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FEST: Art On Lark

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

With Albany’s annual Art On Lark street party less than two weeks away, organizers have finally announced the schedule of live music performances.

The free festival – which takes place from 10am-5pm on Saturday June 6 – features a wide variety of Local 518 art and craft booths lining Lark Street from Washington to Madison avenues.

And, of course, there will be plenty of live music, too, on two stages throughout the day.

Here’s the schedule of musical performances for the 2015 Art On Lark:

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Photography at MASS MoCA as Sculpture and Architecture [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Liz Deschenes:Gallery 7, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014 (Installation view) Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. (photo: Gene Pittman)

Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014 (Installation view) Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (photo: Gene Pittman)



MASS MoCA’s Year of Photography Opens Saturday (May 23)

Opening receptions for three new exhibitions

North Adams, MA — On Saturday (May 23), MASS MoCA opens three exhibitions that destroy all our preconceptions about photography: “Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined,” “Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1″ and “Artists’ Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography.” The eight artists take an exceptionally acrobatic approach to the medium, from Ross’ Harmoniums and large-scale high-resolution images to Deschenes’ panoptic photograms, to photographs that encroach on sculpture and architecture. An opening reception is held on Saturday from 5-6:30pm, in the galleries.

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Opening:

Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined @ MASS MoCA

Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined @ MASS MoCA

Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. This major mid-career survey documents Clifford Ross’s longstanding project to reconcile realism and abstraction. The exhibition takes place throughout two buildings, six galleries and an exterior performing arts courtyard and includes a 24’ high x 114’ long photograph on raw wood that spans the length of MASS MoCA’s tallest gallery and an immersive installation of animated video on twelve separate 24’ high screens. A second phase of the exhibition, launching June 26, features an immersive outdoor video installation and an augmented reality experience accessible through the viewer’s smartphone. Opening reception: Saturday, May 23, 5-6:30pm.

Takeshi Murata: Golden Banana @ Basilica Hudson

Takeshi Murata: Golden Banana @ Basilica Hudson

Still/Life @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. HQTBD (Headquarters To Be Determined) presents a 3D rendering of contemporary practices in the Hudson area, featuring artists Conor Backman, Annie Bielski, Hannah Black, Jeffrey Gibson, Elise McMahon, Aily Nash, Nick Payne, Carla Perez-Gallardo, Daniel Seward, Tristan Schipa, William Stone, Earl Swanigan and Jon Wang. The opening night of the exhibition includes a screening of moving image works by three artists in the exhibition, Many Thousands Gone (2015) by Ephraim Asili, Kissing Point and Lessons of War (both 2014) by Peggy Ahwesh and Om Rider (2014) by Takeshi Murata. All three artists will be present to discuss their work. Opening night: Friday, May 22, 6-10pm. (Through June 14)

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ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Opening:

Works by El Anatsui @ The School

Works by El Anatsui @ The School

El Anatsui: Five Decades @ The School, Kinderhook. The School celebrates its first year anniversary with a solo exhibition of works by El Anatsui spanning fifty years of his career, from compositions in painting, wood, and clay to the magnificent metal works for which he is renowned. Opening reception: Sunday, May 17, 1-4pm. (Through September 26)

A spring reading celebration  @ Art Omi

A spring reading celebration @ Art Omi

Spring Writers Omi Reading + Barbecue Feast @ Art Omi, Ghent. Art Omi concludes its spring writers-in-residence season with public readings from a diverse group of literary talents ranging from genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and theater as well as several rare translation talents including an author who belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority of Finns as well as an resident writing in the Basque language. A barbecue celebration follows. Saturday, May 16, 5pm.

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“Click!” and “Making Their Mark” @ The Hyde Collection [Get Visual]

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Jeannette Klute American (1918-2009) Trillium, ca. 1950

Jeannette Klute American (1918-2009) Trillium, ca. 1950

Reviews by David Brickman

In a time of transition for The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, two small shows drawn from the museum’s permanent collection are on display. The more significant of the two was curated by outgoing Director Charles Allan Guerin, who will be replaced in July by former Hyde curator Erin Coe. Titled “Click!: Selections from the George Stephanopoulos Collection,” the Hoopes Gallery display features 31 photographs chosen from among more than 120 that were recently donated to the Hyde by the political and media pundit. It hangs through Sunday, May 31.

