The Art Scene - 04.28.11

Loren Munk’s “Clement Greenberg,” an oil-on-linen painting from 2007, is part of the Eric Firestone Gallery’s new show, “ABC123.”

Pollock-Krasner House Opening
    The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center will open next Thursday for the season with the exhibit “Conrad Marca-Relli: The Springs Years, 1953-1956.”
    The show features 11 paintings and collages created during Marca-Relli’s four-year residence in Springs, including the collage “Death of Jackson Pollock,” which addresses Pollock’s fatal automobile accident on Aug. 11, 1956. 
    In an autobiographical essay, “I Remember When. . . ,” Conrad Marca-Relli, who died in 2000, said he moved to Springs to work without too many interruptions, much as Pollock had. The new surroundings appear to have affected both artists’ work and Marca-Relli and his wife were frequent dinner guests of Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner.
    There will be a reception and gallery talk by Magdalena Dabrowski, special consultant in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern and Contemporary Art, on June 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through July 31.

Juried Show for The Retreat
    The Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery in Bridgehampton will exhibit the top 25 entries of artists in a benefit exhibit and reception for The Retreat on Saturday at 6 p.m.
    Arlene Bujese, an art dealer and independent curator and Bruce Helander, an artist, art critic, and author, chose the top 25 entries out of 311 submissions for the third of The Retreat’s juried exhibits.
    The $15,000 in collected entry fees will benefit the nonprofit organization, which helps victims of domestic violence. The work selected as best in show will receive a solo exhibit at the gallery at a future date in the next year.
    Of the entries, which came from as far away as Sweden, those who were selected include Shari Abramson, Betsy Bart, Deb Bronston-Culp, Mary Daunt, Anthony D’Avino, Thomas Denaro, Catherine Eldridge, Glenn Fischer, Ginny Fox, Kristina Gale, Don Haggerty, Maria Havranek, Paula Kelly, Francene Levinson, Donna Levinstone, Jeanette Martone, Robert Mojeski, Patty Niebling, Danielle O’Brien, Elisabet Persson, Stephanie Reit, Nancy Tart, Kenneth Templeton, Anders Villomann, and Lewis Zacks.
    There will also be 10 runners-up, whose work will be on display on The Retreat’s Web site www.theretreatinc. org. They are Ann Brandeis, Marjorie Eagen, Barbara Hadden, Maria Hav­ranek, Barbara Hyman, Terry Lewis, William Pagano, Gail Postal, Doug Reina, and William Wray.

Culbertson’s Vital Signs
    Janet Culbertson of Shelter Island will exhibit her “Industrial Park” and “Billboard” series of work at the South Street Gallery in Greenport beginning on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
    The artist was a recent recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant. The exhibit addresses how industry, explosive growth, and climate aberrations affect the environment. Her iridescent pigments and silver paint are pretty but also conjure up a sensation of toxicity.
    The artist has said, “In true George Orwellian Doublespeak, industry calls its sites ‘parks,’ its clear cutting ‘making open space,’ its killing ‘harvesting,’ and its lying ‘misinformation.’. . . As an artist, I cannot escape the mostly disastrous news events, so I try to deal with them in paint.”
Firestone Opens ABC123
    The Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton is now showing “ABC123,” a group exhibit of artists exploring the use of text and numbers in their work.
    Artists in the show include Joshua Abelow, Jon Bocksel, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Chris Caccamise, Nancy Dwyer, Alfred Jensen, Deborah Kass, Ron Morosan, Loren Munk, Joe Nanashe, Dennis Oppenheim, Kay Rosen, Ed Ruscha, Lance Rutledge, and Karen Shaw.
    Some works use narrative and content, where in other works the usage is fragmentary.  Still others use the physical properties of the letters and numerals as compositional objects.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show is on view through May 22.

Benefit Auction at Phao
    Phao restaurant in Sag Harbor will host a benefit art auction to raise money for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. The event, called “The Year of the Rabbit, The Year of Hope,” will be a silent art auction of emerging artists from the Sag Harbor area and New York City. All of the proceeds will benefit the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund (
    Artists will be present at a reception from 4 to 5 p.m. to discuss their work. All works are originals and feature an array of mediums including photography, mixed media, oils, and watercolor. The artists include Hailey Kohlus, Ellen Paul, Babette Paul, Kate Petrone, Damien A. Roman, Erin Rosko, and Joe Williams of Sag Harbor; Brooke Bofill of Hampton Bays; Courtney Lynn and Matisse Patterson of New York City, and Cat Brigham of Shelter Island.
    The restaurant is sponsoring the event to help support several employees with close, personal ties to friends and family in Japan and the victims. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served.

Indian Architecture Lecture
    The A.I.A. Peconic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will present Charles Benninger speaking on “Forty Years in India: An Architect’s Journey” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church on Main Street in Bridgehampton.    
    Mr. Benninger is one of India’s most recognized architects and will present some of his award-winning designs such as the Mahindra United World College of India, the Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, the Suzlon One Earth world headquarters of Asia’s largest wind energy provider, the National Ceremonial Plaza at Thimphu, Bhutan, and his own studio and residence, India House, in Pune.
    Last year, Mr. Benninger won seven prestigious architectural awards in India, including the Architect of the Decade Award. He studied urban planning at M.I.T. and architecture at Harvard, where he later taught. He settled in India in 1971 as the founder of the School of Planning at Ahmedabad and a Ford Foundation adviser. He continues at the school as a distinguished professor.