THE STUDIO AT CHESTERWOOD

Each year, over four million visitors make the pilgrimage to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. They walk along the reflecting pool and up a great flight of stairs into an immense temple. There, they confront an enormous seated marble figure who radiates dignity and wisdom.
— chesterwood.org
lincoln's hand - plaster study for lincoln memorial

lincoln's hand - plaster study for lincoln memorial

Daniel Chester French (1850 - 1931) (sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial) created Chesterwood - his summer home in the Berkshires, and today it is a space showcasing his sculpture. The grounds are wooded and gracefully maintained, with a contemporary glass sculpture exhibit this summer (2016) including the work of twelve artists on the lawns and in the woods. 

To walk inside the Studio, on the grounds of Chesterwood near the house, is breathtaking. The photographs below document the formal and informal pleasures of plaster that French indulged in - from studies for his monuments to elements and models of inspiration.  

When he purchased the property in Glendale, a hamlet of Stockbridge, in 1896, the first building French completed was his Studio (on the foundation of a former barn that he dismantled and moved up the hill), which was designed by Henry Bacon, the architect of the Lincoln Memorial.  It was the breathtaking view of Monument Mountain, seen from the Studio Piazza that inspired French’s creativity and inspiration, while working in the Berkshires from May through October until his death at Chesterwood in 1931.  The final 6 foot plaster model of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial (dated October 1916) can be seen up close in the Studio as well as plaster models that were studies for his monuments.

Chesterwood is a special place of creativity and inspiration, and I hope visitors to this historic retreat of one of America’s foremost public sculptors, will take some time to look, listen and enjoy its beauty in both the art and the natural surroundings.
— Donna Hassler, Executive Director, Chesterwood
early plaster model for lincoln memorial

early plaster model for lincoln memorial

CHESTERWOOD | 4 Williamsville Road | Stockbridge, MA 01262 | 413.298.3579 | chesterwood.org

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY

above work by christie brown

above work by christie brown

EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes/ group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1970–present

1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
June 18–August 7, 2016

 

“We are focusing on the lineage between generations of contemporary artists who are working within the figural genre. The first generation of post WW II artists inspired a second and now a third generation of contemporary artists exploring figural sculpture through their work, teaching, and the educational programs they established. Likewise, the first generation of collectors are actively feeding new and established collections through gifts and sales of masterworks collected during their lifetimes.

“By exhibiting works from artist studios, estates, and private collections that together span five decades, we are creating a generational investigation that explores the work of contemporary artists who were educated in the programs founded by the master artists.” Leslie Ferrin

 

This exhibition, catalog, and related programming provides collectors and artists an opportunity to survey and reflect on fifty years of the figure.

The artists in the project include Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Philip Eglin, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Jeanclos George, Gerit Grimm, Sergei Isupov, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Mara Superior, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Jason Walker, Patti Warashina, and Beatrice Wood.

2016 GROUP SHOW AT THE SCHOOL IN KINDERHOOK

PIERRE DORION, HAYV KAHRAMAN, RICHARD MOSSE, and GARNETT PUETT A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions

"Working across painting, photography, and sculpture, Pierre Dorion, Hayv Kahraman, Richard Mosse, andGarnett Puett converge on themes of
transformation, environment, and remembrance." JackShainman.com

The School is open on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. For additional information please contact the gallery attheschool@jackshainman.com.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

openING EVENT MAY 22, 2016

openING EVENT MAY 22, 2016

CYNTHIA ATWOOD AT SIX DEPOT

Cynthia Atwood's "Alphabet of Weapons" May 7 - June 28

 

"Using the alphabet as a foundation for this exhibit, Atwood toys with the idea of weapons, meanings, and alternative connotations ...  Using various media and her masterful sewing skills, Atwood has created a collection that contests the way people think about consciousness.
Courtesy Six Depot

 

GROWLERFEST 2015 EAST

GROWLERFEST 2015 EAST  Project Art is partnering with artist Bradley Klem, The Eutectic Gallery, and the Portland Growler Company to bring GrowlerFest 2015 East + West to the east and west coasts for the first time. The project will showcase the ties between the local food movement, craft beer, and ceramic art with exhibitions centering on the beer growler and paired with beer tasting events in Cummington, MA and Portland, OR. All proceeds go to support resident artist programs at Project Art in Cummington, MA.

