2016 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region at The Hyde Collection [Get Visual]

December 13th, 2016, 2:30 pm by Sara
Installation view of MHR-80 (photo  provided by The Hyde Collection)

Installation view of MHR-80 (photo provided by The Hyde Collection)

By David Brickman

At this year’s 80th annual Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, hosted by The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, the show’s the thing.

Juror Michael Oatman, a true local artist who lives in Troy and teaches at RPI (sorry, the rebranding as Rensselaer didn’t take), has stepped up as curator – and not just any curator, but a particular post-contemporary sort of curator who uses the art and the venue to build a whole that seeks to be greater than its parts.

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In this case, the parts consist of 126 works by 106 artists – an almost stupidly broad and shallow swath of our region’s best creators – and the whole very smartly includes not only the Hyde’s contemporary Wood Gallery, but also its weirdly curved basement space, its world-class historic house, and its lovely grounds. The result, featuring boldly painted walls of bright orange, deep green, and warm grey, is striking, fresh, and – well, a little distracting from the art itself.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.