ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

Wendell Minor: Look to the Stars @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Wendell Minor: Look to the Stars @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Wendell Minor’s America @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor drew his way through childhood in Aurora, Illinois, inspired by America’s heartland and the richly illustrated magazines that were so much a part of life at the time. Determined to forge a career as an artist, he sold his beloved 1955 Chevy to pursue his studies at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida, and moved to New York in 1968, with little more than his portfolio in hand. Since then, his striking visual narratives and elegant designs have appeared on nearly two thousand book covers and more than fifty children’s books. This exhibition celebrates the artist’s four-decade career,with more than 150 artworks gleaned from his expansive visual chronicles, and commentary reflecting on his collaborations with prominent authors, scientists, and historians. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, who has collaborated with the artist on such books as “1776,” “John Adams,” and “Truman,” will offer remarks during a special exhibition opening on Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6-8:30pm. (Through May 26)

Paintings by Warner Friedman @ The Berkshire Museum

Paintings by Warner Friedman @ The Berkshire Museum

Exquisite Illusion @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Paintings by Warner Friedman and assemblages by Michael Zelehoski, curated by Van Shields, Berkshire Museum’s executive director. Zelehoski reconstructs three-dimensional found wooden objects, like crates and pallets, into two-dimensional picture planes, while Friedman’s paintings feature spare landscapes framed by unexpected architectural details. Opening reception and curators’ talk: Saturday, November 9, 5-7pm. (Through January 2)

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Paintings by Colin Brant @ The Berkshire Museum

Paintings by Colin Brant @ The Berkshire Museum

Radical Transformation @ The Berkshire Musem, Pittsfield. An exhibition of works by two area-based painters, Janet Rickus and Colin Brant, curated by artist and critic, Carol Diehl. Rickus is known for her meticulous still life paintings of fruits and vegetables, while Brant’s subject is lush landscape that often includes vignettes of people at play. Opening reception and curators’ talk: Saturday, November 9, 5-7pm. (Through January 2)

Claude Carone: Untitled @ John Davis Gallery

Claude Carone: Untitled @ John Davis Gallery

Claude Carone @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Abstract paintings by Claude Carone that examine the border between the unconscious and the dream state. Artist’s reception: Saturday, November 9, 6-8pm. (Through December 1)

Also Noted:

Lecture: Printmaking Techniques in a A World of Prints @ Mandeville Art Gallery, Schenectady. Sandy Wimer, senior lecturer and printmaker at the Union College Visual Arts Department, will discuss prints in the current exhibition, focusing on the techniques used in their making. Tuesday, November 12, 12:50-1:50pm.

At Freeman’s Farm @ Rockhill Bakehouse Café, Glens Falls. In honor of Veterans Day, The Lake George Arts Project has invited Saratoga Springs poet Marilyn McCabe to discuss and show her video poem, “At Freeman’s Farm,” which combines her poetry with the words and recollections of area veterans and images from the Saratoga battlefield from videographer Peter Veradi, a Vietnam veteran himself. Monday, November 11, 7pm.

Salon 2013 @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. The annual member’s fine art and craft exhibition and sale. Opening reception: Saturday, November 9, 4-8pm. (Through January 4)

Wren Panzella @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. A display of current works by Wren Panzella, including sketches of performing jazz musicians will be on display through November 14. Panzella will demonstrate the start to finish process she uses when creating a glass transfer painting on Friday, November 8, beginning at 5pm.


Last Chance To See:

Works by Brian Cirmo and Jill Shoffiett @ Saratoga Arts

Works by Brian Cirmo and Jill Shoffiett @ Saratoga Arts

American Storytellers: Brian Cirmo, Jill Shoffiett @ SCAC Arts Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Based on childhood memory and fantasy, Jill Shofiett depicts scenes of an imaginary south – an escape to a private, delirious utopia. From re-purposed washing machines, homemade roller coasters, weather-beaten structures and the general detritus of daily life in rural America, she creates a narrative about industrious, embattled creators who are inventing a curious, isolated world in which they inhabit.

