Shows Seen, Not Seen & to Be Seen [Get Visual]
By David Brickman
Is mid-March too late to be looking back at 2018? Well, probably, but I’m going to do it anyway…
I’m plagued by the many missed opportunities of the past year, which featured a vast array of worthy, challenging and screwed-up art exhibitions in Greater Nippertown, and which I wish I had been able to see more of and write more about. So here’s a bit of a recap; maybe it’ll make up just a little for what didn’t happen quite enough on Get Visual during 2018.
Toward the end of 2018, I caught a few really strong shows in venues that don’t necessarily get a lot of publicity around here. One of those was a rare treat in the form of a large collection of paintings by Tom Nelson at Troy’s Arts Center of the Capital Region, titled From NY to LA: Landscapes of the Hudson Valley and California Desert. Nelson, who has worked full-time as an exhibit designer at the Albany Institute of History & Art for decades, has quietly maintained a strong art practice but hardly ever shows his work. This compendium of around 60 paintings and oil sketches delighted his many fans and reminded us that he is still one of the best landscape painters anywhere.