Janet Werner: “Zero Eyes” @ Esther Massry Gallery [Get Visual]

November 3rd, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara
The painter with one of her works. All other images are oil on canvas by Janet Werner.

Artist Janet Werner with one of her paintings.

Review by David Brickman

Regular readers of this blog know I rarely run a negative review. There are several reasons for this, the main one being that I write about art to build enthusiasm for it, not to knock it down. Usually, if I see something I’m not keen on, I will just let it go. But there are times that something falls short, and I feel it must be pointed out. You can tell this is going to be one of those times – but always remember, my opinion is nothing compared to each viewer’s personal response to the art – and I urge you always to seek your own experience.

So “Zero Eyes,” the current exhibition of paintings by Janet Werner, on view at the College of Saint Rose’s Esther Massry Gallery through Sunday, December 6, is not my cup of tea. Why don’t I like it? Tough question! But I’ll do my best to explain…

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ArtBeat: Michael Bierut: 30 Years/90 Notebooks @ Esther Massry Gallery [Get Visual]

November 11th, 2011, 10:30 am by Sara
Michael Bierut @ Esther Massry Gallery

By Sara Tack

It’s not often that a graphic design show appears in a gallery or a museum and even less often that one shows up in the Capital Region. That’s why it is pretty exciting to see a show of the magnitude of Michael Bierut: 30 Years/90 Notebooks get curated specifically for The College of Saint Rose’s Esther Massry Gallery in Albany.

Bierut, a partner in the renowned design consultancy Pentagram, has had a brilliant career, designing for a host of national and international clients. He is the author of 79 Short Essays on Design and founder of the popular online journal Design Observer. He’s a senior critic at Yale School of Art and frequent guest speaker at design conferences and organizations across the country. His work has won every design award there is to win, including the prestigious American Institute of Graphic Arts medal.

What distinguishes Bierut’s work from much of the design we see on a daily basis is that his pieces use clever, conceptual twists that create messages we have to think twice about. His ability to do this so poignantly is grounded in his knowledge of the subject at hand, his understanding of how to use modernist form to imply meaning, and a natural gift: intuitive wit.

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