“River Crossings” Artists

Opening May 3 — November 1, 2015

“River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home” is an exhibition representing a wide range of style and a broad diversity of artists. The artists all have a connection to the region that Thomas Cole and Frederic Church helped ignite as a hot-bed of innovative contemporary art.

Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden
1911–1988

Bearden is a celebrated artist who was deeply influenced by music, performing arts, history, literature, and world art. The recipient of the National Medal of Art, Bearden's work has been exhibited internationally.

Credit: Prelude to Farewell, 1981, collage, 49 x 37 ¼ in., Courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem, Gift of Altria Group, Inc.

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Elijah Burgher
Elijah Burgher
b. 1978

Burgher's precisely detailed drawings and large, gestural drop-cloth paintings sit at the intersections of representation and language, imaginary and real worlds.

Credit: Build Better Human Beings, 2012, colored pencil and paper, 11 x 14 in., Collection of Jacob Meehan, Photograph Courtesy Artist and Western Exhibitions.

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Chuck Close
Chuck Close
b. 1940

Close is renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face. His practice extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography, and most recently, tapestries. Close received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton and currently serves on The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Credit: Self-Portrait (Yellow Raincoat), 2013, Jacquard tapestry, 93 x 76 in., Private Collection, © Chuck Close in association with Magnolia Editions, Photograph Courtesy Artist and Pace Gallery.

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Will Cotton
Will Cotton
b. 1965

Using a refined painterly technique inspired by the Hudson River School and traditional figure painting, Cotton paints utopian landscapes and portraits, often composed of sugary desserts inhabited by female figures. His work explores our relationship with gluttony, beauty, desire and indulgence.

Credit: Untitled, 2014, oil on linen, 34 x 24 in., Private Collection, Photograph Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery.

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Gregory Crewdson
Gregory Crewdson
b. 1962

Crewdson is known for elaborately staged cinematic photographs and has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.

Credit: Untitled (21), 2009, pigmented ink jet print, 28 ½ x 35 ¼ in. © Gregory Crewdson, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

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Lynn Davis
Lynn Davis
b. 1958

Davis has had over seventy solo exhibitions since 1980, and has work in many collections including the Guggenheim & J. Paul Getty Museums. She has photographed in over fifty countries, and in 2005 received an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She lives and works in Hudson, New York and Cape Breton.

Credit: Horseshoe Falls, Ontario Canada, 1992, silver gelatin print, 45 x 45 in., framed, Collection of the Artist, © Lynn Davis, Photograph Courtesy Artist.

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Jerry Gretzinger
Jerry Gretzinger
b. 1942

Since 1963, Gretzinger has been creating an extensive map of a fictional world. It now comprises over 3,300 eight by ten inch panels.

Credit: Jerry's Map, 1963 to present, site-specific installation, ink, pencil, acrylic, collage on heavy paper, dimensions variable. © Jerry Gretzinger.

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Don Gummer
Don Gummer
b. 1946

Gummer is an American sculptor whose early work was focused on table-top and wall-mounted sculpture, but later shifted to larger free-standing works.

Credit: Passage, 1993, cast bronze on concrete, 106 ½ x 66 x 56 in., Collection of the Artist, Photograph Courtesy DG Studio.

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Kara Hamilton
Kara Hamilton
b. 1967

Hamilton works in a variety of mediums, referring to her practice as critical decoration

Credit: Heavy Fixture, 2014, installation including gold, silver, stainless steel, Herkimer Diamonds, light, with Alber Sands Southworth (1811-1894) and Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808-1901), Unidentified Man (Thomas Cole) c. 1843-1848, whole plate daguerreotype, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2, George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film; Gift of Alden Scott with Thomas Cole's Box of Minerals, c. 1830-1848, 3 x 19 3/4 x 8, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Gift of Edith Cold Silberstein and the Greene County Historical Society, dimensions variable, Courtesy the Artist, George Eastman House, and Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

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Duncan Hannah
Duncan Hannah
b. 1952

Hannah is a painter whose recurring subjects are drawn from early to mid-century cinema and literature.

Credit: Little Swing, 1999, oil on canvas, 14 x 11 in., Courtesy Private Collection.