Influenced by American history, literature and music, Brian Cirmo creates an environment where the protagonist, inebriated from whiskey, war and solitariness, loses all sense of time in a dystopian landscape while searching for the meaning of being American. (Through November 9)

Jeanette Fintz: Greenlight @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Jeanette Fintz: Greenlight @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Shapeshifter @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Benigna Chilla, Jeanette Fintz, Mona Mark and D. Jack Solomon. (Through November 10)

Paintings by Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat @ BCB Art

Paintings by Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat @ BCB Art

The Wonder Verified and Fulfilled @ BCB Art, Hudson. New paintings by Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, who notes they are “a product of my fascination with Buddhist imagery and reflect my limited understanding of Zen, to whatever limit it can be understood. These serious matters are then blended with brightly colored cartoon craziness, and what emerges is just my way of looking at the world. Also on display will be a group show featuring gallery artists: Ching Ho Cheng, Barbara Friedman, Bill Seaman, Erik Hanson, Garth Evans, Will Pflaum, Eric Rhein, Ed Smith and others. (Through November 10)

Carla Shapiro: Halloween @ Davis Orton Gallery

Carla Shapiro: Halloween @ Davis Orton Gallery

Carla Shapiro: Memory and Longing and Kate Sterlin: Family @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Carla Shapiro uses found photographs, scanning them and altering them digitally, prints them in platinum/palladium and then adds paper, fabric and bric-a-brac to their surfaces to create a collaged effect. Carla Shapiro works in black and white including documentary street photography and intimate portraiture. Also on display: portfolio showcases by Andi Schreiber and Shane Welch.(Through November 10)


Continuing:

Paintings by Anne Diggory  @ The Spring Street Gallery

Paintings by Anne Diggory @ The Spring Street Gallery

What the Trees Say: Saratoga’s Changing Treescapes @ The Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Works by Anne Diggory from 1977 to 2013 that focus on the treescapes of Saratoga Springs. Inspired by the Urban Forestry Project of Sustainable Saratoga, Diggory has taken a fresh look at a subject matter that interested her over thirty years ago and intermittently during the years in between. The exhibition juxtaposes the new works with a large body of paintings from her early years and images of what those scenes look like today. Gallery talk: Saturday, October 5, 2pm. (Through November 16)

Adriaen Collaert: Slaughter of the Innocents @ Mandeville Gallery

Adriaen Collaert: Slaughter of the Innocents @ Mandeville Gallery

A World of Prints: Selections from the Union College Permanent Collection @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Prints from the 15th to the 20th century featuring works by Josef Albers, Paul Cézanne, Adriaen Collaert, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Honoré Daumier, Francisco José de Goya, Joe Goode, Robert Graham, David Hockney, Oskar Kokoschka, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Edouard Manet, Jean-François Millet, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Francesco Piranesi, Ken Price, Joseph Raffael, Edward Ruscha, Frank Stella, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo and Michael Wolgemut. A variety of subjects are included, both abstract and representational, demonstrating a number of techniques including etching, engraving, lithography, screen-printing and woodcut. (Through November 17)

Anthony Montes: Que Rico @ Union College Atrium

Anthony Montes: Que Rico @ Union College Atrium

Reality of Placement @ Union College Atrium, Schenectady. An exhibition of contemorary Latin America art that addresses the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to the experiences of migration globally and the people, ideas and objects that pass from one culture to another. Exhibiting artists include: Alain Gutierrez, Carlos Barberena, Carlos Solis, Dio-Genes Abreu, Ismael Checo, karen Macher, Jamie Rodriguez, Lssette Solorzano, Alexis Mendoza, Anthony Montes, Patricia Henriquez, Jesus Rivera, Miguel Lescano, Luis Stephenberg, Ramon Peralta, Roxanna Melendez, Xavier Figueroa. (Through November 22)

