ArtBeat: What To See

February 16th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

Opening

Alexandre Bougault: Title Unknown @ The Tang

Alexandre Bougault: Title Unknown @ The Tang

Inhabited Landscapes – Bougault’s Algeria @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of panoramic photographs of northern Africa by Alexandre Bougault includes recently acquired works as well as research on them by independent curator Ana-Joel Falco´n-Weibe. (Through April 23)

Wave Field Synthesis Audio System Demonstration

Wave Field Synthesis Audio System Demonstration

Wave Field Synthesis Audio System Demonstration @ EMPAC, Troy. EMPAC music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek will lead a series of introductory demonstrations using EMPAC’s new Wave Field Synthesis audio system. The 496-channel system is capable of very precise sound spatialization and is an emerging platform for electronic composition. Thursday, February 16 – Saturday, February 18.

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ArtBeat: What To See

February 9th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara

Opening

Allen Blagden: Victoria Crowned Pigeons @ The Hyde Collection

Allen Blagden: Victoria Crowned Pigeons @ The Hyde Collection

Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Allen Blagden is renowned for his paintings of birds, animals, and people, as well as the landscapes of New England and the Adirondacks; his contemporary realist painting style has often been compared to that of Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. This career survey includes approximately 50 works and coincides with the publication of a new book on the painter by publisher David R. Godine. Opens Sunday, February 12. (Through April 16)

Prismatic Explorations @ LARAC

Prismatic Explorations @ LARAC

Prismatic Explorations @ LARAC, Glens Falls. Works by Jenny Hutchinson, Stephanie Serpick, Amanda Kralovic, William L. Doebele and Elisa Sheehan that explore the relationships between colors, with paint as the medium of choice. Opening reception: Friday, February 10, 5-8pm. (Through March 17)

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ArtBeat: Caroline Ramersdorfer @ Opalka Gallery [Get Visual]

February 3rd, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara
Installation view of Gravity & Light at Sage Colleges' Opalka Gallery (photo provided by Opalka Gallery)

Installation view of “Gravity & Light” at Sage Colleges’ Opalka Gallery (photo provided by Opalka Gallery)

Review by David Brickman

A world-class sculptor is on view at Sage College of Albany’s Opalka Gallery – so please go see the wonderful retrospective solo show “Gravity & Light: Caroline Ramersdorfer Sculpture, 1985-2016.” It opened on December 2 and will be there through Sunday, March 5, so no excuses.

Ramersdorfer has great international credentials, both in her development and in the exposure of her art – yet, she is also local, having a home and studio in the Adirondacks town of Wells, which she shares with an equally prominent sculptor, John Van Alstine (see my brief review of their two-person show at Lake George Arts Project in 2014). A native of Austria, Ramersdorfer studied art in Paris and Florence and then learned marble carving in Carrara (where else?), and has produced commissioned work for permanent installations in places as fur-flung as China, Iran, Egypt and Abu Dhabi.

One extraordinary feature of this exhibition is its inclusion of numerous maquettes and sketches for some of Ramersdorfer’s major projects, and they are as skillfully crafted as their larger progeny, while also being charming in their tininess. The beautifully produced catalog of the exhibition features lavish illustrations of each foreign installation (plus one on the Sage campus in Albany), telling the story of these remarkable and ambitious creations.

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ArtBeat: What To See

February 2nd, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara

Opening

Michael Maslin: Road Narrows @ Palmer Gallery

Michael Maslin: Road Narrows @ Palmer Gallery

The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets @ Palmer Gallery, Poughkeepsie. An exhibition of poems, painting, prints, posters, documentary photography, political cartoons and works on paper by regional artists as they contemplate the future after the 2016 presidential election. Opening reception: Thursday, Februrary 2, 5-7pm. (Through February 16)

Julie Evans: Lessons from a Guinea Hen #1 (detail) @ Albany International Airport Gallery

Julie Evans: Lessons from a Guinea Hen #1 (detail) @ Albany International Airport Gallery

Cloudlands @ Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany. Investigations of elusive and ethereal worlds by Julie Evans, Joshua Field, Dana Filibert, Edward Mayer, Susan Meyer, Gina Ruggeri and Naoe Suzuki. Reception: Friday, February 17, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through July 31)

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Albany Center Gallery’s Grand Opening & Members Show

January 31st, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Albany Center Gallery opened its new home in Albany’s Arcade Building at 488 Broadway earlier this month with its annual Members Show, featuring the work of more than 175 Greater Nippertown artists.

