ArtBeat: What To See

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Elwood H. Smith: Stalling (detail) @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Elwood H. Smith: Stalling (detail) @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Art and Animations of Elwood H. Smith @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Enter the wild and wonderful world of illustrator Elwood Smith, with a look at his 40-year career producing energetic illustrations for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time, and such favorite children’s books as “Hot Diggity Dog” and “Stalling.” Opening reception/book signing: Saturday, February 19, 4-7pm, free for members or with museum admission. (Through May 15)

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Lorraine Chesin: Hot Pink Is Hot @ Sand Lake Center For The Arts

Lorraine Chesin: Hot Pink Is Hot @ Sand Lake Center For The Arts

Lorraine Chesin @ Sand Lake Center For The Arts, Averill Park. Lorraine Chesin’s acrylic paintings focus on color and shape, highlighting domestic scenes. Artist reception: Sunday, February 20, 1-3pm. (Through March 31)


Last Chance To See:

Channing Lefebvre @ Clement Gallery

Channing Lefebvre @ Clement Gallery

Channing Lefebvre @ Clement Gallery, Troy. Intricate, fine-printed and handmade paper collages. Read Get Visual’s review here. (Through February 24)

Arlissa Vaughn @ The Chapel + Cultural Center

Arlissa Vaughn @ The Chapel + Cultural Center

Blind Artists Society 3rd Annual Exhibition @ The Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy. Works by Emilia Beer, Jonathan Beer, Anne Carrabis, Aileen Cinquemani, Bill Edmonston, Joel Foster, Barbara Garro, Ian McKay, Dick Morrill, Barbara Romain and Arlissa Vaughn. (Through February 25)


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Nathan Meltz @ Thaddeus Kwiat Projects

Nathan Meltz @ Thaddeus Kwiat Projects

Nathan Meltz @ Thaddeus Kwiat Projects, Saugerties. Using elements of collage, painting, printmaking, and animation, Nathan Meltz creates cautionary narratives involving mechanical humanoids and animals that investigate the infiltration of technology into every facet of life, from politics and food, to family and war. Also on display are paintings by Jenny Kemp and Doug Holst. (Through February 26)

Andrea Hersh: A Rock and a Hard Place (detail) @ The Arts Center

Andrea Hersh: A Rock and a Hard Place (detail) @ The Arts Center

Andrea Hersch: Flora & Fauna @ The Arts Center, Troy. A solo exhibition of new drawings and collage focusing on the precarious hold nature has on humans and humans have on nature. (Through February 26)

Cheryl Gutmaker @ Sow's Ear Studio

Cheryl Gutmaker @ Sow's Ear Studio

Cheryl Gutmaker: Functional & Fanciful Glass Art @ Sow’s Ear Studio & Gallery, Schenectady. (Through February 26)

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 February 27)

Lisa Frank: In My True Love's Hands @ Carrie Haddad Photographs

Lisa Frank: In My True Love's Hands @ Carrie Haddad Photographs

Nature of Pattern @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. Large scale photographs by Lisa Frank, abstract photographs by Carl Berg and paintings by Jeff Briggs. (Through February 27)

Larry Brown: Gulf @ John Davis Gallery

Larry Brown: Gulf @ John Davis Gallery

Larry Brown: Gulf @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Larry Brown’s paintings explore current catastrophic geological and ecological issues. (Through Sunday, February 27)

Chris Martin: The Record Painting @ The Tang

Chris Martin: The Record Painting @ The Tang

The Jewel Thief @ The Tang Teaching Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Abstract art by over fifty contemporary artists from the Tang’s collection, including Kathy Butterly, Dorothy Dehner, Bill Komoski, Michael Lazarus, Charles Long, Allan McCollum, and Ann Pibal, alongside recent works by artists including Cheryl Donegan, Roy Dowell, Rico Gatson, Joanne Greenbaum, Liz Larner, Virgil Marti, Carrie Moyer, Richard Rezac, and John Torreano, among many others. (Through February 27)

Kim Denise: Two Pears @ Harrison Gallery

Kim Denise: Two Pears @ Harrison Gallery

Kim Denise @ Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. Light-filled and vibrant still-life works in pastels. (Through February 28)

Petah Coyne @ MASS MoCA

Petah Coyne @ MASS MoCA

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)

Works by Kirsten Ullrich @ The Courthouse Gallery

Works by Kirsten Ullrich @ The Courthouse Gallery

Kirsten Ullrich @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Painter/sculptor/animator Kirsten Ullrich’s work stems from free associations that transform images into peculiar personal meaning, resulting in distortions that are at once comic and exuberant, and brutal and unsettling. (Through March 4)

