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ArtBeat: Swan Song [Get Visual]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Installation view of Staying Power - photos provided by Albany International Airport Gallery

Installation view of Staying Power – photos provided by Albany International Airport Gallery

By David Brickman

It’s entirely appropriate that the final exhibition organized and installed by outgoing Director Sharon Bates at the Albany International Airport Gallery expresses the value of its title, “Staying Power.” Bates has the same qualities as the 11 venerable artists she has assembled for this excellent, elegant show – and she will no doubt amply demonstrate that in the next chapter of her life, when she sets forth in retirement as a full-time artist.

Her swan song is a paean to perseverance, a celebration of agelessness, a fascinating collection of excellence and diversity. The artists presented here have but two things in common: They are all located in the greater Capital Region; and they all have been at it for quite some time. Oh, and they’re all darn good. Naturally, I have my favorites among them, but I am reluctant to sully the unified purpose of this show by picking and choosing.

Instead, here’s an overview:

One feature of the show (which will hang through Monday, January 2, 2017) is a series of video interviews with the artists that has been placed on monitors in several spots throughout the gallery, as well as in a larger projection room. It underscores the purpose of the show to not only display the work these artists have created, but also to plumb their minds and their motives, as they discuss matters within the lifelong pursuit of an artistic career.

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Opening:

Works by Siona Benjamin  @ Opalka Gallery

Works by Siona Benjamin @ Opalka Gallery

Siona Benjamin: Beyond Borders @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Siona Benjamin’s boldly colorful work reflects her transition between worlds as she attempts to create a dialogue between the ancient and the modern. Opens Tuesday, August 23. Artist’s talk and reception: Thursday, September 8, 5-8 pm. (Through October 9)

Rodney Dickson: Untitled @ John Davis Gallery

Rodney Dickson: Untitled @ John Davis Gallery

Rodney Dickson @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Five separate exhibitions include paintings by JJ Manford, Rodney Dickson and Nina Marc, sculpture by Willard Boepple and wood blocks and prints by Jon Isherwood. Artists’ reception: Saturday, August 20, 6-8pm. (Through September 11)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Opening:

Andrew Novis: President @ Good Purpose Gallery

Andrew Novis: President @ Good Purpose Gallery

Andrew Novis @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Canvas and furniture paintings. Opening reception: Friday, August 2, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through September 21)

Works by Joseph Pimentel @ Theo Ganz Studio

Works by Joseph Pimentel @ Theo Ganz Studio

Ancient Civilizations @ Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon. Recent watercolor and ink drawings, inspired by a recent trip to Peru, by Joseph Pimentel. Opening reception: Saturday, August 13, 6-8pm. (Through September 4)

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ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Opening:

Works by Lee Everett and  Marguerite Bride @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Works by Lee Everett and Marguerite Bride @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Jazz Visions @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittfield. Photography by Lee Everett and watercolors by Marguerite Bride. Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 5-8pm. (Through August 27)

Marc Swanson: Sorrow in Sunlight @ Basilica Hudson

Marc Swanson: Sorrow in Sunlight @ Basilica Hudson

Sorrow in Sunlight @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. In this new body of work, Marc Swanson examines the experience and emotions of moving from New York City to the Upper Hudson Valley through installation, sculpture, abstraction and metaphor. Opening reception: Saturday, August 6, 4-7pm. (Through August 21)

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MASS MoCA Announces Fall/Winter Concerts/Events Calendar

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

MASS MoCA in North Adams heads into the fall season with the sixth annual FreshGrass Festival on September 16-18, a rollicking weekend largely devoted to artists in roots and acoustic bluegrass music. And the schedule of concerts and other events powers through until December when Dinosaur Jr. takes the stage in a night of power-grunge.

In between, swoon for British singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine in the Hunter Center and the multi-talented Eisa Davis up in Club B-10.

And witness artist Nick Cave’s Until, perhaps the most powerful, poignant and political work that MASS MoCA has exhibited in the sprawling Gallery 5.