The new gallery – ACG’s fifth exhibition space in its 40-year existence – is the first that was designed specifically to showcase artwork, and the grand opening reception attracted more than 500 gallery-goers to the new, 2,000 square-foot-plus venue.

Here’s the round-up of the award-winning artworks on view at the Albany Center Gallery’s Members Show through Saturday, February 18:

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ArtBeat: What To See

January 26th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara

Opening

Tesseract @ EMPAC

Tesseract @ EMPAC

Tesseract (World Premiere) @ EMPAC, Troy. This collaboration between artist Charles Atlas and choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener is presented in two parts. The first half is a stereoscopic 3D video, a six-chapter work of science fiction that is Atlas’ first “dance video” in over a decade. Filmed with a mobile camera rig that moves with the choreography, it traverses a series of hybrid and imagined worlds staged and filmed over a series of EMPAC production residencies. The second half of the evening will be a performance for six dancers and multiple mobile cameras, the footage of which Atlas will manipulate in real-time and project back onto the stage. Friday, January 27, 8pm and Saturday, January 28, 8pm.

Photographs by Tanya Marcuse @ Esther Massry Gallery

Photographs by Tanya Marcuse @ Esther Massry Gallery

Phantom Bodies: Photographs by Tanya Marcuse @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. An exhibit that presents 66 platinum and pigment prints that bring together two seminal projects: Undergarments and Armor (2002–2004) and Wax Bodies (2006–2008). Both probe unsettling tensions between absence and presence, body and image, past and present. Artist’s reception: Friday, January 27, 5-7pm with an artist’s lecture at 7pm. (Through February 26)

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ArtBeat: What To See

January 19th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara

Opening

Lorna Bieber: Three Birds (Front View) @ The Hyde Collection

Lorna Bieber: Three Birds (Front View) @ The Hyde Collection

Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Large photo murals and montages by Lorna Bieber, who reinterprets the natural word to evoke a sense of collective memory. Opens Saturday, January 21. (Through May 14)

Portia Munson: Cardinal  @ Mandeville Gallery

Portia Munson: Cardinal @ Mandeville Gallery

Radical Kingdoms @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. An overview of natural history illustration by early practioners such as John James Audubon, J. Sowerby, Mary Peart and Georg Dionysius Ehret as well as works by contemporary artists including George Boorujy, Portia Munson, Juan Fontanive, Amy Ross and Anne Siems. Opens Saturday, January 21. Reception: Thursday, January 26, 5-6:30pm. (Through June 18)

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A New Home for Albany Center Gallery

January 18th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

It was begun in 1977 by the late Les Urbach, tucked into a modest, unassuming space at the Capital District Psychiatric Center on New Scotland Avenue in Albany. Today (Wednesday, January 18), Albany Center Gallery is opening its doors for the first time at yet another new location – the fifth in four decades.

In 1982 the gallery moved to the former Albany City Arts Building on Chapel Street, and when that building was sold in 2002, ACG took over a room on the second floor of the Albany Public Library’s main branch on Washington Avenue. Five years later in 2007, ACG returned downtown to Columbia Street.

Now with director Tony Iadicicco at the helm, the new gallery – in the Arcade Building at 488 Broadway in Albany, just around the corner from ACG’s most recent incarnation on Columbia Street – will be the first home for the gallery that’s been designed specifically for the exhibition of art, rather than trying to adapt and retrofit an existing space into a room conducive to showcasing artwork. It’s also approximately 300 square feet larger than the Columbia Street location.

Albany Center Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary and inaugurating its new home with the opening of the annual Members Show featuring the art of more than 175 regional artists, including such Greater Nippertown art-scene mainstays as Lori Lawrence, David Brickman, Willie Marlowe, Mark McCarty, Mary Pat Wager and Charles Steckler. (See list below)

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