(left) Ahrong Kim: I am NOT Angry and (right) Kelly Blevins: Self @ Limner Gallery

(left) Ahrong Kim: I am NOT Angry and (right) Kelly Blevins: Self @ Limner Gallery

A Show Heads @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. The Limner’s annual portraiture exhibition is a large group show in a wide-ranging styles and media. (Through November 24)

Paintings by Dylan L.L. @ ArtCentric Gallery

Paintings by Dylan L.L. @ ArtCentric Gallery

Damn Your Eyes @ ArtCentric Gallery, Troy. New paintings by Dylan L.L.. (Through November 25)

Willie Marlow: Yellow Track @ Carmen's Cafe

Willie Marlow: Yellow Track @ Carmen’s Cafe

A Splash of Color: Paintings by Willie Marlowe @ Carmen’s Café, Troy. Willie Marlowe’s vibrant abstract paintings, curated by Jim Lewis. Artist’s reception: September 19, 5-8pm. (Through November 25)

Paintings by Robert Moylan @ Clement Gallery

Paintings by Robert Moylan @ Clement Gallery

Robert Moylan – Paintings from his 50th Year @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Robert Moylan’s landscapes are brightly colored celebrations, in the tradition of the Hudson River School, of the rural beauty of Rensselaer and Washington counties. (Through November 30)

Jane Dickson: Out of Here Tail Lights @ Art Omi

Jane Dickson: Out of Here Tail Lights @ Art Omi

Jane Dickson: Out of Here – Paintings 1999-2013 @ Art Omi, Ghent. An exhibition of five large-scale oil paintings on Astroturf by New York based artist Jane Dickson. Utilizing a cinematic depth of field, along with a heightened palette, distant perspective and low horizon to emphasize the immensity of sky, Dickson’s “Out of Here” paintings manifest existential melancholy, as well as a sense of quiet solitude. (Through November 30)

Gésine Hackenberg: Fruit Basket Earrings @ Sienna Gallery

Gésine Hackenberg: Fruit Basket Earrings @ Sienna Gallery

Gésine Hackenberg @ Sienna Gallery, Lenox. Amsterdam-based jewelry artist Gésine Hackenberg creates skillfully-crafted works inspired by everyday household objects. By cutting her ceramic jewelry directly from items of tableware, Hackenberg transposes the personal or historical essence of the object, and a ‘ghost‘ of the jewelry is created by the holes left in the ceramic, enabling us to appreciate the original item in a new context. (Through November 30)

They Dance For Rain @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

They Dance For Rain @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

They Dance For Rain @ The Lichtenstein Center For The Arts (Facebook), Pittsfield. Since January of 2012, They Dance For Rain has brought Tap shoes and the art form of Tap Dance to people with an interest and need for this unique kind of artistic self-expression. This exhibit features photographs, videos and stories from dancer Stefanie Weber and photographer Monika Pizzichemi’s 2013 residency in Nairobi. (Through November 30)

Rewilderment @ MCLA Gallery 51

Rewilderment @ MCLA Gallery 51

Rewilderment: Passing Through the Veil Between Worlds @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Exploring themes of ritual, witchcraft, hybridity and mediumistic practices, this show of collaborative and solo work by Sarah Falkner, Shannon Taggart and Ryder Cooley includes drawings, altars, spirit photography, video, performance residue and artifacts.

The Rewilderment collaboration began as a series of performance rituals created by Cooley and Falkner in 2011. Through this collaboration, the artists created videos, costumes, mystical symbols, tattoos and performance works, working in a number of significant sites including burial grounds, swamps and gardens. They also worked with a variety of elements such as poison ivy, goats, rabbits, gingerbread houses and animal relics. In 2012, Falkner and Cooley began a collaboration with Taggart, a photographer, who since has documented a number of their performative actions.

