ART BEAT: ‘Forty Odd’ opens in Woodstock

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By FREEMAN STAFF

“Forty Odd,” an exhibit of selections from the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum’s permanent collection, opens with a reception on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the museum at 28 Tinker St., Woodstock.

“Forty Odd: Selections from the Permanent Collection, 1973-2013” takes place in the Towbin Museum Wing and runs through Oct. 6. The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the WAAM’s landmark collection established in 1973 with a serendipitous sampling of forty or so works of art in all media and a range of styles.

The exhibition “Forty Odd” represents a departure from most museum shows, in that the selection of work was left up to chance. “Rather than follow the usual curatorial process, I took a different approach to the selection of works,” said Josephine Bloodgood, WAAM’s Executive Director and Curator of the Permanent Collection. In preparing the upcoming show, Bloodgood used a series of ‘sortings’ in the collection database, applying arbitrary criteria such as smallest vs. largest, oldest vs. most recent, and first vs. last when filtered alphabetically by artist name, title, medium, etc. The result was balanced assortment of styles, media, and artists.

The WAAM Permanent Collection was established in 1973 to preserve and promote the work of important American artists who have lived and created in the Woodstock region.

The museum is open on Friday and Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Monday, Thursday 12 to 5 p.m.  For more information, visit www.woodstockart.org or call (845) 679-2940.



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