ArtBeat: What To See
Magic and Loss @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. In conjunction with his recently published book of short stories by the same name, this exhibition of photographs by longtime Saratoga-based journalist Thomas Dimopoulos explores the city of Saratoga Springs. Opening reception and book signing: Thursday, June 18, 6-8pm.
The Making of the Hudson River School @ Albany Institute of History and Art. The Albany Institute of History and Art unveils its first online exhibition, which answers the frequently asked question, “what is the Hudson River School?”
Glazed and Diffused @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. This survey exhibition focuses on a select group of international artists chosen for their use of fired clay and glaze pigment to convey abstract content. Artists: Raymon Elozua, Peter Christian Johnson, Jun Kaneko, Jae Yong Kim, Steven Young Lee, Lauren Mabry, Sara Moorhouse, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Peter Pincus, Robert Silverman, Linda Sormin, Toshiko Takaezu, Beatrice Wood and Betty Woodman. Opening reception: Saturday, June 20, 4-6pm. (Through August 16)
Adrift: Photographs by Carolyn Marks Blackwood @ The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson. Rhinecliff-based photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood’s Hudson River photographs reframe segments of air, ice, and water into vivid color fields, geometric abstractions and flattened motifs. Opens Sunday, June 21. (Through August 16)
Homer’s America: Selections from the Permanent Collection @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Winslow Homer is considered one of the most accomplished and prolific illustrators of the nineteenth century. This exhibition features a selection of two dozen works from the Museum’s permanent collection, mostly engravings, as well as watercolors, one oil painting, and a rare etching. Also on display: The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol: 1973-1987 will feature 50 drawings, some of which are on view to the public for the very first time. Opens Sunday, June 21.
Plant Spirit Series @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. Sarah Barker’s solo exhibition of contemplative recent paintings with themes of nature, observation and healing. Reception: Saturday, June 20, 5-7pm. (Through July 25)
Microcosm @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. An exhibition of investigations, more abstract than literal, of nature’s complexity, with works by Sarah Barker, Marieken Cochius, Alicia Doebler, Rob van Erve and Pamela W. Wallace. Artists’ reception: Saturday, June 20, 5-7pm. (Through July 25)
Thomas Holton, The Lams of Ludlow Street @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition of photographs documenting one family’s life, from 2002 to the present, as it unfolds in a 350 square foot apartment in New York City’s Chinatown. (Through June 21)
Two Natures Talking @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. An exhibition that explores the creative exchange between two pairs of artists and poets: Wilma and Stephen Rifkin and Ellen Joffe-Halpern and Annie Raskin. (Through June 21)
The June Invitational 2015 @ 510 Warrent St Gallery, Hudson. Paintings by Diane Firtell, photographs by Honey Sharp, paintings by Susan Merrill and pastels by Shelly Marks. Also on display will be works by Nancy Ghitman, Diana Felber, Robert Forte, Kate Knapp, Natalie Levy, John Lipkowitz, Nina Lipkowitz, Eleanor Lord, Hannah Manel, Jonathan Pazer, Peggy Reeves, Doris Simon, H. David Stein and Lorimer Burns. (Through June 21)
Edie Bresler, We Sold a Winner @ David Orton Gallery, Hudson. Edie Bresler’s photographs and their accompanying stories focus on main street America through the lens of state lotteries. (Through June 21)
Works on Paper @ Morrison Gallery, Kent. A solo exhibition of watercolor, encaustic and mixed media pieces by Don Gummer. (Through June 21)
From The Earth @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Works by three artists influenced by the great 19th century tradition that visually glorified this region: Jane Bloodgood-Abrams (landscape paintings), Valerie Craig (oil and watercolor paintings) and Jill Fishon-Kovachick (ceramics). (Through June 21)
Concrete & Clay: Works Inspired by the Garden @ Spencertown Academy Gallery, Spencertown. Vessels for plants, vases for flowers, concrete benches and troughs, birdbaths and birdhouses by seven regional ceramicists and one concrete fabricator. (Through June 21)
Dawn Clements @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A solo exhibition of recent still life paintings in watercolor, gouache and ink by Dawn Clements Also on display: sculpture by Isidro Blasco and Saskia Sutherland, paintings and drawings by Christine Hughes and works on paper by Kristen Rego. (Through June 21)
Rabbit Trails @ The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. Recent paintings by Christine Hales depicting landscapes and animal imagery. (Through June 26)
Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography @ Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. A comprehensive collection of close to 150 daguerreotypes from America, France, England, and the Mideast featuring subject matter as diverse as landscapes, architectural studies, occupations, post-mortem images and portraiture. (Through June 28)
Selfies, or the New Portraiture @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. A group show that examines subjective identities through the ever-present selfie. Participants are invited to bring their own selfies for display at the gallery. (Through June 29)
Splash @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Paintings by Michael Fabrizio and Mary Ellen Devanny. (Through June 29)
Amy Pleasant: Blink @ Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition of new paintings, drawings and sculpture that focuses on the body’s shape and contours. (Through July 5)
James Autery @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Photography by James Autery. (Through July 6)
Crowd @ Grand Street Community Arts, Albany. Thomas Lail’s Crowd consists of nine large panels constructed for each of the exterior, street-level window niches in the historic St. Anthony’s Church on Madison Avenue in Albany. Made from thousands of pieces of paper cut in diminishing sizes, each window panel is collaged with black and white reproductions of images of gatherings of people: crowds, protests and demonstrations.
