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Multi-Artist Show at The Re Institute

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If you have never been to Henry Klimowicz’s Re Institute in Millerton’s Boston Corners farmland, then you should consider his current, multi-artist show. Klimowicz’s curatorial eye and his interest in local artists with assured, but unusual, points of view are represented by the the five artists he is showing.

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Grant Wood At The Whitney

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‘American Gothic,” 1930, the painting by Grant Wood of an Iowa farm couple standing erect and somber in front of a Gothic farmhouse, might be considered America’s Mona Lisa.  Both are iconic portraits that reflect a preserved notion of each culture’s identity at a crucial time in our respective histories.  Astonishingly, both paintings continue to draw throngs of spectators who often wait in line to view these relatively small paintings. (Both approximately 2 ½ feet in height)

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Shaker Objects and Ellsworth Kelly Prints

Art: ‘Line and Curve’

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Art and Identity At Hotchkiss

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The Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School is featuring the exhibit, “Gala Narezo: Voice/Time” 
This timely exhibit explores the role of  the artist’s voice in the creative process through a chronological selection of Narezo’s work over the last twenty years. The installation features many facets of Narezo’s work and emphasizes her exploration of transience and displacement in America. 

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Luscious Aquatic Landscapes at KMR

Art: Kim Keever: ‘Landscape Dreams I Remember’

Kim Keever’s eerily beautiful, fabricated landscapes currently on view at KMR Arts represent a concise range of his work from 2002 to 2008. The artist’s poetic, luxurious, curious vision grabs hold of the viewer and pulls her into the image’s vortex of color, light and atmosphere. Keever achieves a compelling balance between immediacy and distance, off-kilter oddity and compositional balance, otherworldliness and familiarity. In his very modern artistic approach the scientist-photographer constructs formal, voluptuous classical earthscapes. 

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The End of The Brass Era In Cornwall Exhibit

Photography: ‘Brazen Grit: Images of Brass Valley’

Not far from the iron rich region of Northwest Connecticut is the steep valley of Connecticut’s Naugatuck River, called “Brass Valley.” From the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Naugatuck Valley was the seat of the world’s brass industry. Buttons, clips, weapons, clocks and bank safes were all made in factories from Bridgeport to Winsted. 

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Images of India at Salisbury School

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A sadhu in Rajasthan, India, offers a greeting to photographers Dan Mead and Sally Eagle, whose show, “Namaste: Images of India” opens at Salisbury School’s Tremaine Gallery on Friday, April 6, with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sadhus are holy men who have renounced all material comforts and possessions and live in forests, caves and temples as hermits all over India. They are respected but often feared for their curses. “Namaste” is on view through May 4. 
 

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Hudson River Paintings at the Met

Art: ‘Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings’

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Master Drawings At the Clark

Art: ‘Drawn To Greatness’

It would be a challenge to choose the highlights from among the more than 150 drawings that make up “Drawn to Greatness: Masters Drawings from the Thaw Collection,” which is currently on view at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. This difficulty speaks not to a dearth of notable works, but rather the tremendous abundance that have been brought together for this outstanding show.

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Finding Beauty in Everyday Objects

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An enormous pair of scissors lies behind one window of Sharon’s Standard Space gallery, a large carpenter’s rule  stands upright, partially unfolded behind the other. These ordinary objects, rendered large scale, demand that you look at them in a new way, as functional yet beautiful objects.
 
    Inside the gallery, four sculptures rest on bases, while wonderfully detailed etchings and intaglio prints — only one is an ink jet print with black and red pencil notations — hang precisely on the wall.

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