“Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino” opens at the Dorsky

Leonard Contino, Lady, 1967, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the Estate of Leonard Contino.

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY-New Paltz presents “Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940-2016,” a new exhibition focused on the art practice of Contino, a self-taught abstract artist who fought through paralysis through a 50-year career as an innovative artist. In 1959, at the age of 19, Leonard Contino was severely injured in a diving accident. While in rehabilitation, Contino met a fellow patient, the sculptor Mark di Suvero, who would become a lifelong close friend. Di Suvero challenged him to start making art. This exhibition documents Contino’s dedication in more than 80 artworks, making it the largest exhibition of his work to date. It encompasses large hard-edge geometric paintings, playful collages, delicate reliefs and sculptures from the 1960s through the 2000s. “Totally Dedicated” will be on view from January 22 through April 5 in the Dorsky’s Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940-2016,” on view Jan. 22 – April 5, Dorsky Museum, SUNY-New Paltz, (845) 257-3844, www.newpaltz.edu/museum