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An Art Tour Of NYC: Museums And Mutations

My wife and daughter were out of town last month. My sister called to tell me that she and my brother-in-law were going away for the weekend and to invite me to stay in their New York City apartment. I haven’t been on my own in the city since I lived there and was single, so I jumped at the chance.
As it happened, the first person I mentioned my plans to was Leon Graham, Compass’s resident art critic. He immediately laid out a list of art-related places to go and things to see. So now my weekend had a theme.

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Kent To NYC, Figures Bring Joy

The New Yorker magazine called the figures “zaftig … like Teletubbies that grew up.” Their installation on New York City’s Broadway Mall — a linear park that extends from 70th Street to 168th — overnight in mid-May caused hurrying West Siders to stop and gawk, then smile with surprise. Many touched or even sat on some of the nine sculptures.

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Triangles Transform From Shapes To Art

Art: ‘Kate Stiassni: Spatial Relations’

Kate Stiassni continues pushing the boundaries of contemporary fabric art in her new show, “Spatial Relations,” at The White Gallery in Lakeville. Her usual vibrant colors are there, but so is a new concern for the relationship of her abstract figures to each other and to the empty space around them.

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Crafting Unique Stories With Shadows And Found Objects

Art: Conrad Levenson’s ‘Forms and Shadows’

Each sculpture by Conrad Levenson tells a story. The Stanfordville artist takes found objects — rusty pieces of metal, chains, discarded tools — and gives them a new life.
“I have all these objects and I respond to what they’re telling me,” he said while setting up his solo exhibition at North Elm Home, a furnishing and antiques store in Millerton. “Usually I take objects with no prior relationship to each other and then bring them together in one piece. That’s part of the fun.”

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Inspired By A Millerton Landscape

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The rangy fellow in an Orvis cap standing by an easel behind the Re Institute in Millerton these days is Tom Goldenberg, age 68. His subject is the Taconic range, he tells me. With a sweeping gesture he points south to north where distant layers of gneiss and schist and marble are blanketed by fields, forests and wild grasses tall enough to shimmy in the morning wind.

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Juried Exhibits Held In Northwest Corner

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Multiple juried art shows are in various stages of exhibition throughout the Northwest Corner. These shows offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy the works of local artists, as well as give these artists the chance to receive recognition for their work.
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A Powerful Homage to the River

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Frank Bramble is a lover and protector of the Housatonic River. 
For many years the Torrington resident has hiked its banks, fished its cold water and contemplated its place within its beautiful natural surroundings. But now he is worried that the river, like much of our natural environment, is challenged and endangered.  

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Discovery Through Faces, Politics And The Subway

Art: Three Artists at Five Points Gallery

Eva Stengade is a Danish artist who thinks big. Four of her enormous, dreamy paintings — one is 12 feet by 18 feet — of the interiors of New York City subway cars, peopled by denizens of the metropolis in their varied nationalities, colors and shapes, are now on exhibit at Torrington’s Five Points Gallery.

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Bright Works, From History To Whimsy

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Ken Musselman grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Well, a suburb west of Cleveland, Ohio, called Brooklyn. Yes. There is another Brooklyn out there.
“It was a real ‘Leave It To Beaver’ neighborhood,” the painter tells me. It had tiny clapboard Capes, lawn wars, picket fences, stay-at-home moms and milk chutes (a small door in every house where milkmen, egg men and newspaper delivery kids left their goods). 

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His Best Work Is Still To Come

There are two artistic sides to Harper Blanchet, a Sharon native who lives and works at Twilight Studios and the Blue Star Gallery in Falls Village.
On one hand, he’s an abstract painter. He refers to his large canvases, which are full of lines, bars and boxes, as “sky paintings.” Through his strong use of color, you can catch glimpses in some of the pieces of the numerous sunsets he’s watched in Millerton on Sunset Ridge and Winchell Mountain.

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