Best of Boston

Best Art

1999 Best Art, Public

Commonweatlh Shakespeare Company

Even before Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo and Gwyneth Paltrow's Shakespeare in Love, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's free outdoor performances showed Boston just how sexy the Bard [...] read more»
1996 Best Art, Bad

Museum of Bad Art

West Roxbury
This is actually the mailing address and world headquarters office of this important cultural institution. The museum's exhibits can now be viewed in the basement [...] read more»
1995 Best Art, Scene, Addition

Bostix Booth at Copley Square

Finally—equal access to tickets for the rest of us! The charming Graham-Gund-designed booth at Copley Square allows residents and office workers in the Back Bay [...] read more»
1993 Best Art, Booster

Chamber Theater Productions

Here's to a 16-year-old Boston-based for-profit company so successful with its touring theatrical productions for junior and senior high school students that it is now [...] read more»
1993 Best Art, Nudger for Youth

The Wang Center’s Young at Arts program

Its stated mission is to "inspire the imagination of children," but it makes adults wish they were back in school. Backstage workshops, art and essay [...] read more»
1993 Best Art, African

Hamill Gallery of African Art

Roxbury
This is the place to go for sculptures, masks, textiles, beadwork and jewelry. The prices can be high, but layways are accepted. read more»
1992 Best Art, Retail

Anything by Blue Potato Installations, a window-display company owned and operated by Kristin Lauer

Lauer picks through junkyards to create the thought-provoking , often humorous window displays at Jasmine and Sola, in Harvard Square, and at North Beach Leather [...] read more»
1991 Best Art, Nineteenth-Century Painting

Paul Gauguin’s <em>D’ouvenons-nous-Que sommesnous-Ou allons-nous?</em>

From the French postimpressionist's Tahitian days, this MFA painting asks Important Questions (Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?) in [...] read more»
1991 Best Art, Public

The scultpures on MIT’s campus

Including Henry Moore's 1976 Three-Piece Reclining Figure, Draped; Alexander Calder's 1965 Big Sail; Louise Nevelson's 1975 Transparent Horizon; and Pablo Picasso's 1963 Figure Decoupee. Take [...] read more»
1989 Best Art, Public

The Kendall Band chimes

Cambridge
You make the music, and it makes waiting for the train a harmonious experience. read more»
1986 Best Art, Move

The move of MIT's highly regarded Hayden Gallery into its exquisitely expanded quarters in the new I. M. Pei—designed Albert and Vera List Visual Arts [...] read more»
1986 Best Art, Event

Renoir

For the $30 million it brought the city in revenues. read more»
1985 Best Art, Public

Arts on the Line's Porter Square installation. read more»
1984 Best Art, Community

Piano Craft Guild (Piano Factory)

Boston
Good exhibition space, decent studios, lively inhabitants. read more»