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A hot summer exhibit at C. Grimaldis Gallery

A hot summer exhibit at C. Grimaldis Gallery

Every year, when the cultural calendar thins out and the heat intensifies, C. Grimaldis Gallery presents a welcome exhibit featuring an array of artists working in a variety of media. The gallery’s 40th annual summer show makes a particularly vivid impression.

Spread over two floors, “Summer ’17” features mostly recent work by 15 established or emerging artists (prices are $2,000 to $55,000). While satisfying solely on aesthetic terms, the exhibit’s ability to provoke — such issues as society, race, culture and consumption are addressed — makes it all the more significant.

The powerful statements start right inside the doorway of the gallery’s main floor, where Wesley...