ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

Works by George Guarino @ Uncommon Grounds

Works by George Guarino @ Uncommon Grounds

Pick a Point in a Picture: New Mind Model Works @ Uncommon Grounds, Albany. Thirty digital collages by George Guarino that are meant to serve as focal points for meditation, self-growth and insight. Guarino will be on hand to discuss his process for enhanced viewing of the artwork on Friday, May 24, 7-9pm and again on Friday, June 28, 7-9pm. (Through July 2)

Jason Middlebrook:  Inspired by Asian Pear Wrapping @ MASS MoCA

Jason Middlebrook: Inspired by Asian Pear Wrapping @ MASS MoCA

Jason Middlebrook @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. For the past decade, Jason Middlebrook has been exploring the complex relationship between man and nature in his sculptures, installations, paintings and large-scale drawings. Responding to the unusual scale of MASS MoCA’s gallery, the artist will be working with planks that in some instances reach tree-like heights, while others will retain a human scale. Middlebrook will also debut a new monumental mobile that will function like a fountain within the gallery. Titled Falling Water after Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Kaufman residence, the work continues the artist’s exploration of manufactured nature while adding a twist to Wright’s notions of living in harmony with the environment. Opens May 26. (Through April 7)

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Works by Joseph Montgomery @ MASS MoCA

Works by Joseph Montgomery @ MASS MoCA

Joseph Montgomery: Five Sets Five Reps @ Mass Moca, North Adams. New York-based painter Joseph Montgomery creates compact abstract assemblages (many measuring only 12 x 10 inches) by layering a range of materials — a base vocabulary of sorts — including wood, clay, cardboard, fiberglass, paper, and wire. These elements take on the appearance of painterly gesture, each functioning like a brushstroke. The earliest of these works developed from the artist’s attempts to veil or destroy paintings which he found too earnest or too personal. These rejected works become a support for his subsequent collages and are at times cannibalized as material fragments in newer works. Opens May 26. (Through April 7, 2014)

Renee Iacone: Stacks 102, 104, 103 @ John Davis Gallery

Renee Iacone: Stacks 102, 104, 103 @ John Davis Gallery

Renee Iacone: Stacks & Artifacts @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. John Davis Gallery’s new exhibition season opens with six solo shows featuring Renee Iacone in the main galleries showing Stacks & Artifacts, a series of stone cairns, and Jon Isherwood in the Sculpture Garden with three hand-carved, eight-feet-tall sculptures in granite and marble. In the Carriage House are sculptures by Victoria Palermo and paintings by David Hornung, Cecelia Rembert and Herbert Reichert. Artists’ reception: Saturday, May 25, 6-8pm. (Through June 16)

Elissa Goldstone: Playboy zine @ MASS MoCA

Elissa Goldstone: Playboy zine @ MASS MoCA

Love to Love You @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An exhibition that brings together artists who explore fandom as a unique opportunity for shared social experience and extreme personal obsession, presenting fans not as passive spectators but active participants in culture. Whether making memorabilia, writing fan fiction, or singing karaoke, fans become creators as much as consumers of culture; by looking at the social culture of fandom, this exhibition poses questions about authorship, collectivity, and our place in the hierarchy of cultural production. Participating artists include Mark Bennett, Eric Doeringer, Elissa Goldstone, Jason Lazarus, Eva LeWitt, Patrick McDonough and Jeremy Shaw. Opens May 26. (Through January 5, 2014)

Sculptures by Guillaume Leblon @ MASS MoCA

Sculptures by Guillaume Leblon @ MASS MoCA

Guillaume Leblon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. This first solo exhibition of Paris-based sculptor Guillaume Leblon’s work in a U.S. museum will feature a selection of works made over the last decade, in addition to two major new projects created for MASS MoCA. While his works refuse a single reading, they often conjure images of the ruin and the passage of time, bringing the present and the past into contact. Leblon can transform everyday components into sculptures that attain a relic-like quality or the aura of a classical statue. Opens May 26. (Through April 7, 2014)

John Jackson: Kitchen Wizard @ The West Kortright Center

John Jackson: Kitchen Wizard @ The West Kortright Center

John Jackson: Whimsical Metal Sculptures @ West Kortright Centre, East Meredith. John Jackson has been creating sculptures for over 35 years using a sculpture palette consisting mainly of bike and motorcycle parts, distressed musical instruments, old tools and gleanings from flea markets. Favorite themes are musicians, masks, critters, and banksters behind bars. Opening reception: Friday, May 24, 5-7pm. (Through July 8)


