DISPATCH - SEPT 29, 2012 (2:14 p.m.)

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY

The 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival is nearly upon us. Tonight, a visual snapshot of 20 years of festivals takes place at the Peter Marcelle Gallery. The exhibition opens tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. It remains on view through Oct 8.

The exhibition "20 Years: Artist Poster Retrospective" presents an unusual survey of film festival via their posters. Each year, a different artist with Hamptons is invited to use the poster as canvas for their art. The posters are published by the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). While the artworks are unrelated to any of the film screenings, they speak to the unique film festival that calls the Hamptons its home.

Every year, HIFF presents an extensive line-up of a variety of film, genres and levels of filmmaker accomplishments. Inclusion in the festival has become a worthy credit for budding filmmakers and accomplished ones. Screenings take place in venues spanning from East Hampton to Westhampton. Talkbacks, special events revealing the creative process and premiere parties are part of the excitement for each year's festival.

Artwork by Cecily Brown. 2012 HIFF poster.

Contributing poster artists are stars in their own right. The lineup includes David Salle, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Malcolm Morley, Bryan Hunt, Eric Fischl, April Gornick, Donald Sultan, Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Billy Sullivan, Julian Schnabel, Bruce Weber, Dan Rizzie and Jim Gingerich.

This year’s artist is Cecily Brown.

Each year, an artist is invited by HIFF board member Michael Lynne, whose creative ties run deep. Lynne is a board member for the Museum of Modern Art and co-chairman and co-chief executive of New Line Cinema. He owns Bedell Cellars vineyard and winery in Cutchogue, NY on the North Fork.

Artists can create an original work for the poster or supply an existing one, said Gianna Chachere, a HIFF festival producer. Sometimes, an array of art is offered and artist and HIFF staffers select what's best.

Artwork by Donald Sultan. 1996 HIFF poster.

The art is purposely not renderings of films being screened or a commercial image with publicity in mind, said Chachere. Instead, the art on the poster is fine art in its own right.

"We wanted a way to connect with the visual arts community," said Chachere. "There's so much creativity here and we wanted to acknowledge that and tie another creative field into the film community."

This year's artist is a regular visitor to the Hamptons, said Chachere. Cecily Brown's art first made waves in England, where she was born and began to make art. Her paintings are abstracted figurative. Critics describe her work as sexually-charged. Brown lives in New York City. She is represented by Gagosian Gallery and has multiple solo shows with the gallery.

Brown has had solo exhibitions at Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA and museums in Rome, Italy, Madrid, Spain and Germany, Japan, England. In group shows, Brown has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, the Saatchi Collection in London, England, MoMA’s PS1 in Long Island City, NY and more.

Following is a preview of some of the posters in the exhibition:

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Artwork by Eric Fischl. 2002 HIFF poster.

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Artwork by Billy Sullivan. 1997 HIFF poster.

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Artwork by Barbara Kruger. 2003 HIFF poster.

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Artwork by Jim Gingerich. 2000 HIFF poster.

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Art by Dan Rizzie. 1999 HIFF poster.

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BASIC FACTS: “Celebrating 20 years of the Hamptons International Film Festival: Artist Poster Retrospective opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The show runs through Oct 8, 2012. The Peter Marcelle Gallery is located at 2411 Main St, Bridgehampton, NY.

Unsigned posters are $20. Signed posters are $74. The complete set of signed poster is available for $4,000.

The 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival runs from Oct 4 to 8, 2012. Screenings take place in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Southampton, Montauk and Westhampton Beach, NY. For details, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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© 2012 Pat Rogers and Hamptons Art Hub. All rights reserved.

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  • Great news re that established gallery, but we, the East End Photographers’ Group, also had an opening from 5 – 7 Saturday night at the 4 North Main Gallery. Just f.y.i. – Can you visit tomorrow, our last day, Tuesday – 12 – 5?? Thanks a lot!! 78 works on the walls.

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