GrowlerFest 2015 East + West intends to connect a group of international artists to the craft beer movement by offering the surface of a growler as a way to collaborate with one another. The exhibitions bring forward functional and decorative components in order to draw parallels and comparisons in form, style, design and philosophy between local and global ceramic artists, as well as to share the experience of these attributes with the public through social gatherings set around the local food and craft beer movements. The public is invited to experience the handmade quality of ceramic art and craft beer from both coasts as we celebrate the growler as a functional art form. 

The exhibitions on both coasts will feature ceramic growlers created or decorated by 15 artists who have been invited to collaborate on a series of limited­ edition growlers. Exhibiting artists will be Molly Ann Bishop, Jessica Brandl, Chandra Debuse, Carole Epp, Kathy King, Bradley Klem, Lauren Gallaspy, Sergei Isupov, Roberto Lugo, Justin Rothshank, Paul Scott, Vipoo Srivilasa, Mara Superior, Jason Walker, and Kurt Weiser.

GrowlerFest 2015 EXHIBITION
October 3–December 2
Project Art, 54 Main Street, Cummington, MA
Open Monday–Friday by appointment.
Contact Alex at 701.471.9782 | alexj.projectart@gmail.com

BETTINA SPECKNER AT SIENNA PATTI

Sienna Patti, a contemporary gallery in Lenox, hosts Bettina Speckner in a show titled "Things of This World Keeping Their Difficult Balance" (August 21-October 4). SIENNA PATTI, 80 Main Street, Lenox, MA 413.637.8386 

 
 
 

"The artist’s newly acquired production technique is a romantic journey in and of itself. She travels into the Bavarian forest with a handmade camera obscura and a jerry-rigged portable darkroom to find her favorite stack of wood. She collects flowers on her way to the studio for her still life compositions, to complement her deliberate arrangements of otherwise ordinary objects—a glass, a set of keys, a laptop computer. She is fully immersed in the moment the camera captures, effectively recording her own experience of being there. She witnesses the emergence of the image on the plate—“A silent, melancholic, still result, but a thrill to see it appear,” as she describes it. The image is developed in the same location that it was taken, every step of the photographic process sharing the same continuous sweep of time, echoing the same single, still moment." SIENNA PATTI GALLERY

 

 

"Speckner presents the viewer with the nebulous relationship of object permanence to subjective experience. The solid, concrete matter of the world is still open to interpretation, the static object still subject to how it is seen and experienced in the moment. Between the exacting and the ethereal, between gravity and weightlessness, the objects themselves have to negotiate their balance." SIENNA PATTI GALLERY


Sienna Patti reaches beyond the Berkshires, working with artists of international distinction. The vision for the gallery is described as "... a project and exhibition based program focusing on the work of contemporary studio artists. The artists bridge the worlds of art, craft, and contemporary design with innovative use of materials and mediums. Artwork made with a nod to craftsmanship  by artists that are using it as an intellectual and structural vehicle for their ideas."

The gallery exhibits jewelry, sculpture and photography from several artists, with one area of the gallery space dedicated to visiting shows, and other areas intimately showcasing the work of jewelry artists. It's all a visual feast.

A GROUPING OF RINGS BY BARBARA SEIDENATH

A GROUPING OF RINGS BY BARBARA SEIDENATH

ROBERTO LUGO AT FERRIN CONTEMPORARY

Ferrin Contemporary hosts Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester, Roberto Lugo’s first solo exhibition, of work created during a summer-long residency at Project Art in Cummington, MA. 

 

"Roberto Lugo, is as multifaceted as his work — a person who is at once as gentle and good-humored enough to create a ceramic wrestling belt as he is an activist prompting audiences to think of shooting victims Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin whose portraits he painted onto porcelain gilded in gold. "These people were worthy enough to have an urn, but it's not a statement I want to push on you," said Lugo. JENN SMITH/ BERKSHIRE EAGLE

 
PHOTO COURTESY JOHN POLAK

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN POLAK

The show presents groupings of related objects composed as garnitures and classic ceramic forms with contemporary imagery using multiple layers of content, form, and surface to re-write history. In this work, Lugo explores eclecticism and culture through juxtapositions of graffiti, European decorative arts, and his Puerto Rican heritage to create a hybrid of visual art traditions that stimulate new conversations surrounding cultural tolerance. 

