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BEST Exhibition

2011 BEST Exhibition
Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Dale Chihuly at the MFA

Boston

The retrospective of this glass artist was machine-tooled to be a crowd pleaser, complete with a Vegas-worthy extravaganza in the form of the 42-foot ;Lime Green Icicle Tower. But forget the TV profiles and the magazine photos: Immaculately lit to… read more»

1999 BEST Exhibition, Photography

Abelardo Morrell

The Cuban-born Morrell, who teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art, actually had two exhibitions this year (at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) showcasing his silvery photographs of sublime landscapes, his shots of mysterious… read more»

1999 BEST Exhibition, Painting

Sargent Summer

A citywide celebration of the art of John Singer Sargent—at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fogg Art Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Boston Public Library—provides a rare chance to see the complete picture of this fascinating… read more»

1996 BEST Exhibition, Painting

Winslow Homer

The Museum of Fine Arts retrospective of a great American artist, from his early magazine illustrations of the Civil War to his wonderful late paintings of the coast of Maine. read more»

1996 BEST Exhibition, Works on Paper

John Wilson/Joseph Norman

A powerful show of prints and drawings by legendary sculptor John Wilson and emerging talent Joseph Norman, jointly organized by the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and the Museum of Fine Arts. read more»

1996 BEST Exhibition, Photography

The Boston School

The sensational Institute of Contemporary Art show of work by Nan Goldin, Jack Pierson, Mark Morrisroe, and other artists who all attended art school in Boston in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and turned their lives into lovely, lurid… read more»

1995 BEST Exhibition

The works of Emil Nolde at the Museum of Fine Arts

An expansive collection of watercolors, prints, and paintings, the Emil Nolde show at the MFA revealed the works of one of Germany’s most talented expressionists. read more»

1987 BEST Exhibition, Undiscovered

Animation exhibit at the Computer Museum

The computer-generated animation exhibit at the Computer Museum. This show alone was worth the $4 admission. read more»

1985 BEST Exhibition, Art

The Joseph Beuys Retrospective at the Busch-Reisinger Museum

Cambridge

Yet another memorable show of toplight works by a notable European artist. read more»