5 Upcoming Artist Talks in New England

One of the unique features of contemporary art is that the creators can discuss their emotions, intentions, and process, often revealing wonderful details that allow us to understand the artwork on a deeper level. It is also a great opportunity to meet an artist whose work you admire!

Check out these 5 artist talks happening across New England between February and April:

1. Olafur Eliasson – February 26, 6:00–8:00 pm at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist who uses elemental materials to create large-scale sculptural and installation works that explore contemporary social and environmental issues.
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Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism. Image courtesy of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

2. Sheila Pepe – February 28, 6:30–7:30 pm at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Pepe is a fiber artist who creates playful large-scale sculptural and installation pieces using traditional female craft mediums to examine patriarchal roles and methods of art creation.
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3. Andrew Fish – March 2, 12:00–2:00 pm at Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
Blending traditional media and contemporary motifs, Fish explores the transient nature of technology-based images and human memory in the digital age.
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Andrew Fish, Bride on the Bridge, 2018, Oil on linen, 54 x 54 in. Image courtesy of Childs Gallery.

4. Guerrilla Girls – April 3, 5:00–6:00 pm at Brown University, Providence, RI
The Guerrilla Girls is a group of feminist artist-activists who use their work to expose gender and ethnic discrimination in contemporary art, politics, and pop culture.
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5. Trenton Doyle Hancock – April 10, 6:30–9:30 pm at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Hancock is a mixed media artist who uses comic-book style and pop culture illustrations to flesh out characters that inhabit his world and mythological creations (and a fun fact: Abigail Ogilvy attended Art League Houston’s 2017 Gala where he won Award for Texas Artist of the Year!).
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Trenton Doyle Hancock, Becoming the Toymaker, Phase 14 of 41, or Common Phenomenon or Simply Commomenon, 2017, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 16 x 16 x 1 in. Image courtesy of Mass MoCa.

6 Art Instagrams You Should Be Following

Instagram is a fantastic resource to keep yourself constantly updated on the art scene. Here are six Instagrams we love:

1. @ArtCube

An excellent source for new contemporary artists, ArtCube will keep you updated on emerging artists, and what you can look forward to at upcoming art fairs.



2. @DarkroomBoston

Darkroom is a Boston organization dedicated to making photography accessible and affordable, showcasing pop-up photography exhibits all over Boston. Their Instagram is a wonderful collection of contemporary photography, as well as a way to keep an eye out for where Darkroom exhibits will be popping up next.



3. @Drawbertson

Fine artist and dad, Donald Robertson will keep you entertained with great photos of his in-progress and completed work, as well as his adorable twin boys getting into mischief.  #BuyThemNothing!


4. @LeonKeer

Leon Keer’s street art brings the 2D medium right into the third dimension, using perspective to create paintings that literally pop out of the street. His Instagram is a great way to do a double take while scrolling down your feed.



5. @Natalia_Wrobel_Art

Natalia Wrobel's Instagram is a beautiful peek into the life of a Boston-area painter. This Cambridge-based artist presents a great mix of studio, gallery, and fun, and gives us a sneak peek at what we have to look forward to in her April duo show.


6. A tie between @MFABoston and @ICABoston

If you’re looking for contemporary art in the Boston area, the ICA and MFA should absolutely be on your follow list. Their Instagram accounts keep up-to-date on the work they’re featuring, including snapshots of exhibits and studio visits with their artists. 


And if you’re not following us already, be sure to keep updated with @AbigailOgilvy on Instagram!



Wednesday, February 3, 2016: Puloma Ghosh