Cross Contemporary Art is open! Located in the same space as the recently closed Imogen Holloway Gallery, Cross Contemporary Art will continue to show paintings, sculptures, performances and installations with an emphasis on artists who work in the Hudson Valley and Catskills region. The first exhibit "Collection" is an "installation about one art collector's aesthetic environment and the creation of the personal museum". Currently on view are works by various artists that include: David Chambard, Gregory Crewdson, Ford Crull, Albrecht Dürer, Antonio Frasconi, Adrian Frost, Sir Terry Frost, Brenda Goodman, Heather Hutchison, Mark Thomas Kanter, Robert Mangold, Garry Nichols, Judy Pfaff, Fionn Reilly, Rebecca Purdum, Melinda Stickney-Gibson. August hours are daily 12-7pm. Please phone 845-399-9751 for more information. Curator's Essay for "Collection" "Collection: An Exhibition of a Personal Art Installation"
As we live, we collect and what we collect becomes our totems-reliquaries of our hopes and poignant representatives of who we are and want to be. The private art collection is an installation that becomes a personal environment. Each collector acquires objects made by others and creates a private museum.
Life events such as death or divorce can force the dismantling of a collection. The objects are no longer relevant to a lost marriage or possible in a downsized location or of interest to heirs. The attempt to connect to timelessness through art acquisition is heroic. To seek connectivity through disparate elements is an art in itself. The dispersion of a collection is natural to its life cycle as paintings and sculptures scatter again across the world to be recombined in another space and time. And a new installation is born.