Best of Boston

BEST Art Gallery

1995 BEST Art Gallery, Suburban

The Chapel Gallery

West Newton

This gallery is a collaborative of contemporary sculptors turning out consistently fine work in a converted old Newton church. read more »

1993 BEST Art Gallery, Development

This year’s clustering of new and relocated galleries in the first block of Newbury Street, where they might actually attract some browsers able to buy. See especially the Bernard Toale Gallery, an out-growth of the couldn’t-be-less-Newbury-Streetish Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville. read more »

1993 BEST Art Gallery, Experimental

The Space Gallery

Boston

Because it is a nonprofit, the Space has the courage to harbor exhibits it doesn’t need to sell. Visitors, therefore, get an artist’s conception unshackled. read more »

1992 BEST Art Gallery, Traditional

Vose Galleries

Boston

Vose has been in the same family for five generations, for more than a century and a half. It has a right to be snooty but isn’t. The owners will enthusiastically show you an $85,000 painting even if you look… read more »

1992 BEST Art Gallery, Contemporary

Thomas Segal

Boston

Segal’s shows are eclectic and fine. He’s bringing international artists to town, and he continues to show New England’s best. read more »

1988 BEST Art Gallery, Lobby

Michael Timpson’s Sculpture Have You Gone with the Snows of Last Winter?

Boston

Consisting of six copies of the Congressional Record on top of six toilets, Timpson’s work caused instant apoplexy in some official quarters, and we’re in favor of apoplexy in official quarters. read more »

1988 BEST Art Gallery, City

Mario Diacono Gallery

Boston

Diacono chooses quality over quantity. Exhibitions at his Fenway gallery rarely include more than a few works, but they are always good works, like those of Italian neoexpressionists Francesco Clemente and Enzo Cucchi and New York painters Eric Fischl, Julian… read more »

1988 BEST Art Gallery, Suburban

Wendell Street Gallery

Cambridge

Since the gallery opened, 12 years ago, in Jane Shapiro’s home, it has shown dramatic oil paintings, watercolors, and prints by notable black artists, among them Bryan McFarlane, Robert Freeman, Romare Bearden, and Edward McCluney. read more »

1988 BEST Art Gallery, Alternative

The Space

Boston

What the Space lacks in Newbury Street glitz it makes up for vision. Founder Stella MacGregor says her gallery is in “the south end of the South End.” We say it’s on the cutting edge of Boston’s experimental-art scene. read more »

1985 BEST Art Gallery

Barbara Krakow Gallery

Boston

Krakow’s consistency, quality, and business savvy make her the hands-down winner. read more »