September 30, 2011
DISPATCH – SEPT 2011
HAMPTONS & BEYOND
This is the first post peering into museum exhibitions. September brings the start of the de Kooning show at MoMA and a wood sculpture exhibition at Long Island Museum.
There are plenty of continuing exhibitions such as “Artists Choose Artists” at the Parrish Art Museum and ”Richard Prince: Covering Pollock” at Guild Hall.
Historic hunting and fishing appears in a show that combines art with artifacts. Andy Warhol gets 15 more minutes of fame in a print and audio tribute show. Whaling and a former Sag Harbor artist-eccentric reveals the disparity between art and life.
Here’s a glimpse and what’s available now on the museum circuit:
“Artists Choose Artists” presents the work of 14 artists from the East End. The exhibition is the second show were established artists living on the East End are invited to select other area artists to exhibit with from a pool of applicants.
Artist jurors are Alice Aycock, Ross Bleckner, Dan Rizzie, Matthew Satz, Gary Simmons, Agathe Snow and Frank Wimberley. Each artist selected two artists to exhibit alongside with.
Selected artists are Kryn Olson, Mike Solomon, Renate Aller, Mary Ellen Bartley and Ross Watts.
Also, Tad Wiley, Terry Elkins, Liliya Lifanova and Perry Burns.
The show includes Melinda Hackett, Alice Hope, Nella Khanis, Fulvio Massi and Julie Small-Gamby. The Parrish set up a website for info and website links to all the participating artists. See http://aca.parrishart.org/
A Gallery Talk on Oct 1 at 2 p.m. features some of the exhibiting artists at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton.
Artists discussing their work are Mary Ellen Bartley, Terry Elkins, Melinda Hackett, Alice Hope, Nella Khanis, Julie Small-Gamby, and Tad Wiley.
The video, “Artists Choose Artists,” will screen on Oct 8 at noon. The film depicts studio visits of artists chosen to be part of the exhibition. “Artists Choose Artists” continues through Oct 9.
Next up, is “American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum.” The exhibition will be held from Oct 16 to Nov 27. An opening will be held on Oct 15 at 6 p.m.
The show is the fourth in a series of exhibitions drawing from the Parrish’s art collection. Artwork will demonstrate the numerous ways artists approach portraiture, according to the museum’s website.
See www.parrishart.org for details on both exhibitions.
“Richard Prince: Covering Pollock” continues through Oct 17 at Guild Hall museum in East Hampton. The solo show features new work by Prince where he “covers” imagery related to Jackson Pollock and his life.
To create the appropriated art in the series, Prince began with well-known photographs from Pollock’s life and then partially obscured the image with imagery taken from daily contemporary life. Strips of pornography, historic icons, advertising symbols and more were collaged to create the mixed media works.
Prince’s art encourages viewers to examine their own associations with appropriated imagery and consider how the familiar, when shifted into a different context, creates something new. The work also raises questions regarding reality versus artifice, according to Guild Hall.
Artwork using Pollock as muse is a homage, of kinds, to Pollock.
“Jackson Pollock was the first artist who interested me,” Prince said to Lisa Phillips, the director of the New Museum in a recent interview. ”I was very attracted to the idea of someone who was by himself, fairly antisocial, kind of a loner, someone who was noncollaborative,” Prince said.
The printed exchange is part of a catalogue issued by Guild Hall in support of the show. Prince is a part-time resident of East Hampton. He received the 2009 Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the Visual Arts.
Also on view in the museum is ”Twin Towers Tragedy”: a solo photography show by John Jonas Grun. The exhibition is presented in the Boots Lamb Education Center. It remains on view through Oct 9.
Information can be found on both shows at www.guildhall.org.
Meanwhile, Andy Warhol gets his due at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs. The exhibition, “15 Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol” is a show of prints paired with audios to honor Warhol–a printmaker, filmmaker and pop artist.
Contributors include Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Ultra Violet and others.
Each artist “knew, worked with, or were associated with Andy Warhol,” according to the Pollock-Krasner House.
The show is produced by Jeff Gordon and Path Soong. Duplicate exhibitions are being presented at The Andy Warhol Museum and at other venues in the United States.
The show is made up of two “boxes” of prints and corresponding audio which could be poetry, song, soundscapes or more. It is sponsored by Sony and released through Sony’s Legacy Recordings.
The Deluxe Box is an edition of 85. It contains 16 signed and numbered silkscreen prints, three CDs, four vinyl records, and notes. The Regular box, an edition of 1,964, contains offset prints, the CDs, vinyl records, and notes.
If you happen to visit the Pollock-Krasner House on a Friday night in Sept, a movie made by an artist might be screening. The series, “Artists Make Movies: Avant-Garde Visionaries” is held Fridays at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. No reservations are required.
Screening on Sept 23 is “The Drive-In” by Howard Kanovitz (1929-2009). Kanovitz was a pioneer of photorealism painting. The style was developed in reaction against abstraction and abstract expressionism. Kanovitz lived in Southampton. “The Drive-In” contrasts New York City and the Hamptons using a documentary style, according to the Pollock-Krasner House. A central image is the former drive-in movie theater on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. The drive-in is no longer. Taking its place is the shopping center, Bridgehampton Commons.
Screening on Sept 30 is “Half & Half & Honey” by Alyson Denny and “Alba” by Denny and Joshua White. The films use video loops created as installations, according to the Pollock-Krasner House.
