1. FRAME BY FRAME

    'The Death and the Assumption of the Virgin' by Fra Angelico

    This exquisite painting by Fra Angelico at the Gardner Museum shows the the Virgin Mary’s ascent into heaven - immediately above a scene centered on her dead body.

    (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)

     
  2. ART REVIEW

    Mass MoCA show shines light on Canadian artists

    "Oh, Canada," a survey of contemporary Canadian art that sprawls across large swaths of the Mass MoCA in North Adams, is a revelation.

     
  3. G COVER | FRAME BY FRAME

    The joy of artistic surprises

    Globe critic Sebastian Smee loves the unexpected discovery of arresting works of art that carry the conviction of the person who made them.

    (Checkout Time at the Marlborough-Blenheim, by Bradley Phillips)

     
  4. SEBASTIAN SMEE

    Infinity up on trial

    Josiah McElheny’s exhibit at the ICA questions assumptions about art, museums - even science.

    (DAVID L RYAN/GLOBE STAFF)

     
  5. ART REVIEW

    'Dogtown' show captures a landscape of loneliness

    Painter Marsden Hartley’s unease and unmatched talent are distilled in “Soliloquy in Dogtown,” a tight but captivating exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum.

    (COLLECTION OF THE FREDERICK R. WEISMAN ART MUSEUM)

     
  6. FRAME BY FRAME

    Bruce Conner’s flickering spirit

    - “EVE-RAY-FOREVER” is a montage of flickering black and white film that’s played on a loop. More accurately, it’s three such films playing side by side.

     
  7. Bell provokes, protests with humor

    - Richard Bell is an Aboriginal artist from Australia who may change forever your idea of Aboriginal art. His first American show, at the Tufts University Art Gallery, presents an engaging overview of his two-decade career as an activist and provocateur.

    (TUFTS UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY)

     
  8. Globe art critic Smee wins Pulitzer

    - Sebastian Smee, art critic of The Boston Globe, yesterday was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.┬áIn announcing the award, the Pulitzer board pointed to Smee’s “vivid and exuberant writing about art” and his knack for “bringing great works to life with love and appreciation.”