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The scene is so Buffalo it almost seems staged:On a gritty section of Seneca Street just east of Larkinville, amid boarded-up houses and tattered brick buildings that line the street like broken teeth, sits a humble shrine to the Virgin Mary. Inside the brick structure are dozens of notes and letters, mailed to its address at 847 Seneca St. or pushed through the tarnished …

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) wants to introduce you to Anselm Kiefer.To facilitate the meeting between Western New York’s museum-going populace and one of Germany’s most ambitious and successful artists, the gallery is opening “Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape” on Sunday to celebrate its exhibition of a monumental new Kiefer painting.In August, the gall…

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Have American attitudes toward sex become more or less conservative over the past 30 years? It’s a question with some disconcerting answers, some of which James Franco and Travis Mathews mull over in their 60-minute experimental documentary “Interior: Leather Bar.” The film, which has been making the rounds of international film festivals since its debut earlier this year,…

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Have American attitudes toward sex become more or less conservative over the past 30 years? It’s a question with some disconcerting answers, some of which James Franco and Travis Mathews mull over in their 60-minute experimental documentary “Interior: Leather Bar.” The film, which has been making the rounds of international film festivals since its debut earlier this year,…

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) wants to introduce you to Anselm Kiefer.To facilitate the meeting between Western New York’s museum-going populace and one of Germany’s most ambitious and successful artists, the gallery is opening “Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape” on Sunday to celebrate its exhibition of a monumental new Kiefer painting.In August, the gall…

BERLIN – The mysterious discovery of 1,400 works of art, apparently collected by a well-known but shady German dealer under the Nazis, continued to ripple disturbingly through Germany and the art world Sunday, prompting reports of nefarious deals with Adolf Hitler and calls for Germans to do more to return lost works to Jewish heirs scouring the world for works confiscated…

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Five years ago, on a clear and windless fall day, the sparkling new Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) opened its doors to the public for the first time. For 36 hours, visitors flooded through its airy atrium and into its enormous east gallery and other gleaming and glass-enclosed spaces to celebrate the opening of Buffalo’s first major new museum in more tha…

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The story of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, two civil servants who built a peerless collection of more than 4,000 small-scale works of art and stored them in their tiny Manhattan apartment, is one of the most irresistible tales to emerge from the art world in years.Herbert Vogel, a former postal clerk who died last summer at 89, and his wife, a Brooklyn librarian, were the unl…

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Five years ago, on a clear and windless fall day, the sparkling new Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) opened its doors to the public for the first time. For 36 hours, visitors flooded through its airy atrium and into its enormous east gallery and other gleaming and glass-enclosed spaces to celebrate the opening of Buffalo’s first major new museum in more tha…

In early September, workers removed the hexagonal red-and-white logos of HSBC Bank piece by piece from the top of Buffalo’s tallest office building, leaving behind only a ghostly outline.The faint lines of the logo, still visible on the building’s mud-brown skin like a lasered-off tattoo, speak to the slow dissolution of one of the most important cultural-corporate relatio…

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LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are too small …

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LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are too small …

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Two years ago, artist Gary Wolfe set out to capture some of the hidden facets of life on the streets in a series of stark paintings of homeless men and women on gritty tar paper.The result of his ambitious project, which aims to bring Western New Yorkers face to face with the region’s pervasive homelessness problem and rearrange the way they perceive the issue, will go on …

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The Jewish Community Center’s 47th annual Book and Arts Fair kicks off Sunday and runs for more than a month, largely in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville).This year’s fair features 15 events and readings, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with a presentation from archivist Chana Revell Kotzin of the Jewish B…

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At least two local art spaces are celebrating the Day of the Dead this week with exhibitions and events that explore different facets of the annual Mexican tradition.Casa de Arte (141 Elmwood Ave.) will host an opening reception for its Day of the Dead show at 5 p.m. Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to bring offerings to lay upon altars in remembrance of lost loved ones a…