Boston Art Overview

Museum of Fine Arts - Museum in Boston

Boston’s art scene is notably relaxed and unpretentious, which makes an afternoon at a museum or gallery an appealing option to the city’s massive student population.

Modern art lovers can head to the Institute of Contemporary Art to peruse exhibits in a variety of media ranging from graffiti and tattoo art to photography, video, and sculpture. Floor to ceiling windows overlook the waterfront, and a patio adjoining the café is the perfect place for visitors to sip a glass of wine. Past exhibitors have included Shepard Fairey, the street artist behind the Obama “Hope” poster, Damien Ortega, and Dr. Lakra.

The Museum of Fine Arts bordering the campus of Northeastern University contains a variety of halls spanning several cultures. Guests can take in Egyptian mummies, Japanese prints, and early American portraits all in one afternoon, and if they weary, the open courtyard in the middle of the museum is an inviting oasis for a break. The newly opened contemporary art wing is a draw for the younger set and fills up quickly.

For the collector, Newbury Street is positively brimming with galleries. A stroll from end to end takes you past no fewer than 30 galleries. The Barbara Krakow Gallery offers modern paintings and sculpture on the more upscale side, while the International Poster Gallery features vintage posters from around the world in all sizes and prices. Jamaica Plain is another area densely populated with galleries, most of them featuring alternative art by local artists.

Whether you’re into Van Gogh or Warhol, the art scene in Boston has a museum or a gallery for you.

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