ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

This Land @ BCB Art

This Land @ BCB Art

This Land @ BCB Art, Hudson. A group exhibition of landscapes in a broad and atypical sense: Lynn Breslin’s paintings channel the little boxes and oddly manicured hedges of a “Levittown” like community, while Peter Seward’s paintings point out our ridiculous attempts to hide technology doting the landscape. Julian Opie taped his camera to the dashboard of his car, and took random snapshots while driving to Calais. In 1966, Ed Ruscha documented “Every Building On The Sunset Strip” in panorama. Eric Rhein’s “Heathcliff” has the feel of an Arcadian environment akin to the paintings of Thomas Eakins. John Foxx’s photographs portray cities as a place to find anonymity, Patti Smith records fragments from homes of her poetic ‘mentors’ such as Arthur Rimbaud, while Erik Hanson and Frank Cressotti’s paintings focus on landscape fragments depicted as a playful surreal archaeology. Opening reception for the artists: Saturday, March 3, 6-8pm. (Through April 8)

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Danny Wilcox Frazier: Pine Ridge Reservation @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Danny Wilcox Frazier: Pine Ridge Reservation @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Facing Change: Documenting America @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Facing Change a non-profit collective of writers and photojournalists that aims to pay tribute to and continue the work started by the Depression-era photojournalists, has enlisted artists—including two Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers—to record America’s current struggles. Photographers include David Burnett, Alan Chin, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Stanley Greene, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Andrew Lichtenstein, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Lucian Perkins and Anthony Suau. Photojournalism workshop ($40) Saturday March 3, 12-4pm. Gallery walkthrough and potluck: Saturday, March 3, 5pm. (Through June 16)

Jerry Freedner: Barns on Mile High Road @ Old Chatham Country Store

Jerry Freedner: Barns on Mile High Road @ Old Chatham Country Store

Photography in the Landscape @ Old Chatham Country Store, Chatham. A photography exhibition calling attention to the natural and agricultural beauty of Columbia County featuring Arthur A. Baker, Sy Balsen, Bruce Bashford, Kenn Brady, McCormick Brubaker, Kate Frank Cohen, B. Docktor, Matt Drake, Richard Feuer, Julie Foehrenbach, David Franck, Michael Fredericks, Jerry Freedner, Chris Gould, Judith B. Grunberg, Gary Igleburger, Lonny Kalfus, Georgia Ranney, Bruce Robertson, Uli Rose, Kenneth R. Weinberg, Sarah Sterling and Ed Balko.

Works by Joyce Robins @ John Davis Gallery

Works by Joyce Robins @ John Davis Gallery

Joyce Robins: Sculpture @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Low-relief sculptures of clay, glaze and paint. Opening reception: Saturday, March 3, 6-8pm. (Through March 25)

Emma Copley: Untitled @ Upstate Artists Guild

Emma Copley: Untitled @ Upstate Artists Guild

Fatal Abstraction 2 @ UAG Gallery, Albany. A large group show of abstract works in diverse media. Opening reception: Friday, March 2 (Albany First Friday) 5-9pm. (Through March 23)

Jim Lewis: Gift Table @ ART Gallery

Jim Lewis: Gift Table @ ART Gallery

Furnishings For Sacred Heart Church, Edinburg, Texas, Part II @ ART Gallery, Troy. The furniture designs of Jim Lewis and Christopher Lohr of Springwood Studios (formerly Icarus Furniture.) Opening reception: Saturday, March 3, 3-7pm. (Through March 11)

Works by Chip Fasciana @ Albany Center Gallery

Works by Chip Fasciana @ Albany Center Gallery

Chip Fasciana: Life & Death @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Incorporating a wide variety of found materials – including bread, animal bones, chewing gum, and toothpaste – an exhibit that explores the dichotomies, similarities, emotions, and practicalities surrounding the experiences of life and death. Opening reception: Friday, March 2 (Albany First Friday) 5-9pm. (Through April 6)

Works by Theodora Guererra and Robert Longley @ Sorelle Gallery

Works by Theodora Guererra and Robert Longley @ Sorelle Gallery

Chromacosmo @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. Works by Theodora Guererra and Robert Longley. Opening reception: Saturday, March 3, 2-6pm. (Through March 21)