Carrie Will: Rikki and Carrie, Dining-Room @ Yates Gallery

Carrie Will: Rikki and Carrie, Dining-Room @ Yates Gallery

Carrie Will: I Am Redundant @ Yates Gallery, Siena College, Loudonville. New York photographer Carrie Will explores issues of individuality and identity in her self-portraits with her twin sister. (Through March 4)

Juis Aleman & Jeffrey Moore: News Vases @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Juis Aleman & Jeffrey Moore: News Vases @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Paper Arts @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill Gallery. A group exhibition centered around paper: folded, cut, molded and cast paper, as well as handmade pages and books. Also on display is Diana Bryan’s “Cut Paper Universe” of cut paper and steel constructions. (Through March 5)

Leslie Bender: Beach Abstract @ Carrie Haddad

Leslie Bender: Beach Abstract @ Carrie Haddad

Figures and Abstractions @ Carrie Haddad, Hudson. Arthur Hammer, Leslie Bender and Jenny Nelson exhibit paintings in a variety of genres, ranging from cityscapes and portraiture to figurative romanticism and and abstraction. (Through March 6)

Philly/KONDOR8 @ Varga Gallery

Philly/KONDOR8 @ Varga Gallery

Theme Femina @ Varga Gallery, Woodstock. The 7th Annual February exhibit dedicated to women artists, this large group show spotlights outsider artist Philly/KONDOR8. (Through March 6)

Paintings by Willie Marlow @ Opalka Gallery, Albany

Paintings by Willie Marlow @ Opalka Gallery, Albany

Willie Marlowe: A Survey @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. A retrospective of her trademark colorful and glowing paintings by the noted Albany artist. This exhibition surveys her work from 1977 to 2010 and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Esther Tornai Thyssen and David Brickman. Works from this exhibit serve as the basis for subsequent shows at the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY, Gallery C in Raleigh, North Carolina, Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY, and Riverfront Studios in Schuylerville, NY. Read Get Visual’s review here. (Through March 6)

Vignette @ The Arts Center, Troy. A group show presenting different approaches to narrative painting ranging from abstraction to realism. Artists include Joel Griffith, Ingrid Ludt, GG Roberts, Ann Wolf and Rebecca Shepard. Reception: Friday, January 28, 2011 (Through March 20)

Timothy Archibald: Echolilia @ Atrium Gallery

Timothy Archibald: Echolilia @ Atrium Gallery

Photography Invitational Exhibition 2011 @ Atrium Gallery, Union College, Schenectady. Timothy Archibald exhibits works from his Echolilia series, a recent project of photographs and a limited edition book made by Archibald of and about his son, Elijah. Also showing: Clarissa Amaral’s Union Faces, a series of close-up portraits of people at Union including staff, students, faculty, and administrators, as well as Raymond Felix: Self-Evidence, a series of self-protraits addressing issues of likeness and identity. (Through March 11)

Detail from Albrecht Dürer: The Beast with Two Horns Like a Lamb @ The Clark

Detail from Albrecht Dürer: The Beast with Two Horns Like a Lamb @ The Clark

The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer @ The Clark, Williamstown. The strange world of Albrecht Dürer, populated by monsters, witches, hybrid animals, and marauding soldiers, shares spiritual and social preoccupations with our own time. Drawn entirely from the Clark’s extensive holdings, the display will feature approximately seventy-five works by the celebrated German Renaissance painter, printmaker and writer. (Through March 13)

Charles Steckler: Untitled @ Mandeville Gallery

Charles Steckler: Untitled @ Mandeville Gallery

Of Weeds and Wildness: Nature in Black and White @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. A large group exhibition featuring work by over a dozen artists that explores, through a wide range of styles and approaches, both the human relationship to the natural world and the richly expressive power of black and white imagery. Artists include Robert Adams, Desiree Alvarez, Arnold Bittleman, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Harold Edgerton, Robert Gover, William Kentridge, Hedya Klein, Danny Lyon, Abelardo Morell, Margaret Moulton, Michelle Segre, James Siena, Kiki Smith, Charles Steckler and Kate Temple. (Through March 13)

Rob Swainston @ Esther Massry Gallery

Rob Swainston @ Esther Massry Gallery

Plexus @ Esther Massry Gallery, College of Saint Rose, Albany. Master printmaker Rob Swainston explores the limit of printmaking techniques. (Through March 20)

A Walk Into the Huyck Preserve: Our Lasting Impressions @ Davey Jones Gallery, Albany. A group show featuring 10 artists from The NorthEast Feltmakers Guild including Linda Van Alstyne, Joei Bassett, Diane Christian, Sharon Costello, Marianne Dubois, Carol Ingram, Sharon Janda, Renate Moskowitz, Lynn Ocone and Kirsti Sandoy. Reception: Friday, March 4, 6-9pm (Albany First Friday). (Through March 23)