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Stephen Hannock
Stephen Hannock
b. 1951

Hannock is an American luminist painter known for his atmospheric landscapes and incendiary nocturnes. The artist has demonstrated a keen appreciation for the quality of light and for the limitations of conventional techniques for capturing it.

Credit: The Oxbow, Flooded, for Frank Moore and Dan Hodermarsky, 2013, oil and wax on canvas, 48 x 72 x 1 in., Courtesy Yale University Art Gallery and Caroline and Tiger Williams.

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Valerie Hegarty
Valerie Hegarty
b. 1967

Hegarty constructs canvases and sculptures that often replicate early American artworks from materials such as Foamcore, paint and papermache before falsifying their ruination by devices associated with their historical significance. Hegarty's work poses as artifacts of known history gone awry, envisioning an alternative world order of poetic justice.

Credit: Alternatives Histories (installation view in Cupola House hall, Brooklyn Museum) including Picnic with Downy Woodpecker, 2013, canvas, stretcher, foam molding, acrylic paint, paper, glue, sand, gold foil, feathers, 46 x 32 ½ x 5 in. and Table and Chair with Pileated Woodpecker, 2013, foam-core, acrylic paint, paper, glue, sand, feathers, 36 x 32 x 24 in. (table), 36 x 19 x 17 in (chair), Collection of the Artist, Photograph Courtesy Brooklyn Museum ( 2013). Picnic with Downy Woodpecker and Table and Chair with Pileated Woodpecker will be on view for River Crossings.

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Angie Keefer
Angie Keefer
b. 1977

Keefer is an artist, writer, reader, publisher, amateur engineer, and occasional librarian.

Credit: Area Variance, (conjoined houses, 248-250 Columbia Street, Hudson, New York, auto-body paint), 2014, 30 in. x 40 in. Duraflex print, gilded frame, and attenuated spotlight, dimensions variable, Collection of the Artist, © Angie Keefer. (Installation view from Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp).

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Charles LeDray
Charles LeDray
b. 1960

LeDray lives and works in New York. In 2010, he was the subject of a comprehensive traveling retrospective, “Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork,” organized by the ICA Boston. LeDray's work can be found in many major public collections including the Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Wadsworth Atheneum.

Credit: Village People, 2014-15, fabric, thread, embroidery floss, paint, dimensions variable, Courtesy Artist and Sperone Westwater.

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Maya Lin
Maya Lin
b. 1959

Maya Lin has created a remarkable body of work that includes large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architecture and memorials. Her artwork has been shown in museum and gallery exhibitions in the United States and around the world.

Credit: Silver River — Hudson, 2011, recycled silver, 81 x 45 x ¾ in., © Maya Lin Studio, Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate, Courtesy Pace Gallery.

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Frank Moore
Frank Moore
1953–2002

Moore was a painter and AIDS activist who also designed sets, costumes, and collaborated with major dance companies. Self-called “a kind of activist naturalist”, Moore's figurative paintings employed allegory to address themes of scientific progress, the environment, politics, and the AIDS crisis.

Credit: Prairie, 1999, woodcut, 17 1/2 x 22 1/2, Courtesy the Estate of the Artist and Sperone Westwater. Photograph by Stephen Petegorsky.

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Elizabeth Murray
Elizabeth Murray
1940–2007

A pioneer in painting and former professor at Bard College, Murray is known for distinctively shaped canvases that break with art-historical tradition and blur the lines between painting and sculpture. The American art critic Roberta Smith considered her to have "reshaped Modernist abstraction into a high-spirited, cartoon-based, language of form."

Credit: Untitled (After Golden Delicious) II, 1972, oil on canvas, 14 ¼ x 54 in., Courtesy Pace Gallery, © 2015 The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Rashaad Newsome
Rashaad Newsome
b. 1979

Rashaad Newsome works across mediums with collage, video, photography, sculpture, performance, and sound. His practice is hinged on the sampling and the re-contextualizing, of contemporary cultural elements in traditional frameworks. Using the equalizing force of sampling or collage, he crafts compositions that frequently surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between identity politics, social practice and abstraction.

Credit: King of Queens, 2012, collage in customized antique frame, 49 x 26 x 2 ¾ in., Courtesy Marlborough Gallery.

