ArtBeat: What to See
Still Life With Sculpture @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. An exhibition featuring the paintings of Leslie Gabosh, Xico Greenwald, Tatiana Klacsmann and Joseph Yetto, sculpture by Philip Howie and David Paulson and furniture by Chris Schober. Opening reception: Saturday, June 21, 4-6pm. (Through August 10)
Form and Fire @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Paintings by Erik Laffer and ceramic sculpture by Randi Kish, two artists who share a common visual language. Artist reception and 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration: Saturday, June 21, 5-8pm. (Through August 3)
Martha Diamond @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Paintings by Martha Diamond in the main gallery. Also on display: sculpture by Lisa Sanders, paintings by Joseph Haske, Douglas Degges and Pamela Cardwell, photography by Betsy Crowell and reliefs by Jock Ireland. Opening reception: Thursday, June 19, 6-8pm. (Through July 13)
Tooning In @ Charles R. Wood Theatre, Glens Falls. Artworks inspired by each of Adirondack Theatre Festival’s four main stage productions, created live from actual production dress rehearsals. Participating artists include Kate Austin-Avon, Christopher Baldwin, Will Fowler, Rhianna Hogan-Cerro, Violet Lemay, Marika McCoola, Reneé Leigh Stephenson and Zachary Sopczyk. (Through August 2)
Burnt Offerings @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. A group exhibition of artwork by ceramic artist that examines the interplay between clay as a sculptural medium and representations of similar ideas in other media. This show includes experimental firing techniques and conceptual uses of ceramics. In addition to traditional ceramic pieces, the show will include related drawings, encaustics, prints and sculptures by ceramicists that engage similar themes, stylistic concerns or subject matter. Participating artists include Fred Adell, Susan Beecher, Lois Binetsky, Dina Bursztyn, Faye Eng, Stephen Fabrico, Frank Giorgini, Millie Goldberg, Judith Hugentobler, Denise Kelty, Ariana Kolins, Adam Ledford, Yinka Orafidiya, Lucie Piedra + Meg Oliver (l&m studio), Elizabeth Nields, Yinka Orafidiya, Ruth Sachs, David Smyth, Naomi Teppich, Marcus Villagran and Leslie Yolen. (Through June 21)
Aline Smithson and Meg Birnbaum @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Aline Smithson’s photographic series, Arrangement in Green and Black, incorporates traditional darkroom techniques to which she has added the richness of hand painting. After Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (Whistler’s Mother), Smithson has posed her 85 year-old mother in 20 ensembles. Also on display are Meg Birnbaum’s documentary photographs of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as well as portfolio showcases by Caleb Cole and Susan Copich. (Through June 22)
Off the Beaten Path: Prints by J. Ann Eldridge and Photographs by Bill Duffy @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center. New Hampshire-based artists J. Ann Eldridge and Bill Duffy are a husband and wife team whose artworks focus on aspects of the natural and human world that are often hidden or overlooked. Eldridge’s drawings and etchings are inspired by her gardening and land conservation work. Photographer Duffy, who is also a cartographer, is influenced by the people and places he encounters during his map-making work. (Through June 22)
Teetering @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. The mother/daughter team of internationally-renowned artists Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle collaborate in this exhibition that examines socio-economic issues through multiple media, including large-scaled photography, painting, drawing, embroidery and sculpture. (Through June 22)
Andrew Thompson @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Solo exhibition of fish and wildlife paintings by artist, illustrator and bookbinder Andrew Thompson. (Through June 27)
Country Visions: A Celebration of Rural Life in Schoharie County @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. New works in oil, pastel and watercolor by Upstate New York artist Elizabeth Apgar-Smith. (Through June 25)
2014 June Invitational @ 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson. Four artists from Berkshire and Columbia Counties: Ann-Marie Light, Ellen Murtaugh, Margo Trout and Ken Young. (Through June 30)
