2016 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region at The Hyde Collection [Get Visual]

December 13th, 2016, 2:30 pm by Sara
Installation view of MHR-80 (photo  provided by The Hyde Collection)

Installation view of MHR-80 (photo provided by The Hyde Collection)

By David Brickman

At this year’s 80th annual Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, hosted by The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, the show’s the thing.

Juror Michael Oatman, a true local artist who lives in Troy and teaches at RPI (sorry, the rebranding as Rensselaer didn’t take), has stepped up as curator – and not just any curator, but a particular post-contemporary sort of curator who uses the art and the venue to build a whole that seeks to be greater than its parts.

In this case, the parts consist of 126 works by 106 artists – an almost stupidly broad and shallow swath of our region’s best creators – and the whole very smartly includes not only the Hyde’s contemporary Wood Gallery, but also its weirdly curved basement space, its world-class historic house, and its lovely grounds. The result, featuring boldly painted walls of bright orange, deep green, and warm grey, is striking, fresh, and – well, a little distracting from the art itself.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude @ The Hyde [Get Visual]

May 17th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
1976's Running Fence introduced the world to a new kind of environmental artist.

1976’s “Running Fence” introduced the world to a new kind of environmental artist.

By David Brickman

Heads-up! A traveling exhibition titled “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection” opened last Sunday (May 15) at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls and will run just six weeks, through Sunday, June 26 – so I recommend you put it on your calendar now.

This event creates many associations for me, most delightfully bringing up the memory of renovations many years ago at the Hyde house that caused it to be fully wrapped in plastic for months on end. I wonder if Hyde administrators remember thinking then, as I did, that it looked just like a Christo project.

It’s also always a treat to see work by this curious duo who helped transform our conception of art from insisting on a housed display into a reluctant embrace of environmental installation on a scale beyond most of our imaginations. The fact that they could even conceive of building a curtain across a valley, or skirting eleven islands with pink polypropylene – much less actually doing it – is a testament to human ingenuity and persistence.

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ArtBeat: “Pulled, Pressed and Screened” @ the Hyde Collection [Get Visual]

December 29th, 2015, 10:00 am by Sara
Robert Cottingham - Orph, 1972 color lithograph on wove paper

Robert Cottingham – Orph, 1972 color lithograph on wove paper

Review by David Brickman

Perhaps my biggest regret from my college experience is that I never studied printmaking. Aside from the fact that, outside of art school, it’s hard to get access to a fully equipped print shop (and, so, it was an opportunity lost) I think I would have enjoyed the processes. And I’m sure I would be a smarter person now if I had learned some of those complex techniques then.

That’s one reason I wholeheartedly urge you to see Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, on view through Sunday, January 10. Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection, Pulled, Pressed and Screened features 51 prints by as many artists and spans the decades from 1930 to 1980.

This gorgeous selection makes clear how important printmaking is to 20th-century American art and provides a wonderful window onto our history. It’s also easy to love, as many of the artists are familiar names, including Grant Wood, Robert Blackburn, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Milton Avery, Romare Bearden and Dorothy Dehner.

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ArtBeat: “Can You Dig It?” @ the Hyde Collection

October 2nd, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg


Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

“Take those old records off your shelf…”

Back in April, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls put out a call to the regional community, requesting the loan their favorite album covers for consideration in an exhibit celebrating the art of music. The exhibition, “Can You Dig It?,” is now on view in The Hyde’s Rotunda Galley.

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ArtBeat: New York, New York! @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls [Get Visual]

August 19th, 2011, 2:43 pm by Sara
Andreas Feininger:  Brooklyn Bridge

Andreas Feininger: Brooklyn Bridge

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The show New York, New York! The 20th Century, on loan to the Hyde Collection from the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla., is designed to be a crowd pleaser – and, judging from the reactions I witnessed on a recent weekday visit there, it is – but it is also a worthwhile show for any serious art viewer who may or may not care about the theme but will be thrilled to have a chance to see these 60 or so excellent pieces from the Norton’s collection.

When you enter the show, you are struck by a clever (actually, too clever) subway-style design scheme to the exhibition, which starts with an appropriately understated audio track of screeching train sounds and a large wall emblazoned with the tiles and signage typical of mid-century New York City subway stations. The one work of art at the entry is a large and graphic black-and-white photograph taken in 1941 by Andreas Feininger under the elevated train at Division Street; potent in its structure of steel, sun, and shadow, the photograph sets the course for this show: not so much that it will be about New York, but that it will feature a lot of art that describes the atmosphere of the place as much as its physical details.

Though the rest of the exhibition space is painted a conservative dark maroon, the subway theme carries through in the form of text panels with the black background, primary color dots, and Helvetica type you still see all over New York’s rail system. While these provide useful information, they look odd and distracting here. The show is organized around several sub-themes: On the Waterfront, Avenues and Streets, Tall Buildings, Parks and Recreation, and On the Town, which help to give it form as it spans a good deal of history – both of the city and of art.

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