Long time East End gallerist Peter Marcelle has returned to his former Southampton space at 4 North Main Street, partnering with art appraiser and gallery director, Catherine McCormick, in the newly established MM Fine Art. The gallery will specialize in contemporary and 20th century painting, sculpture, and photography of both emerging and established blue chip artists. They will also offer advisory and appraisal services.

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"Chevade" by Dan Christensen, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 72 inches. Courtesy Gavin Spanierman ltd. Courtesy of MM Fine Art.

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MM Fine Art kicks off the season with Long Island Painters: A Survey, benefiting Fighting Chance, Free Cancer Counseling Center located in Sag Harbor, NY. The exhibition opens on May 24, 2018 and continues on view through June 9, 2018, concluding with a panel discussion benefit event.

Since the end of the 19th century, artists have been populating the East End of Long Island attracted to the beauty and creative energy of the area. Thomas Moran settled in East Hampton in 1884 and his studio soon became a gathering place for artists and intellectuals. Just a few years later, in the 1890s, William Merritt Chase became founding director of the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art.

The tradition of the artist colony continued into the 1940s and 50s when the Hamptons became home to some of the leading proponents of the burgeoning abstract expressionist movement. Today the East End maintains its position at the forefront of the contemporary art world, including artists producing both experimental new works and those embracing time-honored traditions of the past.

Long Island Painters: A Survey will feature the work of Long Island painters beginning with the 1890s and up through the current day, including past luminaries Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Fairfield Porter, Willem de Kooning, Dan Christensen, Andy Warhol and others, along with a variety of renowned artists of today including Eric Fischl, Cornelia Foss, Donald Sultan, Dan Rizzie and others.

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"Pulling for Shore" by William Merritt Chase, c. 1886. Oil on panel, 17 ¾ x 30 inches. Courtesy of Godel & Co.

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"Study for Montauk Highway" by Grace Hartigan, 1957. Collage on paper, 22 x 28 inches. Courtesy ACA Galleries.

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The exhibition will conclude with a Panel Discussion, The Tyranny of Eclecticism, on Saturday, June 9, 2018, led by moderator Bruce Helander and includes panel members and artists John Torreano and Annie Plumb. The panel will discuss the challenges in viewing art and whether its possible to find a universal that ties eclectic art visions together. 

From the 19th century to the present, we have experienced an ever-expanding cacophony of styles, concepts and points-of-view within the visual arts. Each painting can be seen as a wormhole we could enter into and explore. Each one presents us with very particular ideas that may or may not overlap with the others. How do we, as viewers, deal with this eclecticism? Is there a desire to find a “universal theory” for the visual arts that addresses such questions as beauty and value, something similar to a universal theory in science? All are invited to join in the discussion. There will be a suggested donation of $25 benefiting Fighting Chance.

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"Portrait of James Schuyler" by Fairfield Porter, 1961. Oil on canvas, 24 x 22 inches. Courtesy Forum Gallery.

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"Untitled" by Willem De Kooning, 1971
. Oil on newsprint, 22 x 29 inches. Courtesy Mark Borghi Fine Art.

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Next up at MM Fine Art in Southampton is the photography exhibition, American Lifestyle, featuring works by Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Christopher Makos, Peter Beard, Steven Klein, Joe Pintauro and many others. There will be an opening reception Saturday, June 16, 2018. Exhibition will be on view June 16 through July 1, 2018

In July, MM hosts NYC’s Forum Gallery’s Second Annual Southampton Exhibition with highlights from the gallery’s collection including works by Davis Cone, Robert Cottingham, Alan Magee, Rafael Soyer and others.

And don’t miss MM Fine Art in the city!

M & M continue as guest curators in residence at Rafael Gallery at 235 East 59th Street through May 2019. Currently on view at the 59th Street location is Edward Holland, Any Instant You Wish. Holland’s work is conceptually grounded in literary and art-historical sources. The exhibition title, Any Instant You Wish, takes its name from a line in William Gaddis's labyrinthian novel "The Recognitions" and is an oblique reference to the original conceit for the current series of paintings. Holland focuses on two related themes of the book: mythology and meaning-making. He uses linear depictions of constellations in the modern Zodiac as the geometrical foundation in his abstract mixed media works on paper and canvas.

At Rafael Gallery in July and August, a group show entitled Summer Selection, featuring highlights from the gallery’s collection, will be presented.

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MM Fine Art is located at 4 North Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968. The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, email info@mmfineart.com or visit www.mmfineart.com. Art selections can also be viewed at the gallery's Artsy Page by clicking here

MM Fine Art at Rafael Gallery can be found at 235 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022. www.rafaelcontemporary.com

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