A selection of these photographs will be on display, along with props, objects and residue from the rituals. According to Cooley, Rewilderment draws inspiration from fairy tales, remote viewing experiments, spirit communications, lunar navigations and dowsing. The project as a whole sets forth to create hypnotic triggers as gateways for otherworldly phenomena. (Through December 1)

David Grainger: Polarized Landscapes @ The Foundry

David Grainger: Polarized Landscapes @ The Foundry

David Grainger: Polarized Landscapes @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. Watercolor drawings, collages, and sculpture by David Grainger. Among the collages are portraits of individuals that seem encased in ice and suspended in abstracted seascapes, works in which Grainger mines a polar terrain for images at once abstract and figurative, political and absurd. Artist lecture: Sunday, December 1, 1pm. (Through December 1)

David Hammons: Bag Lady in Flight @ Williams College Museum of Art

David Hammons: Bag Lady in Flight @ Williams College Museum of Art

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibition that examines a pioneering group of black artists whose work and connections with other artists of varied ethnic backgrounds helped shape the creative output of Southern California, featuring approximately 140 works by thirty-three artists including Melvin Edwards, Fred Eversley, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, John Outterbridge, Alonzo Davis, Dale Brockman Davis, Noah Purifoy, Betye Saar and Charles White.(Through December 1)

Edward Kienholz: Bunny, Bunny, You’re So Funny @ Williams College Museum of Art

Edward Kienholz: Bunny, Bunny, You’re So Funny @ Williams College Museum of Art

72 Degrees: L.A. Art from the Collection @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Work by artists in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. Forging various West Coast aesthetics that included assemblage, Finish Fetish, and Conceptualism, these artists departed from traditional modes of representation by exploring materials in new ways. Artists featured in the show include Edward Kienholz, George Herms, Wallace Berman, Robert Heinecken, Ed Moses, Helen Pashgian, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos, Maren Hassinger, Richard Diebenkorn, Vija Celmins, and Ed Ruscha. (Through December 1)

Alan Siegel: Ascending (left) and Roller Derby (right) @ Kleinert/James Arts Center

Alan Siegel: Ascending (left) and Roller Derby (right) @ Kleinert/James Arts Center

Alan Siegel Works @ Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. Working in many artistic disciplines, blurring the lines between high art and functionality. Alan Siegel has made sculpture, paintings, furniture, drawings, constructions, designed magical houses–plus hybrids of all of these. (Through December 1)

Works by Zohar Lazar @ Hudson Opera House

Works by Zohar Lazar @ Hudson Opera House

Zohar Lazar @ Hudson Opera House. An exhibition of drawings by illustrator Zohar Lazar, a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, and numerous other publications. (Through December 7)

Works by Ed Osborn @ HVCC Teaching Gallery

Works by Ed Osborn @ HVCC Teaching Gallery

Field Elevations: Works by Ed Osborn @ HVCC Teaching Gallery, Troy. Finnish-born installation artist Ed Osborn, originally trained as a composer in traditional music, moved into art in the early 1990s and produced a body work in many forms of electronic media. In “Field Elevations,” Osborn uses low-tech gadgetry to create sculptures that can be activated to make sounds and evoke experiences that come from our everyday lives. (Through December 7)

Charlotta Westergren: War on Terror @ The Esther Massry Gallery

Charlotta Westergren: War on Terror @ The Esther Massry Gallery

Charlotta Westergren: Progeny @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Paintings on linen, lamé and aluminum,works on paper and video works that examine our relationship with time and the increasing difficulty of stopping and slowing it in the modern age. (Through December 8)

Kahn & Selesnick: Three Bats in a Boat @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Kahn & Selesnick: Three Bats in a Boat @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Storytellers and Conjurers @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Works by Kahn & Selesnick, Eileen Murphy, Louise Laplante, Adam Cohen and Claire Lofrese. (Through December 8)

 Kate Gilmore: Anything and Suzanne McClelland: Furtive Gesture (detail) @ The University Art Museum

Kate Gilmore: Anything and Suzanne McClelland: Furtive Gesture (detail) @
The University Art Museum

