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Seventeen galleries, studios and nontraditional art spaces across the city will fling open their doors this weekend for the 13th annual Holiday Open Studios and Galleries event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The popular affair, organized by Artists in Buffalo, was designed to encourage Buffalonians to funnel some of their hol…

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A trip through the back rooms of the Benjaman Gallery on Elmwood Avenue, where paintings and other prized objects from its extensive collection crowd almost every inch of available floor and wall space, is enough to make any art lover swoon. Ordinarily, the relative tidiness of the gallery’s main exhibition space belies the disarray of its back rooms.But in “Salon: An Exhi…

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Seventeen galleries, studios and nontraditional art spaces across the city will fling open their doors this weekend for the 13th annual Holiday Open Studios and Galleries event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The popular affair, organized by Artists in Buffalo, was designed to encourage Buffalonians to funnel some of their hol…

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To immerse yourself in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, there’s no need to cough up $12 for admission, dig out your scarf and warm up the car or, for that matter, even change out of your pj’s.Just pick up your nearest laptop or smartphone, point it at albrightknox.org, and you’ll have instant and unlimited access to two new interactive tours that reanimat…

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Jesse Bernstein, the deeply disturbed poet and performance artist who was a fixture on Seattle’s grunge scene in the late-’80s and early-’90s, had a knack for describing the tortured and troubled lives of society’s misfits and outcasts. Before his suicide in 1991, he practiced his particularly visceral brand of performance on Seattle stages and in recordings for Sub Pop Re…

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“Charles E. Burchfield: By Design,” through Jan. 26.Where the aims and ideals of art and design meet, there you will find Charles Burchfield, the eminent watercolorist who had one foot in the art world when he was working as a designer and at least a few toes in the design world when he was working as an artist.The three-person team behind this exhibition in the Burchfield…

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“Charles E. Burchfield: By Design,” through Jan. 26.Where the aims and ideals of art and design meet, there you will find Charles Burchfield, the eminent watercolorist who had one foot in the art world when he was working as a designer and at least a few toes in the design world when he was working as an artist.The three-person team behind this exhibition in the Burchfield…

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Jesse Bernstein, the deeply disturbed poet and performance artist who was a fixture on Seattle’s grunge scene in the late-’80s and early-’90s, had a knack for describing the tortured and troubled lives of society’s misfits and outcasts. Before his suicide in 1991, he practiced his particularly visceral brand of performance on Seattle stages and in recordings for Sub Pop Re…

The first time young photographer Jose Lagares boarded an airplane, on a journey from his native Ponce, Puerto Rico, to his adopted home of Buffalo at age 14, he and his younger brother couldn’t contain their excitement.As they soared over the Atlantic toward their new lives in Buffalo, the brothers chattered so loudly that they woke up the other passengers on the plane. B…

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For more than 17 years, Don Siuta’s Art Dialogue Gallery and Western New York Artists Group shared a cozy gallery space at 1 Linwood Ave. But on Friday, Art Dialogue will begin its tenure at a new space at 5 Linwood Ave. as the original space begins its transformation into a gift shop, classroom and exhibition venue known as the Artists Group Gallery.The new Art Dialogue G…

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For the past 16 years, prolific watercolorist Kathleen S. Giles has opened her studio one weekend each fall to visitors seeking a glimpse into her working process. She’ll host her 17th annual open studio event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in her home at 2336 Hartland Road in Gasport.Giles’ work, which includes portraiture, still lifes and landscapes, has been…

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By Colin DabkowskiNews Arts CriticAlmost everything about Anselm Kiefer’s art is monumental.The paintings are monumental, stretching up to 21 feet across and towering overhead, holding our attention hostage for an uncomfortably long time. The ideas embedded in those paintings are monumental, ranging from the unfathomable suffering of World War II to the imponderable size a…

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For more than 17 years, Don Siuta’s Art Dialogue Gallery and Western New York Artists Group shared a cozy gallery space at 1 Linwood Ave. But on Friday, Art Dialogue will begin its tenure at a new space at 5 Linwood Ave. as the original space begins its transformation into a gift shop, classroom and exhibition venue known as the Artists Group Gallery.The new Art Dialogue G…

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For the past 16 years, prolific watercolorist Kathleen S. Giles has opened her studio one weekend each fall to visitors seeking a glimpse into her working process. She’ll host her 17th annual open studio event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in her home at 2336 Hartland Road in Gasport.Giles’ work, which includes portraiture, still lifes and landscapes, has been…

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Jose Lagares remembers the exact date he set foot in CEPA Gallery after classes let out at Lafayette High School.On Nov. 17, 2011, Lagares stepped into the gallery’s darkroom for the first time. And when he developed his first picture, something in his head clicked like the shutter on a 35 mm camera. “I was happy happy, right?” said Lagares, a shy and rail-thin 18-year-old…