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FREE: September in the City Art Fair

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Yes, believe it or not, today is the last day of August. But fear not, there’s still a bunch of great free music coming our way in September…

The September in the City Art Fair returns to Albany’s Tricentennial Park for a series of five Wednesday afternoons next month.

Sponsored by the City of Albany, Albany Center Gallery and WEXT 97.7FM, the mid-week lunchtime event series will feature an outdoor exhibition of artwork by a variety of Local 518 artists and crafters, as well as live musical performances from 11:30am-2pm each week, beginning on Wednesday (September 2). Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of musical performers for the 2015 September in the City Art Fair series:

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ArtBeat: 2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region [Get Visual]

Monday, August 31st, 2015
Daniel Brody: Game On/Game Over, still from digital video

Daniel Brody: Game On/Game Over, still from digital video

Review by David Brickman

Every year, the annual Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region offers a good opportunity to take the pulse of the Local 518 art scene in one time and place, and this year’s edition at the University at Albany Art Museum is a prime example of how that works.

Though the vagaries of who submits work each year and especially the taste of the juror will have a distinct impact on what’s seen, there’s usually a broad enough coverage to be reasonably representative of what artists in the orbit of Albany are doing. And because these artists are also in the orbit of New York City, one can also get a sense of what’s current there and, by extension, in the art world as a whole. This year’s juror, Rachel Uffner, owns a New York City gallery, so the sensibility of the show is most likely that much more imbued with the bigger art world point of view.

If so, then the current art world, whether regional or global, is still very much about painting, especially painterly abstraction, with a strong side interest in the figurative and the decoratively patterned, and flirting a bit with representation on the Pop side of things. There are 44 artists included (out of a daunting 367 who entered the competition), which is a good number – neither too many to get a grip on in one viewing, nor too few to hold the space – and about three-quarters are represented by multiple works, which is always desirable in large group shows.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

NOTE: Saturday (September 5) is the final day to view the exhibition…

ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Opening:

Works by David Dew Bruner @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Works by David Dew Bruner @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

strong>Paper @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibition of paper from artists of the region: Ellen Nieves, Louise LaPlante, Melinda McDaniel, Anne Francey, Edward Avedisian, David Dew Bruner, Matthew Hopkins, William Bond Walker, Mark Beard, Gabriel de la Portilla and James Meyer. Opening reception: Sunday, August 30, 2-4pm. (Through October 4)

Works by Gina Occhiogrosso, Laura Von Rosk and Andrea Hersh  @ Clement Gallery

Works by Gina Occhiogrosso, Laura Von Rosk and Andrea Hersh @ Clement Gallery

This Changes Everything @ Clement Gallery, Troy. Works by Gina Occhiogrosso, Laura Von Rosk and Andrea Hersh. Opening reception: Friday, August 28, 6-9pm. (Through September 23)

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Here Comes the Post Contemporary

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
CAC Woodside

The Post Contemporary (formerly CAC at Woodside)

Photograph by Timothy Reidy

The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy has a new name. It’s now the Post Contemporary, and after three years, the not-for-profit artist space/gallery/incubator will finally have its long-awaited grand opening next month.

According to its new website, “The Post Contemporary supports artists thinking and/or working beyond the confines of the established art world, enabling them to influence the development of future concepts, systems, and communities.”

Curated by Brandon Stosuy, the Post Contemporary’s opening exhibition is “Rural Violence” featuring the work of the artists Matthew Barney, Cindy Daignault, Lionel Maunz and Prurient (with John Sharian). It’s described as “a meditation on the bucolic as sinister and the quiet violence of the pastoral, along with the various rituals attached to both natural and personal cycles.”

The Post Contemporary’s official grand opening gala takes place on Saturday, September 19 in three tiers. From 7-8pm, there’s the exclusive preview with a strolling dinner. From 8-10pm, it’s the main gala event. And then from 10pm-12midnight, it’s a dance party.

