This week, WGBH News’ Arts Editor Jared Bowen reviews Claude Monet in Worcester and aluminum art at the Society of Arts + Crafts. Plus, a day at the circus in Peabody.
“Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process,” on view at the Worcester Art Museum through April 28.
A new exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum brings together nine paintings of London’s Waterloo Bridge by the iconic impressionist Claude Monet — including one of the museum’s own, which was purchased when it was contemporary art. “Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process” showcases how Monet worked to paint the landscape and atmosphere of foggy London from his room at the Savoy Hotel between 1899 and 1901 before finishing the works from memory at home in his native France.
“He loved the fog,” said curator Nancy Burns. “His letters talk about how he thought it was a waste of a day if London wasn't foggy.”
Experience Monet’s delicate brush strokes and masterful use of color in an exhibition Jared describes as “a riveting assemblage that offers revelation after revelation about Monet’s artistic process.”
“Peter T. Bennett: The Lure of Aluminum,” on view at the Society of Arts + Crafts through May 5.
At their new space in the Seaport District of Boston, the Society of Arts + Crafts presents an alluring new exhibition by Maine artist Peter T. Bennett. In “The Lure of Aluminum,” Bennett cuts and sculpts aircraft-grade aluminum into layered, painterly works of art inspired by 20th-century Modernism. With a background in textile arts, Bennett has worked with aluminum for most of his career — a material that can be dangerous to master.
“If you work in sheet metal, you're cut all the time” Bennett said. “For me it's part of the drama, it's part of the music.”
“Big Apple Circus,” playing under the Big Top at Northshore Mall in Peabody extended through May 12.
Get ready for a night under the Big Top with Big Apple Circus! Now in its 41st season, this intimate one-ring circus is lead by new ringmaster Stephanie Monseu. Experience wondrous feats of strength, dazzling acrobatics and humorous performances at this family-friendly event recently extended through May 12.
“Take two hours, leave the world outside and fall into some old-fashioned wonderment,” says Jared.