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December Art Highlights

Through 12/23- “PIRANESI,” photogravures by Lothar Osterburg; and “THE FRUSTRATION OF EXPRESSION” group show at The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), Woodstock—Viewing stills from Lothar Osterberg’s “Piranesi”—in the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Kodak Gallery—makes you feel like you’re watching a frame from a great early silent film like Nosferatu or The Golem, where the detailed black-and-white momentary scenes themselves give you pages of gothic narrative. Osterberg’s show is inspired by Italian printmaker Giovanni Batista Piranesi’s Carceri series—depicting imaginary prisons—using the process known as photogravure, which produces rich blacks and infinite grays. The densely crafted models are given a dreamlike quality, shot through a magnifying glass or macro lens to add limited depth of field, and enhanced by the camera’s placement within their miniature trappings. Accompanying will be a stop-action video on the construction of “Piranesi,” accompanied with music by award-winning composer Elizabeth Brown. In the rest of the gallery, it’s a collaboration among CPW, the iNDIE Media Program, and renowned Seattle-based video artist Gary Hill: “The Frustration of Expression.” The exhibition features Hill’s Wall Piece (2000): a complex multifaceted installation which features the artist hurling himself against a wall; with each impact a strobe flashes, both complicating and articulating the moment as Hill simultaneously hits the wall and utters a single word. Five selected alumni of the iNDIE Media Program—Marilla Abrahamsen, Will Lytle, Anthony Morelli, Kaela Smith, and Taima Smith—have created newly commissioned pieces both in response to Hill’s work and focused on addressing “the frustration of expression,” particularly in connection to having grown up in Woodstock. Their video installations, created specifically for this exhibition, explore the terrain of adolescent expression and the obstacles—both external and internal—to that expression. The Center for Photography at Woodstock, 59 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.9957.

Through January- Spotlight on DIA: BEACON, RIGGIO GALLERIES, Beacon—So here it is, the time of gift-giving holidays; if you’re ever going to find yourself in a mall-type environment somehow, chances are this will be the “season.” And really, one of the strong parts of the whole mall experience is the large scale of things, these humongous comfortably climate-controlled spaces divided up into individual compartments, each with their own special experiences in their designed spaces. Well, here’s a bold suggestion: skip the mall, and instead buy quality and meaningful gift-age from local artists, vendors, and purveyors. Then, make a quick trip to Dia:Beacon, where enormous spaces devoted to contemporary large-scale art offer a different—and frankly, more wholesome—sort of shared experience. The long-term collection of works shown at the skylight-lit former Nabisco box factory has been well covered by now: Andy Warhol, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, Joseph Beuys, Michael Heizer, Louise Bourgeois, etc. December starts with a Community Free Day (Sa 12/11), where residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester Counties can enjoy free admission. Queens Museum of Art curator, Larissa Harris, hosts a Gallery Talk on Andy Warhol (Sa 12/18, 2 PM), and the Public Tours series happens on Saturday afternoons (12/11, 18, 1/8, 15; 1 PM). Featured works include Zoe Leonard: You see I am here after all, Franz Erhard Walther: Work as Action, and Koo Jeong A’s three-gallery triptych Constellational Congress. Never been to Dia:Beacon? Trust us: along with the delightful café and bookstore, it’s worth the trip. Especially if it’s raining. Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon,, 845.440.0100. Th-Mo 11 AM-6 PM

Daffadils by David Konigsberg

12/13 through 1/23/11- STILL LIFE GROUP SHOW and BRUCE SARGEANT (and his Circle), at CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY, Hudson—Two contrasting shows at Hudson’s Carrie Haddad Gallery this holiday season. The first explores a time-honored artistic exploration, from the press release: “‘Still life’ developed as a separate category in the Netherlands in the last quarter of the 16th century. When 20th Century American artists became aware of European Modernism, they began to interpret still life subjects with a combination of American realism and Cubist-derived abstraction. This exhibit contains both, plus many more personal interpretations of the genre. Eileen Murphy uses heightened realism with her paintbrushes and worktable—the evening’s dinner of ‘lobsta’ and berry cobbler is seen in exaggerated close-up—while Margaret Crenson paints her breakfast of toast and eggs (poached or fried) in triptych form. Ann Getsinger paints the small and peculiar: a beautiful ripe orange sits in front of a winter landscape, a musical one-armed bunny is nostalgic and sadly comical. Carolou Kristofik has an extensive pottery collection, which she paints in exquisite detail, adding household objects for visual play. Dale Payson uses shots of bright color and thickly applied paint to represent massive arrangements of flowers, bowls of bright red berries and vivid green apples—a sense of armsful from the garden. Lionel Gilbert’s (1912–2002) distilled and elegant world of objects slightly tumbling from the linen covered table combine cubism and abstraction. Juan Garcia-Nunez created a series of paintings called ‘Convergences 00:00’ in an attempt to link images and ideas: a controlled haphazardness of tossing fragments of magazine images into the air and letting them fall onto a table and painting the ‘stilled’ composition they create. Craig Johns still life paintings are about ‘the pure line’ and true color that is almost photographic, against the warm grey and ochre backgrounds. Judith Wyer’s small pieces are meant to sit on a shelf or desktop and can be turned around to expose a second still life work on the other side. One of Nick Patten’s paintings in the exhibit—Silver Still Life with Blue—is a serene composition of glassware, linens and stacked plates on a dining table with cool color to further define the mood of stillness. Showing concurrently is a return visit from painter Mark Beard and his invented persona of Bruce Sargeant and His Circle. All new paintings will be on display from several of “the Circle,” with many of the paintings as samples of the most popular of the five personalities, Bruce Sargeant: athletic young men rowing, climbing ropes, wrestling, and undressing, all seeming to be part of a more romantic era from long ago. Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren St., Hudson,, 518.828.1915. Opening reception Sa 12/18 6-8 PM. Th-Tu 11 AM-5 PM, closed W.

Through March- “ALREADY 10? 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A LATIN ZEST” group show at Pritzker Gallery, Casa del Arte, Highland—It’s quite an impressive structure, the white organically-rounded building complex situated in Lloyd. Built by inventor/designer Thad E. Matras, it has become a meeting place for people in the arts from around the world, as well as foreign dignitaries. But it’s also the home of Elisa Pritzker’s Pritzker Gallery, which is now celebrating its tenth anniversary. In case you haven’t noticed, the Hudson Valley area has experienced a definite growth in Latin population. It should stand to reason that there should be a resulting increase in fine Latin artists in the region, and with this early 2011 show, ten such professionals have been selected to celebrate ten years in business: Jose Acosta, Felix Angel, Alexandra Baer, Dina Bursztyn, Maria Cristina Brusca, Leslie Enrique Castellanos, Regina da Costa Val, Elisa Pritzker, Julia Santos Solomon, and Julio Valdez. Elisa Pritzker Gallery, Casa del Arte, 257 S. Riverside Rd., Highland,, 845.691.5506.

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