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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith @ Union College’s Mandeville Gallery [Get Visual]

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Jaune Quick-to-See

This contemporary take on the Sisyphus myth, titled “Sissy and the Plutocrats,” is, at six by eight feet, the largest painting in the Jaune Quick-to-See Smith show at Union College.

Review by David Brickman

A fine, small show of paintings and prints by the Native American artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith fills Union College’s Mandeville Gallery, situated in the extraordinary Nott Memorial in the center of the college’s campus green. Smith is internationally known for the skillful way she combines primitive, symbolic imagery with modern painterly style, and as an articulate voice for women and Native Americans.

I’ll admit I was not familiar with this artist before hearing about this show, but it lived up to expectations in a number of ways. First, Smith is a mature artist who knows her way around a canvas, and who maintains a sense of humor while addressing socially- and politically-charged issues. Second, the selection presented here is limited in scope, while still being broad enough to satisfy a first-time viewer. So it clearly communicates her vision and messages without being overwhelming.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

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It’s Time for the Black Velvet Art Party!

Friday, November 21st, 2014
The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project

The 26th annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project
takes place this Saturday

The Black Velvet Art Party is back!

The annual fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project will be held from 7-11pm on Saturday (November 22) at the Georgian Resort in Lake George. Proceeds from the event help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its year-round Courthouse Gallery art exhibitions.

Celebrating its 26th year, the Black Velvet Art Party – an invigorating gathering of the local art scene – is renowned for its out-of-the-ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top apparel. The party features a silent auction of original black velvet art, a limbo contest, art & fashion awards and dance music by Big Fez & the Surfmatics.

This year’s theme is “Gnarly!” In keeping with the playful nature of the party, award categories include Tres Tacky, Svelte, Velveluminous (the brightest), Velvelicious (most delicious), Velveeta (the cheesiest) and Velveluptuous (the sexiest.) Award winners will be presented with wildly decorated trophies.

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Opening:

Ellsworth Kelly: Tableau Vert @ The Clark Art Institute

Ellsworth Kelly: Tableau Vert @ The Clark Art Institute

Monet | Kelly @ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition that focuses on the significant role Claude Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have played in the work of American painter Ellsworth Kelly. Opens Sunday, November 23. (Through February 15)

The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project

The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project

The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party @ The Georgian Resort, Lake George. Black velvet paintings and over-the-top apparel, a silent auction, fashion awards, limbo contest and dancing, all to help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its gallery exhibition series. Saturday, November 22, 7 – 11pm. Tickets: $25.

Fathi Hassan: Carpet @ Williams College Museum of Art

Fathi Hassan: Carpet @ Williams College Museum of Art

Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Fathi Hassan transforms Arabic script into illegible text to illustrate the uncertainty embedded in the experience of migration and displacement. His most recent works explore the idea of Nubia, Egypt and the Middle East as mythical and nostalgic space. They serve as allegories of the diasporic condition, spiritual journeys and key reform movements like the Arab Spring. Opens Saturday, November 22. (Through April 26)

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MASS MoCA Plans $55 Million Expansion to Double Size, Add Important New Works [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

MASS MoCA to Become the Largest Contemporary Art Museum in the World

By Larry Murray

At a major press event with Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick and several of the artists who will be included in MASS MoCA’s Phase III development, the North Adams contemporary art museum revealed its plans to grow itself into the largest contemporary art museum in the United States. And in the world of all museums, MASS MoCA will become the second largest exhibition space in the country, after the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. [Source] Currently hosting 120,000 square feet of galleries, this project will add another 130,000 sf for a total of 250,000 sf of exhibition areas.

As word spread via both national newspapers and local blogs, it is time to let our readers in on the commotion, and why it is so important, both from the viewpoint of the arts community and that of the residents of North Adams.

Back in August, it was announced that the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) would be the recipient of $25.4 million in state money for expansion of their campus in North Adams. Called the Phase III development, the museum in turn would have to raise some $30 million in matching funds to access the grant. That match is now 45% complete, with $13.5 million in contributions and pledges already committed.

