DISPATCH - OCT 12, 2013

HAMPTONS, NY

It's hard to miss the arrival of the Hamptons International Film Festival: the velvet ropes positioned on sidewalks, crowds thronging outside of theaters, increased star sightings, and abounding film screenings. For art-lovers, there is plenty of art to see and experience. Here's a short list for this weekend:

1. "Chuck Close: Recent Works” at Guild Hall

Close's museum-wide solo show closes on Monday. If you haven't seen it, the exhibition is worth the trip. For a teaser, check out Mike Solomon's review: "Sumptuous Portraits by Chuck Close at Guild Hall Museum".

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street  East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.

"Self-Portrait (Yellow Raincoat) by Chuck Close, 2013. Archival watercolor pigment print (90°) on Hahnemühle rag paper, paper: 75 x 60 inches, image: 63 x 53 inches, Edition of 10. 

"Self-Portrait (Yellow Raincoat) by Chuck Close, 2013. Archival watercolor pigment print (90°) on Hahnemühle rag paper, paper: 75 x 60 inches, image: 63 x 53 inches, Edition of 10.

 

2. “Adam Stennett: Camp out or Get Out” at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller

Stennett's latest artist survival endurance project inside the gallery is a twist on his outdoor artist survivalist project that was held in two parts this summer. A weekend test run was held at artMRKT Hamptons in July. The month-long project took place in August in the wilds of the Hamptons (yes, there are some places that qualify as "wilds").

Stennett's "Camp out or Get Out" unfolds inside Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton over Columbus Day Weekend (Friday through Sunday at noon). If you wish, bring a sleeping bag and join the artist overnight. Stennett will be living and working in his Artist Survival Shack in the gallery. The gallery remains open 24-7 for the event. There will be talks, demonstrations, breaking bread and more happenings held throughout the weekend. For details, visit www.glennhorowitz.com.

For a look at Stennett's outdoor Artist Survival Shack long-term performance projects, check out Pat Rogers's "Artist Survival Shack: One Month Installation Endurance Performance" or "In Pictures: Outdoor Installations at the Hamptons Art Fairs"

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is located at 87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.glennhorowitz.com.

 

Detail of "Artist Survival Shack: 96 Hour Test Run" by Adam Stennett, 2013.

 

3. Screening of “Con el Mismo Amor” and the exhibition "Figure and Ground" at ILLE Arts

It's not often that sprawling outdoor sculpture in the earth art tradition gets paired with smaller works on view in gallery exhibition. This exact dynamic unfolds on Sunday at ILLE Arts with the screening of the documentary / art film portraying the outdoor sculpture "Con el Mismo Amor" by Jan Henle. The work is based in Puerto Rico and was over a decade in the making.

The film of the same name was produced by a trio of artists who contributed in bringing the current exhibition to fruition: Jan Henle, Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz. A reception for the film screening takes place on Sunday at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation of the 20-minute film at 7 p.m.

For insight into the film and it's relationship to the exhibition, check out Andrew Botsford's "ILLE Film Screening Weaves into "Figure and Ground".

“Figure and Ground” closes on Oct. 14. Exhibiting artists include Alex Katz, Rudy Burckhardt, Juan Eduardo Gomez, Jan Henle and Vivien Bittencourt. It is curated by Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz.

ILLE Arts is located at 216a Main St., Amagansett, NY 11930. www.illearts.com.

 

Film still from Con el Mismo. Courtesy Jan Henle.

Film still from Con el Mismo. Courtesy Jan Henle.

 

4. “Material Matters II” at SOUTHAMPTON CULTURAL CENTER

If the first "Material Matters" was any indication, the follow-up exhibition will be a strong one. Curator Arlene Bujese is at the wheel and has selected a strong artist lineup culled from the Hamptons (mostly). The Opening Reception is tonight (Saturday) from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through Nov. 9. The theme of the exhibition is how material effects each artist’s aesthetic.

Exhibiting artists are Abby Abrams, Jeff Dell, Patricia Feiwel, Carol Hunt, Tracy Jamar, James Kennedy, Dennis Leri, Christa Maiwald, Gabriele Raacke, Bob Skinner, and Nicolas Tarr.

The Southampton Cultural Center is located at Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton Village, NY 11968. www.southamptonculturalcenter.org.

 

"Wax Books 2" by Nicholas Tarr, 2013

"Wax Books 2" by Nicholas Tarr, 2013

 

5. "Left Bank Brooklyn" - Lawrence Fine Art

If my hunch is correct, a bit of the Brooklyn art scene will descend at Lawrence Fine Art for tonight's opening of "Left Bank Brooklyn." The exhibition features abstract expressionism paintings by Karl Klingbiel and Robert Szot. The paintings selected for the exhibition provide a contrast in the ways contemporary abstract expressionism can unfold. This is the first time both artists are exhibiting in the Hamptons. How much of Brooklyn will arrive in support of the pair remains to be seen. The opening is tonight (Saturday) from 4 to 7 p.m.

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

RELATED: "Left Bank Brooklyn Opens Fall Season for Lawrence Fine Art."

 

Artwork by Robert Szot.

Artwork by Robert Szot.

 

HAMPTONS EXTRA:

For more weekend art options, check out this week's Art Round Up.

Also worth noting are the annual Columbus Day weekend exhibition "Body of Work X" - works by a group of mostly Hamptons-based figurative artists - held at Ashawagh Hall and screenings and talks in the Watermill Center Film Series taking place this weekend at Watermill Center and the Parrish Art Museum. Closing on Monday is Josephine Meckseper's site-specific installations at the Parrish. Check it out, if you can.

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