64th art of the northeast
May 31 - July 26, 2014
A Note from Andrew Russeth:
Unless you're an artist, you're on the sidelines. Critics, curators, dealers, art fans, academics and aficionados can hope and pray to come across great work, and they can try to hunt it down, looking closely and thinking hard, but at the end of the day, they take what they're given. We're all dependent on the artists, and we're rooting for them. The late art critic, painter and poète maudit Rene Ricard succinctly summed up that brutal fact about 30 years ago: "I want my soldiers, I mean artists, to be young and strong, with tireless energy performing impossible feats of cunning and bravura," he wrote.
The artists who submitted work to the 64th edition of "Art of the Northeast" delivered. It was a pleasure to examine the work that some 500 people contributed, and it was painful to make selections. (I often wished that Silvermine's art galleries were two or three times as large.) What was perhaps most heartening and inspiring was the unrelenting diversity of the work, which ranged from irreverent, energetic paintings that blurred the boundaries of abstraction and figuration to extended, experimental photographic practices, from curious, quirky sculptures to lovingly detailed miniature architectural models.
It was an honor to be able to help organize the show. I hope that visitors will all find a few pieces that absolutely bowl them over, that make them view art in new ways, that give provide that rare thrill of seeing something that you haven't quite ever seen before. That was my experience organizing the show. I'm looking forward to returning to Silvermine in coming years and having that exhilarating feeling again and again and again.
-Andrew Russeth, Curator, 64th Art of the Northeast, May 2014
about the exhibition:
Begun in 1949 as the "New England Exhibition," the competition was founded by Silvermine Guild Members Miriam Brody and Revington Arthur to showcase the art of the region. Over the years, the exhibit has presented works by emerging and under-known artists, giving them a platform to reach a much larger audience than ever before.
Utilizing all of our galleries, AoNE is a prestigious and popular annual exhibition, and a focal point of the Center's calendar year. In 2014, artists from Washington. D.C to Maine have submitted over 500 entries. The winner receives a top prize of $3,000 and a solo exhibition at Silvermine Arts Center.
Well-known curators of AoNE have included art critics, artists, curators and directors representing major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The New Museum and the Whitney Museum. This year, our curator is Andrew Russeth, Art Critic for the New York Observer, Gallerist and 16 Miles of String.