“Lit” @ Albany International Airport Gallery [Get Visual]

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Scott Nelson Foster, Real and Imaginary Houses 12 - oil on panel

Scott Nelson Foster, “Real and Imaginary Houses 12″ – oil on panel

Review by David Brickman

The sky was performing spectacularly at the end of a stormy day, which provided the ideal preparation for Lit, a theme show about phenomena of light at Albany International Airport Gallery that runs through Sunday, September 13. As with all the shows presented at this generous venue, Lit is intelligent and friendly, and features outstanding artists from the greater Capital Region as both a showcase of regional talent and an oasis of uplifting culture for weary travelers.

But you don’t have to be traveling to enjoy these exhibitions – the gallery area is open to the public, parking is free for the first half-hour, and the hours (7am-11pm daily) make it the most accessible high-quality art space anywhere. I was drawn to this show particularly by the inclusion of a few of my favorite artists from around these parts, but also by the theme. After all, without light, we wouldn’t exist.

Lit features six artists and a collaborative: a spare number, yet enough to cover a lot of bases here, including sculpture, industrial design, two extremely different approaches to photography, drawing, painting and projection. The work in the show is approximately evenly divided between color and monochrome, with most of the color coming from the palettes of sculptor Victoria Palermo and painter Scott Nelson Foster.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Opening:

Roberto Lugo: We Are All Kings @ Ferrin Contemporary

Roberto Lugo: We Are All Kings @ Ferrin Contemporary


Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. Roberto Lugo’s ceramic works explore eclecticism and culture by juxtaposing street graffiti, European decorative patterning and rich symbolism drawn from his Puerto Rican heritage. Opening reception: Saturday, August 22, 4-6pm. (Through October 12)

Monoprints by Marjorie Van Dyke @ BCB Art

Monoprints by Marjorie Van Dyke @ BCB Art

The M.Van Dyke Monoprints of the 1980’s @ BCB ART, Hudson. Also on view: work by Barbara Friedman, Richard Butler, Eric Rhein, Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, Bill Griffith, Ed Smith, Alan Kupchick, Christy Rupp and others. Artist’s reception: Saturday, August 22, 6-8pm. (Through September 13)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Opening:

Works by Linda Kaye-Moses @ Lauren Clark Fine Art

Works by Linda Kaye-Moses @ Lauren Clark Fine Art

The Unruly Jewels of Linda Kaye-Moses @ Lauren Clark Fine Art, Great Barrington. The unruly jewels in this exhibition include jewels plus enclosures or ‘nesting cases’, a form that Linda Kaye-Moses has been exploring for several decades. Although she is primarily a jewel maker, these pieces allow Kaye-Moses to create jewels that concern themselves not simply with function, but also with the implicit/explicit narrative capacity of adornment and enclosure as sculptural form. Artist’s reception: Friday, August 28, 1-5pm. (Through August 31)

John Atchley: Quarry Hill #1 @ Sohn Fine Art

John Atchley: Quarry Hill #1 @ Sohn Fine Art

abstrakt @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox. Works by John Atchley, Peggy Braun, Denise B. Chandler, Seth Resnick and Cassandra Sohn Artists’ reception: Saturday, August 15, 4-7pm. (Through October 4)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Opening:

Mostly Maquettes @ Theo Ganz Studio

Mostly Maquettes @ Theo Ganz Studio

Mostly Maquettes @ Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon. A benefit for Beacon 3D, an annual outdoor sculpture trail along Main Street in Beacon, this short exhibition features works by over 30 artists in media ranging from sculpture and painting to photography, drawing and prints. Opening reception: Friday, August 7, 4-8pm. (Through August 16)

Stephen Honicki: Where I Belong @ Albany Center Gallery

Stephen Honicki: Where I Belong @ Albany Center Gallery

Human Essence @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Works by three photographers, who each start with a conventional photograph: Michael P. Farrell then places two images together to create new meaning out of the familiar, and challenges the viewer to reconsider the conventional; Stephen Honicki is a visual storyteller who combines text with images to allow viewers to find their own interpretation of his dramatic interplays; and Brian Williams explores the overlooked details of the human body, fragmenting form and complementing skin tones with colored fabrics. Opening reception: Friday, August 7, 5-8pm. (Through August 28)

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