ArtBeat: Less is More: 2017 Regional @ AIHA [Get Visual]

July 25th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara
Richard Barlow Roadside Picnic II - chalk on blackboard paint on wall

Richard Barlow Roadside Picnic II – chalk on blackboard paint on wall

By David Brickman

The 2017 edition of the annual Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region (popularly known as the Regional) is on at the Albany Institute of History & Art and, as ever, it is a must-see for all local fans of contemporary art.

This year’s show was judged and installed by Jack Shear, a photographer, curator, collector of photography, and the president of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. You may recall Shear’s gift last year of over 500 photographs to the Tang Teaching Museum (reviewed here); now he has given the region a different sort of gift by providing an unusual, sharp perspective on the Regional, and by adding a couple of unique elements to the show that I found most welcome.

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First, Shear mined the Institute’s collection for works of art that had been purchased from past Regionals over many decades; these pieces (more than 20 of them) were then installed salon-style at the entrance to the exhibition, providing a refreshing reprise of those past purchase-prize winners.

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