2010-2011 Season

2010-2011 Season

subject to change

Most exhibition receptions are scheduled as part of
Albany First Friday

Gallery Hours:

August 30, 2010 through May 2, 2011: M-F 10-8, Sundays Noon-4

Closed September 5-6 & November 24-26

Open by appointment October 10-12

Closed December 12, 2010 through January 17, 2011, and March 6-13, 2011

Toora by Jules Olitski











Jules Olitski: An Inside View

A Survey of Prints 1954-2007

Curated by Judith Stein. Organized by Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont in collaboration with the Olitski Estate and the Jules Olitski Warehouse LLC

August 30 October 31, 2010, Reception Friday, October 1, 5-9pm

Kristina Olitski and Lauren Olitski Poster will speak about the artist at the reception at 7pm.

Jules Olitski (1922-2007), one of Americas pre-eminent artists, is celebrated for his lyrical Color Field paintings, large-format abstractions with shimmering fields of color. Less well-known are his smaller, more intimate prints in the media of woodcut, intaglio, silkscreen, lithograph, and monotype.

In the mid 1950s, Olitski expanded his painting practice to include printmaking. In this earliest work, he created series of related compositions by repeatedly adjusting small intaglio plates. Virtually all unique impressions, these rarely exhibited prints include a suite of self-portraits. In old age, Olitski would return to the subject of his own image in a hauntingly beautiful monotype, on display for the first time with the Plexiglas plate from which it was printed.

The visual conversation between a compositions center and periphery-a signature concern of the artists, is present at the onset. An Inside View tracks this continually reformulated dialogue across six decades. In his earliest prints 1960s and early 70s, expanses of nuanced color out-weigh drawn elements in his lithographs and silkscreens, reflecting the tonal discoveries of his Color Field paintings.

Expressive gestures reassert themselves in the loopy shapes of his silkscreens of the 1980s. In the 1990s, when he was in his early seventies, Jules Olitski began working with monotypes. He would passionately embrace this medium in his final years, completing his last print two weeks before his death. An Inside View includes several of these joyous celebrations of life that also serve as meditations on mortality.

The exhibit is accompanied by a 32 page illustrated catalogue.

Exhibition post card

Get Visual review of exhibit

Times Union article

Making Monkey Business with Frida Kahlo & the Guerrilla Girls,

Thursday, October 14, 6pm

Carry Back by Joe Overstreet













African American Abstract Masters

November 5 - December 12, 2010, Reception Friday, November 5, 5-9pm,

Robert Blackburn, Betty Blayton, Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, Harlan Jackson, Norman Lewis, Sam Middleton, Joe Overstreet, Thomas Sills, Merton Simpson, Alma Thomas, Frank Wimberley

Curated by Mary Anne Rose, Ed. D., Organized by Anita Shapolsky Gallery and Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NY.

African American Abstract Masters features 14 artists. Born between 1914 and 1937, these artists have participated in national and international exhibitions. The decade into which each artist was born shaped their different perspectives. They have enlisted a variety of approaches and aesthetic influences over the span of six decades. They invoke through abstraction an art of light, color, materials, gesture, sweep and space. All originally felt the aesthetic influence of Abstract Expressionism.

Jazz was another element influencing these generations and contributed to the philosophies of practice, approach and abstract thinking. A majority of the exhibiting artists included in this exhibition had close family relationships or friendships with jazz musicians, or professional experiences in the jazz world. As artist Bill Hutson explained, for many years jazz occupied the only room open to African Americans, where their original expression was recognized.In the 1950s and 1960s, many of these artists developed international itineraries to bring balance to their artistic identities. The social changes the Civil Rights Movement put in motion in the 1960s impacted these artists in the middle of their careers. By 1970, African American artists were on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum, protesting their exclusion from art galleries and museums.

The exhibit is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with artists biographies and short essays by Anita Shapolsky, Corrine Jennings, Jim Richard Wilson, and Mary Anne Rose.

Art in America review

Times Union review

Get Visual review

Fahrenheit Jazz Trio

Walden Wimberley and Christopher Sullivan

Saturday, November 6, 7:30pm

Walden Wimberley, piano, Christopher Dean Sullivan, bass,  Joe Rigby, saxophones

Tickets: $15 adult, $10 student, free for Sage students



Willie Marlowe










Willie Marlowe: A Survey

January 18 March 6, 2011, Reception, Friday, February 4, 5-9pm

Willie Marlowe has shown paintings in solo, juried and invitational exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is included in museum, corporate and private collections, and has been supported by grants from Artists Space, NYC, and numerous Strategic Opportunity Stipend awards from the New York Foundation on the Arts. She has been a visiting artist in Barbados, West Indies, in Cortona, Italy, and in Wexford, Ireland, where she had a ten year retrospective exhibition at the Wexford Arts Center.