Kate Gilmore: A Tisket, A Tasket and Suzanne McClelland: Furtive Gesture_CEDEpart2 @ University Art Museum, Albany. As the sole protagonist in her performative videos, Kate Gilmore struggles to overcome absurd and manufactured challenges – climbing out of holes, jumping rope in heels, squeezing out of tight spots, using her body to explore physical limits and social norms. Suzanne McClelland is best known for incorporating language with vivid abstract compositions. Riffing off the word cede and its homonym seed, McClelland’s hybrid presentation considers the many ways in which power shifts, separates, and grows. (Through December 14)

Vets: Portraits of Veterans of War @ Spencertown Academy

Vets: Portraits of Veterans of War @ Spencertown Academy

VETS: Portraits of Veterans of War @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center. Pittsfield resident Bill Wright, a veteran of Desert Storm/Shield, exhibits this deeply personal series of portraits of US veterans. Opening reception, catered by Culinary Command, a nonprofit program created by local Chef David Robinson for retooling and retraining veterans and active U.S. military for careers in food, restaurant, hotel and hospitality industries: (Through December 15)

An Armory Show @ The Opalka

An Armory Show @ The Opalka

An Armory Show @ The Opalka Gallery, Albany. The 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York City, now simply referred to as “The Armory Show,” introduced America to Modernism. 100 years later, this exhibition by Michael Oatman and Kenneth Ragsdale investigates the dynamic changes that occurred in the art world in general as a result of its occurrence, and the history of its effect on the artistic life of the Capital Region. A salon, an exhibition within the installation, will include the work of over 40 artists from the region. (Through December 15)

Dozier Bell: Roost @ Schick Art Gallery

Dozier Bell: Roost @ Schick Art Gallery

Charcoal! @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Works by David Nash, Dozier Bell, Dragna Crnjak, Maggie Evans, April Gornik, Ken Greenleaf, Scott Hunt, Susan Hauptman, Anthony Mitri, Emily Nelligan, Kate Ten Eyck and John Walker. Curated by Schick Gallery Director Paul Sattler in conjunction with the faculty gallery committee, the exhibit includes 33 drawings, three sculptures, and one installation created on site. The works represent a wide range of styles and subject matter, from moody interiors and atmospheric skyscapes to linear abstractions and figurative pieces that suggest mysterious but compelling narratives. (Through December 16)

Works by Haim Steinbach @ CSC Bard Hessel Museum

Haim Steinbach: Display #6 @ CSC Bard Hessel Museum

Haim Steinbach: Once Again The World Is Flat @ CSC Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition of a number of the artist’s grid-based paintings from the early 1970s, as well as a series of reconfigured historical installations and major new works created in relation to a selection of works drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection. The artworks in the exhibition span Steinbach’s forty-year career. (Through December 20)

Works by Helen Marten @ CSC Bard Hessel Museum

Helen Marten: Peanuts @ CSC Bard Hessel Museum

Helen Marten: No borders in a wok that can’t be crossed @ CSC Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson. Helen Marten has created a group of works in diverse media – from sculptures to wall pieces and videos – in a comprehensive installation including many new works created specifically for the CCS Bard exhibition. (Through December 20)

Works by Sandra Stephens, Maria Driscoll McMahon, Carla Rae Johnson and Ben Altman @ The Arts Center

Works by Sandra Stephens, Maria Driscoll McMahon, Carla Rae Johnson and Ben Altman
@ The Arts Center

2×2 Collective: double consciousness @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. A collaboration of four artists: Ben Altman, Maria Driscoll McMahon, Sandra Stephens and guest artist Carla Rae Johnson. Working with the gallery space in both traditional and non-traditional ways, the artists find common ground in their uses of the figure at the intersections of the social, political and the personal. (Through December 21)

Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson, Untitled @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery

Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson: Untitled @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery

Opener 25: Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson explores the overlap between painting and textile with shimmering paintings on woven silk thread. Often monumental in scale, her work takes its imagery from a range of sources, including brain scans, celestial objects, and most frequently, her native Icelandic landscape. (Through December 29)

