When you go to see Edward Avedisian’s retrospective at Carrie Haddad (622 Warren Steet), you just may not want to leave. What greets you in the front room of the gallery and continues most gratifyingly into all of the others, is a blunt, joyous yet skillfully calibrated explosion of 60s/70s -era fields of color, thickly ladled in acrylic yet carefully, formalistically controlled. While many of these paintings and drawings were made forty plus years ago, it’s hard to imagine they could have looked any fresher or more accomplished than they do today.
Avedisian, who moved to Hudson in the seventies and lived here until his death, at age 71, in 2007, is less familiar than other artists who worked in a similar vein at the time, such as Frank Stella and Morris Louis, a fact that only makes the exhibition more of a pleasant surprise. It will run from August 14 through September 19.
— Scott Baldinger