began covering art for Metroland only in late August,
I cannot claim to have seen, much less written about, all
the best art exhibitions held in our region in the past year.
However, I got out a good bit and saw plenty of great (and
not-so-great) stuff. Here’s what knocked my socks off and
From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection
Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery
else last year could you go to see Warhol, Rauschenberg, Dine,
Johns . . . and so many more huge names—without leaving the
Capital Region? I went expecting not to be impressed, but
ended up babbling happily. Undeniable greatness throughout.
American Impressionists Abroad and at Home: Paintings from
the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York State Museum
tough to compete with resources like this—but so what? The
State Museum deserves kudos for bringing in these lovely treats
from the Big Apple year after year—and for offering free admission,
Private Eye I and II
International Airport Gallery
concept, expertly executed: These shows displayed quirky personal
collections, from miniature buildings to cow anchors, antique
dartboards to ceramic donkey carts, fake fireplace logs to
paint-by-number artworks. The result was a hoot, and far better
than most shows of art by actual artists.
College of Saint Rose Art Gallery
tight, small collection of painterly paintings by a mid-career
established artist never before seen in this area. A perfect
example of the kind of show that a little college gallery
can bless us with once in a while.
Robert Blood Retrospective
display of excellence and commitment by an artist in his twilight
years, looking back on a lifetime of achievement and expression
in three dimensions. Rare instance of a major solo exhibition
mounted both indoors and outdoors.
Visualizing the Blues: Images of the American South, 1862-1999
collection of historical and contemporary photographs traveled
from Memphis (hence the theme) and was well worth the trip.
Many stellar names, many dazzling prints, and an intriguing
history lesson as well.
66th Annual Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region
Institute of History & Art
were some serious problems with the installation, but this
was a juicy cross-section of regional artists, some of them
truly great, back for its first time in the gorgeously renovated
institute. A nice homecoming.
24th Annual Photography Regional (salon version)
and inclusive, this floor-to- ceiling roundup had something
from everybody, for everybody. A return to the show’s grassroots
that would have made late founder Les Urbach very happy.
Orchestrated Objects: Photographs by Jed Devine and Abelardo
Gallery, Union College
beautiful silver prints by Morell and rich, subtle platinum
prints by Devine, both of whom are well recognized nationally
and internationally, made this the best small show of photography
I saw in 2002.
Factory Direct 1 and 2
Arts Center of the Capital Region
too big to be contained in one exhibition (so it became two),
Factory Direct was the result of a concept perhaps
too big to be fully expressed in the artwork. But the idea—to
match artists with industries and just let ’em rip—was enough.
Nice catalogue, too.