The Imaged Word @ Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany. An exhibition of artwork that responds to the material qualities of books and the passages contained within them. Artists include Fern Apfel, Gabe Brown, Gayle Johnson, Paul Katz, Scott McCarney, Amy Podmore, Fawn Potash, William Ransom, Aaron T. Stephan, Robert The and Barbara Todd. Opening reception: Friday, July 23, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through January 9, 2011)
Ven Voisey:Artifact @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A multidisciplinary artist who frequently incorporates sound, light and motion into his work, North Adams’ Ven Voisey has been artist-in-residence at the Berkshire Museum for the past few months. “Artifact” is an exhibit of works created during his residency and influenced by the Museum’s environment.
Photography Now: Either / And – Part 2: The New Docugraphics @ Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. An exhibit exploring apporaches to depicting and describing the world around us, focusing on specific sociological issues and observations with work by Cynthia Bittenfield, Tony Chirinos, Natan Dvir, Thomas Gardiner, Mike Mergen, Brook Reynolds, Christina Seely, Eric White, and Jennifer Wilkey. Opening reception Saturday, July 24, 5-7pm. (Through August 29)
Hats & Horses Icons of the Summer Scene @ Sow’s Ear Studio & Gallery, Schenectady. Hats made from homemade paper by Nanette Miranda and equine paintings and found object sculptures in wood and metal by Paul Kanet. Opening reception Friday, July 23, 5-8pm. (Through September 3)
In The Altogether @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Sculptures by Emil Alzamora and paintings, collage and drawings by Andrea Hersh. Closing reception: Saturday, July 24, 4-6pm.
Susan Mikula: American Vale @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. In this series of recent photographs that explore the beauty American industrial sites and the landscapes they shape, Mikula manually controls the exposures of the Polaroid cameras she uses to create painterly and impressionistic imagery. In addition to the photographic prints, Mikula is presenting images from American Vale on a series of editioned ceramic plates and in several unique, locket-like objects. (Through July 25)
Couples @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. A group show of painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture by pairs of visual artists. In their statements, many artists discuss how their personal relationship affects their work and lives. Artists include Randall Deihl and Nancy Hill, Peter Dudek and Monika Sosnowski, Warner Friedman and Janet Rickus, Michael Glier and Jenny Holzer, Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Scott Prior and Nanny Vonnegut, Katia Santibanez and James Siena, and Mara and Roy Superior. (Through July 25)
Vaughn Sills: Beyond Words and David Moore: Recent Work @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Vaughn Sills photographs fragile, mysterious constructions of natural and found objects. David Moore’s paintings, obsessed with line and gesture, are reminscent of biological synapses. (Through July 25)
Common Places @ Studio21South, North Adams. Local and regional artists engaged in the longstanding artistic tradition of finding visual poetry in the everyday. Artists include Bob Lafond, Henry Buerckholtz, Julia Morgan-Leamon and Thor Wickstrom. (Through July 25)
Slowinski Dogma, Wotipka Surrealism and French-Unfoldings @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A triple-header of extraordinary surrealist painters: Tim Slowinksi, John Wotipka and Timothy French. (Through July 31)
The Space Within @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Paintings by Ben Schwab and Marjorie Derrick that reflect both artists’ interest in the construction of space. (Through July 31)
Ralph Prata: In The Same Boat @ Feast Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibit of hand-carved sculptural concrete works inspired by music. (Through July 31) Monica Miller @ Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham. Vibrant oil paintings of the natural world. (Through July 31)
Tristan Lowe: Mocha Dick @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Loew has constructed a 52-foot-long sculpture of the fabled whale from industrial wool felt. (Through August 8)
Summer Group Show @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. an exhibition of new works with paintings by David Konigsberg, Joseph Maresca and Shawn Snow and sculptures by Monica Mechling. (Through August 8) Carrie Waldman: Lost Seasons @ Brik Gallery, Catskill. Carrie Waldman’s solo exhibit of egg tempera paintings and large works on paper. Opening reception: Saturday, July 10, 6-8pm. (Through August 8)
Designs for a New American Flag @ BCB ART, Hudson. New work by Scott Reynolds, who examines America’s current political, economic and cultural wars in his latest drawings. Also on display will be a group exhibit of gallery artists, including works by Ching Ho Cheng, Eric Fischl, John Foxx, Phyllis Hjorth, Lynn itzkowitz, Martha Lloyd, Jef Bourgeau and others. (Through August 8).
