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A new series of monochromatic paintings by Rodney Taylor, a highly accomplished if somewhat undersung Buffalo artist whose technique is both tightly controlled and totally expressive, is on view through May 29 in Eleven Twenty Projects (1120 Main St.). The exhibition, called “Rodney Taylor: Grey,” marks the first major showing of Taylor’s work since a 2014 survey ex…

A new series of monochromatic paintings by Rodney Taylor, a highly accomplished if somewhat undersung Buffalo artist whose technique is both tightly controlled and totally expressive, is on view through May 29 in Eleven Twenty Projects (1120 Main St.). The exhibition, called “Rodney Taylor: Grey,” marks the first major showing of Taylor’s work since a 2014 survey ex…

For three days, a lovingly restored turn-of-the-century house at 78 Summer St. that once belonged to watercolorist Margaret Martin will be transformed into an art gallery for a presentation of “Forefront,” an exhibition featuring 40 artworks by contemporary and historic women artists from Western New York. The show, organized by the newly formed business Resource:Art …

Last September, University at Buffalo graduate student Ashley Powell sparked a local controversy with national implications when she posted a series of provocative signs on the university’s Amherst campus. The signs, which displayed the words “black only” and “white only,” drew both ire and applause from observers, who clashed over whether the project was a soph…

Last September, University at Buffalo graduate student Ashley Powell sparked a local controversy with national implications when she posted a series of provocative signs on the university’s Amherst campus. The signs, which displayed the words “black only” and “white only,” drew both ire and applause from observers, who clashed over whether the project was a soph…

The impact of World War II on American visual culture, in a word that could have been invented for the purpose, is incalculable. The shock waves of that global cataclysm, whether on Abstract Expressionist canvases or avant-garde films, continue to reverberate through the art world. They are so vast, variegated and far-flung as to seem almost impossible to grasp. But by z…

When Buffalo United Artists opened its former theater in the now-demolished Delaware Court Building in 2009, it did so with a reading of Terrence McNally’s riotous play “The Ritz.” The selection was not random. McNally, the prolific and accomplished Tony-winning playwright and librettist perhaps best known for his play “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and the books f…

Katherine Gaudy’s work is tied up with exploring the way we see. Through a variety of materials, Gaudy pushes her viewers to consider, among other things, how the sources of her often sculptural pieces can seem at odds with their meanings. That tension will be likely be a primary feature of “A Billion,” which includes new sculpture, video, performance and installati…

Though it existed for only 25 years, the Art Institute of Buffalo made a series of remarkable, wide-ranging and lasting contributions to the culture of the region. The brief but productive life of the school, which operated from 1931 to 1956 in locations throughout the city, is the focus of an exhibition on view in the Benjaman Gallery. It was, as a Benjaman Gallery relea…

For more than a year, with short breaks for reshuffling, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s small gallery on the first floor of Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) has been the best possible place to take the artistic pulse of the region. Thanks to the exhaustive and exhausting work of three intrepid curators, whose seven-part “Amid/In Western New York” has distilled th…

Torey Thornton isn’t yet a household name, but he’s well on his way. The 26-year-old Brooklyn-based artist has been steadily building buzz in the art world for his polyglot paintings, which distill a broad range of influences from street graffiti to art history into alluring compositions of form and color that are proving irresistible to collectors. After a series of…

Three wildly different takes on the endlessly adaptable and reconfigurable medium of fiber will go on display Thursday in Sugar City, which sorted though 15 proposals to fill its February exhibition slot and landed on a show it’s calling “Cut from the Same Cloth.” The show comes on the heels of Sugar City’s popular photography exhibition based on Buffalo’s Belt L…

A new series of lavishly illustrated prints by the gifted comic artist and University at Buffalo professor John Jennings is on view through Feb. 27 in El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera (91 Allen St.). The show, called “MATTERZ of the FACT,” features what an El Museo release calls “surreal sci-fi contraptions that seem to parade under the glow of an alien sun.…

Buffalo artist Robert Harris is a reliable fixture at art openings and events. You can usually spot him floating somewhere around the edge, his hair and beard pouring out from beneath his flat cap, his eyes scanning the scene in search – one imagines – of material for his next painting. If he doesn’t appear, something seems off.But Harris’ work, a substantial and g…

When you look at a sculpture in the park, you’re not just looking at a sculpture in the park.You’re looking at the light – morning, afternoon, twilight, moonlight – reflecting off its surface. You’re looking through the snow, or rain, or mist that encircles it. You’re looking at it from a particular angle, from a particular distance, from a particular dispositi…