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ArtBeat: “Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron” @ Albany Institute of History & Art

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Bruce Springsteen photographed by Patrick Harbron

Patrick Harbron's photograph of Bruce Springsteen @ Albany Institute of History & Art

By Greg Haymes
Photographs by Patrick Harbron, Jim Gilbert

Bono
Prince
Billy Joel
Elton John
Eric Clapton
David Bowie
Debbie Harry

Rock & Roll royalty, all. And all are featured in “Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron,” the sprawling exhibition of concert and portrait photography by Patrick Harbron on view through Sunday, February 12 at the Albany Institute of History & Art.

“As disparate as some of these artists seem, they all share the common ideal that rock & roll is made up of many faces, voices and influences,” Harbron explains. “Everybody’s love of rock & roll is a personal choice. I couldn’t do justice to just one artist or the entire genre at once, so this is rock & roll from my point of view.”

And while his subjects range from B.B. King to Queen, Harbron singled out a few as his focus. “I selected The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Kiss for special attention because of their place in music and longevity,” he says. “They are vastly different from one another but share a common bond as rock & roll performers and artists.”

Harbron is a native of Toronto, where he shot the majority of the photos in the exhibit at venues that range from arenas (Maple Leaf Gardens) to clubs (El Mocombo).

This exhibition showcases more than 70 photographs that Harbron took during a 15-year span from the ’70s-’90s, along with concert and promotional posters, ticket stubs, photo passes and other ephemera that he collected throughout his career.

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Opening

Works by Peter Acheson @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Works by Peter Acheson @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

To Attract Bees @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Recent paintings and sculpture by Peter Acheson that examine systems found in nature. Artist’s reception: Saturday, January 14, 4-6pm. (Through March 26)

Reflecting on Race @ The Chatham Book Store

Reflecting on Race @ The Chatham Book Store

Reflecting on Race @ Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. A photography exhibit featuring work by the local community that reflects their personal experiences with African-American history and race, as well as historic images. Opening reception: Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther ‌King Day), 1-3pm. (Through March 31)

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ArtBeat: Andres Serrano Retrospective @ The School

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Works by Andres Serrano @ The School

Works by Andres Serrano @ The School

By Greg Haymes

30 years ago, Andres Serrano created one of the most controversial artworks of the past half century.

The photograph is actually quite lovely, a 60-by-40-inch Cibachrome print of a plastic crucifix diffused by a golden glow that makes the cross seem luminous and almost reverential.

Lots of people didn’t see it that way, however, and the photograph quickly became a lightning rod for heated debate, not for the artwork itself as much for its title – “Piss Christ.”

The work in question is, in fact, a photograph of a crucifix submerged in the artist’s own urine, which is not all that surprising considering that Serrano had long been exploring the mysteries of bodily fluids in his work, taking a painterly, abstract approach to much of his photography.

“Essentially, I have always felt that I painted with the fluids in much the same way that other artists would use oil paint or watercolors,” says Serrano.

Now “Andres Serrano: Selected Works 1984-2015” – a retrospective exhibition of Serrano’s photographs – is opening at The School in Kinderhook on Saturday (January 7).

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Opening

Works by Andres Serrano @ The School

Works by Andres Serrano @ The School

Andres Serrano: Selected Works 1984-2015 @ The School, Kinderhook. Works by the noted photographer; included in this exhibition are selected photographs from various series including America (2001-2004), a panorama of American society; The Morgue (1992), an investigation of death; History of Sex (1995-1996), graphic images which have been taped to repair previous vandalism; and Torture (2015), his most recent work. Serrano has also photographed numerous other subjects including the Ku Klux Klan, the homeless, and bodily fluids. Also on display: Home Room, a multimedia group exhibition featuring works by Huma Bhabha, Nick Cave, Turiya Magadlela, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Claudette Schreuders, Laurie Simmons, Michael Snow, Becky Suss and Carlos Vega. Opens Saturday, January 7.

Works by George Spencer @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Works by George Spencer @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Broken America @ 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson. A solo exhibition of works by George Spencer, a filmmaker, poet and visual artist working with found and traditional art-making materials. Opening reception: Saturday, January 7, 3-6pm. (Through January 29)

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Albany Center Gallery Postpones Opening of New Gallery

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Albany Center Gallery is on the move. The gallery, which is celebrating its 40th year, is currently located on Columbia Street, but soon they’ll move around the corner and down the block on Broadway.

Just not quite as soon as expected…

Originally, the new gallery was slated to open at 5pm on Friday (January 6) in the Arcade Building at 448 Broadway, but due to ongoing construction of the new space, the opening has been postponed.

The ACG will now celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, January 18 with a reception from 5-9pm for the gallery’s annual Members’ Show.

The new exhibit – featuring the work of more than 175 regional artists – will remain on view through Saturday, February 18.

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Last Chance to See:

99 Cents Affordable Art Show @ MCLA Gallery 51

99 Cents Affordable Art Show @ MCLA Gallery 51

99 Cents Affordable Art Show @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Works of sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, postcards, collages, photography, printmaking, handmade books and stationary and more. (Through December 30)

Assemblages by Pamela Courtleigh @ Limner Gallery

Assemblages by Pamela Courtleigh @ Limner Gallery

Small Works @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A large group exhibition and sale of small works by the gallery’s artists. (Through December 31)

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ArtBeat: “The Art of Seating” @ AIH&A [Get Visual]

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 chair 2003, Kenneth Smythe

Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 chair 2003, Kenneth Smythe

By David Brickman

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there’s an end-of-year chance to catch a marvelous traveling show at the Albany Institute of History & Art before it moves on after Saturday (December 31).

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and is a delight for anyone who has ever sat in a chair or wondered what it would be like to try to improve on that experience. Featuring 43 individual specimens in pristine condition, this collection runs the gamut from simply stated wooden rockers to gaudy stuffed confections to space-age sittable sculptures.

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BEST OF 2016: Fact’s Top 10 Album Covers of the Year

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Yes, it’s that time of year once again – best of the year list-time, that is. We’re gathering together Best of 2016 from various media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too. (Sure, just email ’em to us…)

Here’s Fact’s list of the Top 10 Album Covers of the Year, as compiled by April Clare Welsh:

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