Kathleen Thum @ Lake George Arts Project Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. A solo exhbition of abstract paintings and drawings suggestive of living structures and systems. (Through August 13)
Local Self-Portraits @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. A large group show self-portrait paintings, photographs and sculpture curated by Richard Roth and featuring a notable group of artists, all of whom live and work, exhibit work, or spend their leisure time in Hudson or Columbia County. Artists include Marina Abramovic, Richard Artschwager, Donald Baechler, R. O. Blechman, McWillie Chambers, Mihail Chemiakin, Judy Glantzman, Musho Rodney, Alan Greenblat, Nancy Hagin, Phyllis Hjorth, Ellsworth Kelly, Dylan Kraus, Barbara Lehman, Reggie Madison, Gerard Malanga, Maria Manhattan, Richard Minsky, Sedat Pakay, Ken Polinske, Lucio Pozzi, Eric Rhein, James Rossant, Dan Rupe, Edwina Sandys, Barbara Slate, Tim Slowinski, Ed Smith, Bill Sullivan, Earl Swanigan, Benjamin Swett, Franklin Tartaglione, Tony Thompson, and Arthur Yanoff. (Through August 14)
Define the Decade 2000-2010 @ GCCA Catskill Gallery. 24 artists frame the new millenium in a show of topical, political and controversial works. Exhibition preview here. Artist Norm Magnusson discusses his 1-75 project of historical markers on Sunday July 25, 2-4pm. (Through August 14)
Andrew Neumann: PARTLYCLOUDYMOSTLYSUNNY @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. A solo show by multimedia artist Andrew Neumann, whose “industrial wall panels” incorporate LCD screens, exposed wires, motorized parts, language, codes, sound, photographs, film, and more in order to explore the relationship between technology and the world it is meant to serve. (through August 29)
Works by David Seiler and Adrian Fernandez @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. David Seiler’s gray and sepia portraits, reminscent of vintage photographs, examine form, impermanance and the tension between motion and stillness. Also on view are colorful still lifes by Adrian Fernandez, part of a series entitled To Be or To Pretend. (Through August 15)
Susan Stuart @ The Albany Art Room, Albany. paintings inspired by the shapes and colors of the structures and building materials construction sites, some of which were eventually completed and some were abandoned due to mortgage failures. Opening reception Friday, July 2 (Albany First Friday), 5-8pm. (Through August 29)
Opener 19: Los Carpinteros @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. An exhibit combining drawings from the past ten years with recent sculpture by the Havana-based duo, Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes and Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez, who collaborate under the name Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters). (Through August 31)
Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Works in pencil, watercolor, dry brush and tempera works, including sections devoted to early coastal watercolors and landscape paintings, as well as a look at Wyeth’s models, his interest in vernacular architecture, and his connection to both the Regionalist tradition and Magic Realism. (Through September 5)
Pepón Osorio: Drowned In A Glass Of Water @ 69 Union Street, North Adams. A large-scale multimedia installation (at a former Chevrolet dealership in North Adams) that slowly revolves and represents the stories of two families from Williamstown and North Adams. (Through September 7. The work will be tranferred to the Williams College Museum of Art, which commissioned the project, opening on September 25 and on view through February 6, 2011)
Picasso Looks at Degas @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition examing Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Degas. (Through September 12)
Dan Mills: Meditations on Empire @ Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady. An exhibition addressing themes and imagery related to imperialism, cartography, landscape and hybrid composite portraits of U.S. leaders and cartoon characters.Closing reception and gallery talk with the artist Thursday, September 16, 5-7pm. (Through September 26).
Summer Annual Exhibition 2010 @ Art Omi, Ghent. New additions to The Fields Sculptural Park include Marker #3 by Mel Kendrick, It Up and Her Leaving by Robert Melee, Light Installation from The Estate of Simon Ungers, and Standard by Franz West.
Ransoming Mathew Brady: Re-Imagining the Civil War @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. 25 recent paintings by John Ransom Philips inspired by the life of 19th-century photographer Mathew Brady and American poet Walt Whitman. A companion exhibition of 28 paintings is on view at Sage’s Opalka Gallery through July 30. (Through October 3)
Juan Munoz @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown. Works by Spanish sculptor Juan Munoz on the themes of themes of absence, memory, and paradox. (Through October 17)
Works as Progress/Works in Progress: Drawing in 18th and 19th Century France @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Drawings as used as aids in the artistic process. (Through October 31)
William Steig: Love and Laughter @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An retrospective of works by the late William Steig, the man renowned for his comic art and best-selling illustrated books like “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” and “Shrek” (yes, the inspiration for the billion-dollar movie franchise) Also included in the exhibit are sculptures and assemblages by Jeanne Steig, his wife of 35 years. (Through October 31)
True and Honest Before The World @ Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock. For this 50th anniversary exhibition, 30 celebrity curators including Ken Burns, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Graves and Al Roker chose objects from Hancock’s permanent collection of art, furniture, tools and textiles that for them best illustrate the Shakers’ ideals and influence. (Through October 31)
5+5: New Perspectives and The View From Here @ Storm King Arts Center, Mountainville. Storm King celebrates its 50th anniversary with two new exhibits. 5+5: New Perspectives features new or recent works five artists already in the Storm King collection (Alice Aycock, Chakaia Booker, Andy Goldsworthy, Mark di Suvero and Ursula von Rydingsvard) as well as five new artists (John Bisbee, Maria Elena González, Darrell Petit, Alyson Shotz and Stephen Talasnik) The site specific works will remain on view through 2010 and in many cases through 2011. Also opening is “The View From Here,” an exhibit in the Museum Building that documents Storm King’s history and evolution through archival documents, photographs and videos. (Through December, 2010)
Material World: Sculpture to Environment @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Site specific installations using elements not typically thought of as artistic materials. Artists include Michael Beutler, Orly Genger, Tobias Putrih, Alyson Shotz, Dan Steinhilber, Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen. (Through Feb. 27, 2011).
Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge @ MASS MocA, North Adams. This sentence says it all: “Her innovative use of materials includes dead fish, mud, sticks, black sand, old car parts, wax, satin ribbons, artificial flowers and birds, birdcages, and most recently, taxidermy animals, Madonna statues, and horsehair.” ($6 | Free for members) (Through February, 2011)
In a Labyrinth: The Dance of Butoh @ The National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. Photographer Michael Manheim’s exhibition of professional Butoh dancers – a dance genre stemming from post-war Japan. (Through March, 2011)
Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs and Paula Hayes: Understory @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. Helping to launch the Tang’s 10th anniversary year, Suzanne Bocanegra is exhibiting walls works, sound and video installations and a new work that combines live dance and recorded sound (through January 2, 2011). Paula Hayes has transformed the Tang’s Payne Room into an immersive environment brimming with life, including a forest of large silicone planters housing small trees, a series of her hand-blown grass terrariums and new custom-designed wallpaper and dinnerware. (Through April 17, 2011)