Schweinfurth Art Center’s ‘Made in New York’
The new display at Auburn's Schweinfurth Art Center rambles through several rooms, presenting work by 65 artists. An exhibition this large inevitably offers contrasts in media, subjects, and artistic perspective. However, the 2014 edition of Made in New York has its own imprint. There's interest in small pieces, in distinctive approaches to familiar subjects, in photos which make up one-third of the show's portfolio, and much more.
The latest in a series of installations and exhibits by Ann Hamilton
Ann Hamilton is a versatile artist who has created textiles, photos, prints and sculpture, yet she's best known for large-scale, multimedia installations. Her new video piece, featuring the lowercase title table of contents, will begin screenings this week at the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St. The video will be projected outdoors at the Everson’s north façade wall Thursdays through Sundays, dusk until 11 p.m.
Writer Carl Mellor assesses Mark Shaw’s photos of the Kennedys, Tinseltown icons and more in a star-struck exhibit at Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
The works of acclaimed photographer Mark Shaw, whose images appeared in Life, Vanity Fair and other magazines during the 1950s and 1960s, is now on display at Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. American Royalty is truly a Shaw showcase: He covered Hollywood, fashion shows, and most of all, the Kennedys. The exhibition offers the first museum presentation of Shaw's images, not only focusing on his photos but also evoking the era in which he operated.
Art by Nottingham graduates highlighted in local gallery
Breakout photography students Amrita Stuetzle and Ana Thor began working for Light Work Gallery, a local artist-run, non-profit organization, during their junior year at Nottingham High School. The gallery is in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center on the Syracuse University campus.
Local photographer George Barnard recorded historic 19th-century events
George Barnard, one of Central New York’s own, has slowly gained recognition as among the most important pioneer photographers in documenting the tragedy of America’s Civil War. A 2013 exhibition on Civil War photography at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art included an entire gallery devoted to Barnard’s work. In November, the Washington Post’s magazine featured an article on war photography titled “Pioneers of the Form.” It highlighted the four Civil War photographers generally acknowledged as the most significant in that field: Matthew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan, Alexander Gardner and George Barnard.
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The Reich Stuff
Everyday evil is explored in Normal: How the Nazis Normalized the Unspeakable, on display at ArtRage Gallery. The show references the 1930s and 1940s in Germany, a period documented and analyzed by historians, filmmakers and philosophers. Yet even as the exhibit explores territory that’s somewhat familiar to many viewers, it finds its own path.
India and South Africa are represented in a multi-exhibit show at SU Art Galleries
This winter SU Art Galleries continues to emphasize international art. Its current exhibits showcase Mithila paintings from Northern India, works by contemporary printmakers from Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, and South African artist William Kentridge, renowned for his ability to create in various media.
Local artists Wendy Harris and Willson Cummer re-evaluate their strategies
From time to time, artists reassess their work, as they first find success with one project and then feel the urge to move in a different direction. This could be a change in subject, a modifying of technique or even a shift in media. During the past year Syracuse artists Wendy Harris and Willson Cummer have both gone through a transitional process. Harris has turned to a subject that fascinates her: clouds. A cloudy sky doesn’t disappoint her; she’s enthralled by what she calls “the extreme, ephemeral nature of clouds.” By viewing clouds in local skies on an ongoing basis, she’s developed a connoisseur’s perspective. “This past summer, the clouds were magnificent,” she noted. Translating that perspective into artistic expression is another matter. As she pondered clouds, Harris also evaluated artistic strategies. In the end, she adopted a different approach: more acrylics and oils, a slightly more abstract style, and smaller canvasses. She once worked large; now many of her pieces are small. In addition, she has largely abandoned the en plein air style of painting, which simply means painting outdoors. In her current work, she observes clouds, takes photos and ultimately heads to her studio for painting. “Plein air doesn’t work for clouds,” Harris said. “There’s a maximum of perhaps two hours for observing a particular sky. After that, things change." With a new project under way, Harris also devoted much energy to lining up exhibitions of her artworks. During 2013, she took part in 10 exhibits, including a group display at the Edgewood Gallery, a solo showcase at the Sparky Town restaurant, and a one-woman show at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vt. At the Bryan, her pieces didn’t depict Syracuse skies; they portrayed Vermont scenes. On one hand, Harris would like to paint clouds in other parts of New England or other regions of the United States. On the other, spending time out of town could be expensive. Thus, she’s investigating artist-in-residence programs. While Harris is pleased with the transitions of the past year, there’s one exception: the sales of her artworks during the last four months of 2013. “Once the government shutdown happened, it was like shutting off a faucet,” Harris said. “People were nervous about the economy, and they cut way back on discretionary spending like buying artworks.”
Triple Feature: three-artist show
The Edgewood Gallery’s new show Crystal Glow fits in nicely with the venue's general approach to group exhibitions. On one hand, it displays pieces by three artists, all of whom work in different media and have distinct styles. On the other, the exhibit has a unifying element, one that arises from the works themselves instead of some artificial linkage.