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By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, December 21, 2015

The first painting that catches your eye in "Monet and the Impressionist Revolution," the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's savvy and eye-opening glimpse into the dawn of modernism, is a stunner. "La Source de la Loue," an imposing 1864 oil by Gustave Courbet, depicts nothing more remarkable than the dark grotto from... Read More

Thursday, December 17, 2015

By Conor Moynihan News Contributing Reviewer Birds chirp and branches sway in the massive, six-channel moving-image installation “Horizontal” (2011) by Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Featuring a nearly life-sized pine tree oriented laterally across the gallery space, “Horizontal” is one of the first works... Read More

By Joseph DiDomizio » Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mixing shadows with gleaming gold luster, and dull brutal surfaces with delicate fine detail, Colleen Toledano’s “Flux,” currently on display at Indigo Art, is a bright collection of her recent work. Viewing the exhibit feels like the other side of an epiphany when an insightful idea illuminates the... Read More

By Brooke Leboeuf » Monday, November 23, 2015

Getting to visit an artist’s studio is a beautiful thing, as the space is often a laboratory for successes and failures, where the polished finished product sits among the newly conceived and the barely realized. As John Massier, Hallwalls visual arts curator, noted in an interview earlier this year, “You never know... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Sunday, October 18, 2015

To create his rectangular paintings of luminous color, the Los Angeles-based artist John Knuth collects hundreds of thousands of house flies, feeds them pigmented sugar and confines them to a space barely larger than the canvas. In that sliver of space, the flies swarm and land, every so often regurgitating a bit of... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Sunday, August 9, 2015

Walking into the darkened gallery that contains the first artworks in Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s ambitious exhibition “Screen Play: Life in an Animated World” is like accidentally channel-surfing into someone else’s nightmare. A 2009 “still life” by Jason Salavon featuring the slowly morphing skull of a... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Flip through the April 23 edition of Rolling Stone and chances are you’ll stop dead at page 24, where Philip Burke’s jarring illustration of Conan O’Brien stares out from the glossy paper and straight into the reader’s eyes. That illustration, digitized and miniaturized from the original oil painting to fit the... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Artist: Anne Muntges // Exhibition: "Skewed Perspectives," on view through Aug. 9 in Big Orbit Gallery Walking into the miniature world Anne Muntges has created inside Big Orbit Gallery -- a 75-foot-long, black-and-white drawing spread across hundreds of three-dimensional objects -- feels a little like walking into... Read More

By Joseph DiDomizio » Wednesday, May 27, 2015

At the entrance of the new “Martha Jackson Graphics” exhibit on the first floor of the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery is a large version of the logo Jackson used on the materials she and her son, David Anderson, sold and published. The accessible and engaging exhibit chronicles the impact that Jackson, the... Read More

By Brooke Leboeuf » Thursday, May 21, 2015

Most people experience nature in a mitigated form, a watered down version that is more palatable than the raw, cruel unpredictability of the natural world. We see nature on screens or in books, we walk through parks, sit quietly in stylized landscapes. But the experiences, however enchanting we might find them, are to... Read More

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