See http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse/exhibition/warhol.shtml for details. “15 Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol” continues through Oct 29.
Stepping away from the East End, two East Hampton artists are exhibiting at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook in “Long Island Masterworks in Wood.”
The show features the work of three artists. From East Hampton are William King and Randy Rosenthal. From Brookhaven is David Ebner.
The show opened on Sept 16 and continues through Nov 11. A panel discussion with all three artists takes place on Oct 23 at 2 p.m.
King creates elongated sculptures that some proclaim have an element of self-portrait. Humour and wit are part of his works. Humans and animals “sing, dance, cower, prance and skip – almost always happily, and usually amusingly,” according the museum.
Kings work is exhibited annually at Pamela Williams Gallery in Amagansett.
Rosenthal’s sculptures are carved from a single block of wood. The fact that the object is art is often a surprise to viewers…the work is so life-like than even family members mistake an address book or newspaper sculpture for the real thing.
His work has been exhibited in the Hamptons at the Parrish Art Museum, Pamela Williams Gallery and other locations.
Ebner makes furniture in the “art furniture tradition,” according to Long Island Museum. Asian art influences make their work into his art.
“Long Island Masterworks in Wood” is the second exhibition featuring Long Island talent in a specific medium. The first show, held two years ago, featured artists working on paper.
For information, visit www.longislandmuseum.org.
Heading west to Huntington is the exhibition, “Earth Matters.” The show features art by six Long Island artists. Included is Tamiko Kawata, a New York City-based artist who has exhibited at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Also exhibiting are Thea Lanzisero, Seung Lee, Winn Rea and Barbara Roux.
A show of cutting edge contemporary art is a bit unusual for the museum, said museum curator Lisa Chalif. So far, visitors are embracing mediums of shredded newspaper, video projection, crushed technology cast-offs and more.
“Earth Matters” continues through Oct 23. For information, visit http://heckscher.org
Continuing into NYC, a bit of East Hampton history can be found at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). “de Kooning: a Retrospective” opened on Sept 18 and continues through Jan 9, 2012. The exhibition is the first major museum exhibition spanning the diverse artwork styles of de Kooning. Art on view spans seven decades and includes over 200 works.
The show is located on the museum’s sixth floor and fills the entire 17,000 square foot space with art, according to MoMA. On Nov 11, an entire day will be devoted to discussing de Kooning during “Symposium: de Kooning Now.” Tickets are $12 or $10 for museum members. For details on the exhibition and programming, see www.moma.org.
A Hamptons Art Hub story on the exhibition is planned for December.
Returning to the Hamptons, two exhibitions mixing history and art are on view in Southampton and Sag Harbor.
“10,000 Years of Hunting and Fishing” opened on Sept 16 at the Southampton Historical Museums and Study Center. The show is being presented with some help from the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum director David Bunn Martine. He curated the show and contributed a few of his paintings for the exhibition.
The show combines historic prints, artifacts and informational panels to help visitors explore a Southampton from long ago. The exhibition includes the arrival of the Shinnecocks at the end of the last Ice Age (about 10,000 years ago) and teaching English pioneers how to hunt whales, harvest native plants and trap game, said Tom Edmonds, Executive Director Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center.
A Shinnecock ocean side camp has been recreated. This installation includes a 12-foot dugout canoe and a campfire roasting newly-caught fish. An extensive text explaining Shinnecock methods of hunting and fishing which were shared with the English pioneers beginning in 1640 is part of the display.
“10,000 Years of Hunting and Fishing” remains on view through Oct 29. Martine will give a talk at a closing reception held on Oct 29 at 4 p.m. See www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.
Whaling and the life of a Sag Harbor artist are both celebrated in the exhibition “Cappy, The Life & Art of C. Hjalmar Amundsen” held at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum. The show presents realistic whaling paintings made by Amundsen (1912-2001).
Amundsen was a contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. He co-founded the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show in 1932 with de Kooning, Pollock, Joseph Delaney and others, according to the museum. Amundsen rejected abstract expressionism and choose realism as a style for his art.
He was a well-known and colorful figure in Sag Harbor from 1945 to 1975, according to the museum. His studio was on the corner of Madison where art galleries have occupied the space for the last few years.
The whaling paintings on view were not witnessed by Amundsen but recreated from historic imagery and probably combined with experience as a sailor. Artifacts and biographical information on Amundsen’s eclectic life and art pursuits are on view.
In a separate exhibition space, the man himself is revealed in a series of portraits by Linda Alpern. The black and white photographs were taken near the end of Amundensen’s life in his Sag Harbor studio, she said.
At the exhibition opening in June, Cappy was well-remembered by many attending the opening reception. Falling on hard times in the end of his life, he remained a beloved character.
According to the museum, “As a neighbor, he was extremely popular with village residents, becoming legendary in his adopted home. By the end of his life, almost every home and business establishment in Sag Harbor had a Cappy Amundsen painting hanging on its wall.”
“Cappy, The Life & Art of C. Hjalmar Amundsen” remains on view until mid-October when Halloween takes over the historic building. For information, visit http://www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org/cappy.shtml.
The show was curated by Terry Wallace, the director of the Wallace Gallery in East Hampton. A hardcover book on his life and art was released in June 2011 to coincide with the exhibition.
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