As the ancient statues and paintings of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's recent sweeping art auctions have flown off to new homes in far-flung institutions, their places will inevitably be assumed by a new crop of contemporary art. At Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, where "new" is the operating principle, the upcoming members' show, "Future Artemi," will showcase work from local contemporary artists whose work might one day attain the status of "Artemis and the Stag." That 2,000-year-old bronze sculpture -- purchased in June by an anonymous European art dealer for more than $25 million -- came to symbolize the furious controversy over the Albright-Knox's divestiture of its most prized antiquities.
Artemi, a word invented by Hallwalls Visual Curator John Massier to encourage deaccession-based entries from Hallwalls members, is meant to promote the Hallwallsian emphasis on the importance of contemporary work in the constantly evolving artistic atmosphere of Western New York. Entries, however, are not limited to the Artemis theme and will include the work of some 60 artists ranging from photographers to abstract painters and sculptors. The exhibition opens with a reception at 8 p.m. Saturday and runs until Sept. 1 in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. Call 854-1694 for more information.
-- Colin Dabkowski