ArtBeat: “The Art of Seating” @ AIH&A [Get Visual]

December 27th, 2016, 1:30 pm by Sara
Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 chair 2003, Kenneth Smythe

Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 chair 2003, Kenneth Smythe

By David Brickman

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there’s an end-of-year chance to catch a marvelous traveling show at the Albany Institute of History & Art before it moves on after Saturday (December 31).

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and is a delight for anyone who has ever sat in a chair or wondered what it would be like to try to improve on that experience. Featuring 43 individual specimens in pristine condition, this collection runs the gamut from simply stated wooden rockers to gaudy stuffed confections to space-age sittable sculptures.

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ArtBeat: Masterworks @ AIHA [Get Visual]

August 31st, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
This 1817 map of the proposed Erie Canal is part of Masterworks: Paper

This 1817 map of the proposed Erie Canal is part of Masterworks: Paper

By David Brickman

With trips to all the summer shows winding down, I’d like to recommend a really worthy exhibition closer to home. Actually, this is a pair of exhibitions with the unifying theme of a deep exploration of the collections of the now-225-year-old Albany Institute of History & Art, entitled Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting and Masterworks: Paper.

These shows were mounted during the past year to celebrate the Institute’s anniversary and its own history, with the larger, more inclusive exhibition featuring a thoughtfully constructed timeline of the organization, punctuated with compelling artifacts and objects such as grandfather clocks, a book of wool samples, paintings from three centuries, marvels in glass and silver, a fire bucket, travel posters, etc.

The richness of the AIHA’s holdings is well displayed here, and would be difficult to exaggerate. Though I am biased toward contemporary art, I can enjoy a sumptuously festooned French-style bed as much as the next guy, along with almost absurdly decorative cast-iron stoves, Americana in the form of elaborately incised powder horns, ceramics from near and far, and plenty of earlier fine art.

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ArtBeat: “Walter Launt Palmer: Painting the Moment” @ Albany Institute of History & Art [Get Visual]

July 14th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Wheat and Poppies, 1889-90 pastel on paper

Wheat and Poppies, 1889-90 pastel on paper

Review by David Brickman

Everybody knows the blockbuster show of the summer is Van Gogh at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown – all the more reason you should check out the work of his Albany contemporary, Walter Launt Palmer, on view at the Albany Institute of History & Art through August 16. Born into an artistic family in 1854 (Vincent was one year older), Palmer started early and enjoyed a long, successful painting career. At first he held to the Victorian mode, but by the 1880s he was a full-on American Impressionist, no doubt influenced by the same movement that brought us the ever astonishing Van Gogh.

This comprehensive exhibition of Palmer’s three significant series fills the big upstairs gallery of the Institute, which owns most of the paintings presented here (a select few are borrowed from private collectors). It begins with early still life and nature sketches, revealing a very skilled hand that would later be put to the particular task of painting lavish interiors. Two of those highly detailed works that he was regularly commissioned to make depict rooms in the house that gave Arbor Hill its name (now known as the Ten Broeck Mansion) and, with their dark, Victorian air, show why Palmer eventually stopped this pursuit – it was ruining his vision.

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2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region [Get Visual]

January 7th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Jeanette Fintz: Traveler's Reflection 3

Jeanette Fintz: Traveler’s Reflection 3

Review by David Brickman

The annual Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, hosted this year by the Albany Institute of History & Art, raises the usual set of questions while presenting the usual confounding mash-up of regional art.

Popularly known as the Regional, this show has been running for nearly 80 years, making it one of the longest-standing exhibitions of its kind in the U.S. It’s always an annual high point for fans of the local art scene, and can be either a high point or a low point for participants, depending on their success in entering, personal taste, or overall degree of crankiness. This year’s edition was mounted on a later schedule than the usual summer appearance and will be up through Monday, January 19, affording a nice opportunity for the procrastinators among us to see it, even as 2015 has arrived.

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ArtBeat/LIVE: Abraham Ferraro’s “Art Course”

July 25th, 2011, 1:30 pm by Greg

What happens when performance art meets obstacle course? “Art Course,” of course.

This is a short video of Abraham Ferraro’s “Art Course” as performed at the MarketPlace Gallery in Albany on Friday, June 10.

As Ferraro describes it: “An Art obstacle course that begins by smashing my way out of a 4 foot drywall cube with 2 claw hammers! Walls will be broken, barbed wire hoops passed, wiffle ball bats swinging, boxing gloves punching, and flying Ferraro…all lead to a leap of faith and end at a giant neon ART sign!”

You can also see another of Ferraro’s works, “Mail-able 2,” in the 75th Mohawk-Hudson Regional at the Albany Institute of History and Art through Sunday, September 4. At last Thursday’s awards ceremony, Ferraro’s piece was honored with a pair of awards, one of which was the coveted Purchase Award.

Five Fall Faves: Visual Art

September 20th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

All this week, we’ll be highlighting some of the fall season’s most promising arts, music and entertainment events around Nippertown. Mark your calendars.

Today’s spotlight is on the visual arts:

Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell

Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell

Michael Oatman’s “All Utopias Fell” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Opening Sunday, October 24. It’s the most hotly anticipated art event of the season. The sprawling three-part, massively ambitious, indoor-outdoor installation by Troy artist Michael Oatman finally has its much-delayed unveiling. The long-term installation – scheduled to run for several years – will be open seasonally, so catch it before the snow flies.

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ArtBeat: Art Saves Animals – Tonight

October 8th, 2009, 10:56 am by Greg

We love art.

We love animals.

And we especially love it when Art Saves Animals – which is the name of the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society’s fifth annual fundraising art auction and benefit, which is being hosted by the Albany Institute of History & Art tonight Thursday, October 8 from 5:30-8:30pm. Guha and Karthik Bala, founders of the high tech gaming company Vicarious Visions, are the honorary chairs of the event.

The event features a cocktail reception, as well as live and silent auctions of more than 150 pieces of original artwork and hand-crafted items.

ElephantPaintingNationally acclaimed for his retro-looking dog and cat art, Ken Bailey is this year’s featured artist, and he has donated a signed, limited edition print of “The Good Life.” The auction will also feature “Golden Retriever,” a signed giclee print on canvas by internationally renowned dog artist Marc Tetro. Vicarious Visions has donated a complete Guitar Hero World Tour game, including one-of-a-kind custom-painted guitar controllers. And if you’re looking for something a little extra special to spice up your living room walls, this evening’s auction will also feature a piece created by Sela, a 26-year-old Indonesian elephant from the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project.

That’s right – artwork painted by an elephant. We hear she’s pretty good, too.

Tickets are still available and may per purchased online or at the door. The cost is $40.00 per person. And it’s all for a good cause.

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