|Richard Barlow Roadside Picnic II - chalk on blackboard paint on wall|
|Victoria Palermo Reds - wood,|
poured resin and colored plexiglas
First, Shear mined the Institute's collection for works of art that had been purchased from past Regionals over many decades; these pieces (more than 20 of them) were then installed salon-style at the entrance to the exhibition, providing a refreshing reprise of those past purchase-prize winners. I will describe Shear's other innovation a bit later.
|Niki Haynes To What End mixed media collage|
|Peter Crabtree PFOA Portrait: Loreen Hackett: Activist|
archival inkjet print
Within these themes, there is an additional subset of images set into a smaller gallery (with a warning outside for those with youngsters in tow) which are all photographs of people, some of them nude. Considering that Shear's collection at the Tang includes many such images, this makes sense. One might guess that photographers intentionally submitted work of this nature, or that more people who produce this sort of work submitted to the show. In any case, Shear did the expected by including these examples, some of which are in the slightly shocking realm, but the majority of which are nowhere near that turf (such as Peter Crabtree's wonderfully sensitive portraits, an example of which is shown at right above).
|Dave Waite Guardian - archival inkjet print|
|T. Klacsmann Raptor and Automata|
mixed media collage
|Jake Fallat 1997568-1|
As for Shear's other addition to the Regional, Back: A Re-Installation of 19th Century Sculpture, is a delightfully engaging intervention into one of the Institute's staple displays, and the first time that any Regional juror has directly participated in the show as far as I know.
The 2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region runs through Sept. 3, and will feature three artist talks in the galleries at 6 p.m. on one Friday each month: July 7, Aug. 4, and Sept. 1. Admission to the Albany Institute of History & Art will be free on Sunday, July 2; admission is also free every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
|Paul Sattler Letters to Cross (Reading the Letters from H. Matisse to H-E Cross)|
oil on canvas