Street Signs- Urban Art @ Albany Barn Stage 1, Albany. A group exhibition of street art featuring Sandy Dovberg, Jim Miller, Frank Smith, Oliver Peters, Kimberly Gailard, Sandy Pratt, Nicole DeSantis, Martin Bannan, Sarah Holub Schrom, Peter Amarosa, Ed O’Connell and Stan Vaitas and featuring a live spray paint installation by Sarah Holub Schrom. (Through June 30)
Martina Angela Müller: Small Works on Exhibit @ The Chatham Bookstore. Ghent artist Martina Angela Müller displays small works from her new series of oil paintings, a body of new work that is painted with nature, making the movements of wind and water visible on the canvas through a number of unusual ways of engaging the actual forces of wind and water. (Through June 31)
October Waves and External Conditions @ BCB Art, Hudson. Two solo shows, October Waves – photographs by Sandra Gottlieb and External Conditions – monotypes by Brenda Giegerich, in which both artists operate in the realm of the imaginary or momentary phenomena. Sandra Gottlieb’s seascapes focus on the shifting tides and changing light of the sunset ocean of Rockaway Beach, while Benda Giegerich’s paintings represent a meditation on our perception of the surrounding landscape. Also on view are works by a selection of gallery artists, including Antonio Alvarez, Sasha Chermayeff, Michael Lindsay- Hogg, Lucio Pozzi, Benjy Swett, William Wegman, Dan Welden and others. (Through July 6)
Deeply Rooted @ M Gallery, Catskill. A show of landscape paintings by Raymond J. Steiner, William P. Duffy and Patrick D. Milbourn that focuses on the interpretive process and individual expression that becomes a work of art. (Through July 6)
Mutable/Immutable, New Works by Christie Scheele @ Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes. Atmospheric, minimalist landscapes that cross the boundaries between traditional realism and the contemporary art world, exploring themes of change and the eternal in the landscape. (Through July 7)
Streets of Hudson @ CCCA Gallery, Hudson. Artworks celebrating the city of Hudson by 26 local and regional artists in a variety of media: Donna Barrett, Stephen Benson, Arlene Boehm, Denise Chandler, Gerald Cooley, John Cooley, Olive Farrell, Gretchen Kelly, Scott Keidong, Maria Kolodziej-Zincio, Maria Manhattan, Jack Millard, Holly Northrup, Daniel Region, Karen Rhodes, Ricardo Roig, Trudi Roth, Lori Rothstein, Cecelia Sinclair, Ken Tannenbaum, Glen Tunstall, K. Velis Turan, Karl Volk, Kevin Winkleman, Leonard Wise and Kenneth Young. (Through July 12)
Mike + Doug Starn: Bambú Shots @ Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. An ongoing installation that has seen incarnations on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum, at the Venice Biennale and other venues, this exhibition combines 11 large-scale photographs by the Starns and an installation of nearly 100 smaller images of the project at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as video and several actual bamboo structures. Closing party with the artists: Saturday, July 12, 4-6pm. (Through July 13)
Paper Works @ Concepto Hudson, Hudson. Works by: Andrew Chan, Claudio Bravo, Marguerite Day, Antonio Lopez, Paul Jacoulet, Abraham Ferraro, Michael Krasowitz, Jane Harris, Fred Fleisher, Katya Grokhovsky, Guo Moruo, Michael Lorefice, Sadanobu Tamura, Italo Scanga, Nahum Tschacbasove, Honsom Son, Judy Pfaff, Ruben Nakian and Albert Schwitzer at this new gallery space.
(Through July 13)
Play Me, I’m Yours @ Downtown Albany. An internationally touring artwork devised by British artist Luke Jerram has ten pianos, decorated by local artists and community groups popping up in various locations throughout downtown Albany for anyone to play and enjoy. Here’s a map. Artists include: Bob Anderson, Mitchell Biernacki, William (Rico) Butler Jr., Samson Contompasis, First Church in Albany, Peter Leue, Jessyka Neitzel, Denise Poutre, Sarah Holub Schrom, Heidi Schuman, Ruby Silvious, Vincent Tocco and Elaine Wilson. (Through July 27)
Summer Exhibitions @ Art Omi, Ghent. New works by ten artists, including contemporary sculptures and innovative architecture projects by Afruz Amighi, Kim Beck, Denise Hoffman Brandt, Rob Fischer, Haresh Lalvani, Harrison Atelier, Celeste Roberge, Alison Saar, Alex Schweder and Stephen Westfall.