So just what does the planned $55 million dollar expansion include?

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Mary Pat Wager @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Mary Pat Water: Solitary Confinement, 2014

Mary Pat Wager: Solitary Confinement, 2014

Review by David Brickman

In the great tradition that Albany Center Gallery has become in its 35+ years of existence, the current retrospective by sculptor Mary Pat Wager is a big, sprawling show of important work covering a span of several decades. Wager is a familiar face on the regional art scene including at past ACG shows, but this major exhibition is still a long time coming and a welcome sight.

Featuring scores of works from 1978 through 2014, Collections: A Retrospective was independently curated by Jackie Weaver and includes wall-hung and free-standing pieces in steel, wood, copper, bone, bronze, stone, brass, glass, paper, and more, usually combining several of these materials in one piece. It’s organized clutter, marvelously inventive, sophisticated-yet-direct assemblage by an inveterate collector (some would say hoarder) of stuff.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Opening:

Sculpture by Ed Smith @ BCB Art

Sculpture by Ed Smith @ BCB Art

Multum in Parvo @ BCB Art, Hudson. Multum in Parvo, Latin for “much in little” or “in brief,” is an exhibition of small bronze sculptures by renowned artist Ed Smith, developed while he was hospitalized for a back injury. Also on view: work by Antonio Alvarez, Garth Evans, Eric Fischl, Emily Gui, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, John Newman, Scott Reynolds and others. Opening reception: Saturday, November 15, 6-8 pm. (Through December 21)

Elizabeth Coyne: When All the Words are Used Up for Other Things @ Courthouse Gallery

Elizabeth Coyne: When All the Words are Used Up for Other Things @ Courthouse Gallery

10,000 Days: New Work by Elizabeth Coyne @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Elizabeth Coyne’s paintings employ a personal invented visual language of images and symbols based on the natural world, from sources as varied as plant structures, wind patterns, brain structures, cells, DNA and ocean life. Opening reception: Saturday, November 15, 4-6 pm. (Through December 19)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Opening:

Jane Bloodgood-Adams: The Roiling Sky

Jane Bloodgood-Adams: The Roiling Sky @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Landscapes and Bodyscapes @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Recent Hudson Valley landscapes by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, landscape paintings by Dan Rupe and figure paintings by Mark Beard. Opening reception: Saturday, November 8, 6-8pm. (Through December 14)

Gary Griffin: Scale Model, Entrance Gates, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Gary Griffin: Scale Model, Entrance Gates, Cranbrook Academy of Art @ Schick Art Gallery

Craft Matters @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of fine craftwork in fibers, metals, ceramics, wood and glass by 19 internationally renowned artists, including (grouped by media) ceramics: Wayne Higby, Rick Hirsch, Sergei Isupov, Toshiko Takaezu, Kurt Weiser and Betty Woodman; fibers: Lia Cook, Joan Livingstone, John McQueen, Warren Seelig and Anne Wilson; metals: Albert Paley, Gary Griffin, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and Leonard Urso; jewelry: Sharon Church and Jamie Bennett; furniture: Wendell Castle; glassworks: Tom Patti. Opening reception: Friday, November 7, 5-7pm. (Through December 19)

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Theme and Variations: Gail Nadeau @ FMCC [Get Visual]

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Gail Nadeau: Diamond Studded Dress with Rock

Gail Nadeau: Diamond Studded Dress with Rock

Review by David Brickman

The show Angelus by Gail Nadeau at the Perrella Gallery of Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown raises a lot of wonderful questions. The very talented Nadeau works in digital media as well as traditional forms such as silver-based photography and oil paint, and all are present in this 60-piece installation.

Is it a retrospective? Well, there are images from 1985, 2014 and in-between. But, no, it’s not a retrospective. Is Nadeau a photographer, a painter, or what? Well, she does show photographs here, and very painterly mixed-media pieces. But, no, I wouldn’t call her either a photographer or a painter. Rather, I think printmaker would be the correct term.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

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