Bartholomew F. Bland in the Bronx

WAG’s editors and writers have long worked with Bartholomew F. Bland, who rose from curator of exhibitions to deputy director during his dozen years at the Hudson River Museum.

When he left the Yonkers institution this spring, we were pleased to hear he wasn’t going too far – he was named executive director of the Lehman College Art Gallery at the City University of New York in the Bronx.

And we’re happy to report that “Bedazzled,” the debut exhibition under his leadership – and which he also curated – has just opened, to continue through Jan. 14, 2017. A reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5.

The show spotlights more than 40 artists, which press materials describe as “a bedazzling array of famous names, mid-career artists and freshly emerging local talents.”

Here’s a little more about the show from its advance materials:

“See works encrusted with sequins and rhinestones, embellished with silver and gold leaf, and mesmerizing in a rainbow of geometric patterns. The exhibition shows us that ‘too much of a good thing … is never enough.’ … This lush exhibition of 43 artists includes work that seduces with glitz and glamour, and allures with a sense of magic and mystery. The exhibition presents a broad range of media – painting, installation, sculpture, printmaking, and digital media – that entice the viewer, while blurring the boundaries between the aesthetic experience and enchantment.”

WAG extends its best wishes to Bland and looks forward to catching the exhibition that sounds bedazzling indeed.

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– Mary Shustack

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