On Exhibit: Hyde brings together contemporary abstract works

The exhibition “Summer Bomb Pop” is on view through Jan. 2 at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.
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The exhibition “Summer Bomb Pop” is on view through Jan. 2 at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.

GLENS FALLS — “Summer Bomb Pop: Collections in Dialogue,” an exhibit on view at The Hyde Collection, is a lesson in collaboration.

Up through Jan. 2, it highlights abstract contemporary art from the Tang Teaching Museum’s collection and the Hyde’s Feibes & Schmitt collection, including works by Sarah Braman, Jeffrey Gibson, Ellsworth Kelly, Bridget Riley and Andy Warhol.

It opened earlier this year as part of “All Together Now,” a regional collection-sharing project that brought together several local art institutions such as Yaddo, Saratoga Arts, the Saratoga County History Center and others.

“Summer Bomb Pop” in particular features mid-20th-century works of abstract, minimalist and pop art. There are a remarkable number of standout pieces, including “White” by Grace Hartigan, with its frenzied, rough brushstrokes of black, blue, yellow and red. Not far away is Riley’s “White Disks 1,” which uses black circles of varying sizes to create an optical illusion. The contrast between the two is stark when it comes to color, but they both share a frenetic sense of movement.

One of the more playful pieces in the exhibit is Braman’s “Fall Friend,” featuring a sizable translucent purple-blue cube balanced to a point by a length of cast aluminum. Another standout work included in the exhibit is Chuck Webster’s “Summer Bomb Pop,” a painting from the Tang’s collection that features a vibrant yellow background, with lines of red, white and blue.

Viewing “Summer Bomb Pop” is a bit bittersweet, with the recent death of Werner Feibes, a longtime Stockade resident who collected and donated many of the pieces on view.

He, along with his spouse, James D. Schmitt, donated 169 mainly nonrepresentational pieces to the Hyde. They also donated funds to create a Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, a 1,500-square-foot space devoted to modern and contemporary art at the museum.

“Their gift strengthened The Hyde’s position as one of the nation’s leading small art museums,” reads a sign just outside the gallery.

On view in the Feibes & Schmitt Gallery is “Reflecting on 2020: New Sculpture by John Van Alstine,” a regional contemporary artist who works with bronze and slate, among other materials.

The exhibit features works created during the pandemic and explores the ancient myth of Sisyphus, as well as themes of celestial navigation and the human body. Many of the small-scale works seem to strike an impossible balance, with heavy-looking materials held aloft by seemingly delicate materials. “Reflecting on 2020” will be up through Jan. 2.

Also at The Hyde is “Mysteries,” an exhibit that features works from the museum’s collection that are no longer thought to be authentic; and “Finding St. Jerome,” featuring an oil sketch by the great 17th-century Flemish artist Anthony Van Dyck, which was discovered in a barn in Kinderhook.

For information on The Hyde Collection, visit hydecollection.org.

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