Tracy Helgeson: September Evening @ Harrison Gallery

Tracy Helgeson: September Evening @ Harrison Gallery

Tracy Helgeson: Mini Art @ The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. Atmospheric oil paintings of rural buildings and landscapes. Opens Saturday, March 3. (Through March 24)


Last Chance To See:

Anima Katz: Dream Seekers, David Austin: Cage and Tona Wilson: Graves for the Homeless

Anima Katz: Dream Seekers, David Austin: Cage and Tona Wilson: Graves for the Homeless

Tell Me a Story: Narrative Works @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A pictorial history of being black in America by Anima Katz; Tona Wilson’s social injustice series about laborers, prisoners and politics; and the covertly sinister paintings of David Austin. (Through March 4)

Photographs by Gerard Malanga @ Architecture For Art

Photographs by Gerard Malanga @ Architecture For Art

Ghostly Berms: Fotos by Gerard Malanga @ Architecture for Art, Hillsdale. Gerard Malanga, poet, photographer and filmmaker, worked closely with Andy Warhol during the artist’s most creative period in the mid-Sixties. His several books of poetry, ranging from chic death (1971) to Mythologies of the Heart (1996), have earned him worldwide recognition. (Through March 4)

Morgan Bulkeley: Bird Story @ The Berkshire Museum

Morgan Bulkeley: Bird Story @ The Berkshire Museum

Morgan Bulkeley: Bird Story @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Flocks of meticulously rendered owls, hawks, spoonbills, and birds of all descriptions swoop and soar across the fifteen large paintings that comprise this exhibition by Berkshire native Morgan Bulkeley.(Through March 4)


Continuing:

Don Haggerty: Figure Wrapped in Blue @ Barrett Art Center

Don Haggerty: Figure Wrapped in Blue @ Barrett Art Center

New Directions 2012 @ Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. Juried by MASS MoCA Susan Cross, the 27th Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition featues works by 35 American artists including John Asaro, Howard Barlow, Courtland Blade, Jeff Briggs, Yvonne Buchanan, Sasha Bush, Aric Calfee, Jeannie Choe, Frank D’Astolfo, Tracy Deer, Andrew Edwards, Don Haggerty, Mark Hedengren, Liz Innvar, Gjon Izano, Shreepad Joglekar, Karen Krieger, Joan Lesikin, Harriet Livathinos, Susan Lyman, Basha Maryanska, Claudine Metrick, John Harlan Norris, Jim Pearson, Steve Rude, Manju Shandler-Estrin, William Stoehr, Brad Story, Doug Tausik, Nathan Taves, Kimberly Thurston, Tony Toscani, David Welch, Aran Winterbottom and Deborah Zlotsky. (Through March 9)

The Workers @ MASS MoCA

The Workers @ MASS MoCA

The Workers @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An exhibition examining the state of labor today with nearly 40 works by 25 emerging and established international artists including Claire Beckett, Osman Bozkurt, Camel Collective, Mircea Cantor, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, Susan Collis, Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre, Jason Dodge, Sam Durant, Harun Farocki, Yevgeniy Fiks, Anthony Hernandez, Oded Hirsch, Hugo Hopping, Emily Jacir, Laboratorio 060 with York Chang, Mary Lum, Yoshua Okon, Adrian Paci, Jaume Pitarch, Oliver Ressler, Stephanie Rothenberg, Tyler Rowland, Allan Sekula and Santiago Sierra. (Through March 15, 2012)

Willie Marlowe: Diamond Origami @ Martinez Gallery

Willie Marlowe: Diamond Origami @ Martinez Gallery

Remembrance and Recollection @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. A group show featuring artists from the Gallery’s collection. (Through March 24)

Works by Robert Gullie @ Clement Art Gallery

Works by Robert Gullie @ Clement Art Gallery


Robert Gullie: Roominations @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. A solo exhibition by Robert Gullie featuring new mixed media collages depicting strange, mysterious and humorous rooms. (Through March 28)

Images by Jessica Houston @ Saratoga Arts

Images by Jessica Houston @ Saratoga Arts

Time.Space.Place @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. A material examination of our physical, social and natural environment by installation artists Sterz, Jessica Houston, Micaela de Vivero and Claire Sherwood. (Through March 31)

