Through Jan. 27, 2013, the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University features "Western New York Collects: Arnold Mesches" This exhibition features works in varied media from four decades, the 1960s to 1990s, highlighting two important bodies of work: the echoes and anomie series.
In a 2007 essay, international artist and critic Robert Storr described Mesches' vision and visual energy. "With bells, whistles and crashing waves of sound form a Wurlitzer organ ringing in our ears as the Baroque chandeliers and sconces dim in his anti-modern monuments to the phantasmagoria of modern civilization on the brink, Mesches reminds us that quiet surrender never really was nor ever will be an option for him," Storr said.
"Western New York Collects: Arnold Mesches" includes works from public collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University and University at Buffalo Art Galleries. Private collectors lending works include Dr. Anthony Bannon and Elizabeth Stewart; Audre Bunis; Carla Castellani; Lillian Kushner; Jim and Ronnie Kushner; Gerald Mead; Mr. and Mrs. Savino Nanula; Marie and Thomas O'Donnell; Sandra and Nils Olsen; Donald J. Siuta; and Dr. John Cichon.
Mesches will be the honored guest at the Castellani Art Museum's 10th anniversary gala, set for Saturday, Oct. 13.
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on this exhibition, contact Michael Beam, curator of collections and exhibitions, at 716-286-8286.