Even though it's winter, The Hamptons art scene is seeing plenty of movement. Recent news includes gallery closings and expansion, a new Artist Residency Program, solo shows by Hamptons artists held nationwide and more. Keep reading to discover the latest news on Hamptons artists, Hamptons galleries and East End art in general.

Eric Firestone Gallery has opened a second gallery in New York City. Eric Firestone Loft launched its new gallery and exhibition program on February 4, 2016 with “Miriam Schapiro The California Years: 1967-1975”. The show continues through March 6, 2016. Eric Firestone Loft is set in a historic live/work building on Great Jones Street and plans to offer contemporary and historic modern exhibitions connecting to the neighborhood’s artist history. Eric Firestone Gallery, located on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, will continue to present emerging and established contemporary artists in exhibitions contextualized with historically-significant artist counterparts.


"Keyhole" by Miriam Schapiro, 1971. Courtesy Eric Firestone Gallery.

"Keyhole" by Miriam Schapiro, 1971. Courtesy Eric Firestone Gallery.


Guild Hall is launching a new Artist in Residency program this spring. Details are being finalized and the residence program will be formally announced at Guild Hall’s 31st Annual Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards & Dinner on March 8, 2016 at the Rainbow Room in New York City. The Residence Program will house five artists for eight weeks at Guild Hall. The program begins this Spring. Being honored at the gala are Mary Heilmann for Visual Arts; A.M. Homes for Literary Arts; Sarah Jessica Parker for Performing Arts and Charlotte Moss and Barry S. Friedberg for Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors.

LongHouse Reserve is holding its first New York City Winter Benefit. “Design for Living” takes place on March 15, 2016 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. The benefit honors architect Hugh Hardy and features a performance by Nona Hendryx and a conversation with Design Studio Bureau V. Tickets are $100 for LH Contemporary Ticket; $150 for a Friend Ticket to reception and performance; $600 for a Sponsor Ticket and $1,200 for Patron Ticket. For details, click here.

The Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons is re-opening its Celadon Gallery in Bridgehampton on Valentine’s Day. Devoted to fine art and artistic functional ceramics, the inaugural show, “Flame”, features hot ceramics made by members of the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons. The new gallery is located at 128 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. The gallery was formally located in Water Mill on the campus of the Water Mill Museum campus. It closed there in 2014. A Valentine’s Day Brunch Reception, held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., celebrates the new gallery location and the opening of the group exhibition.

Sylvester & Co At Home in Amagansett will close its Main Street design store and gallery on March 30, 2016 with the conclusion of its lease. A new location and reconfiguration are in the works, according to an announcement by Lynda Sylvester. Meanwhile, Sylvester’s & Co. Modern General store in Sag Harbor continues as usual at its 103 Main Street location in Sag Harbor Village.

In other Hamptons gallery closings, ILLE Arts in Amagansett and Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton have both closed their doors. ILLE Arts plans to reopen in a new Main Street location in Amagansett in the Spring.

Guild Hall’s annual Artists Members Exhibition are now accepting entries for its 78th annual show to be held April 23 – June 4, 2016 at the East Hampton museum. Online entries will be accepted through April 15, 2016 with mailed entries requiring a postmark by April 8, 2016. Late submissions can be made in-person on April 15 and 16 at the museum. The non-juried show is open to all artist members of Guild Hall. This year’s show is being judged by JiaJia Fei, the Director of Digital for The Jewish Museum. To register and for additional information, click here. Winner of Top Honors receives a solo show at the museum’s Spiga Gallery.

A survey of Cindy Sherman’s work is the first special exhibition at The Broad museum in Los Angeles. “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life” is the first major museum show of Sherman’s work in Los Angeles in nearly 20 years and it will include nearly 120 works drawn primarily from The Broad’s collection. The show is organized by guest curator Philipp Kaiser. Sherman is based in Sag Harbor and New York City.

Artist and designer Amy Zerner’s clothing designs were the subject of a solo show at UNT ArtSpace Dallas. “An Artistic Alliance: Art and Couture by Amy Zerner from the Collection of Torie Gibralter” was exhibited from November 21, 2015 through January 9, 2016 and featured 20 garments with rich appliqued tapestries made for collector Torie Gibralter, a Dallas resident who passed away in July. The show was organized by the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas. Amy Zerner is based in East Hampton. Her designs have been carried by Bergdorf Goodman in New York City for 15 years and in her East Hampton shop “The Enchanted World”.

Ned Smyth sculptures have been installed at Ramapo College with a coinciding solo exhibition opening at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J. Male and Female Torsos have been sited adjacent to the new Adler Center for Nursing Excellence. The exhibition “Ned Smyth” is on view from February 3 to March 4, 2016 at the college’s Kresge Gallery at Berrie Center. It is presented as a single installation featuring large scale photography, sculpture maquettes and installations of small-scale stones that often are the muse for Smyth’s large scale public works. Much of the work was on view in Smyth’s new Shelter Island studio, which was inaugurated with a celebration last summer.


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