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Minimalists at the Castellani Art Museum

The art movement known as Minimalism, which had its heyday around the 1970s as artists squeezed the last drops of quintessence out of the more comprehensive abstraction tendency but has been out of fashion in recent years, is reprised in an exhibit at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University entitled The Language of Less.

Gene Witkowski's photographs at the Buffalo Niagara Visitors Center

Photographer Gene Witkowski’s ongoing series on the Buffalo River waterfront highlight the grain mills both in current use and abandoned. Presented in the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery, his color photographs, primarily detailing the working environment of the ship canal, cast a sharp focused telescopic eye on self-unloading grain ships and the men that man them. Theirs is a visibly patriotic workplace. Flags are prominent on rigging and bridgeworks. The freighter American Fortitude is paired with the tugboat Washington in a duet of mass and agility. The tug crew, hatless in casual work clothes, completely absorbed in their labor, adjusts thick braided hawsers as the tug captain maneuvers in the constricted width of the canal. The lakeboat crewmen are seen in the middle distance against abstracted fields of the ship’s brightly painted superstructure.

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