Having heard the news about this important addition to the collection, I was eager to have a look – and I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed not to be seeing the whole trove. Guerin culled the larger group down to the work of 12 artists (pointedly describing them as such in the show’s written material), with a nice range of styles, methods and time frame, creating a mini-lesson in the history of the medium of photography. A few of those included are widely regarded as significant, and none of the work is second rate, but some is rather little known, a treat for a crusty old curmudgeon like me who thinks he has already seen all the worthwhile pictures of the 20th century.

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Opening:

Barbara Price: #256 @ North Main Gallery

Barbara Price: #256 @ North Main Gallery

Between Two Walls @ North Main Gallery, Salem. Works on paper by Barbara Price and David Greenberger. Opening reception: Saturday, May 9, 2-5pm. (Through June 13)

Works by Christine Hales @  The Chatham Bookstore

Works by Christine Hales @ The Chatham Bookstore

Rabbit Trails @ The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. Recent paintings by Christine Hales depicting landscapes and animal imagery. Opening reception: May 8, 5-7pm. (Through June 26)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Opening:

Works by Scott Michael Ackerman @ Albany Center Gallery

Works by Scott Michael Ackerman @ Albany Center Gallery

Edge @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. A group show by artists who transcend traditional media, rendering, and representation to create thought-provoking, raw, and unconventional works of art: Scott Michael Ackerman, Michael Conlin, Han Dogan, Gregory Maxwell Dunn, Michael Eck, James Paulsen, Rico Pendejo, Patrick Porter, Erik Savage, Frank Smith, Thierry Taule and Alex Waters. Artists’ reception: Friday, May 1, 5-8pm. (Through July 24)

Avalon Archives

 

Avalon Archives @ The Falcon, Marboro. Numerous pieces from The Avalon Archives: A Museum of Roots and Rock ‘n’ Roll, which pays tribute to musicians through art and education. The museum’s collection – paintings, photographs, rare posters, books, and recordings – is housed in a three story farmhouse on the Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster, New York. (Through May 31)

Kardash Onnig

Kardash Onnig

TransFOURming Sorrow @ 76 Halas Lane Stanfordville. A multimedia installation that commemorates the centennial of the Armenian genocide, inviting visitors to enter the “Womb of Sorrow” where they will encounter four different auditory experiences emanating from four large speakers handcrafted by Onnig Kardash: Armenian Blues, a recitation of Vahe Vahian’s poem by Melo Ekizian; Rhythmic Heart Beats featuring percussionist Mher Vahakn Ajamian on drum; Vocal Resonances with Zulal, an Armenian a capella folk trio; and A Composition, mixed by electronic musician Phil Moffa. (Through May 16)

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Jim Shaw: “Entertaining Doubts” @ MASS MoCA [Get Visual]

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Jim Shaw - The Rinse Cycle 2012 acrylic on muslin

Jim Shaw – The Rinse Cycle 2012 acrylic on muslin

Review by David Brickman

Have you ever tried to describe a crazy dream you had, or tried to follow someone describing such a dream? Then you will have some idea what it’s like to experience the large exhibition “Entertaining Doubts” by California artist Jim Shaw at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. Shaw draws a great deal from his dreams and attempts to manifest them physically through sculpture, painting and installation.

Alas, it is not an entirely successful effort, just as none of us has ever really adequately articulated our own dream or understood another’s, but a lot of compelling and enjoyable art is created along the way, so it’s also not a failure. Shaw has great skills in drawing and painting, and a good understanding of the theatrics that go into effective installations, and MASS MoCA gives him plenty of space to spread out in.

A signature of the show is Shaw’s re-use of discarded painted theatrical backdrops. The worn texture of these huge curtains of muslin, and their time-softened colors, are very appealing, and Shaw makes the most of this appeal by limiting his interventions to partial overpainting or, in some cases, simple reinterpretation by the placement of flat figures in front. Shaw also takes smaller cuts of the backdrops and paints on them like stretched canvases. These are some of the best works in the show, perhaps because it is easier to digest them, or because smaller works can concentrate the idea better. (Mind you, in this context, small is relative: say, six feet rather than forty.)

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