Here we are, at the beginning of another year, and we’re feeling kind of frisky with all the possibilities. If you’re flying out of the area, perhaps down south to warmer weather, don’t forget to stop by the Albany International Airport Gallery and check out “Lumen,” a show comprising work by Shaina Gates, Ben Godward, Heather Hutchison — all artists who engage with light in unusual ways. Honestly, though, everything looks good. Why not go see it all? Put Lizzie Gill and Kristen Jensen’s show at Geary in Millerton on your calendar. It opens at the end of the month.
Here we are, at the end of the year, ready for outdoor lights, holiday parties, gift exchanging, and winter break. Why not stop by the galleries and pick up some pieces to give to friends and family? Check out LABSpace and Pamela Salisbury for big shows that each feature a sleigh-full of small work.
While many of the galleries and artists are down in Miami at the art fairs, Two Coats of Paint is engaged in our 2022 Year-end Fundraising Campaign. If you enjoy our art coverage, particularly our focus on painting exhibitions, the lives of painters, and the New York art community, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help keep the conversation (and monthly gallery guides like this one) going in 2023. Then go check out some of the shows listed below.
First things first. If we don’t all get out and vote on November 8, and Lee Zeldin beats Kathy Hochul in what is now a close governor’s race, sensible gun laws and abortion rights would be at risk. Once you’ve minimized that risk, even if you yourself have a couple of exhibitions coming up, resist the solipsistic urge to hole up in the studio. Get out and see some shows. In Bushwick, Astrid Dick and Erika Ranee are in a two-person show at M. David & Co. that looks well worth a trip on the L train. Delphine Hennelly has a solo opening at nearby Carvahlo Park on November 12. In Tribeca, at Canada, look for Xylor Jane’s exploration of prime palindromes — numbers that read the same forward…
This month, don’t forget to look up and admire the trees, which are having the last gasp of color that I’ve always thought is impossible to paint (or photograph) without seeming hopelessly sentimental. Meanwhile, in the galleries, check out “Big Little Color,” an elegant abstraction show at Carrie Haddad featuring geometry, pattern, and sophisticated color. Ashley Garrett, Charlie Goering, and Evan Halter are in “knowing when,” a group show at Turley Gallery that celebrates knowing when to ignore the internal voices and listen, and knowing when to stop. At LABspace Susan Carr is back for another outstanding solo with new work that continues her exploration of, and search for, happiness. And finally, don’t miss “The Material, The Thing,” a big survey of talented Hudson Valley artists at the Dorsky Museum. It’s only on view through November 6.
Brooklyn has several strong shows this month, including Michael Ashkin and Patrick Killoran in “Cul-de-sac” at Cathouse Proper. Their email says the exhibition marks “the beginning of the end for the Cathouse FUNeral /Proper gallery project in its current form. ‘Cul-de-sac’ will be the first in a series of shows scheduled for the 2022-2023 season that will celebrate our ten years of art activity — and six years at 524 Projects — by meditating on cultural memory and its relationship to the art object as we bring the current gallery program to a close in June 2023.” Each week they plan to add a new artist to the show. We’re sorry to see Cathouse close, but look forward to the next iteration. In DUMBO, look for Jane Swavely at AIR and Gabrielle Evertz at Minus Space. On the Upper East Side, Claude Viallat has a series of new paintings on old military tarps at Ceysson & Benetiere. On Canal Street, you can’t miss the new expanded Magenta Plains — it’s the big, freshly-painted black building at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. Ken Lum, Liza Lacroix, and Chason Matthams each have solos on their own brand new, freshly spackled and painted galleries, one artist per beautiful floor.
This month, Open Studio Hudson takes place October 8-9. The annual event, conceived and coordinated by Hudson painter Jane Ehrlich, is a great chance to meet the artists and peek behind the scenes of their workspaces, situated in homes, barns, storefronts, warehouses and other unexpected Hudson area locations. On Saturday, October 8th, at 2pm, Tom Burckhardt will be giving an artist’s talk at The Re Institute in Millerton on the occasion of his expansive solo exhibition.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / In September, as people head back to the city for the beginning of the art season, the Hudson Valley region quiets down somewhat, but many of the galleries will still be open for business. Here’s the rundown.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / September traditionally has been the busiest time of the year for artists and galleries in NYC, and not even the Covid-precipitated flight of the past two years can change that.
In August the party continues beyond Upstate Art Weekend, with a slew of interesting shows throughout the Hudson Valley region. On August 13th, I’ll be up in Hillsdale, NY (north of Millerton, west of Great Barrington) for the opening of “Guided by voices,” a group show at LABspace that includes work by me, Yura Adams, Lucy Mink, and Adrian Meraz. Please stop by from 1-5 to say hello!