Best of Boston

BEST Art Gallery

1998 BEST Art Gallery

Bernard Toale


Toale wins this year not just for his keen eye but for his moxie. When all five gallery owners at 11 Newbury Street were forced to leave in April because of an outrageous rent hike, all but Toale went across… read more»

1997 BEST Art Gallery

MIT List Visual Arts Center


About every eight weeks, from September to June, the LVAC shows innovative, provocative contemporary work in all media by established and emerging artists, including the likes of Kiki Smith and Louise Borugeois. There are a total of three gallery spaces—more… read more»

1995 BEST Art Gallery, City

Nina Nielsen


Nielsen brings Boston the most painterly painters, including New York abstractionist John Walker. read more»

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


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


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


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, Alternative

The Space


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»

1988 BEST Art Gallery, Lobby

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


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»