She has had artist's residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY, the Cill Rialaig Project in Ballinskelligs, Ireland, and two residencies at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy. She was invited by the Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University as a visiting artist, and gave a presentation on her paintings done during residencies in Ireland and Italy.

Her work is informed by travel, going to museums and archaeological sites in Europe, the Yucatan and Russia. She often works on intimately scaled acrylic paintings on paper. Her luminous surfaces are achieved by using an intense palette and successive layers of translucent glazes.

She taught painting and drawing in the Department of Visual Arts, The Sage College of Albany, and has taught watercolor in two of The Sage Colleges international studies programs, Sage at Oxford, Somerville College, Oxford University, and Celtic Connections in Scotland and Ireland. She has had two sabbatical leaves to paint in 1986 and 2005. She is now Professor Emerita, The Sage Colleges.

This exhibition surveys her work from 1977 to 2010 and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Esther Tornai Thyssen and David Brickman. Works from this exhibit serve as the basis for subsequent shows at the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY, Gallery C in Raleigh, North Carolina, Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY, and Riverfront Studios in Schuylerville, NY.

Exhibition post card

The World According to Willie on Get Visual

A New Depth by Tim Kane in the Times Union


Desert of Forbidden Art

Thursday, February 17 at 6:30pm 

 Dessert of Forbidden Art 














During the Soviet regime, a small group of artists remain true to their vision despite threats of torture, imprisonment and death. Their plight inspires a young archeologist (and frustrated painter) Igor Savitsky. Pretending to buy State-approved art, Stavisky instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artist's works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. He amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art.

Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists. Intercut with recollections of the artists' children and rare archival footage, the film takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom. Today these priceless paintings are a lucrative target for Islamic fundamentalists, corrupt bureaucrats and art profiteers.

Free with Sage ID, $5 without

Desert of Forbidden Art Festivals and Awards

Tantillo painting 









Two Artists in Dialog: Tantillo/Whitbeck

A Discussion of Contrasting Styles from a Common Source

Themes from the 17th Century Dutch animate the work of both
Len Tantillo and James Whitbeck. Presented by the New Netherland Museum.

Join us on Sunday, March 13th, 2PM at the Opalka Gallery in Albany for an exciting and insightful dialog as these two unique artists describe the motivation that inspires their work, and the process they follow to a final outcome.

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High School Regional 2005 Reception










High School Regional Juried Exhibition

March 20 April 14, 2011,

Reception, Friday, April 1, 5-9pm,

Awards ceremony & keynote address April 1, 7pm

Keynote speaker: Dr. Susan S. Scrimshaw, President, The Sage Colleges

Over 100 artworks by more than 100 students from 17 regional high schools. High schools participating in 2011 Regional Exhibition include: Albany City, Albany Academies, Amsterdam, Averill Park, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Bethlehem, Cairo-Durham, Emma Willard, Guilderland, Ichabod Crane, Maple Hill, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Schenectady, Shaker, Shenendehowa, and South Colonie.

Exhibition post card


Neither Memory nor Magic: Miklós Radnóti

 Tuesday, April 12, 6:30pm

Miklos Radnoti

Film screening followed by discussion with film director Hugo Perez

In 1944, at the height of World War II, the revered Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti was sent by the Nazis to a forced labor camp in Serbia and then on a three month forced march before he was shot into a mass grave. This eloquent documentary presents the story of Radnóti's life and his beautiful poetry, including his final works found in a small notebook when his body was discovered.

Presented in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Month, in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges. Post-screening discussion with director Hugo Perez, lead by Center for Documentary Arts director Timothy Cahill.

More information on Art & Document: The blog of the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges.

Sage students free, all others suggested donation $5 to support the Center for Documentary Arts 

7th Annual BFA Exhibit card


 7th Annual BFA Exhibition

May 2 - July 22, 2011, Reception, Friday, May 6, 5-9pm

A selection of the best work by 4th year BFA students receiving their degrees in Studio Arts, Interior Design, and Graphic Design. This year's exhibit is juried by Sharon Bates & Paul Miyamoto. The exhibit continues in the Little Gallery in Rathbone Hall.

Gallery hours for this exhibit are: Monday-Friday 10-4, Commencement weekend, May 14 &15, noon-4pm. Closed May 30 and July 1-4.

Sage Summer Art Exhibition

Friday, August 5, 2011

Gallery Hours:

August 30, 2010 through May 2, 2011, M-F 10-8, Sundays Noon-4

Closed September 5-6 and November 24-26

Open by appointment October 10-12

Closed December 12, 2010 through January 17, 2011, and March 6-13, 2011

Summer hours: M-F 10-4.

Closed May 30 & July 1-4, 2011