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN POLAK

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN POLAK

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN POLAK

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN POLAK

calendar of events

SOLO EXHIBITION Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester | August 22–October 12, 2O15 | Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams
CLAY IS HOT! Worcester–Wu Tang, Museums as Muse | Saturday, October 3rd, 3pm | Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams | Join museum curators and artist Roberto Lugo in a discussion of current trends in artistic and curatorial practice involving historic reinterpretation and contemporary intervention.
DISH & DINE | Saturday, October 3rd, 6pm | Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams | Dinner in the gallery with artist Roberto Lugo and his collaborators. Catered by Gramercy Bistro and served on handmade dinnerware by local studio potter Eric Smith with Roberto Lugo.
ferrincontemporary.com 413.346.4004
GALLERY HOURS Wed–Sun 11–5

DETAIL FROM CERAMIC PLATE

DETAIL FROM CERAMIC PLATE

DETAIL FROM CERAMIC PLATE

DETAIL FROM CERAMIC PLATE

PHOTO COURTESY jOHN POLAK

PHOTO COURTESY jOHN POLAK

FRANCESCO CLEMENTE'S 'ENCAMPMENT' AT MASS MoCA

 
 

"Every single moment of the unfolding experience of the work is just a pretext to move on, or move forward from that moment. It's never supposed to be a beginning or an ending: it's supposed to be a transition."
FRANCESCO CLEMENTE/ MASS MoCA CATALOG/ Quote from The Brooklyn Rail/ 2013

 

Francesco Clemente was born in Italy and lives and works in Varanasi, India and New York, NY. MASS MoCA's installation, FRANCESCO CLEMENTE: ENCAMPMENT, is on view in North Adams, MA until January 2016. Images below are from the exhibition of tents.

 

"INSIDE THE TENTS, WASHES OF WATERCOLOR DESCRIBE FIGURES RANGING FROM BYZANTINE ANGELS AND GROTESQUE DEVILS TO TOP-HATTED BUSINESSMEN AND - IN THE CASE OF MUSEUM TENT' - CLEMENTE HIMSELF REACHING OUT FROM A SERIES OF FRAMED SELF PORTRAITS."
FRANCESCO CLEMENTE/ MASS MOCA CATALOG

 
 

AUGUST FOOD TRUCK VILLAGE IN KINDERHOOK

Black Forest Flammkuchen was one of many trucks parked in Kinderhook last Thursday for the Columbia County Food Truck Village. The Flammerie in Kinderhook serves food similar to the Flammkuchen truck, and the bistro is open Wednesday-Sunday 5-10pm. The El Anatsui show will be up at The School in Kinderhook for just a few more Saturdays, so if you have a chance to catch it, you won't want to miss it. 

EL ANATSUI AT THE SCHOOL IN KINDERHOOK

THE SCHOOL IN KINDERHOOK

THE SCHOOL IN KINDERHOOK

JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY: THE SCHOOL [KINDERHOOK]
EL ANATSUI/ Five Decades/ May 17 – September 26, 2015
Jack Shainman Gallery is celebrating the first anniversary of The School (their gorgeous gallery in Kinderhook, NY) with a solo exhibition of work by El Anatsui, who was just awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, the Venice Biennale’s highest honor. Five Decades is a comprehensive survey spanning the last fifty years of Anatsui’s celebrated career, from compositions in painting, wood, and clay, to the magnificent metal works for which he is renowned. The gallery is open Saturdays only, so check their website for more information

The reception on Sunday was attended by a huge audience, in awe of the installation of the exhibition and the gallery renovation itself. Foot traffic through the building flows smoothly because the school building is so large. Food trucks and tents for music, wine and beer added to the celebration. 


WOMB OF TIME ©EL ANATSUI.  COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

WOMB OF TIME ©EL ANATSUI.  COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

©El Anatsui.  Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Titles (above; l-r) DISSOLVING DREAMSMETAS IIMETAS IV; DETAIL FROM METAS II; METAS I

©EL ANATSUI.  COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

©EL ANATSUI.  COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK


THE FOOD TRUCKS FOR THE RECEPTION

The Black Forest Flammkuchen truck was parked with several others outside THE SCHOOL. It might be there again some Saturdays, but it was super popular during the reception.

'Lekker' means delicious in Dutch, and one of the owners of the Lekker food truck is Dutch ... thus its name.  This food truck was really popular, too, and you can find out more on their beautiful site, which is linked above.

Another truck with long lines at the reception served barbeque. 'Cue has a venue in Saugerties, NY and does catering as well - as do Lekker and The Black Forest Flammkuchen.