE--This is a 1963 portrait of U.S President John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy is


New John F. Kennedy Library initiative aims to show that a president’s ‘Words Count’

The Twitter handle @JohnFKennedy has been tweeting out quotes from President Kennedy every day.

Julian Schnabel in front of a portrait of Vincent van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in September.

From one painter to another: Julian Schnabel puts viewers in van Gogh’s footsteps

In “At Eternity’s Gate,” Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent van Gogh.

Stan Lee, left, creator of


Stan Lee knew representation was a modern marvel

Stan Lee understood the superpower of representation and used his heroes to hold space for others.

“Kol and Annabell, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota, 2016”

Photography Review

At the Griffin, photo shows that visit the animal kingdom

Three exhibits at the Griffin Museum of Photography focus on the natural world, in ways so different each could be on a different planet.

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Wizards, womanizers, welterweights, and Welles

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Isamu Noguchi’s “Memorial to Buddha” is in “Beyond the Pedestal.”

Art Review

With Noguchi sculptures, art is a form of play

The Portland Museum of Art spotlights work by Isamu Noguchi.

Mohamad Hafez’s “Desperate Cargo” hangs from the ceiling.


In Maine, looking at art and immigration

“Making Migration Visible” is at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art.

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of


President Trump, first lady again opt out of Kennedy Center Honors

For the second year in a row, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not be at the Kennedy Center Honors gala, which will be held Dec. 2.

11ticketmuseum Frank E Schoonover: Visions of America at Norman Rockwell Museum through May 27, 2019. Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972), Abe Catherson (Pony Express Rider), 1916. Illustration for The Range Boss by Charles Alden Seltzer, A.C. McClurg & Company. Oil on canvas, 36 x 27 in. Private collection.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Eugene Richards’s “Wonder Bread, Dorchester, Massachusetts.”

Photography review

Eugene Richards has a retrospective in New York

Dorchester native Eugene Richards has a retrospective of nearly 50 years of work.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.