Christie Scheele Continuing Progression @ Chace Randall Gallery

Christie Scheele Continuing Progression @ Chace Randall Gallery

Curator’s Summer 2013 Choice @ Chace Randall Gallery, Andes. Works by Keith Cardwell, Christie Scheele, Inverna Lockpez, Grant Collier, Judith Lamb, Rimer Cardillo and Michael Rich. (Through December 29)

The 2013 Mohawk Hudson Regional opens Friday at The Hyde Collection

The 2013 Mohawk Hudson Regional opens Friday at The Hyde Collection

2013 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. One of the oldest regionals in the country, this year the show is comprised of work by 75 artists selected by juror Dan Cameron. (Through December 29)

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Annex Show will open at The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls with an artists’ reception Friday, October 11, 8-10pm. (Through November 2) Also on display at The Hyde Collection: The Window Project, an installation consisting of eleven windows transformed into painted and assembled works of art by area youth, ages 16-21. (Through December 31)

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)

Paintings by Dmitri Freund @ Good Purpose Gallery

Paintings by Dmitri Freund @ Good Purpose Gallery

Dmitri Freund: Emerging Light @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Expressionist works by Russian-American painter Dmitri Freund. Also on display are Nina Evan’s painted glass tables. (Through January 2)

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. (Through January 5)

James Gurney - Waterfall City: Afternoon Light @ Arkell Museum

James Gurney – Waterfall City: Afternoon Light @ Arkell Museum

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney @ Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. The exhibition features Gurney’s original artwork used to illustrate the Dinotopia book series. (Through February 9)

Charles E. Burchfield: Fireflies and Lightning @ The New York State Museum

Charles E. Burchfield: Fireflies and Lightning @ The New York State Museum

Weather Event @ The New York State Museum, Albany. American painter Charles E. Burchfield’s depictions of the weather south of Lake Erie, where the artist lived for most of his life. Individual weather events are examined through both an artistic and scientific lens. (Through February 23)

Nude @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery

Nude @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery

Nude @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Stockbridge. Photography and mixed media in a broad range of styles by John Atchley, Peggy Braun, John Clarke, Greg Gorman, Eric Korenman, Hildy Kronen, Jack Krove, Mona Mark, Matuschka, Irmari Nacht, Lincoln Russell, Cassandra Sohn and Savannah Spirit. (Through February)

Painting by Leigh Wen @ The Albany Institute of History and Art

Painting by Leigh Wen @ The Albany Institute of History and Art

Big and Bold: Contemporary Paintings, Collage, and Sculpture from the Albany Institute’s Collection @ Albany Institute of History & Art. Paintings by Leigh Wen and Susan Stuart, collage by Michael Oatman and sculpture by Sharon Bates are a few of the works selected for the inaugural exhibition of the Institute’s newly renovated Lansing Gallery. (Through March 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. (Through April 7)

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. (Through April 7)

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.. (Through April 7)

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies @ Albany Institute of History and Art

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies @ Albany Institute of History and Art

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies @ Albany Institute of History and Art. An investigation of two ancient Egyptian mummies and their coffins, one dating from the 21st Dynasty and the other from the Ptolemaic Period, acquired by the Institute in 1909. (Through June 8, 2014)

Anselm Kiefer:  Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) @ MASS MoCA

Anselm Kiefer: Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) @ MASS MoCA


Anselm Kiefer @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MASS MoCA opens a 10,000 square-foot building devoted to the art of Anselm Kiefer. The exhibition will include Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead; The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la Revolution) , comprised of more than twenty lead beds with photographs and wall text; Velimir Chlebnikov , a steel pavilion containing 30 paintings dealing with nautical warfare and inspired by the quixotic theories of the Russian mathematical experimentalist Velimir Chlebnikov; and a new, large-format commission created by the artist specifically for the installation at MASS MoCA.

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