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Gallery Watch: 5 Exhibits to See in December 2020 

click to enlarge Holding Pattern 1, Lucia Love
  • Holding Pattern 1, Lucia Love

"Lucia Love: Firewater" at the Ice House in Garrison

Lucia Love's surreal paintings are dense with symbolism referencing politics, gender, history, and the dynamics of power. Love works like an author of speculative fiction, pushing actual events to their most absurd extremes to create imagined worlds that tilt toward the dystopian. Love is also the co-host of the "Art and Labor" podcast, where she reports on social justice organizing within the arts. She exhibits at the new-ish gallery the Ice House in Garrison.

"Celebrating the Centennial" at WAAM

Curated by Tom Wolf, this exhibition focuses on the early years of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, including works by its five founders: Carl Eric Lindin, Frank Swift Chase, John Carlson, Andrew Dasburg, and Henry Lee McFee. Their pieces are flanked by works by women who also played important roles in the early years of the association, Eva Watson-Schütze and Zulma Steele, as well as Birge Harrison, the Tonalist painter and teacher who inspired many Woodstock artists.

click to enlarge Drusilla Balduf, Eva Watson-Schütze
  • Drusilla Balduf, Eva Watson-Schütze

Emilie L. Gossiaux at Mother Gallery

The New Orleans-born artist Emilie L. Gossiaux became blind a few years ago after being hit by a tractor-trailer while riding her bike. At the time of the accident, Gossiaux was studying art at Cooper Union; in 2019, she earned her MFA from Yale. Gossiaux has to rely on her memories and sensory experiences for her work, using ballpoint pen on newsprint to draw outlines that she later fills in with wax crayons. She also creates sculptures by using clay to recreate body parts, appendages which fall somewhere between real and imagined.

click to enlarge Outerspace Dad’s Old Tattoo Smiley Foot, Emilie L. Gossiaux
  • Outerspace Dad’s Old Tattoo Smiley Foot, Emilie L. Gossiaux

"In Our Own World" at Joyce Goldstein Gallery

A group show of six artists who create distinct worlds in their work. Dr. Revolt's paintings are made by an alter ego in a supercharged reality of superheroes and villains. Alex Itin's one-of-a-kind stickers are reminiscent of Picasso's portraits. Jessica Bard's photographs capture the early days of street skateboarding in New York City during the early 1980s. A former photographer for the Daily News, Martha Cooper documented the world of children on the Lower East Side. Bilrock teases with his comic book covers, providing a glimpse into psychedelic and graffiti culture. Greatboxers's paintings confront viewers with depictions of brutality.

click to enlarge Weird RTW Tales, Bilrock
  • Weird RTW Tales, Bilrock

"Truth Be Told" in Kinderhook

Truth Be Told, an installation by Nick Cave and Bob Faust at The School in Kinderhook, has generated quite a bit of controversy since it was installed last month on the facade of Jack Shainman's gallery. Town officials contend that the 160-foot-long text piece, which references the Black Lives Matter movement, is technically a sign, and therefore in violation of municipal code. Shainman claims Truth Be Told is a work of art and its display is within the special use permit he obtained from the town when he opened the School in 2014. As of mid-November, Truth Be Told was still on display.

  • Photo courtesy of Nick Cave and Bob Faust and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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