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Beyond/In raises eyebrows in New York

In adavance of this year's mammoth, region-wide exhibition of art known as "Beyond/In Western New York," organizers took a trip down to New York City to meet with some members of the media. Those efforts are beginning to pay dividends for the regional arts exhibition with international aspirations, as today, the Wall Street Journal included the show on a very short list of art exhibitions to watch for this season.

"Beyond/In" appears next to the Metropolitan Museum's Khubilai Khan exhibition, a show on Alexander the Great at Amsterdam's Hermitage Museum, "Art of the Americas" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an exhibition of work by the painter Wayne Thiebaud in the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, Calif.

Here (with the note that the exhibition was advised, not organized, by Bruce Ferguson) is what the WSJ has to say about what it termed the "Great Lakes Biennial":

A sleeper hit of the fall art season could be the little-known biennial "Beyond/In Western New York," a survey of emerging artists living mainly in and around the Great Lakes region (which of course includes several other states). This is the same Rust Belt country that nurtured Ohioan Charles Burchfield. The biennial's organizer, Bruce Ferguson, was the founding director of another underrated U.S. biennial, "SITE Santa Fe." "Beyond/In" features more than 100 artists exhibiting new works in 25 venues such as Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. For the first time, the biennial also invited artists from outside the region; Do Ho Suh and Kai Althoff are among the many rising stars who signed up.

Read the article here.

--Colin Dabkowski




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