Nurture Nature @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. New paintings by Jeff Briggs, photographs by Jerry Freedner and works by Kim McLean. The shared theme dances around the subject of nature, its many forms and the effects of human influence. (Through July 13)
Kamilla Talbot @ The West Kortright Center, East Meredith. Oil paintings and works on paper by Kamilla Talbot, whose works are landscape-based, many of them painted en plein air of the trees and ponds of the Catskills and the changing light at dawn and dusk. (Through July 14)
David Miller: Mapping the Mind @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Paintings about the phenomenon of time and how it relates to gravity with whimsical shapes, marks and colors expressing visual, emotional, sociological or text-based events. Opens Saturday, June 7. Artist discussion ad reception: Saturday, June 14, 4:30-7pm. (Through July 26)
Kim Kauffman: New Work from the Florilegium and Confluence Series @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock. Kim Kauffman’s Florilegium and Confluence series combine a variety of natural and man-made objects, using multiple images layered to create an abstract and visual environment. Kauffman’s work will be featured at both Galerie BMG locations in Woodstock and Bearsville. The Bearsville location at Cricket Ridge, opening in collaboration with Sweetheart Gallery, will also feature paintings by Lila Bacon, co-owner of Sweetheart Gallery and a prolific Woodstock artist. (Through July 27)
Nick Cave @ The School, Kinderhook. New works by sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave, known for his body-transforming suits with echoes of East African masquarade costumes, at this newly opened, massive exhibition space, formerly the Martin Van Buren Elementary School. (Through July 31)
Road Kill Festival @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. A group exhibition of Hudson Valley artists exploring the reality of life and our limited journey, including Bob Braine, Matt Bua, Nancy Cohen, Ryder Cooley, Eric Egas, Randy Evans, Carrie Feder, Valerie Hammond, Jan Harrison, Linda Horn, Cindy Karasek, Claire Lambe, Kim Mclean, Carol May, Claudia McNulty, Portia Munson, Fawn Potash, Christy Rupp, Kiki Smith, Tim Watkins and Linda Weintraub. Closing reception: Saturday, August 9, 6:30pm with musical performances by Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries. (Through August 9)
Anselm Kiefer @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MASS MoCA opens a 10,000 square-foot building devoted to the art of Anselm Kiefer. The exhibition will include Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead; The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la Revolution) , comprised of more than twenty lead beds with photographs and wall text; Velimir Chlebnikov , a steel pavilion containing 30 paintings dealing with nautical warfare and inspired by the quixotic theories of the Russian mathematical experimentalist Velimir Chlebnikov; and a new, large-format commission created by the artist specifically for the installation at MASS MoCA.
The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A mix of atmospheric, documentary and sculptural works, this exhibition features the work of 6 artists — Rosa Barba, Matthew Buckingham, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Lisa Oppenheim and Simon Starling — who capitalize on film’s particular visual, material, aural and even metaphoric characteristics.
Fowl Portraits/Ye Are God’s Building @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Photographer Paul Lange’s Fowl Portraits will be displayed along with Eric Korenman’s series, Ye Are God’s Building in the Poultry House Gallery. (Through August 24)
Franz West @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Franz West (Austrian, 1947-2012) is known for willfully un-serious, non-ideological and sometimes mischievously erotic mixed-media drawings, sculptures and furniture. Intentionally crude collages combine awkwardly isolated figures from magazine ads with slapdash coats of thick paint and representations of the artist’s own sculptures. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Hall Art Foundation’s installation of West’s monumental outdoor sculpture Les Pommes d’Adam at MASS MoCA.
A View from the Shore: Winslow Homer’s Impressions from the Coast @ The Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. An exhibition that examines Windslow Homer’s fascination with coastal and nautical scenes as an illustrator and special correspondent for the American pictorial press. The images include early illustrations for periodicals including Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly as well as rare lithographs and large etchings made after Homer’s paintings. (Through August 24)
“L’Un n’ empêche pas l’Autre” (One does not exclude the Other) @ Enchanté Tea House, Troy. The collaborative paintings of Delphine Cossais and Mika, two very different professional painters in love. (Through August 31)
Butterfies @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Exploring one of Earth’s most unique living creatures along with the fascination they inspire, this inter-disciplinary exhibition includes works by contemporary artists as well as historic and cultural artifacts from around the world. The heart of the exhibition is The Butterfly Pavilion, which will be aflutter with a variety of vivid butterflies, representing species from around the world as well as those found in New England meadows. Admission to the Butterfly Pavilion is an additional $2 per person. (Through September 1).
