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Art Openings This Weekend

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Anthony Goicolea, Tree Dwellers, 2004

At MASS MoCA: Badlands

There is a thread running through art history that begins with depictions of nature on cave walls, weaves through a score of movements including the Hudson River School and the Earth Art of the 1960s and ‘70s, and ends in the tortured knot of anxiety that is Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape, a show opening Sunday, at MASS MoCA .

Badlands expresses the collective despair of the participating artists (and, by extension, all of us) about current environmental issues.  Though much of the work deals with decline and ecological ruin, the show is not without beauty, and its ultimate message may be look, really look, at the landscape around you.
The exhibition features five new commissions including work from Vaughn Bell, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Joe Smolinski, Nina Katchadourian, and Mary Temple.  Several artists contribute new works never before exhibited, including Alexis Rockman, Paul Jacobsen, and Jane Marsching.  Other artists featured are:  Robert Adams, Boyle Family, Melissa Brown, Leila Daw, Gregory Euclide, J. Henry Fair, Anthony Goicolea, Mike Glier, Marine Hugonnier, Jane D. Marsching and Terreform, Ed Ruscha, Yutaka Sone and Jennifer Steinkamp.

Mass MoCA
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams; 413.662.2111
Opening reception: Saturday, May 24, at 6; $6 for not-yet-members; free for members + 1 guest
Wednesday – Monday,  11 – 5
Admission: adults $12.50, students $9, children 6 – 16 $5, children under 6 and members free.

A color catalog published by MIT Press, with essays by Gregory Volk, Tensie Whelan, Ginger Strand, and exhibition curator Denise Markonish, accompanies the exhibition.
Companion Exhibition: Cultivate

A companion to Badlands, the exhibition Cultivate, opens June 7 at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. While the artists at MASS MoCA present a dark view of decline, the artists in Cultivate, in some cases one and the same, take a nurturing approach, focusing on man’s symbiotic relationship with the land. Ten artists including Betsy Alwin, Vaughn Bell, Leila Daw, Christopher Frost, R. Elliott Katz, Lynn Koble, Joseph Smolinski and Jennifer Zackin, will be let loose in the gardens, where they are expected to create works that highlight the beauty of the landscape.

Berkshire Botanical Gardens
5 West Stockbridge Rd. (Routes 102 & 183), Stockbridge; 413.298.3926
Daily 10 - 5
Admission: adults $7, seniors & students $5, children under 12 and members free
Guided tours available for groups by appointment.

The Show Must Go On

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The drama endemic to art-show openings is heightened this week as The White Gallery in Lakeville hastily switches to temporary quarters behind the Boathouse Restaurant on Main Street, due to a fire* in the gallery last Wednesday.  The Art of the Print and Works on Paper, a group show, features works by internationally recognized artists including abstract painter Robert Natkin from Redding, CT;  Nantucket Island monoprint artist Judith Brust; painter, printmaker, and illustrator Pavel Roučka from the Czech Republic; Connecticut painter and printmaker Eve Stockton, and painter/printmaker Robert Kipniss (whose work, An Island in the Forest, is shown here) of Ardsley-on-Hudson, NY and Sharon, CT.  Kipniss, who was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of American Graphic Artists, will attend the opening reception. The show will continue through July 6.

The (Temporary) White Gallery
Opening reception: May 24, 4 - 7
Wednesday - Sunday 11 - 4
349 Main Street (behind the Boathouse Restaurant); 860.435.1029  
Please park at 342 Main Street

*The show and a portion of its proceeds are dedicated to the Lakeville Hose Company, whose quick response saved 95% of the work then hanging in the gallery.  To make a donation, please send checks to the Lakeville Hose Company, 9 Sharon Road, Lakeville, CT 06039

BCB ART: Strength and Depth
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This Saturday, BCB ART presents two new exhibitions, The Labors of Hercules, new work by Ed Smith, and Skin Deep, new drawings and collages by Joy Taylor.  The artists will attend the opening reception on Saturday evening.  The show closes June 29.

Through the media of sculpture and charcoal drawing, Smith portrays Hercules mythic struggle for immortality as a metaphor for the artist’s life. Taylor’s drawings and collages play off a medical chart often found in doctors offices.  The chart, used to denote sensory changes, here becomes the ‘head’ for a range of bodies engaged in various activities and expressing varied emotions.  Also on display is a group show of gallery artists, including, among others, Garth Evans, Karen Moss, Richard Wright, Lucio Pozzi, and Sedat Pakay

116 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.4539
Opening reception, Saturday, May 24, 6 - 8
Friday – Sunday; 12 – 6


Spencertown Academy’s Not Printed on Paper
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Apart from an obscure fashion among 19th-century American landscape etchers for printing their work on silk, paper has been the medium of choice for prints, lithographs, woodcuts; in short, the media generally referred as “works on paper.”  This week the Spencertown Academy continues its exploration of printmaking with a new show, Not Printed on Paper, that explores the inventive exceptions to that rule.  Guest curator Anthony Kirk, a master printmaker who is artistic director of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT, where this show originated, brings together the work of some thirty artists who are printing on glass, ceramic, copper, and myriad other materials. 

This formidable group includes Jennifer Bartlett, Suzanne Benton (whose Bright Triptych, 2007 is shown here), Louise Bourgeois, Veronica Lee Casceres, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Roxanne Faber Savage, Bill Fick, Leslie Giuliani, Barbara Harder, Kent Hendrickson, Linda Horn, Stephanie Joyce, Michelle Martin, Cata Mooses, Children of Nagarote, Nicaragua, Bryan Nash Gill, Phyllis Peckar Clamage, Allison Roberts, Susan Rothenberg, Ronnie Rysz, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Christopher Shore, Julia Sperry, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Jessica Stockholder, Margaret Turner, Peggy Weis and the Children of Nagarote, Nicaragua.  The show, which launches this Saturday with a lecture by Anthony Kirk, will be up through June 22.

Spencertown Academy
Route 203, Spencertown; 518.392.3693
Opening reception: May 24, 4 - 6
Gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday 1 - 5

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