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6 Must See Art Exhibits in August 

click to enlarge Howardena Pindell, still from Free, White and 21.
  • Howardena Pindell, still from Free, White and 21.

Howardena Pindell at Art Omi

While the grounds of Art Omi were one of the few cultural resources to never close during the pandemic, this exhibition by mixed media artist Howardena Pindell marks the reopening of the indoor Newmark Gallery. The show features works of photo collage and video art that take up timely themes of politics, racism, physical trauma, memory, and the human experience. Through November 1.

"Paint: Medium as Power in a Time of Crisis" at Barrett Art Center

click to enlarge Cary Okoro, Disturbing II.
  • Cary Okoro, Disturbing II.

Inspired by the pandemic, "Paint" brings together the work of 43 artists from across the country in a juried exhibition that takes the catharsis of creation as its central theme. Curator Juana Williams of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts chose works that represent a spectrum of lived experience, artistic process, and coping mechanisms for crisis. Through August 15.

"Now, More Than Ever: 2020 Summer Exhibition" at Wassaic Project/Online

click to enlarge Jenny Morse, Employee of the Month.
  • Jenny Morse, Employee of the Month.
The Wassaic Project's annual summer exhibition goes online this year, showcasing 161 works by 67 artists in a virtual layout that mimics the seven floors of the historic mill building and grounds. The art ranges from life-sized freestanding wood cutouts to trapunto quilted pillows. The show is also documented in a limited edition hardcover coffee table book. Some of our favorites: You with Matches, Me with the Kindling, by Melissa Murray; Will the Sun Shine Over Me, by Bony Ramirez; and Employee of the Month, by Jenny Morse.

Ashley Garrett at September Gallery

click to enlarge Ashley Garrett, A Day for Fred.
  • Ashley Garrett, A Day for Fred.
Ranging from postcard size to over seven feet, the works in "Aegis" are a study of depth and dimensionality, done in Garrett's characteristic painterly style. On display at September Gallery, the range of scale requires both proximity and distance, mimicking the continual adjustments of perception we undergo when immersed in nature. Through August 16.

Carlo D'Anselmi at Pamela Salisbury

click to enlarge Carlo D'Anselmi, Feeding the Fish.
  • Carlo D'Anselmi, Feeding the Fish.
Queens-based painter Carlo D'Anselmi usually creates large, predominantly monochromatic oil works on linen. His figures—rarely alone—sit, lie, swim, search, and drown in water, whose transparency offers a glimpse into the fragility of human relationships. "Alone Together" features works created in lockdown using humbler materials like colored pencil and ballpoint pen. And though the watery milieu is the same, the figures here are alone. August 1-30.

Jan Harrison at 11 Jane Street

click to enlarge Jan Harrison, The Flood.
  • Jan Harrison, The Flood.
Since the '80s, Harrison has used animals in her art as a foil to explore both the wild and tame sides of the human psyche. Whether sculpture or painting, her work is steeped in an idiosyncratic mythology that views animals as our teachers and guides back to the natural world. "Animula: Big Little Soul" at 11 Jane Street brings together paintings, performance, and a sculptural installation. August 29-October 4. Opening reception: August 29, 5-8pm.


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