Works by Michael Eck @ Desolation Road Studios

Works by Michael Eck @ Desolation Road Studios

Michael Eck: The Blues On Fire – Blues, Jazz and American Icons – A Collection @ Desolation Road Studios, Altamont. An all-too-rare show of Michael Eck’s dazzling paintings of American music icons; in his own words: “The show is a sort of retrospective, as I’ve been too busy figuring out mandolin scales lately to get much painting done.” (Through March 31)

Three Squares Gyratory I @ Broadway and Stueben Street, Albany

Three Squares Gyratory I @ Broadway and Stueben Street, Albany

Sculpture in the Streets @ various locations, downtown Albany. They’re large, they’re stainless steel and they move in the wind: five kinetic sculptures by George Rickey are gracing the streets of downtown Albany. Here’s the map. You can read Get Visual’s review here. (Through March, 2012)

Paul Cézanne: The Large Bathers @ The Clark

Paul Cézanne: The Large Bathers @ The Clark

Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art @ The Clark, Williamstown. Exploring the line between innovation and imitation, the exhibition features 50 prints and photographs that are both original works of art and repetitions of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures and architecture created by other artists. The exhibition highlights the complex process of copying by studying replications of many rarely seen works from the Clark’s permanent collection, including those by Albrecht Dürer, Paul Cézanne, Eugène Delacroix, Rembrandt van Rijn, Roger Fenton and Édouard Manet, among others. (Through April 1)

Sarah Crowner: Untitled @ University Art Museum

Sarah Crowner: Untitled @ University Art Museum

Material Occupation @ UAlbany University Art Museum, Albany. An examination of the concept of Modernist abstraction as eight artists transform everyday materials such as house paint, thread, old and newly woven fabric, industrial tape and other media into poetic abstract forms. Artists include Caetano de Almeida, Sarah Crowner, Josh Faught, Elana Herzog, Marietta Hoferer, Sam Moyer, Anja Schwörer and Melissa Thorne. (Through April 7)

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Kunie Sugiura: After "Electric Dress" @ The Tang

Extensions of the Eye: Three Women Photographers @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. Photography by Barbara Morgan, Naomi Savage and Kunié Sugiura from the Tang Collection. Using the body as a point of departure, these three artists explore issues of identity, process, and space. Gallery talk with curator Laura Mintz: Thursday, April 5, 7pm. (Through April 15)

Robert Sabuda: pop-up illustration from "Dinosaurs (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series)" @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Robert Sabuda: pop-up illustration from "Dinosaurs (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series)" @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Pop Up! The Magical World of Moveable Books @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. From the collection of Barbara and Bernard Shapiro, this exhibition of the history and wonder of pop-up books features diverse genres, from whimsy and fantasy to the worlds of art, history and science. Published books by the Munich-based illustrator Lothar Meggandorfer (1847-1925), multi-media artist Red Grooms, and pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart will be on view with selected original illustrations. (Through April 22)

Robert Gwathmey: Sun Up @ Williams Museum College of Art

Robert Gwathmey: Sun Up @ Williams Museum College of Art

African Americans and the American Scene, 1929-1945 @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibition exploring the role of African Americans in the visual and performing arts during the Great Depression featuring Thomas Hart Benton, Walker Evans, Robert Gwathmey, Dorothea Lange, Aaron Siskind, and Marion Post Wolcott. Artwork by African American artists Samuel Brown, Jacob Lawrence, and William H. Johnson will highlight the ways that black artists engaged with the American Scene movement. The visual art from the 30s and 40s will be paired with Barbara Morgan’s photographs of African American modern dancer Pearl Primus and artistic storyboards from the film Emperor Jones, starring Paul Robeson. (Through April 22)

Nancy Grossman: Suet @ The Tang

Nancy Grossman: Suet (detail) @ The Tang

Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. For over five decades, Nancy Grossman has created a powerful body of work that combines exquisite craftsmanship with a long-standing exploration of the nature of violence and power. The exhibition will feature a range of work from the artist’s immense oeuvre, including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage, and sculpture. (Through May 20)

Jay Connaway: Trouble @ The Arkell Museum

Jay Connaway: Trouble @ The Arkell Museum

Rising From the Sea: The Art of Jay Hall Connaway @ The Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. Works inspired by both the coastline of Monhegan Island and the landscape of Vermont by Impressionist painter Jay Connaway . (Through May 22, 2012)

