December 4, 2013 - 2:50 PM
On Tuesday, the Erie County Legislature passed County Executive Mark Poloncarz's 2014 budget along party lines, as Harold McNeil reported. Just as a refresher, here's a look at what the budget contains for Erie County arts organizations:
- A 1.5 percent increase in operating funding support for 63 arts organizations, bringing total 2014 cultural funding (not including libraries) to $5.64 million
- Funding for previously unfunded groups including Arts Services Initiative, Buffalo Niagara Choirs Inc., Central Terminal Restoration Corp., Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society, Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra.
Take a look at the full list below or download a PDF copy here.
December 4, 2013 - 1:34 PM
Above: Dennis Maher's "Fargo House." Photo by Douglas Levere
Above: Joyce Hwang's "Habitat Wall" project. Photo courtesy of Joyce Hwang
Dennis Maher and Joyce Hwang, faculty members at the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning, have each received $7,000 grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Maher's work, on view in his Fargo House as well as a current Hallwalls exhibition, uses the detritus of demolished homes and other collected items to create elaborate sculptures and architectural environments. Hwang has been working on her ongoing "Habitat Wall" project, described in a UB release as "a sculptural habitat for birds and bats that addresses the condition of habitat loss in cities."
Read more about it here.
December 4, 2013 - 6:00 AM
Artist: Orin Langelle // Untitled photograph of G8 protester, 2007 // On view through Dec. 6 in the People’s Global Camp against WTO in Denpasar, Indonesia
Buffalo-based photographer Orin Langelle has been taking photographs of anti-globalization protests around the globe for decades. A selection of his black and white and color photographs, including the above 2007 shot of a protester dressed as a clown during a protest against a G8 summit in Rostock, Germany, is now on view in the ad-hoc protest camp set up to coincide with the ongoing meeting of the World Trade Organization in Bali. The photograph shows an unnamed protestor closing her eyes amid police in riot gear -- one of an estimated 80,000 protesters at the event -- moments before the police sprayed the crowd with what Langelle writes was "water mixed with tear gas." You can see more of Langelle's photographs in the extensive exhibition here.
November 27, 2013 - 6:00 AM
A detail of Felice Koenig's sculpture "Cape of Stars," on view in the Nichols School Gallery through Jan. 13.
Title: "Cape of Stars" // Artist: Felice Koenig // "Felice Koenig: Meditations," through Jan. 13 // Nichols School Gallery
The paintings and sculptures of Felice Koenig -- like three-dimensional cousins to the obsessive drawings of Katherine Sehr or Fotini Galanes -- are about the meditative process of making art. Koenig painstakingly builds up the surface of her work with layer upon layer of painted dots in a process that takes days. The final product is like a strange reptilian skin, a bubbly layer of camouflage designed for a landscape that exists only in Koenig's imagination. She described her sculpture "Cape of Stars," a detail of which is shown above, as an exploration of the human impulse to wrestle the idea of nature down to some manageable form. The piece, she wrote, "gets at "the idea of trying to contain and hold something as large as nature, as large as the universe."
After the jump, Koenig explains a bit about the meticulous and meditatiuve process behind her paintings and sculptures.
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November 25, 2013 - 2:59 PM
Last week, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced the launch of four new interactive projects designed to bring its work to a wider audience.
The gallery, which has been working diligently to expand its digital presence in recent years and seems poised to continue doing so under director Janne Sirén, has built two extensive timelines on its 150-year history and its 11 directors using the online tool Tiki-Toki. The gallery also put together two walking tours of its collection of outdoor sculpture and the architecture of downtown Buffalo from 1816 to 1940, based on a 1940 gallery exhibition on the evolving downtown streetscape.
November 25, 2013 - 1:16 PM
A rendering of the new Carnegie Art Center from Goundry Street. Courtesy of the Carnegie Art Center and Flynn Battaglia Architects.
Last week, the North Tonawanda's Carnegie Art Center released plans for a new entrance as part of a $343,000 federal grant to make its 1904 building more accessible. Above is an artist's rendering of the renovated Carnegie as viewed from Goundry Street. Click here to check out some other renderings of the proposed project, produced by Flynn Battaglia Architects.
November 23, 2013 - 1:15 PM
Watercolorist Charles Burchfield was particularly sensitive to the change of the seasons. Burchfield Penney Art Center curator Scott Propeack posted a quote from one of Burchfield's journals on Facebook today in which the tortured artist complains about his day job in terms that should be familiar to many working artists today. The excerpt, as gloomy and forlorn as one of his overcast scenes, seems particularly appropriate for this snowy November afternoon. Here's the quote:
Nov. 8, 1925 –
A futile day full of bitter thought and unsuccessful attempts –
How I despise the Americans who prefer 18th century French landscapes to healthy American 20th century scenes – How I hate the architects who put themselves on the bucks for making literal copies of English architecture-
The firm I work for contemplating a literal copy of a French landscape wall-paper, a venture that requires that I go the N.Y. and copy the color scheme-
How I despise those dealers that trade in “art objects” of the past forcing the artists of the day to do all manner of work that they should not do –
How I scorn and + loathe myself because I cannot ignore these debasing influences in American art and paint with bold lusty disregard of their false and weak standards – paint the raw crude healthy aspects of nature that I love – Because they are the dominant power I must earn my own + my family’s daily bread doing work that is directly opposed to my ideals in art – but were I a really strong character I should struggle thru with a few great things in spite of everything –
It is a raw crude November day – menacing layer clouds with occasional flurries of snow –
November 22, 2013 - 1:58 PM
November 22, 2013 - 12:19 PM
Jose Lagares and CEPA education director Lauren Tent look over some of his photographs at CEPA in Buffalo Tuesday, November 19, 2013. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
Today at 2 p.m., Whitehouse.gov
will stream live video of its 2013 Arts and Humanities Youth Award ceremony, during which representatives from CEPA Gallery will recieve the nation's top honor for after-school arts programs from first lady Michelle Obama. CEPA Eduacation Director Lauren Tent and Lafayette High School student Jose Lagares will be on hand to accept the award. Read more about the award here
November 21, 2013 - 3:24 PM
A few nights ago, 5 Pointz, the international destination for graffiti artists in Queens, was whitewashed in advance of its pending demolition. Its Wikipedia entry, quickly changed to the past tense, now reads like an obituary.
It was a sad day for the worldwide graffiti community and for fans of the unique outdoor gallery those artists had created on the saides of the old warehouse over the past few decades. The walls of 5 Pointz have featured the work of more than one Buffalo-bred artist over the years. One of those them, known as BRAKES, threw up a few of his 5 Pointz pieces online the day after the landmark was painted over. Here's some of his work: