>Blueprint @ Union College Atrium, Schenectady. The works of Sharon Butler (painting), Peter Dudek (installation) and Victoria Palermo (sculpture) juxtaposed against a guidebook of Simon Mawer’s The Glass Room. Artists’ talk: Thursday, February 20, 3:30pm followed by a reception from 4:30-6pm. (Through February 27) 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) My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Works by New York photographer and author Judy Linn that focus on the late 1960s and 1970s and featuring 47 vintage, silver halide photographs of American poet-songwriter-punk artist Patti Smith and friends including Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard. Also on exhibit are 33 digital, ink-jet prints from the same era that reveal life in Detroit’s racially divided suburbs where Linn was a young newspaper photographer. Visiting artist events on Friday, February 7: Book signing: 4:30-5pm. Reception: 4-7pm. Artist’s lecture: 7:00pm. (Through February 28) OUTSIDER: Selections from the estate of Cynthia Coulter. @ BCB Art, Hudson. The late Cynthia Coulter was a well-respected artist who had a passion for collecting unique and unusual outsider art from her native state of Oklahoma, as well as from country locales in Texas, Illinois, and New York. This tribute exhibition will focus on select pieces from her impressive collection, such as ornate handmade lamps fashioned from ice cream sticks and marbles, tables made from twigs and sewing spools, colorful paintings and drawings, and carved and polychromed wooden animals. Per the artist’s wishes, all proceeds from the sale of these artworks will be donated to various charities, including the Texas Women’s Shelter and the US Humane Society. (Through February 28) George Guarino: It’s Agreeno @ Tierra Coffee Roasters, Albany. George Guarino’s digital triptychs of ink transfers on wood serve as focal points for meditation. Reception: Friday, February 7 (Albany First Friday), 6-8pm. (Through February 28) Playing With A Full Deck @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. In this fundraiser for the Greene County Council on the Arts’ Visual Arts Program, original works will be exhibited along with a limited edition deck of playing cards, designed by a star-studded list of 52 artists with Kiki Smith’s custom design for the card backs. Special events include a poker tournament on Saturday, February 8 at 6pm and an auction of works at the closing party on Saturday, March 1 at 7pm. Also on display: Maria Katzman: Quiet Space, a solo show of plein air oil paintings that chronicles the artist’s six-year residency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe cabins. (Through March 1) Bolton Brown: Strength and Solitude @ Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. This exhibition examines the lithographs and paintings of one of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Bolton Coit Brown, renowned for his expertise in lithography and as a mountaineer. (Through March 2) Other People’s Clothes @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. A solo exhibition of works by Brooklyn-based photographer Caleb Cole that convey a a visual expression of his experiences stepping into the shoes of the types of people he sees on a daily basis. Closing reception and artist lecture Sunday, March 2, 1pm. (Through March 2) Modern Artists @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Contemporary paintings and photographs, both figurative and abstract, by Tracy Helgeson, Katheryn Holt, Jenny Kemp, Newbold Bohemia, Donise English, Giselle Potter and Patty Neal. (Through March 2) 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) Dancing Princesses: The Picture Book Art of Ruth Sanderson @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. A renowned fantasy artist and illustrator of children’s literature, Ruth Sanderson has created imagery for more than seventy-five picture books, many of which bring classic tales to life. This special holiday installation, featuring more than sixty original illustrations for classic and original stories, includes her personal favorite—The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Now in the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum, Ruth’s paintings and studies for this enchanting tale will be accompanied by the opulent costumes that she commissioned specifically for her work. (Through March 9) On Being: Exploring Psychological and Spiritual Well-Being Through the Creative Process @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Figurative works by Valerie Hammond, Keun Young Park and Sheila Ross and their visual explorations of well-being through the symbolic use of destruction and reconstruction of form, the incorporation of spiritual iconography and the direct confrontation of mortality. Panel discussion: Tuesday, February 4, 4:30-6:pm. Zen meditation with artist Sheila Ross: Wednesday, February 5, 12:45-1:45pm.(Through March 9) Kate Hamilton: Big Shoes to Fill @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Kate Hamilton exploring the nature of clothing through design, sculpture and costume. (Through March 9) Ju money 2014 @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Sang Wook Lee’s solo exhibition features two new large-scale works that were designed and installed specifically for The Arts Center’s Main Gallery. The title piece Ju money 2014 is inspired by the traditional Korean costume “hanbok” and the small pouches, or “bokjumoney,” associated with it. These small pouches carried by children to collect red beans, and now money, provide a symbol of good will for the New Year. Lee’s other installation, from his Ramen Noodle Series, is a unique sculpture is made entirely of small blocks of ramen noodle that build a larger, unified structure. Influenced largely by culture and the environment around us, subtleties of human nature become an important part of the work.
