September 9, 2015 by: Natalie Fleming
Free shuttle, sponsored by the UB Department of Art and the Anderson Gallery, on Friday, September 11th beginning at 6:45 PM. The shuttle will pick up attendees at the Center for the Arts for the 7-9PM reception of the new exhibitions Robert De Niro, Sr. and Irving Feldman: Painter and Poet at UB in the Late 1960s and Barbara Insalaco: Industrial Buffalo and will run continuously back and forth between the Center for the Arts and the Anderson Gallery until 9:15PM.
On View Friday, September 11th:
Amanda Browder’s Prismatic Illusions will be on view on the outside of the UB Anderson Gallery from September 10-14th. Commissioned by University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Prismatic Illusions is inspired by the unique ornamentation seen on many buildings in Buffalo. In the 1900’s, Buffalo was a mecca for architects to create dynamic buildings with the surge of income stemming from the energy created at Niagara Falls and the bustling Erie Canal. Coined as the “City of No Illusions,” Buffalo has retained its beauty and strength over the past century.
n 1962 the private University of Buffalo merged with the State University of New York system. Governor Nelson Rockefeller provided generous State support that enabled UB to hire an ensemble of progressive and innovative artists from across the artistic discipline. Irving Feldman, a recipient of a National Institute of Arts and Letters award, as well as fellowships from the American Academy of American Poets and The MacArthur Foundation, joined UB’s faculty in 1964. By 1967 UB’s English Department was a well-established and renowned center for literary scholarship and creativity in poetry.
Recommended by his friend Irving Feldman, Robert De Niro, Sr. was among the recruited “star” artists. 1967 was the first of six summers he taught at UB, which provided the opportunity for him to complete a series of paintings that responded dramatically to the light and color of Buffalo’s landscapes. Several works in the exhibition are from Buffalo collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
This exhibition features Barbara Insalaco’s paintings and drawings of Buffalo industrial scenes executed in the late 80s and early 90s. Insalaco was a student and long time friend of Robert De Niro, Sr.
She studied art at SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Buffalo. Her work is represented in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center and Columbia-Greene Community College among others. The artist has worked extensively in pastel, dealing with color, light and form.