Lawrence Fine Art opens "Left Bank Brooklyn," featuring work by Brooklyn-based artists Karl Klingbiel and Robert Szot, on September 28, 2013. An Artist's Reception will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Columbus Day Weekend. The Artist Reception coincides with the Hamptons International Film Festival but will finish before the movies begin.

"Brooklyn has become the 'Left Bank' of New York," says Gallery Director Howard Shapiro. "It features an amazing number of quality galleries and outstanding artists.  This is our way of bringing New York's 'Left Bank' to the Hamptons."

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Artwork by Karl Klingbiel.

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"Left Bank Brooklyn" presents the works of two contemporary abstract expression artists: Karl Klingbiel and Robert Szot.

Klingbiel's work has an almost semiotic quality to it, and he was undoubtedly influenced by his time studying at Yale in the 1980s when Yale was a center of "Deconstructionalist" literary theory, said Shapiro. “Szot's work features dense and overlapping color planes and is reminiscent of Diebenkorn.”

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Artwork by Robert Szot.

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Klingbiel's work is in the Agnes Gund Collection and the collection of the MoMA.

Szot exhibits frequently with Muriel Guelpin Gallery in NYC.

"What ties the two together, aside from their Brooklyn domicile, is that they are both looking at abstraction in new ways," says Shapiro.

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Artwork by Karl Klingbiel.

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"After hanging the show, I can assure it is an informative juxtaposition,” Shapiro continued. “We consider Karl and Rob two outstanding mid-career artists whose work is worthy of being seen and owned. We are honored to have them show with us."

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Artwork by Robert Szot.

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Shapiro spent last winter surveying the emerging scene in Brooklyn when he discovered the art of Klingbiel and Szot.

"Of course, I knew about Williamsburg but friends told me I absolutely had to see for myself what was happening in Brooklyn, in places like Bushwick or Red Hook," said Shapiro. "I know the current trend is to search far and wide for the newest thing, but I am happy to say I found it in my own backyard."

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Artwork by Karl Klingbiel.

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"Left Bank Brooklyn" is the first show of the Fall Season for Lawrence Fine Art.

"The Hamptons have become an arts destination in their own right," said Shapiro. "What better way to spend a glorious fall day than to see beautiful art and then go to the Film Festival?"

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Artwork by Robert Szot.

Artwork by Robert Szot.

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BASIC FACTS: An Artists Reception for "Left Bank Brooklyn" will be held on Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. over Columbus Day Weekend. The reception coincides with Hamptons International Film Festival but concludes before the movies begin.

Lawrence Fine Art is located at 37 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.lawrence-fine-arts.com.

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