Last Chance To See:

(left) Paul Schuchman: Color Panels, no. 7 and (right) Peter Liepke: Standing Guard @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

(left) Paul Schuchman: Color Panels, no. 7 and (right) Peter Liepke: Standing Guard
@ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Color Theory and Urban @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. “Color Theory” is a series of color study paintings by Paul Schuchman, a self-taught artist living in Hudson. Several years ago he retired as a cataloguer at the Frick Art Reference Library in New York and now devotes his time to painting and the study of the aesthetics of color and design. His color panels are carefully rendered bands of color outlined in contrasting narrower bands of color based on Josef Albers’ color theory.

“Urban” is a group photography exhibit featuring work by Kim McLean, Art Murphy, Elliott Kaufman, Laura Resen, Martin Rich, Peter Liepke and Harry Wilks. These seven photographers offer distinctly different urban views – romantic, abstracted, reflected, repetitive, even “re-imagined” cities. (Through May 26)


Continuing:

Works by Nicolette Callaway left) and Ruxana Saifi @ The Albany Barn

Works by Nicolette Callaway left) and Ruxana Saifi @ The Albany Barn

Seeing Green: Environmentally Conscious Art @ The Albany Barn, Albany. Works in a variety of media from local artists Nicolette Callaway, Cheryl Gowie, Nicole Levy, Ruxana Saifi and Grace Tatara. The exhibit will also feature artwork from six local students, winners of the 2nd annual city-wide “Building Communities” Youth Art Contest. (Through May 31)

Works by Alexandre Arrechea (top) and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo @ Art Omi

Works by Alexandre Arrechea (top) and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo @ Art Omi

Skyline Adrift: Cuban Art and Architecture @ Omi International Arts Center, Ghent.
Large-scale architectonic installations by Cuban architects Yilena Lourdes Feitó Echarri and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and internationally renowned Cuban visual artists Alexandre Arrechea and Armando Mariño Calzado. (Through May)

Pamela Avril: Rain @ Schick Art Gallery

Pamela Avril: Rain (detail) @ Schick Art Gallery

The Mythic Figure @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of works by sculptors William Tucker and Ed Smith and painter Pamela Avril. Inspired by classical mythology and using the human figure as a source and a subject, each often makes works that are life-sized or larger-than-life, reflect the struggle toward self-knowledge embodied in many archetypal myths, and attest to the relevance of mythology to contemporary culture. (Through May 19)

Works by Robert Carsten and Susan Stuart @ Saratoga Arts

Works by Robert Carsten and Susan Stuart @ Saratoga Arts

Configurations: Robert Carsten and Susan Stuart @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Paintings and pastels that examine to the importance of materials in our society and to the process of creating. (Through May 25)

Drawings by Joseph Ramée  @ Mandeville Gallery

Drawings by Joseph Ramée @ Mandeville Gallery

The Grand Design: Joseph Ramée’s Drawings for the Union College Campus @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. The design of the Union College campus has evolved over the years, but its original design was conceived by Joseph Ramée in 1813, making this year the 200th anniversary of that design. The stamp of the Ramée design is still evident in building placement and landscape cultivation. This exhibition of facsimiles of 45 drawings is from a portfolio found by accident in the attic of Old Chapel by Professor Codman Hislop in 1932, “its cover green with age.” (Through May 26)

The Art of Autism @ The Good Purpose Gallery

The Art of Autism @ The Good Purpose Gallery

The Art of Autism – Shifting Perspectives @ The Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. A group show of ten artists brought to the Good Purpose Gallery through the auspices of The Art of Autism, an international collaborative project that brings awareness of the creative abilities of people with autism to the general public. (Through May 27)

Martin Benjamin: Rifle, Colorado, 1973 (left) and Trey Anastasio, Palace Theater, Albany, NY, 1/26/2013 @ Clement Art Gallery

Martin Benjamin: Rifle, Colorado, 1973 (left) and
Trey Anastasio, Palace Theater, Albany, NY, 1/26/2013 @ Clement Art Gallery

