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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…

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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…