DISPATCH - SEPT 21, 2013

HUNTINGTON, NY-

A trio of strong shows open at the Heckscher Art Museum, bringing along with it some Hamptons artists. On view are “Stan Brodsky: Retrospective”, “Picture Perfect: Selections from the Permanent Collection” and “Recent Acquisitions”. The latter includes works by Bruce Lieberman, Miriam Dougenis, Nicholas Carone, Stanley Twardowicz and Thomas Moran whose painting depicts a scene from Montauk.

All three shows have a Museum Members Opening Reception on Sept. 21, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Recent Acquisitions” remains on view through Nov. 24, 2013. “Stan Brodsky: Retrospective” continues through Dec. 1, 2013 and “Selections from the Permanent Collection” closes on April 27, 2014.

“Recent Acquisitions” features over 24 works that been acquired by the museum since 2010. Exhibiting artists are Richard Buswell, Eugene Louis Boudin (1824-1898), Nicolas Carone (1917-2010), Joe Constantino, Mauritz Frederick (1832-1895), Hendrick De Haas (1832-1895), Miriam Dougenis, N. Jay Jaffe, Robert Kipness, Jiří Kolář (1914-2002), Bruce Lieberman, Thomas Moran (1837-1926), Ben Moss, Darragh Park (1939-2009), Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999), Neil Scholl, Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997), Stanley Twardowicz (1917-2008) and Max Weber.

Highlights include a seminal early Montauk scene by Moran and later Long Island landscapes by Weber, Lieberman, and Park.

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“Early Morning Sunflower for Ron” Bruce Lieberman, 2000. Heckscher Museum of Art; Gift of the Artist. Courtesy Heckscher Museum of Art.

“Early Morning Sunflower for Ron” Bruce Lieberman, 2000. Heckscher Museum of Art; Gift of the Artist. Courtesy Heckscher Museum of Art.

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Abstraction is represented through works by Stamos, Carone and Twardowicz. Photography presented includes works by Constantino, Jaffee and Scholl.

Another highlight is a group of lithographs by the Cuban-American painter Emilio Sanchez, according to the museum. Abstracted, textural landscapes by contemporary American painter Ben Frank Moss are also worth noting.

“Picture Perfect: Selections from the Permanent Collection” presents a strong show of holdings by the Heckscher Art Museum. Exhibiting artists include Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847-1919), Jerome Blum (1884-1956), Stuart Davis (1892-1964), Wayne Gonzales, Cleve Gray, George D. Green, George Grosz (1893-1959), Richard Hennessy, Adolphe Alexander Lesrel (1839-1929), Charlotte Nasmyth, Ce Roser, Matthew Spender, Penrhyn Stanlaws, Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944).

The exhibition includes brightly colored and energetic paintings by Davis, Green, Hennessy, and Gonzales. Evocative landscapes are presented by Blakelock, Blum and  Spender. Figurative paintings and portraits by Grosz, Lesrel and Stettheimer round out the show.

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“Minding Dog Rag” by George D. Green, 1987. Heckscher Museum of Art: Gift of the Children of Stanley Stein. Courtesy Heckscher Museum of Art.

“Minding Dog Rag” by George D. Green, 1987. Heckscher Museum of Art: Gift of the Children of Stanley Stein. Courtesy Heckscher Museum of Art.

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The works were selected to present a diverse works to appeal to a wide range of aesthetic sensibilities, according to the museum. The works selected are also designed to provide inspiration for participating teens in the Public Art Initiative Teen Poetry Project, Poetry for the HART, sponsored by the Town of Huntington.

The centerpiece of the trio of new exhibitions is a retrospective of works by Stan Brodsky. “Stan Brodsky: Retrospective” presents works spanning 40 years. Brodsky’s work draws its primary inspiration from his surroundings and melds his personal experience with the landscape—and its light, color, and mood—into abstract paintings of lyrical beauty, according to the museum.

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“Santa Barbara #5” by Stan Brodsky, 2002. Euclidean Capital LLC. Courtesy Heckscher Museum of Art.

“Santa Barbara #5” by Stan Brodsky, 2002. Euclidean Capital LLC. Courtesy Heckscher Museum of Art.

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Brodsky began making art while living in New York City and moved to Long Island in 1965. He is a Professor Emeritus at LIU Post of Long Island University. His work is included in many public and private collections. Brodsky will be honored at the Heckscher's "Celebrate Achievement Benefit" on Nov. 15 for his significant contributions to the arts on Long Island.

A screening of two documentaries on Brodsky will be held on Oct. 25 from 7  to 8:30 p.m. at the museum. “Voices & Visions: Stan Brodsky, The Man and His Work” feature “Where I Need to Go” (2011) by Alexandra Brodsky and “Infusion, Portrait, Stan Brodsky" (1982) by Peter Scheer.  Call 631-351-3250 for details.

BASIC FACTS: The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY 11768. www.heckscher.org.

“Recent Acquisitions” remains on view through Nov. 24, 2013. “Stan Brodsky: Retrospective” continues through Dec. 1, 2013. “Selections from the Permanent Collection” closes on April 27, 2014.

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