John R. G. Roth: Figment Transport @ Saratoga Arts

John R. G. Roth: Figment Transport @ Saratoga Arts

John R. G. Roth: Figment Transport @ The Arts Center, Saratoga Spring. Sculptural works that explore the anthropomorphic aspects of machinery, vehicles and buildings. (Through March 26)

(left) Jean-Augustin Franquelin: Self-Portrait and (right) Alessandro Allori: Portrait of a Young Woman

(left) Jean-Augustin Franquelin: Self-Portrait and Alessandro Allori: Portrait of a Young Woman @ The Clark

Eye to Eye: European Portraits 1450–1850 @ The Clark, Williamstown. Representing the range of styles and themes in Old Master portraiture as practiced in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, and France from the late fifteenth century through the early nineteenth century, the twenty-nine paintings and one sculpture in the exhibition include works by Memling, Cranach, Parmigianino, Ribera, Rubens, Van Dyck, Greuze, and David as well as other extraordinary works by lesser-known painters. (Through March 27)

Made In Woodstock V @ The Center For Photography At Woodstock

Made In Woodstock V @ The Center For Photography At Woodstock

Made In Woodstock V @ Center For Photography at Woodstock. The fifth installment of the CPW series featuring work created by recent participants of WOODSTOCK A-I-R, a residency program for artists of color working in the photographic arts. Artists include William Cordova, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tia-Simone Gardner, Lawrence Getubig, Daniel Handal, Wayne Hodge, Jeannette Louie, Hee Jin Hang, Tarrah Krajnak & Wilka Roig, Emily Hanako Momohara, Ricardo Morales-Harnandez, Dawit L. Petros, Tim Portlock, Justine Reyes, Kanako Sasaki, Lupita Murillo Tinnen and Donna J. Wan. (Through March 27)

Henry Klimowicz: Constructs @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Henry Klimowicz, currently exhibiting his “Paper and Light” site-specific installation in the Wider Window Gallery, now expands into the Crane Room with “Constructs,” centered around another enormous, site-specific installation created from cardboard. (Through March 27)

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)

Works by Eunjung Hwang (left) and Ati Maier @ University Art Museum, UAlbany

Works by Eunjung Hwang (left) and Ati Maier @ University Art Museum, UAlbany

Eunjung Hwang: Three Thousand Revisits and Ati Maier: Event Horizon @ University Art Museum, UAlbany. Eunjung Hwang’s drawings, animations, video projections, and inflated sculptures of quasi-figurative characters take over the main gallery. The second floor is given over to Ati Maier’s drawings and paintings of hybrid landscapes. (Through April 2)

Paula Hayes, Dome Shaped Hand Blown Glass Terrarium with Miniature tropical tree and fern,

Paula Hayes: Dome Shaped Hand Blown Glass Terrarium with Miniature Tropical Tree and Fern @ The Tang

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)

Objects of Wonder and Delight: Four Centuries of Still Life from the Norton Museum of Art @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Comprised of 51 works in a variety of media from the collection of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, the exhibition features some of the most famous artists in Western art history such as Gustave Courbet, William Harnett, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Steichen, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol. (Through April 21)

M.C. Escher @ The Berkshire Museum

M.C. Escher @ The Berkshire Museum

M.C. Escher: Seeing The Unseen @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Wrap your brain around one of the 20th century’s most popular artists including an up-close look at several rarely displayed original woodblocks, watercolors, drawings and prints. (Through May 22)



Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Opening Saturday, November 13, the first major retrospective exhibition of the award-winning children’s book illustrator and designer will feature more than 140 watercolor illustrations spanning his 50-year career, touching on such personal and cultural themes as the African-American experience, the wonders of classic literature and the wisdom in well-loved folk tales. (Through May 30)

Molly Rockwell: Travels With Norman @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Molly Rockwell: Norman Rockwell entering a mosque, Delhi, India, 1962. (From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum Archives)

Travels With Norman @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Between 1962 and 1975, Norman and Molly Rockwell traveled together to twenty-eight countries, including the U.S.S.R., India, Columbia, and Mexico. Molly’s slides documenting their travels are shared publicly for the first time in this exhibition, displayed alongside the related work of her husband. (Through June 19)

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly @ MASS MoCA

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly @ MASS MoCA

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Katharina Grosse’s new installation fills with massive Building 5 gallery with her largest commission to date. Cool video here showing the ingenious way the MASS MoCA folks managed to get 700 cubic yards of soil into Building 5. (Through October 30)

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