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October Art Highlights

10/16 through 11/15- “MAN WITH A PAST,” solo show by VITO GIALLO at M Gallery, Catskill—Brewster-born artist Vito Giallo started out as a “professional artist,” working in the heated advertising scene in 1950s New York City. After working with Jack Wolfgang Beck for two years, he created “The Loft Gallery” out of his studio, notorious for its then-edgy work, even giving a young Andy Warhol his first solo show (pre-Pop Art) in 1954. Giallo followed his own path, often alongside Warhol, eventually becoming an illustrator for NBC-TV, then going on to design a large-scale textile installation for the Museum of Modern Art, and later opening an antique shop on 3rd Avenue. For this rare upstate show, “Vito’s work is vivid, an agile force of assemblage and collage. He gathers unique materials from his vast personal collection, including antique maps, fragments of fabrics, or shards of rescued Persian manuscripts to make very one-of-a-kind works.” M Gallery, 350 Main St., Catskill,, 518.943.0380. Opening reception with the artist Sa 10/16 6-8 PM

Through December- “SLAVERY,” a collection of original documents and artifacts; and “LARGELY LANDSCAPES,” photography by Lois Lipper, at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Newburgh—It’s an odd sight. Standing right there at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty, pretty much at the crux of the bluff in old downtown Newburgh, across from City Hall, stands a large solid-looking building that looks like everything else got built around it. It’s the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, one of a national chain of ten scattered across the country, specializing in the preservation and display of original, historically significant documents and manuscripts. Walk into the front door and it’s like you’re back in time, tall ceilings, marble cool, very quiet. And documents. If you have the slightest interest in history, this has to fascinate you somewhat, and for the next few months they have a truly provocative show. “Slavery” presents numerous REAL documents, illustrations, and memorabilia relating to the slave trade, the efforts at its suppression, and its historical consequences, from before the American Revolution to modern times. Records from the Pennsylvania Abolitionists from 1794, the famous Amistad case—slave ship revolt—in 1839, Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 executive order bringing the end to legal slavery in the U.S.: all here. As well as a fine photography exhibit—“Largely Landscapes”—by Orange County photographer Lois Lipper. Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 94 Broadway, Newburgh,, 845.569.4997. Th-Sa 10 AM-4 PM, Su 12-4 PM. Opening reception for Lois Lipper Sa 10/23 1-4 PM

Through 2011- FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER: WORK AS ACTION, at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon—Lesser known by art patrons in the United States than his friends and contemporaries Blinky Palermo and Joseph Beuys, German artist Franz Erhard Walther nevertheless made a strong contribution to the exploration of the relationship between “art” and “art visitor”. From the Dia press release: “While the exhibition will include a diverse selection of works created between 1962 and 1973, it will focus on the artist’s Handlungsstücke (Action Pieces) and Werkstücke (Work Pieces) from the early 1960s. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be the complete presentation of a Work Piece from Dia’s collection, titled 1. Werksatz (First Work Set). Dating from 1963–69, this comprises 58 fabric elements, or ‘instruments for processes,’ that are intended to be unfolded, used, and worn by visitors according to the artist’s instructions. This major work, acquired by Dia in 1978, is a pioneering example of installation art, one that reconsiders the space of display as a ‘storage site’ where objects are accessible to visitors and their forms determined by the ways in which they are used. With each of the work’s elements, Walther poses a spatial and temporal challenge for the beholder, whose physical actions and presence become integral parts of the conception and completion of the work. A selection of elements from First Work Set will be made available for interaction with visitors, for the duration of the exhibition. (Th-Mo 11 AM-1 PM, 2 PM-6 PM) Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon,, 845.440.0100. Th-Mo 11 AM-6 PM. Gallery Talk: Claire Barliant on Franz Erhard Walther Sa 10/30 2 PM

Through 11/30- “ABOUT PLACE: GHOST RANCH & TAOS,” paintings by LYNNE FRIEDMAN, at Gallery 721, Kingston *—You may have noticed the Broadway building in Kingston—721 Media Center—and wondered…what the heck is going on there? Because clearly something must be, with all the apparent activity surrounding it. Perhaps you should pull in and investigate, because if you have any sort of media need—be it audio, visual, internet, print, broadcast—you will find a locally-based business there to provide the service. They also have a nice gallery environment, and, starting in November, will be featuring works by regional artist Lynne Friedman, whose “About Place: Ghost Ranch & Taos” show captures the transcendent beauty of the desert lands, bringing the austere forms to life with vivid, Fauve-inspired color. Friedman spent five autumns in New Mexico, in much the same area as Georgia O’Keefe painted in the 40s, “(using) landscape as a starting point for visual ideas which transcend their literal imagery and become about the sensory experience and act of painting.” A mariachi band will be on hand for dancing at the opening reception (Sa 11/6), another good reason to drop by for a visit. Gallery 721, 721 Broadway, Kingston,, 845.331.7956. Gallery hours Mo-Fr 9 AM-5 PM, Sa 12-5 PM

* Regretfully Lynne Freedman's solo show has been cancelled.

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