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At first glance, you might not be able to tell whether Biff Henrich's new works on view at Eleven Twenty Projects are paintings or photographs. That's just the way he's designed it. His work, created entirely within his camera and not subject to after-the-fact editing, represents his attempt to "shape a new reality through [an] unusual and impromptu process," according …

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In Buffalo, we mark the change of seasons with certain rituals. For Polish Catholics, Polish former Catholics or anyone who enjoys our company (and beer), it's Dyngus Day. For others, it's a serene stroll through Delaware Park, already filled with the sound of chirping birds. But if you're an art lover, chances are you associate the first Allentown First Fridays gallery…

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Buffalo poetry is having a moment. During the summer, the concrete chambers of a grain elevator at Silo City fill with the church-like echoes of poetry recited by nationally renowned writers and their local opening acts. Thanks to the work of new small presses and projects like Peach Mag and Foundlings Press joining a bevy of long-established outfits like BlazeVox an…

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Before photojournalist Law Eh Soe fled Burma in 2008, he captured some of the most iconic moments of the Saffron Revolution. Like many journalists who put themselves in harm's way, Law was driven by a sense of duty to his fellow citizens, to the cause of freedom in his native country and the desire to preserve an important moment in Burmese history. Now, almost 10 ye…

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The voices and creative accomplishments of black women involved in the radical movements of the late 20th century have sometimes been hard to discern in an art world dominated by white men. To many cultural gatekeepers, something about those voices and the politics they embody has long seemed too dangerous for walls of respectable museums. But at this moment, as the art…

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It's time to take a step back. The Super Bowl is over. The State of the Union has happened. According to a certain groundhog, we're facing several more weeks of winter. What better time to contemplate the contradictions and absurdities of current moment? That's just what's on offer in the Burchfield Penney Art Center's exhibition "At This Time," a poetic attempt t…

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Local museums and galleries are constantly acquiring work. Most often, these pieces flow into the collections of our larger museums and galleries with very little fanfare, seeping into curated exhibitions over many decades. But as budgets for more ambitious thematic exhibitions tighten, more institutions are turning to displays of recent acquisitions. (See: "50 for 50" …

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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 exhibiti…

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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 exhibiti…

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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 – a …

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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 sophomoric stu…

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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 sophomoric stu…

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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…

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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 for “Ragtim…

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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 installation wor…