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Sohn Fine Art’s second annual juried photography exhibition has something for everyone, even a chicken foot.
The foot, exsanguinated and scaled and wrinkled, lies on thick folds of white cloth or toweling, its claws emphasized against the pale background. Anne Mourier-Defalco has made something ominous and frightening. Equally ominous I think is Gene Elling’s “Industrial Lullaby,” with its pristine baby crib in the midst of a dark, dirty auto mechanics garage where a Volkswagen sits brooding on a lift.

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Experiencing Art The Barnes Way

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The Barnes Foundation, that incomparable collection of paintings, artifacts, furniture and all sorts of hand-crafted objects, moved to its new and controversial home in central Philadelphia in May 2012. It left behind the Merion mansion Albert C. Barnes, physician and self-made millionaire, built to house his collection and shield it from the art establishment he hated. The art now resides within a tasteful, rectilinear building designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

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Matisse at the Met: Hurry, Sunday is the last day

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The masterly, ravishing show “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” winding up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is overwhelming in a good way. With only 49 works arranged chronologically and in groupings ­— mostly pairs or trios — we can follow Matisse’s growth from imitator to singular master. In two paintings of the same subject, he can master a style, impressionism for example, in one and then leave that technique behind in the next, both in the same year.

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Fascinating Art at Sharon Library

David James Valyou’s show at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library comes into focus with extended viewing. His work is varied in medium, style and subject, and much of it requires looking until a click of recognition occurs. Suddenly you understand.
Valyou is a fascinating artist, both serious and whimsical in various pieces, and much of his best work is traditional, even if it is painted on found wood and includes objects that inform both subject and shape.

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A Digital Look at History

Or how we got where we are

Leigh Merrill’s unpopulated images of North Texas buildings and sites in her current exhibition, “Manifest Destiny,” at the Hotchkiss Tremaine Gallery, are about the frontier as it pushed west through the vast expanse of the Plains. This movement into new territory freed settlers from European customs and prior mindsets, and from older notions of art and architecture. These pioneers were innovative, individualistic, democratic yet lawless. And in Texas they combined with Spanish and Mexican influences.

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Making Choices At The White Gallery

Sometimes leftovers are better than the original meal. Certainly the art on view in The White Gallery’s Director’s Choice exhibition, a potpourri of paintings, photographs, textiles and even a bronze, allows viewers to concentrate on the various artists’ singularities, styles, strengths and weaknesses. As the show continues, other works may be rotated from the gallery’s inventory.

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Animals, Food And Gardens In Fine Photo Show

The Housatonic Camera Club both meets at Noble Horizons and organizes exhibitions there of members’ work. The latest includes some fascinating images, many of professional quality, of people and places across the globe.
I am a pushover for animals, so Laszlo Gyorsok’s “Billy the Goat” and “The White Owl” grabbed me at once. Billy, with his beautifully bearded head turned to the left, is stately and a bit bemused. The owl with his bright eyes and eager body language is a ball of gorgeous feathers.

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Diverse Photos in New Show

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Still enjoying the success of his Wingdale Psychiatric Center photography show at The White Gallery in Lakeville, CT, Avery Danziger juried a large and diverse photography exhibition, Exposures 2013, which opened last Friday at the West Hartford Art League. It is a large show of 77 images winnowed from more than double that number of entries.

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Intriguing Shapes In Show at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library

I imagine that Janet Block paints quickly: brushing, scraping, altering until she is satisfied. And I suspect she is a tough judge of her own art, one who discards work that does not meet her standards, the same rigorous standards she brought to positions on Wall Street and as a management consultant.
Most often she succeeds, at least in work now on exhibit at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library.

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Astonishing Craft and Color at The White Gallery

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Quilts, those homey creations of rural and small-town American women in the 19th and much of the 20th centuries, sometimes — in the creative, talented hands of some quilters — rose to the level of great folk art. Now Kate Stiassni, former CBS employee and home designer, takes quilting techniques and applies a contemporary sensibility to make fine art wall textiles, some of which are on display at The White Gallery in Lakeville, CT.

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