Outside, looking in

Works of Richard Bosman on view this week at Woodstock’s Kleinert

by Paul Smart
July 21, 2011 12:12 PM | 0 0 comments | 249 249 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Richard Bosman
Richard Bosman
It’s hard to think of Esopus-based Richard Bosman – whose “Art History: Fact and Fiction” exhibit at the Kleinert/James Arts Center in Woodstock has been a highlight of this summer’s regional art offerings – as a native Australian, or born in India. His works speak to the sense of legacy in art, and the ways in which we Americans treasure the resonances of unchanged landscapes and biographical details in shaping our sense of self-worth.

The works in this show, created between 2002 and 2011 and curated by Portia Munson, include an installation of copied historical paintings that “demonstrate how changes in scale, surface and gesture change the meaning of the work,” along with a series of personalized views of famous artists’ studios grouped as a “Museum Wall,” “Artists’ Studios” and “Doors and Windows.”

The work is loose and impressionistic, on the surface, but astute and studied in concept. The mixture is provocative yet comforting – a perfect lead-in to deeper contemplation of just how a town such as Woodstock, or an entire region like our Hudson Valley, can sustain high levels of creativity for generations, mixing Nature’s inspiration with a more self-conscious art-world sensibility. Thank you, Mr. Bosman, for putting the situation forth so succinctly and beautifully, and Munson and the Kleinert/James’ overseeing Byrdcliffe Guild, for presenting this great locally based artist and his sense of art so effectively.

“Richard Bosman: Fact and Fiction” runs through this Sunday, July 24, and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts is located at 34 Tinker Street in the center of Woodstock. For further information, call (845) 679-2079 or visit

Concentric circles: Marking 75 years, Mohawk/Hudson artists’ exhibition opens at Albany Institute this Thursday

The 75th annual “Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk/Hudson Region,” one of the nation’s oldest and most-respected regional compendium shows, holds its official opening at the always-welcoming Albany Institute of Art and History this Thursday, July 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. What does this have to do with us down here in the mid-Hudson area? The Exhibition’s entry radius includes everyone within 100 miles of the State Capitol, which includes us here. Its juror this year is Holly Hughes, the new chair of the influential Painting Department at the Rhode Island School of Design.

The show, which alternates each year among the Albany Institute, the University Art Museum at SUNY-Albany and the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, runs through September 4. It is reportedly multimedia, and quite stunning in the quality and diversity of what’s on show.

This year’s exhibit features 160 works, including paintings, sculptures and videos, by 85 artists, culled from 1,000 submissions by 235 artists. Among those we know in our immediate area are the likes of Fern T. Apfel, Allen Bryan, James Burnett, Charles Geiger, Barry Gerson, Linda Horn, William Jaeger, Pooh Kaye, Ivan Koota, Gary Larsen, Iain Machell, Art Murphy and Deborah Schneider.

The Albany Institute of History and Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in downtown Albany. For further information, visit or call (518) 463-4478.

@ Paul Smart

Getting kinetic for art: Walking Salon tours continue Sunday mornings on Catskill’s Main Street

One of the great painting shows of recent years just closed at Catskill’s Brik Gallery last Sunday. Now another opens, titled “18 + 1,” this coming Saturday evening, curated by the same David Paulson who curated the latest exhibit of abstract painters. The exhibit will include a host of top professional artists working in Greene and Columbia counties… with an eye for high quality diversity, as has become the norm for this handsome, well-lit and fun gallery (which also hosts some of the best openings anywhere in the region). It all kicks off this Saturday from 6 to 8 PM.

And to spice things up in this little river town that just can’t stop trying for more, there’ll be a continuing Walking Salon tour of “Masters on Main Street” art in local storefronts beginning at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Top New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Learning Program officer Felicity Hogan – who ran the NYFA “MARK ’11” program recently concluded – painter Sasha Chermayeff and sculptor/multi-media artist Mimi Graminski will lead the hourlong discussion of art, modern culture and what-have-you, starting with free coffee and pastries at the Open Studio, located at 402 Main.

Upcoming for the Walking Salons each Sunday will be such artists as Arlene Shechet, Portia Munson and Jared Handelsman with Tang Museum curator Ian Berry on July 31, the weekend of the big NADA art fair at Basilica Industria in Hudson (across the river); and Christy Rupp, Peggy Cyphers, Devorah Sperber and Ellen Levy, among others, in the remaining weeks of summer this August. The idea of the salons – which started this past week with Yours Truly walking with musician/inventors Matt Bua and Brian DeWan – is to maintain an hour or two-hour conversation while walking up and down Main Street, addressing art in the windows as well as the role that such art (and non-art) plays in our daily lives and ongoing culture.

Also upcoming in and around Catskill in the coming weeks is a very busy July 30 weekend that will include a talk by noted illustrator Meryl Learnihan, whose art is on exhibit in the second-floor gallery at the Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) Gallery through August 20. She will share her experience and expertise as a children’s book illustrator of over 40 tomes, plus years as chief illustrator at Highlights, where she worked under her maiden name, Mary Henderson. Her free workshop for children and adults takes place on Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m. at the GCCA, located at 398 Main Street in Hudson.

Also that weekend is a big exposition of early travel films shot in the Catskills between 1900 and 1910, presented by noted film scholar Iris Cahn of SUNY-Purchase, at the Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville.

For more on the Brik show, at 473 Main Street, visit or call (518) 965-0082. For more on the Walking Salons and Masters on Main Street, call (518) 943-3400 or visit

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