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Thomas Nozkowski
Thomas Nozkowski
b. 1944

For over four decades, Nozkowski has produced richly colored, intimately–scaled abstract paintings that derive from his personal experiences and everyday encounters in the world, using shapes, lines, and color to depict his immediate environment in an improvisational manner. The artist currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley area.

Credit: Untitled (9-25) (Sams Point), 2012, oil on linen on panel, 30 x 40 in., Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate, Courtesy Pace Gallery.

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Stephen Petegorsky
Stephen Petegorsky
b. 1954

Petegorsky is an artist and freelance photographer who graduated from Amherst College in 1975 and later received an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.

Credit: Clouds, Mountains, Mist, The Meadows, 2011, printed 2013, archival inkjet print, 24 x 33 in., © Stephen Petegorsky.

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Martin Puryear
Martin Puryear
b. 1941

Martin Puryear has created a distinctive body of sculpture that defies categorization. Serenely quiet and poetic, his forms are mediations between the natural and the cultural, and are created using wood, iron, bronze and stone, often worked using traditional methods.

Credit: Question, 2010, tulip poplar, pine and ash, 90 x 109 ¼ x 34 ½ in., Collection of the Artist, © Martin Puryear, Photograph Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

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Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman
b. 1954

Sherman is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the last half-century. Photographing and casting herself in various roles working as the photographer, model, performer, and stylist. Her work poses questions about identity, representation, and the fabricated nature of the photograph.

Credit: Untitled #501, 1977/2011, Gelatin silver print 8 ¾ x 6 ⅞ in. Courtesy Artist and Metro Pictures.

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Sienna Shields
Sienna Shields
b. 1976

Shields works across mediums calling upon paint, paper, beadwork, quilting, sculpture, video, performance, and photography. Her vibrant abstract collages layer hundreds of vibrantly painted pieces of paper into dense collages that speak to topographies and mapping.

Credit: Untitled, 2010, Acrylic paint, paper on canvas, 72 x 60 in., Courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase made possible by gifts from Carol Sutton Lewis and Amelia Ogunlesi.

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Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith
b. 1954

Smith is an artist of international recognition whose career has spanned over three decades. She is a leading figure among artists addressing the human condition, the body, and the realms of spirituality and nature in work spanning mediums from sculpture and printmaking to installation and textiles.

Credit: Wolf with Birds III, 2010, bronze with gold leaf, 44 ½ x 54 x 2 ½ in., Collection Maria and Conrad Janis. © Kiki Smith, Courtesy Pace Gallery.

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Joel Sternfeld
Joel Sternfeld
b. 1944

A pioneer in color photography, Sternfeld's thirteen bodies of work, all of which were also published as books, have explored cultural identity through ordinary people and places, with topics ranging from experimental communities to the effect of human intervention on the natural landscape.

Credit: April 20, 2007, The East Meadow, Northampton, Massachusetts, printed 2008, digital C-print, 72 x 88 ½ in. © Joel Sternfeld, Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine.

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Kianja Strobert
Kianja Strobert
b. 1980

Strobert is a mixed-media sculptor and painter whose works share a consistency of coarse textures, dynamic color, and expressive line.

Credit: Untitled, 2011, Mixed media on paper, 17 3/4 x 18 1/2 in., Collection Zach Feuer and Alison Fox.

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Letha Wilson
Letha Wilson
b. 1976

Wilson uses imagery from the natural world to investigate relationships between architecture and nature, and between the gallery space and the American wilderness. Her projects embrace a range of media including sculpture, collage, photography and video.

Credit: Rock Hole Punch (Utah Canyon), 2014, unique C-print, concrete, 13 x 11 x 1 3/4 in., Collection of the Artist, Photograph Courtesy Artist.

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Elyn Zimmerman
Elyn Zimmerman
b. 1945

Zimmerman is best known for large scale public projects executed 1980 to present in US cities such as: Washington,DC; Miami FL; Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, NYC, NY. Also she has done site specific projects for 1980 Olympics; 2008 Beijing Olympics; US Embassy in Tanzania and the memorial for the 1993 WTC bombing.

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