Leon A. Comstock, Jr. @ Neumann Fine Art, Hillsdale. A solo exhibition of highly realistic landscape paintings. (Through July 11)
Earth Sky Dream @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group show featuring Bruce Murphy, Linda Newman Boughton, Laura Von Rosk, Vince Vella, Chris Freeman and Jane Bloodgood-Abrams. (Through July 12)
Vibrant Space @ BCB ART, Hudson. New works featuring wide open color fields by Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat. Also on view is a group exhibition of gallery artists with works by Justin Baker, Barbara Friedman, Sasha Chermayeff, Rick Finkelstein, Richard Butler, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Eric Rhein, Richard Wright and others. (Through July 15)
Visualizing the Lexicon of a Loving Hand @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. Emerging artists Brennan Goodwin and Jackie Zysk explore nostalgia and childhood. (Through July 16)
Kris Perry @ R Wells Gallery, Hudson. A solo show of new sculpture by Kris Perry. noted for his large-scale kinetic and sound sculptures. (Through July 17)
Fusionera @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. A group exhibition featuring the work of Erin Beaver, Adam Brent, Dan Devine, Barry Gerson, Ned Snider, Josephine Turalba and Hazle Weatherfield. (Through July 19)
Edge @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. A group show by artists who transcend traditional media, rendering, and representation to create thought-provoking, raw, and unconventional works of art: Scott Michael Ackerman, Michael Conlin, Han Dogan, Gregory Maxwell Dunn, Michael Eck, James Paulsen, Rico Pendejo, Patrick Porter, Erik Savage, Frank Smith, Thierry Taule and Alex Waters. (Through July 24)
American Views @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Works by Paul Chapman and Scott Nelson Foster, two painters who draw inspiration from the social landscape around them. (Through July 25)
Taking Root: Caniskek and the Meeting of Two Worlds @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. An interdisciplinary mix of art and artifacts that tells the tale of colliding worlds, investigating what the world was like here in 1665 as well as the powerful ideas of exploration, settlement, ownership, loss, culture and destiny. Artists included in the show are: Bob Braine, Matt Bua, Tina Chaden, Dikko Faust: Purgatory Pie Press, Geoff Feder, Jeanette Fintz, Jim Holl, Kahn & Selesnick, Cynthia Karasek, Pat Kaufman, Louise Laplante, Michael McKay, Julie Anne Mann, Michael McKay, Claudia McNulty, Patrick McPhee, Terri O’Connor, Leslie C. Reed, Christy Rupp, Kiki Smith, Crystal Tourtillott and Susan Wides. Excerpts from the written word and recorded background music by members of the Stockbridge – Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians are also included in the exhibition. (Through July 26)
Portrait of Africa @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox. Photographs by Anton Lyalin. Artist’s reception, talk and book signing: Saturday, July 11. (Through July 27)
Warhol by the Book @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The first US exhibition to focus on Andy Warhol’s book work features more than 400 objects including unique and unpublished materials. (Through August 16)
Walter Launt Palmer: Painting the Moment @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. Artist Walter Launt Palmer (1854–1932), the son of Albany sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer, has enjoyed a revival of interest in the art world over the last several years. The Albany Institute holds one of the largest public collections of his work, including oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, and drawings, as well as letters and photographs. This exhibition presents for the first time in more than a decade the broad range of Palmer’s work, offering a visual overview of his life, travels, and artistic interests. (Through August 16)
Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. 100 new paintings from Arturo Herrera for which he selected small books from flea markets and then manipulated and altered these found objects. By drawing lines, patterns, or his signature cartoon images across the covers and sealing the book shut, the artist transforms the books into objects infused with new meaning. (Through August 23)
Immortal Present: Art and East Asia @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. An exhibition spotlighting the Berkshire Museum’s historic collection of Asian art and showcasing works by a number of significant and influential contemporary artists with ties to Asia. (Through September 7)
Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1 @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Liz Deschenes takes the medium of photography itself and its conditions as the subject of her work. Described as “self-reflexive” or “concrete photography,” Deschenes’ practice makes visible the materials, properties, and chemical processes of photography rather than represent the external world.
