The Clark Art Institute's first outdoor exhibition, "Ground/work"The Clark Art Institute's first outdoor exhibition, "Ground/work," features six artists—Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, Haegue Yang—the museum commissioned to create site-specific works of art in active dialogue with Clark's surrounding landscape. These Mournful Shores, by Hudson-based artist Jennie C. Jones, uses two turbulent seascapes by Winslow Homer that the Clark owns—Eastern Point (1900) and West Point, Prout's Neck (both 1900)—as a point of departure. "Ground/work" will be on display through October 21.
"Frank Stella's Stars, A Survey" at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Spanning more than 60 years, Frank Stella's studio practice has pushed abstraction to the limits, investigating every category from painting and printmaking to sculpture and public art. Among the myriad of forms found in Stella's work, one element continuously reappears, a motif that is simultaneously abstract and figurative: the star. Under the spotlight for the first time, this exhibition surveys Stella's use of the star, ranging from two-dimensional works of the 1960s to its most recent incarnation in sculptures, wall reliefs, and painted objects from the 2010s. "Frank Stella's Stars, A Survey," the artist's first solo exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, will be on view in the Museum's galleries and Sculpture Garden through May 9.
"All is Not Lost" at Wassaic Project
Christy Chan, whose six-story tall video, All is Not Lost, is being projected on the exterior tower of the historic Maxon Mills grain mill at the Wassaic Project, is a believer in public art. "Public art invites us to stop and just be in the moment, wherever we are, Chan says. "The in-between spaces, the spaces where we are simply on our way to becoming ourselves, are what I'm interested in." The work is a composite of videos of waterfalls filmed by Chan in 2017 and 2018. The water in the video is not flowing downwards, but slowly flowing backwards at 1/200th the normal speed of a waterfall responding to gravity. All is Not Lost is an outdoor, nighttime art installation on view at Wassaic Project nightly, from 7:30-9:30pm, through October 24.
"Bochner Boetti Fontana" at Magazzino
Mel Bochner, one of the leading figures in the development of Conceptual art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s, curates an exhibition examining the formal, conceptual, and procedural affinities between his work and that of Alighiero Boetti and Lucio Fontana of the Arte Povera movement. Through Bochner's perspective, the exhibition offers a number of resonances between his work and that of the Italian and Italian-Argentine artists: an exploration of systems, language, and materials; and a sense of irony and humor. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, and installations, including works from Bochner's personal archive, as well as major international loans. October 2 through January 11.
John Figura, Stephen Lewis, and Tim Vermeulen at Green Kill
This month at Kingston's Green Kill gallery, an exhibit from three painters of diverse styles. John Figura presents nighttime landscape paintings in which he tries to capture not just about a representational depiction of nature, an encapsulation of a single moment within nature as a place where a narrative can be presented. Stephen Lewis's work is concerned with observing both the sociopolitical and natural world, inhabiting the genres of naturalism and political art, binding the two through close study. Tim Vermeulen, the child of strict Calvinist parents, paints narratives of self-discovery that seek to express the universal human condition through the deeply personal, and often self-portraiture. An opening reception will be held on October 3, from 5-7pm. October 3-26.
"finally Golden" at Mother Gallery
This month at Beacon's Mother Gallery, an exhibition of new work by Brian Belott and Bridget Caramagna, two artists who utilize distinct processes to engage a cosmically connected, creative source of pure possibility. For this show, Belott has created 13 assemblage wall sculptures consisting of ready-made objects (used children's blocks, batteries, and wood pellets) arranged with rocks, and clay concretions, all cradled in sand—weirdo cousins to Mel Bochner's early rock sculptures. Caramagna's paintings display her love of sacred geometry, which Caramagna uses to connect with the metaphysical realities beneath all appearance. By meticulously painting transparent solids—light and form in space—she seeks to expand her understanding of the basic building blocks of reality. Through October 25
"Jewel the Wound" at the Hudson Milliner Art Salo
This group exhibition of work on plywood was inspired by a quote by Hudson-based painter Myron Pollenberg: "Plywood is the canvas of the movement." As if stripped from boarded-up storefronts in Oakland, Detroit, or Minneapolis, the work will speak to the turbulent times where two pandemics—coronavirus and systemic racism—have collided. Twenty-five percent of sales will be donated to local and regional organizations fighting racial, social, and environmental injustice. Artists include Tschabalala Self, Huê Thi, Michele Quan, Myron Polenberg, Chris Freeman, Scout Pines aka Brian Bruno, Evelyn Luch Welch, Baju Wijono, Ife Cobbins, Charlotta Janssen, Chiarra Hughes, George Spencer, Pauline Decarmo, Ntchota Badila, Louise Smith, Tom McGill, Sienna Reid, Jane Ehrlich, Shannon Greer, David McIntyre, Jessica Willis, Gail Peachin, Andre Juste, Jeremy Bullis. October 2-November 6.