ArtBeat: “Passage” @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]
Review by David Brickman
In case you weren’t aware of it, Albany Center Gallery relocated in January of this year to a more visible, bigger and far better retail space in downtown Albany. The current show in that space, titled Passage, is a collection of work by eight printmakers that was ably curated by Alana Akacki, who is a College of Saint Rose graduate, a UAlbany Art Museum staff member and a printmaker herself. It is the second show that Akacki has curated at ACG (the other was a few years ago in the old location).
There are so many reasons to recommend this show: First, because it shows off the new exhibition space better than any show that’s been in it so far. Other shows in the new gallery have been exciting (the grand opening Members Show), challenging (the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational) and vital (the 39th Annual Photography Regional), but all of those were rather crowded installations. This one is spare (some would say too much so, but I would not), elegant and rather gorgeous – fulfilling my own hopes for the potential I saw for this lovely new space.