A.R.T. – American Road Trip, Italy & Rock n’ Roll @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. For over forty years, photographer Martin Benjamin has captured images, stopping time and creating a moment. He has photographed political and sporting events as a photojournalist, created photo essays of other cultures as in his trips to Vietnam and had an award-winning series of photos in Life Magazine. Martin is probably most known for his hundreds of rock photos he has taken through the years, capturing iconic musicians both on and off stage, from Dylan to Springsteen and the Clash to the Kinks. This exhibition will feature three different aspects of Martin Benjamin’s character and personality behind the camera: images from his American Road Trip series, a series of prints from a visit to Italy in 2010 and his iconic rock n’ roll photography. (Through May 29)

Works by J.R. Wilson (left) and A. Duque @ Martinez Gallery

Works by J.R. Wilson (left) and A. Duque @ Martinez Gallery

Portraits: Looking into a Glass Darkly @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. A group show featuring G. Masline, J. Santos Solomon, S. Kantarowitz, R. Melendez, T. Lincer, J. Rodriguez, G. Tatara, M. Chernoff, V. Rodriguez, D. Goodabout, J.R. Wilson and A. Duque. (Through May 31)

Ansel Adams: Aspens and Andreas Andreas Feininger: Wentletrap Shell @ The Berkshire Museum

Ansel Adams: Aspens and Andreas Andreas Feininger: Wentletrap Shell @ The Berkshire Museum

Ansel Adams: Masterworks @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. This exhibition of 47 photographs by Ansel Adams (1902-1984), selected by Adams himself to represent the best of his life’s work, includes iconic landscapes and architectural studies. (Through June 2)

Nature Magnified: Photographs by Andreas Feininger @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Photographer Andreas Feininger, most well-known for his depictions of the city of New York, also excelled at capturing the intricate details of nature. A series of shell images are paired with actual shells from the Museum’s expansive natural science collection. (Through June 2)

Works by Melanie Kozol @ Courthouse Gallery

Works by Melanie Kozol @ Courthouse Gallery

TreeHouse @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. New paintings by Melanie Kozol, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work focuses on color, light and the landscape with the Northeastern terrain – forests, rivers and oceans – as primary sites of her investigation. (Through June 7)

Norbert Schwontkowski: Dorian Gray @ Williams College Museum of Art

Norbert Schwontkowski: Dorian Gray @ Williams College Museum of Art

Painting Between The Lines @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Fourteen contemporary painters created newly commissioned paintings based on descriptions of paintings in historical and contemporary novels by authors such as Marcel Proust, Samuel Beckett, Sylvia Plath and Milan Kundera. By examining the ways contemporary artists look at storytelling, literature and writing as expressions of individual thought, the show aims to looks at the state of contemporary painting today, presenting some of its most innovative practitioners such as Laylah Ali, Marcel Dzama, and Fred Tomaselli. (Through June 9)

Photographs by Fred Scruton: Amber Groome (left) and Joe Minter @ BCB ART

Photographs by Fred Scruton: Amber Groome (left) and Joe Minter @ BCB ART

Visionaries: Outsider Portraits by Fred Scruton @ BCB Art, Hudson. Fred Scruton travels extensively throughout the country to document self-taught artists and their work, examining the vitality of visions formed outside of the artistic mainstream. This exhibition focuses on environmental portraiture within the personal worlds each artist has created. Also on view will be a group show of gallery artists, including work by Ching Ho Cheng, Frank Cresotti, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Emily Gui, Julie McCarthy, Dan Welden and others. (Through June 9)

Shanna Saldaña: I Want the Cat Ears @ Wikoff Student Gallery

Shanna Saldaña: I Want the Cat Ears @ Wikoff Student Gallery

LGBTQ @ Wikoff Student Gallery, Union College, Schenectady. The fifth annual exhibition of LGBTQ-themed artwork includes pieces by both students and alumni, working in painting, photography, film, and rap performance. (Through June 13)

William H. Haney: Antiseptic agent attacks hydrophobic membrane of planktonic @ Limner Gallery

`William H. Haney: Antiseptic agent attacks hydrophobic membrane of planktonic @ Limner Gallery

Art Biologic @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. Twenty seven contemporary artists interpret the biological world in this exhibition featuring traditional and eclectic works in all media by regional, national and international artists. (Through June 15)

The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit @ Albany Institute of History & Art