Works by Bryan Nash Gill @ The Berkshire Museum

Works by Bryan Nash Gill @ The Berkshire Museum

Bryan Nash Gill: Beyond The Landscape @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Abstract sculptures, works on paper, and installations inspired by the natural world. (Through May 28)

Works by Ryan and Trevor Oakes  @ EMPAC

Works by Ryan and Trevor Oakes @ EMPAC

Ryan + Trevor Oakes: The Periphery of Perception @ EMPAC, Troy. A ten year retrospective of the work of identical twins Ryan and Trevor Oakes, who have been in residence at EMPAC this winter. The exhibit, which includes a commissioned drawing of EMPAC’s Concert Hall, examines the nature of visual perception, aiming to discover methods that constitute key advancements in the representation of visual reality. Opens Tuesday, February 21. Panel discussion with Ryan and Trevor Oakes, writer Damien James and photographer Michael Benson: Wednesday, April 18, 6pm. (Through May 31)

Donald Moffett: Gold/Landscape #2 @ The Tang

Donald Moffett: Gold/Landscape #2 @ The Tang

Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An original member of ACT UP and the 1980s AIDS activist collective Gran Fury, Moffett has been a persistent and influential presence on the New York art scene; this first comprehensive survey of his work selects from nine important bodies of work that reveal his sustained political engagement and explore how he interrogates and blurs the definition of painting, incorporating nontraditional materials such as video and photography. (Through June 3)

John James Audubon (After), Ruffed Grouse, (Plate XLI). Hand-colored engraving with etching and aquatint, by R. Havell.

John James Audubon: Ruffed Grouse @ The Berkshire Museum

Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. An exhibition that centers on John James Audubon and his passion for birds, which drove him to create The Birds of America, a revolutionary work of science and art that launched his reputation as the world’s most renowned wildlife artist (Through June 17)

Harry Gamboa, Jr. : Asco, The Gores  @ Williams College Museum of Art

Harry Gamboa, Jr.: Asco, The Gores @ Williams College Museum of Art

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987 @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The first retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco. Walk-through of the exhibition with curators: Friday, March 2, 4:30pm. Artists reception: Friday, March 2, 5:30-7pm. Symposium: Saturday, March 3. (Through July 29)

Stephen Vitiello: All Those Vanished Engines @ MASS MoCA

Stephen Vitiello: All Those Vanished Engines @ MASS MoCA

All Those Vanished Engines @ MASS Moca, North Adams. Inspired by a text commissioned from science fiction author and local North Adams resident Paul Park, Stephen Vitiello’s sound installation in MASS MoCA’s former Boiler Plant (a cavernous early 20th-century brick and steel building that stands separate from the main galleries) reimagines the space as cover for a secret, experimental project exploring the industrial production of sound. The installation includes 20 sources of sound from multiple locations throughout the building using sound recordings from both off and on-site.

Works by Anna Betbeze @ MASS MoCA

Works by Anna Betbeze @ MASS MoCA

Anna Betbeze: New Work @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Using Greek Flokati carpets as a ground for a mix of pigments that range from brilliant to muddy, Anna Betbeze creates unexpectedly textural paintings that verge on the sculptural.

François-Joseph Navez: Musical Group @ The Clark

François-Joseph Navez: Musical Group @ The Clark

Clark Remix @ The Clark, Williamstown. A salon-style installation of works from The Clark’s permanent collection, including some 80 paintings, 20 sculptures and 300 examples of decorative arts. Visitors will be able to create their own “curatorial remix” of the collection through an interactive project called uCurate, available in the gallery and on the Clark’s website and can then submit them to a gallery that will be featured at clarkart.edu. The Clark’s curatorial team will regularly review the submissions, and will select the best of these for exhibitions that will be presented at the Clark. (Through Jan. 1, 2014)

Jane Philbrick: The Expanded Field @ MASS MoCA

Jane Philbrick: The Expanded Field @ MASS MoCA

Jane Philbrick: The Expanded Field @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An immersive 1.5-acre landscape consisting of a progressive sequence of site-specific elements, including The Asphalt Meadow, which transforms the back access road and disintegrating asphalt lots into a welcoming green space; The Rounds, made of rammed earth and dry stack stone; and The Body Pockets, planted with elfin thyme and cut into the diagonal slope of the three-tiered stonewall (formerly the foundation and retaining walls for a building razed in 2004.)

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