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Giving Works of Art A Little Distance

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What a difference venues make. Two art shows now hanging in Sharon prove the point.
Robert Pittenger’s paintings at the Sharon Historical Society need space and distance between them and the viewer of these difficult works. Up close his rough undersurfaces, rolled on thickly, look like stucco; and his trees, houses and land can seem amateurish. But move back, look from farther away, and the best paintings come together in a rigorous whole.

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Alex Krauss, 24, is a street photographer, catching people as they take in life around them, mostly in black and white and all on film.
Here, a New Yorker sights the perfect image of actress Keira Knightley — cool, removed, artificial — as he goes about his regular, real-life day.
A number of Krauss’s images are on display at Chaiwalla in Salisbury: Little boys admiring a battleship, abstract street shapes, signs. It’s interesting to see images of ordinary life carefully observed. The show runs through the end of June. For information, call 860-435-9758.

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How Walt Disney Made “Snow White”

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A small woman, fragile, wearing riding boots, a smart little jacket and large, Dior-framed spectacles turned to someone nearby, also waiting in the rain outside the Norman Rockwell Museum last week.
“I’m Marge Champion,” she said cheerfully. “Hello.”
And so she was. Two inches shorter than when she met her dancing partner, Gower Champion, “I’ve shrunk,” she says, but as ready as ever to take the stage. Marge Champion, all five feet of her, was here in Stockbridge, MA, to open a show at the Rockwell museum on Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
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Dunlop Looks Deeper Into Urban Life

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David Dunlop is a painter’s painter and a teacher of painting, so it is not surprising that his current show at The White Gallery, “Return to Gotham,” is both beautiful and a lesson in technique.
Dunlop left the city long ago for the Northwest Corner, where he painted landscapes. The city remained an occasional subject, mostly crowded Grand Central Terminal pictures, until his son, Max, also a painter, suggested they make art together. And specifically that they paint city scenes.

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A Sure Eye for Texture, Beauty and Tone

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Argazzi Art’s summer show is an exciting mix of minimalist, conceptual, gestural and mixed media pieces.
Gathering work from five women and hanging their pictures with her usual deliberate brilliance, gallery owner Judith Singelis again proves that she has a sure eye.

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A View of Gorgeous, Relentless Deterioration

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Avery Danziger’s new show of photographs at The Hotchkiss Tremaine Gallery is an enlarged, grander version of his stunning show last November at The White Gallery. Some images of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, NY, are framed, as they were earlier, but others have been enlarged or printed on cloth to dramatic effect.

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Of Time and Neglect and Art

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Avery Danziger is drawn to excess (an observation he seems to like). Take his photographs of a shuttered psychiatric hospital with its peeling, molding, rusting planes, its bone-deep ruin, its pencilled note to no one there. Not for 19 years.
The rambling Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, NY, closed in 1994, has given up to neglect and the chaos that follows. But Danziger’s images of the walls, the plumbing, the pools of still red water on the floor, the decay are stunning.

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Expressing the Unsaid

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Long ago I taught mostly Mexican-American high school students in San Antonio, Texas. With reading levels stuck around seventh or eighth grade, they were bored by history and English classes. But after my first year I learned what they liked and were good at: art.

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Minimal Work That Conveys Great Substance

 
Leon Graham reviews Sam Posey’s recent paintings of women, on exhibit at Ober Gallery 
 
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Minimal Work That Conveys Great Substance

The Art Scene

 

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