(Through March 30)Blue Plastic Bubbles: Paintings by Lamar Peterson @ University Art Museum, Albany. Inspired by CNN, children’s books, elementary school bulletin boards and horror movies, Lamar Peterson is best known for his candy-colored, meticulously-rendered narrative paintings of the black suburban everyman and his nuclear family. Also on display: American Playlist: Selections from the University at Albany Art Collections featuring works that cut a wide swath across American art, history and culture from the early 1900s through 2013, including personal responses from the UAlbany community. Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 5-7pm. Artist’s talk: Tuesday, February 25, 4pm. (Through April 5) 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) 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) 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) David Greenberger: one updown @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. In a companion exhibition to David Greenberger: One Upon, opening next month, Elevator Music 26 features over 100 short recorded pieces by David Greenberger and a variety of celebrated musical collaborators from the past twenty years. (Through April 13) Graphic Jews: Negotiating Identity in Sequential Art @ The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. A selection of graphic novels by contemporary Jewish artists that tell stories about Jews, offering both a closer look at sequential art and insight into some of the many ways Jews have figured and reconfigured their Jewish identities. (Through April 13) Ansel Adams: Early Works @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. An exhibition of forty early works by the legendary master of American landscape photography that illustrates the evolution of his style, from the warm-toned, painterly images of the 1920s, to the sharp-focused” straight photography work that is associated with his co-founding of Group f/64 with Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham in the 1930s, and, after the War, toward a cooler, higher-contrast style. Also on display is Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography, an exhibition featuring original masterworks from an international circle of painterly photographers known as The Photo-Secession. The American triumvirate of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand are represented along with other key figures in pictorialist photography from both sides of the Atlantic, including Clarence White, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Frederick Evans. (Through April 20) Zanele Muholi @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Internationally recognized South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi bears witness to the experiences of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and intersexed (LGBTI) individuals from South Africa and other African countries. In a social context in which homosexuality is often perceived as un-African and an affront to national identity, her photographs provide affirming depictions of same-sex intimacy and desires. In this exhibition, three of the artist’s widely acclaimed photographic series are joined with documentary footage created by Ikanyiso, a media collective founded by Muholi in 2009 to further confront discrimination and broaden the visual representation of black queer life. Opens February 1. (Through April 27) Berkshire Collects @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Forty Berkshire County residents share their passionate pursuit of every imaginable kind of object, from rare motorcycles to wind-up toys, exotic insects, vintage guitars, antique toasters, Pez dispensers, and a host of other artifacts and memorabilia. (Through May 11) Winter Light: Selections from the Collection of Thomas Clark @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. A selection of approximately twenty winter landscape paintings including works by Aldro Thompson Hibbard, Hobart Nichols, Ernest Lawson, Arthur James Emery Powell, Arthur Clifton Goodwin and Walter Koeniger. (Through May 11) 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.. (Through May 26) One Work @ The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. A selection of large-scale artwork in the Tang collection that showcase a range of approaches to subject matter and media including painting, photography, sculpture, and installation. The artists include David Brooks, James Esber, Elger Esser, Anya Kielar, Julian LaVerdiere, Katy Schimert, Jonathan Seliger and Beverly Semmes. (Through June 1) 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 @ 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.