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The Richardson Olmsted Campus – with its ornate sandstone towers and oxidized copper roofs, its sprawling lawns and infinite shades of picturesque decay – is irresistible to photographers. Long before its transformation into a sleek hotel, conference center and soon-to-be architectural museum, the complex has drawn attention from camera-wielding urban explorers both ama…

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Feb. 16 was a busy day in Buffalo. The city saw the opening of Marvel’s blockbuster movie "Black Panther" and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's exhibition, "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985," showcasing some 40 black women artists. These events could not be more timely, coming months after white nationalists held a visible and violent gathering in Ch…

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Torey Thornton’s paintings are massive and optically gripping. Biomorphic shapes meet angular geometric blocks of color, resulting in forms that border on incoherence. Either his paintings refuse to look like anything at all, or what they look like keeps shifting the longer you stare at them. More often they do both at once. Blurring the lines between pure abstraction and…

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The fickle mistress of memory is the focus of Buffalo Arts Studio’s latest installation “Committed to Memory,” crafted by mother, retired teacher and local artist Dorothy Fitzgerald. Her installation is huge and spacious, consisting of 24 paintings. Each piece features abstract and recognizable imagery that will ignite conversations not only between individuals, but betwee…

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The fickle mistress of memory is the focus of Buffalo Arts Studio’s latest installation “Committed to Memory,” crafted by mother, retired teacher and local artist Dorothy Fitzgerald. Her installation is huge and spacious, consisting of 24 paintings. Each piece features abstract and recognizable imagery that will ignite conversations not only between individuals, but betwee…

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The Hamburg Public Library’s $3.6 million expansion project, which deposited a new rotunda with high ceilings and huge windows in a former parking lot along Buffalo Street last year, was about much more than adding space for books and computers. It was about atmosphere. It was about attitude. And, perhaps most importantly, it was about art. The central importance of visu…

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“The Consequence of Small Decisions” is a curious and bright selection of Cassandra Ott’s most recent series of hand-painted, abstract collages and mixed media work. Currently showing at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.), Ott’s pieces utilize repetition and structure to visualize the winding, often invisible paths we take to arrive at a decision. Her method of meditativ…

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To visit Nando Alvarez-Perez’s show “Totems for a Flattened Now,” anticipating a classic photography exhibition is to have your expectations scrambled. Part sculptural and part photographic, Alvarez-Perez’s installations at CEPA Gallery reanimate, narrate and recycle images. A web of meaning unfolds in the gallery, but this meaning is always only alluded to and never fully…

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The first painting that catches your eye in "Monet and the Impressionist Revolution," the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's savvy and eye-opening glimpse into the dawn of modernism, is a stunner. "La Source de la Loue," an imposing 1864 oil by Gustave Courbet, depicts nothing more remarkable than the dark grotto from which the Loue River emerges to begin its serpentine course t…

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Walking into the darkened gallery that contains the first artworks in Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s ambitious exhibition “Screen Play: Life in an Animated World” is like accidentally channel-surfing into someone else’s nightmare.A 2009 “still life” by Jason Salavon featuring the slowly morphing skull of a baboon next to a candlestick hangs on one wall, not far from a floor p…

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At the entrance of the new “Martha Jackson Graphics” exhibit on the first floor of the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery is a large version of the logo Jackson used on the materials she and her son, David Anderson, sold and published.The accessible and engaging exhibit chronicles the impact that Jackson, the legendary art dealer, gallery owner and Buffalo native, had …

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Most people experience nature in a mitigated form, a watered down version that is more palatable than the raw, cruel unpredictability of the natural world. We see nature on screens or in books, we walk through parks, sit quietly in stylized landscapes. But the experiences, however enchanting we might find them, are to varying degrees man-made creations.It is at this juncti…

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Joan Linder goes out into the world and draws what she sees.Does this sound a touch too simplistic for the work of a celebrated contemporary artist whose work is in dozens of international collections as diverse as those of Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City? Well, it isn’t.Of course, Linder’s often large-scale ink drawings co…

In the late 1980s, artist Rosemarie Bauer Sroka bought a small, decaying building in Allentown, rescuing it from demolition. She refurbished the building, turning it into studio space that she used for a number of years. The building, which Sroka eventually sold, saw different owners and uses before becoming Pausa Art House, an intimate, boutique-type venue showcasing live…