The Legacy of Currier & Ives @ Albany Institute of History & Art

The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit @ Albany Institute of History & Art. An exhibition featuring sixty-four hand-colored lithographs that pays tribute to the popular nineteenth-century printmakers and their role in establishing a form of mass media that was inexpensive and eagerly sought by ordinary people. (Through June 15)

Photographs by Jeff Jacobson @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Photographs by Jeff Jacobson @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Jeff Jacobson: The Last Roll @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. Works by Jeff Jacobson in the wake of his diagnosis with Lymphoma a few days before Christmas of 2004 and the subsequent announcement of the elimination of his beloved film Kodachrome – the tool which shaped his artistic vision over the course of his career in photography – by its manufacturer, Kodak. Artist presentation and book signing: Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. (Through June 16)

Robin Schwartz: Greyhound Hair, Paris @ The Center for Photography @ Woodstock

Robin Schwartz: Greyhound Hair, Paris @ The Center for Photography @ Woodstock

Photography Now 2013 @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. This years’ installment of the annual Photography Now exhibition presents eight artists who employ photography to put forth varied discourses within the documentary genre. Noah Addis, Alinka Echeverria, Ilona Szwarc and Samantha VanDoren look outwards into society, exploring timely or pertinent subjects ranging from forays into surreal subcultures to records of international movements and events. Beth Chucker, Ayala Gazit, Gary Grenell and Robin Schwartz each turn inwards with their work, training their eyes on conflicts and pleasures close to home. (Through June 16)

Benjamin Dimmitt: Palm Hammock, Titusville, Florida and Debi Milligan: First Light, Last Light #1 @ Davis Orton Gallery

(left) Benjamin Dimmitt: Palm Hammock, Titusville, Florida and Debi Milligan: First Light, Last Light #1 @ Davis Orton Gallery

Benjamin Dimmitt, Debi Milligan, Keiko Sono @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Primitive Florida is a series by Benjamin Dimitt investigating the wetlands, palm hammocks and low-lying forests of Florida, while Deb Milligan’s First Light, Last Light observes the conversation between light and form – the way everything is transformed through the light; now here, then suddenly gone forever. Keiko Sono’s video installation, 110 Days of Winter, follows the formation and evolution of an ice layer on a Catskill boulder from December to April, condensing the five-month-long process into a 40-minute loop. Also on display are portfolio showcases by Kent Krugh and Anna Beeke. Reception: Saturday, May 18, 6-8pm. (Through June 23)

Merritt Johnson: Waterfall Face @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture

Merritt Johnson: Waterfall Face @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture

Re-Place Kahonios @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. An exhibition of work by native artist Merritt Johnson that honors the peaceful return of 100 acres of sacred land at Cohoes Falls back to the Haudenosaunee, League of Iroquois, by Brookfield Renewable Energy Company. Artist lecture: Sunday June 9, 1pm. (Through June 23)

Ceramics by Regis Brodie @ The Laffer Gallery

Ceramics by Regis Brodie @ The Laffer Gallery

Adventures in Space @ Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Ceramics by Regis Brodie, Emeritus Professor of Art at Skidmore College. Opening reception: Friday, May 17, 6-9pm (Through June 23)

Works by Emily Dorr @ Albany Center Gallery

Works by Emily Dorr @ Albany Center Gallery

The Study @ Albany Center Gallery. Works by local artists MammalSoap, Emily Dorr, ♥Neener and Patrick Picou Harrington that explore the natural world from the comfort of the home environment. Artists reception: June 7, 5-9pm. (Through June 29)

R.O. Blechman: Whistler’s Mother @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

R.O. Blechman: Whistler’s Mother @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

R.O. Blechman: The Inquiring Line @ @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. A celebrated illustrator, animator, children’s book author, graphic novelist, and editorial cartoonist, R.O. Blechman is well known for his memorable advertisements for Alka-Seltzer and Capezio, among others, and for his witty illustrations for The New Yorker and The Huffington Post. His imagery for magazines, illustrated books, advertisements, and animations will be on view. (Through June 30)

