On April 18, 2011, Globe art critic Sebastian Smee won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Frame by Frame
In the three-plus years since its painstaking installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Cornelia Parkers Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson) has become one of the most popular pieces of contemporary art on view in this city. (June 8, 2010)
Frame by Frame
Some jokes are purely pictorial. They dont require cartoon captions. Explaining them in words would be like dousing a dancing flame. This picture is just such a joke. Its also some kind of masterpiece. (June 22, 2010)
Frame by Frame
Spatter, splash, swivel, and swoop. Willem de Koonings Untitled is a painting I go to bed dreaming about. Full of air and light, it changes speed before your eyes. Its colors yolky yellows and pale lemon against poached-salmon pink and a sun-kissed deep-sea blue give it a lyricism unmatched in American art (except, of course, by other de Koonings). (Oct. 26, 2010)
Luis Meléndez was an incredible painter. It takes about two seconds to register that. Its only when you spend a bit of time with his mesmerizing still lifes that your admiration for his virtuosity starts to float away and mutate into a very different, dangerously unstable feeling. (Feb. 5, 2010)
For much of the past century, two distinct versions of Henri Matisse have vied for the attention of the public, resulting in two different views of his art. (June 6, 2010)
Good exhibitions reveal to us things we didnt already know. This shows thesis that Picasso was looking closely at Degas at regular intervals throughout his long career has never seriously been proposed before. (June 18, 2010)
She was strong-willed, independent, and forward-thinking. We all know that. But its easy to forget that, by and large, Isabella Stewart Gardner had a hostile relationship with modernity. (Jan. 21, 2010)
Everything was arranged according to principles based in Chinese philosophy, poetry, and aesthetic traditions. And yet much about the end result revealed qualities very particular to the emperors own character and his time. (Sept. 17, 2010)
A terrific survey of her work at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art suggests that Lynda Benglis has, in fact, been one of the most compelling, fearless, jubilant, and underrated American artists of the past 40 years. (Oct. 10, 2010)
Edward Hoppers imagery is so deeply ingrained in the American imagination that the impulse to associate it with hackneyed states of alienation is by now difficult to undo. And yet, just as Ingmar Bergman was more than a tormented Swede shaking his fist at God he was also a filmmaker of surpassing gentleness and sensual, mischievous humor Hopper was much more than a poet of depression and loneliness. You simply have to look at his work to realize how various his moods are and how capacious, how richly ambivalent his images. (Oct. 31, 2010)
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Recent Globe Pulitzers
2008 | Mark Feeney | Criticism
Mark Feeney, an arts writer and photography reviewer for The Boston Globe, won a Pulitzer for 10 essays on visual culture that ranged from photography to painting and film.
2007 | Charlie Savage | National Reporting
Charlie Savage of the Globe's Washington bureau won the award for his work on President Bush's use of signing statements.
2005 | Gareth Cook | Explanatory Reporting
Gareth Cook won the Pulitzer for his coverage of the scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.
2003 | Globe Spotlight Team | Public Service
Eight Globe reporters were honored for exposing the history of child abuse in the Catholic church.