full title of this exhibit at the Hyde Collection is Facing
Abstraction: Refiguring the Body in the Twentieth Century.
Drawn from the permanent collection of the Neuberger Museum
of Art at SUNY Purchase, the exhibit charts the varied effects
of the abstract movement on figurative art, capturing the
tension between representation and abstraction as “many
artists painting the figure felt conflicted, as their works
works in the exhibit range in time from 1909 to 1969. Judging
from the artist comments compiled by the good folks at the
Hyde, the contrasts between the works should be lively.
Czech artist Ludvik Durchanek argued of abstractions that
“I somehow always find them inadequate. Pure aestheticism
always looked to me as a betrayal of man.” Mexican painter
Rufino Tamayo, however, explained why his faces “no longer
have eyes”: “What is important is the structure of the figure.”
Leave it to Paul Klee, however, to be the most concise:
“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”
Pictured is Untitled (Standing Torso), circa 1914,
marble, by Alexander Archipenko.
Abstraction opens Sunday (Aug. 27) and continues through
Dec. 10 at the Hyde Collection’s Charles R. Wood Gallery
(161 Warren St., Glens Falls). For gallery hours and other
information, call 792-1761.
renovations are complete as per schedule, the politicians
have given their blessings, and now, finally, another piece
of the Cultural Pittsfield puzzle is in place: The Colonial
Theatre is ready for prime time. This multipurpose performing-arts
center will host pop and classical concerts, comedy shows,
and, as per the grand-opening engagement, Broadway productions
Jonathan Larson’s downtown New York City rock musical has
proved both as resilient and continually popular its source
material; you know, La Boheme. (And to think, some
said an AIDS musical would be a tough sell.) Rent
has some genuinely terrific songs and a decent—if occasionally
too cute—book, and kindly provides its cast with numerous
opportunities to stop the show.
And if you’re wondering if it might be better to just rent
the DVD of the recent film version, take our word for it:
It isn’t. Boy, how it isn’t.
opens Tuesday (Aug. 29) at 8 PM at the Colonial Theatre
(111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.) and continues through
Sept. 3. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8
PM; Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM; and Sunday also at 7:30
PM. Tickets are $59-$20. For more info, call the box office
at (413) 997-4444.
Crow and John Mayer
Crow has come a long way since doing session work and touring
as a backup singer for Michael Jackson in the early ’90s.
She has become a bona fide superstar, overcoming odds, dating
celebrity athletes. . . . She’s even contributed a song
(“Real Gone”) to a Disney/Pixar movie (Cars). The
nine-time Grammy winning-singer songwriter will perform
at SPAC this weekend along with John Mayer, a Grammy Award
winner in his own right. The Atlanta-via-Connecticut babyfaced
guitarist has a new album, Continuum, that’s due
out in September, so we suspect you’ll hear some material
from that disc as well as his hits.
guest Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mat Kearney will
open the show.
Sheryl Crow and John Mayer will perform at the Saratoga
Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga
Springs) tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 25) at 6:30 PM. Tickets
for this show are $30.50-$66. For more information or to
order tickets, call 587-3330.