Here’s a quick look at MASS MoCA’s fall 2016 schedule of events:

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Get a Sneak Peek at MASS MoCA’s Phase III Expansion: “It’s a game changer…” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 29th, 2016
Birds-eye view of MASS MoCA campus and buildings

Birds-eye view of MASS MoCA campus and buildings

There is a lot going on this summer at MASS MoCA in North Adams, but perhaps nothing is more unusual and tempting than a chance to see how their latest expansion project is coming along, physically, financially and artistically.

So in anticipation of the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend unveiling of Building 6 — the site of MASS MoCA’s third and final phase of development of its 16-acre, 28-building campus — the museum will celebrate the progress of its landmark construction and fundraising effort on Saturday (July 30) with an open house of Building 6, to include a construction update, hard hat tours and a reception. Those who are contributors and members will, of course, be in attendance, but the event also offers a chance for those not-yet-supporters to become part of what will soon – once again – be the largest museum for contemporary art in the world.

New programs included in the Phase III expansion include:

A series of temporary exhibitions, long-term installations and scholarly programs realized in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which will show Rauschenberg’s works along with the works of artists who have attended the Foundation’s residency program in Captiva, Florida. The inaugural Rauschenberg residency program features a collaboration between artists Lonnie Holley and Dawn DeDeaux.

A long-term exhibition of the carved marble sculpture of Louise Bourgeois — some never before seen — realized in partnership with The Easton Foundation

A long-term exhibition of immersive light and space environments by James Turrell, including a dramatically scaled Ganzfeld, plus a new outdoor “skyspace” observatory to be created from an abandoned fire-suppression water tank

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Opening:

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DownStreetArt @ various locations, North Adams. The city-wide celebration features art, music, dance, a night market and after parties. Thursday, July 28, 5-8pm.

Works by Melanie Mowinski @ MCLA Gallery 51

Works by Melanie Mowinski @ MCLA Gallery 51

Wayfinding @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. A solo show by Melanie Mowinski that examines, through installation, letterpress, book arts and collage, the paths to a destination. Opening reception: Thursday, July 28, 5-7pm. (Through August 21)

ReActor @ Art Omi

ReActor @ Art Omi

Three Exhibitions Opening @ Art Omi, Ghent. ReActor, the newest work in an experimental, performative series of “social relationship architecture” by architect-artist team Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, will be habitable a structure where the two will live in full view of their audience for a five-day performance from July 27-31, 2016. Also on view: selected pieces from Atalaya, a series of improvised furniture works by Chilean architect Nicolás Aracena Müller, constructed from cast-off materials reclaimed from the streets and dumpsters of New York City; and Unpacking the Cube, featuring three architecture firms —Leong Leong, LevenBetts and Steven Holl Architects — expressing the core philosophies of their practices through an exploration of the cubic form. Public viewing: Saturday, July 30, 2-4pm. Reception and Omi Director’s talk: Saturday, July 30, 4-6pm. (Through September 24)

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STUDIO VISIT: Terrance DePietro & Nicole Lemelin [Get Visual]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
A view of the studio shared by Terrance DePietro and Nicole Lemelin

A view of the studio shared by Terrance DePietro and Nicole Lemelin (photo: TDP)

By David Brickman

A unique pleasure comes from visiting artists in their studios, as it is a privilege to step inside the process of a creative mind and get below the surface of the work itself. So, a few weeks ago, I took advantage of an opportunity to hang out with Terrance DePietro and Nicole Lemelin (and a few other guests) at their shared work/live space in rural Palenville, and it proved to be time very well spent.

DePietro and Lemelin joined forces a few years ago, while he was long established in Palenville and she was still living in her native Montreal, and they now have integrated their lives and art practice in a surprisingly seamless way. I had seen very little of either artist’s work before this foray to the Catskills, so I spent hours just taking it all in, punctuated by interludes of conversation and Niki and Terry’s kind hospitality.

These two mid-life painters share sensibilities so close that at first I had a little trouble telling their work apart (and that includes the vast majority of the work that was created before they even knew each other). But there are discernible differences (of course), even though the two are consistently driving at the same ideas. And, by “driving,” I mean working in a very directed and persistent manner.

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