Artists’ Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. In conjunction with a solo exhibition of work specifically made for MASS MoCA, Liz Deschenes has curated a group exhibition featuring six artists whose work expands the field of photography: Dana Hoey, Miranda Lichtenstein, Craig Kalpakjian, Josh Tonsfeldt, Sara VanDerBeek and Randy West. Several of the featured artists make work that is considered photographic but is camera-less, while, for others, photography has laid the groundwork for the moving image or functions as a jumping-off point for sculptural investigations.
Boston Sculptors Gallery @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. Site-specific contemporary sculptures by 24 Boston-area artists who found fresh inspiration at the former summer home, studio and gardens of noted American sculptor Daniel Chester French. Particpating artists include: Elizabeth Alexander, Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Murray Dewart, Rosalind Driscoll, Laura Evans, Sally Fine, Peter DeCamp Haines, Mags Harries, Niho Kozuru (alumni), David Lang, Michelle Lougee, Nancy Winship Milliken, Myth Makers (Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein), Eric Sealine, Nancy Selvage, Marilu Swett, Andrea Thompson, Nora Valdez, Leslie Wilcox, Andy Zimmermann and Christina Zwart. Artists’ reception: Saturday, June 27, 4-7pm. (Through September 12)
El Anatsui: Five Decades @ The School, Kinderhook. The School celebrates its first year anniversary with a solo exhibition of works by El Anatsui spanning fifty years of his career, from compositions in painting, wood, and clay to the magnificent metal works for which he is renowned. (Through September 26)
Vincent Van Gogh and Nature @ The Clark, Williamstown. In Arles and Saint-Rémy, Vincent Van Gogh painted elemental landscapes in snow, wind, rain and sunshine, while making incisive images of insects, leaves and rocks that reflect his knowledge of illustrated natural history publications. This will be the first exhibition to explore this subject in depth, with some forty oil paintings and ten drawings that survey the artist’s developing relationship with his natural surroundings. (Through September 27)
The Crayon Miscellany @ Art Omi, Ghent. The 2015 Summer Group Exhibiton, curated by Julie Ryan includes works by Donald Baechler, Mary Heilmann, Michael Zahn, Pamela Fraser, Robert Montgomery, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Ron Amstutz, Julie Ryan, Jason Stopa, John Monti, Andrew Huston, and Clare Grill. (Through September 27)
Three Centuries of American Art @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Familiar favorites along with artwork new to WCMA’s collection provide a panoply of American creativity. Edward Hopper’s Morning in a City, back on view after its international tour, joins a colorful geometric gouache painting by Stuart Davis. Portrait paintings by John Smibert and Thomas Eakins coalesce with sculpture, decorative arts, and beloved works by Maurice Prendergast. Curator tour: Tuesday, February 24, 12noon. (Through October 4)
Modern Wings & Shaker Roots @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Contemporary artists Jon Brooks, Fritz Horstman, Christina LaSala and Dennis Maher explore the Shaker aesthetic in this exhibition of large-scale sculpture installed across the museum campus. (Through November 1)
Profound and Poignant @ Dyson Gallery, Schenectady. An exhibit that examines the lives of Union alumni and others from the College who were key witnesses and makers of history in the Civil War era, including two secretaries of state, military leaders, Medal of Honor recipients and the man who failed to prevent Lincoln’s assassination. (Through December 31)
Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. This major mid-career survey documents Clifford Ross’s longstanding project to reconcile realism and abstraction. The exhibition takes place throughout two buildings, six galleries and an exterior performing arts courtyard and includes a 24’ high x 114’ long photograph on raw wood that spans the length of MASS MoCA’s tallest gallery and an immersive installation of animated video on twelve separate 24’ high screens. A second phase of the exhibition, launching June 26, features an immersive outdoor video installation and an augmented reality experience accessible through the viewer’s smartphone.
Episodic Drift #8 @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. A large-scale installation by Jennifer Williams, who explores the concept of the ladder as thought pattern, life path and problem solver. (Through March 2016)