Body Language @ Albany International Airport Gallery, Colonie. A group show of eleven artists whose work focuses on the human figure and its expressions: Darcie Abbatiello, Melanie Baker, Leona Christie, Brian Cirmo, Sean Hovendick, Sergei Isupov, Paul Miyamoto, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Amy Podmore, Lin Price. (Through September 7)
Larry Kagan: Lying Shadows @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. 28 wall-mounted works that illustrate Larry Kagan’s process of creating a hybrid form of sculpture that combines the solid component of a steel wire sculpture and the specific shadow it casts on the wall in a way that challenges expectations. Also on display: Emerging from the Shadows: Edward Hopper and His Contemporaries, 25 works on paper that explore the use of shadow as a narrative dimension. (Through September 14)
Art + Design 2014 Faculty Show @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Participating faculty are Ann Breaznell, Anne Hobday, Chris St. Cyr and Jessica Loy, graphic design; Jeanne Flanagan, gallery director; Scott Brodie and Ben Schwab, drawing and painting; Kris Corso Tolmie, printmaking; Paul Mauren, sculpture; Rob O’Neil and Tom Santelli, photography; Gina Occhiogrosso and Susan Meyer, foundations. Additional faculty include Brian Cirmo, Chris De Marco, Abraham Ferraro, Andrea Hersh, Sharon Siegel and Marian Sullivan Chilson. Reception: Friday, September 5, 5-7pm. (Through September 20)
An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. Chesterwood’s 2013/2014 artist-in-residence, Stockbridge photographer Julie McCarthy turns her lens on the possessions and surroundings of Margaret “Peggy” French Cresson, the only child of famed sculptor Daniel Chester French. An accomplished portrait sculptor in her own right, Margaret, born in 1889, lived at Chesterwood in the summer months from the time she was a little girl until her death in 1973. Also on display on the outdoor grounds are eleven large-scale abstract sculptures by world-renowned New York sculptor Albert Paley, with a reception and lecture by Paley on Saturday, July 19 at 4pm. (Through October 13)
The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. A study of the little-known twenty-year illustration career of the realist master as well as attitudes towards art and the crosscurrents of contemporary commercial society during the early to mid twentieth century. (Through October 26)
< George Inness: The Rainbow @ The Arkell Museum[/caption]George Inness: The Arkell Collection @ The Arkell Museumm, Canajoharie. Five landscapes from the Arkell’s permanent collection that reveal George Inness’ diverse painting methods and approaches during the middle of his career—from detailed depictions of nature to gestural brushwork and vague landscapes. (Through November 15)
Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Painter Darren Waterston’s installation Filthy Lucre — the centerpiece of Uncertain Beauty — is a contemporary re-imagining of James McNeill Whistler’s 1876 decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, reconstructed as a sumptuous ruin. Inside, viewers will find Waterston’s re-interpretations of Whistler’s paintings, along with stalactite-like ceiling fixtures and crumbling shelving replete with 250 hand-painted ceramic vessels. Glaze will appear to ooze down the wall, and the shimmering central peacock mural will partially melt into the floor in a puddle of gold. A soundscape featuring voice and cello composed by the New York-based trio BETTY will be heard intermittently through the space, punctuating the silence with hauntingly beautiful reverberations. The installation hints at parallels between the excesses and inequities of the Gilded Age and the social and economic disparities of our own time. At the same time, the work raises questions about patronage and the relationships between artists, collectors, and institutions. Opens Saturday, March 8. Opening reception: Saturday, March 29, 5-7pm. Performance by Filthy Lucre soundscape composers, BETTY: Saturday, March 22, 8pm. Artist talk: Thursday, August 7, 6pm. Panel discussion presented in partnership with The Mount: Thursday, August 28, 6pm (Through February 1, 2015)