Labeltalk 2013: India @ Williams College Museum of Art

Labeltalk 2013: India @ Williams College Museum of Art

Labeltalk 2013: India @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The ninth exhibition in the Labeltalk series, exhibitions that aim to explore works of art from a broad range of perspective, this show focuses on Indian art, inviting Williams professors from a broad range of disciplines to write short responses to the works. Also on view: Teaching with Art: The Persian Image, an array of Persian paintings dating from the 15th to the 20th century. (Through June 30)

Chuck Miller: Midnight at the Palace Theater @ The Living Room

Chuck Miller: Midnight at the Palace Theater @ The Living Room

A Dream in the Dash @ The Living Room, Albany. This exhibit, the grand opening a new exhibition space at the historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, will feature photography and “Dream Windows” by Albany artist Chuck Miller who has framed some of his works in actual windows removed from very old buildings. (Through July 17)

Alfred Stieglitz: The Steerage @ Arkell Museum

Alfred Stieglitz: The Steerage @ Arkell Museum

Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection @ Arkell Gallery, Canajohaire. The 30 photographers included in this exhibition have extensive histories that span thematic periods and artistic styles. Taking their cues from master photographers like Edward Steichen, artists such as Berenice Abbott and Manuel Alvarez Bravo built on that foundation in order to explore the very art of photography. (Through July 20)

Kyle Adams: Kids Playing on Hay Bales @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Kyle Adams: Kids Playing on Hay Bales @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Plowshares: Living Close to the Land @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. This group photography exhibit highlights the agrarian, pastoral and utilitarian aspects of our landscape as well as sustainable economics and lifestyles. Participating artists include regional journalist Kyle Adams, old-process revivalist and rural life chronicler Craig Barber, digital and alternative process specialist Dan Burkholder, conceptualist and photogram experimenter Jared Handelsman, East Texas photo teacher and pin-hole master Vaughn Wascovich and others. (Through July 27)

Corita Kent: come alive @ TheTang

Corita Kent: come alive @ The Tang

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. A major retrospective of graphic artist, activist and educator Corita Kent including iconic images from the turbulent 1960s and 70s. (Through July 28)

Works by Shoji Hamada (left) and Shinsaku Hamada  @ Harrison Gallery

Works by Shoji Hamada (left) and Shinsaku Hamada @ Harrison Gallery

Points of Connection: Generations of Mingei @ The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. In 1918, the British potter Bernard Leach visited Japan where he met a young, then unknown now legendary, potter Shoji Hamada in the small village of Mashiko. This friendship sparked the resurgence of the mingei aesthetic, from which sprung the life force of modern Japanese ceramics. Mingei, the “art of the people,” aspires to celebrate beauty in the functional.

Shoji Hamada, one of Japan’s National Living Treasures, mentored Tatsuzo Shimaoka, also a National Living Treasure, who in turn mentored Ken Matsuzaki. Shinsaku Hamada, son of Shoji, continued the tradition, passing it along to his son, Tomoo Hamada, who, along with Yoshinori Hagiwara, represent the contemporary work in this lineage. Inspired by Bernard Leach, Phil Rogers carries on the legacy in Great Britian. (Through July)

Xu Bing: Phoenix @ MASS MoCA

Xu Bing: Phoenix @ MASS MoCA

Xu Bing: Phoenix @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, featuring two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China.

(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and Egyptian cartonnage @ The Berkshire Museum

(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and Egyptian cartonnage @ The Berkshire Museum

Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A major new exhibition of some of the most significant and fascinating objects from the Museum’s holdings of more than 50,000 artworks, specimens, and artifacts. (Through September 1)

Some Assembly Required @ Albany International Airport Gallery
Some Assembly Required @ Albany International Airport Gallery. An exhibition focusing on collage, expressed through traditional cut paper techniques as well as hybrids of photography, film, painting and sculpture. Artists: Todd Bartel, Allen Bryan, Laura Christensen, Susan Spencer Crowe, Paul Forte, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Niki Haynes, Andrea Hersh, Elana Herzog, Thomas Huber, Mary Lum, China Marks, Michael Oatman, Rob O’Neil, Rich Remsberg, Anne Roecklein. (Through September 8)

Russel Wright: The White Clover Line for Harker (photo: Adam Anik)

Russel Wright: The White Clover Line for Harker (photo: Adam Anik)

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design @ New York State Museum, Albany. An exhibition featuring the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, exploring his career from the 1920s through the 1970s and including approximately 40 objects along with photographs and design sketches. (Through December 31)

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)

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