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Objects in Sight

  |   November 1, 2017  |  Comment

Rumor has it there are more artists in the Hudson Valley per capita than anywhere else in the US. A significant number of artists means a lot of great places to view a variety of styles of artwork. Here’s our list of must hits. 

Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook represents over 30 fine contemporary equine artists for the horse lover in us all. The gallery showcases several mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, and fine art photography.

Love photography and the Hudson Valley? A visit to Exposures Gallery in Chester is in order, then. Landscape photographer and gallery owner Nick Zungoli’s Hudson Valley images fill the main room. Changing shows of worldwide snapshots are shown in the special exhibit room.

“Between I & Thou” is on view at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill through December 2018. The multimedia exhibit explores human connection through the areas of personal, cultural, and religious and features the works of artists from all over. “Illumination of the Sacred Forms,” an exhibit of Peter Bynum’s illuminated paintings with soundscapes and video projections closes in December.

Explore Thomas Cole House, the national historic site and former home of the founder of the Hudson River School of painting. The site houses many works by Cole (1801-1848), and through October 29, “From the Creek,” exhibits works in reaction to Cole by renowned contemporary sculptor Kiki Smith, will also be displayed.

If you find yourself on the SUNY New Paltz campus, you have no excuse not to visit the Dorsky Museum. Aside from its permanent collection, the exhibit “Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships” features artwork addressing often controversial subjects like the status of women, sexual orientation, equality, consumerism, globalization, and more is on display through November 12. Warhol comes February 10 with the exhibit “Marking Time: Andy Warhol’s Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations, and Anniversaries,” which features prints occasioned by the centennial of the Brooklyn Bridge and the five-year anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, Polaroid photographs of holiday motifs and feminist milestones, black and white photographs of birthday celebrations, and more.

Dia: Beacon is a great place to check out avant garde exhibits. Dan Flavin, Anne Truitt, and Michael Heizer are some artists whose work is on long-term view. Starting October 28, prolific French painter François Morellet’s work will be on display. This exhibit includes early abstract geometrical paintings, as well as later works of his, plus a new site-specific installation entitled “No End Neon.”

Pictured above: Installation view of “Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of NYSCA/NYFA Fellowships.” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. Photo by Bob Wagner, courtesy of The Dorsky Museum.

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