The Art Scene 05.26.11

Laurie Lambrecht’s “Hello, Southampton (#2)” is an archival pigment print taken from a negative photographed in Roy Lichtenstein’s studio in 1990.


Sherald at Demato
    Amy Sherald’s show of paintings at the Richard Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor will begin on Saturday evening with a reception from 6 to 8.
    Although Ms. Sherald will be featured, other artists will be exhibiting, too, including Julia Chen, Donato Giancola, Robert Green, Bart Vargas, Margit Fruerder, Haley Hasler, Harriet Sawyer, and Kevin Sloan.
    In her work, Ms. Sherald explores identity and race through a fictive lens of fairy tale and performance, taking aim at stereotypes by playing with roles and expectations. Her subjects surprise by assuming identities that stray outside the margins of our presumptions.
    According to the artist, “While attending private schools and being one of maybe two or three black children, I was raised to be conscious of how I acted, spoke, and dressed. This performing aspect of my identity was cultivated from the beginning of my schooling. I learned that this was the key to my social acceptance and assimilation.”

Art Barge Opens for Summer
    The Art Barge on Napeague will have an open house and reception this weekend on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. with instructors’ work on display. The institution offers classes and conferences related to art education.
    From June 20 to 24, a series of collaborative sessions in New York (at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the Museum of Modern Art) and at the Art Barge will examine the work and legacy of Victor D’Amico, the founding director, who was also the founding director of education at MoMA. More information about classes and events is available at

Pritam & Eames Anniversary
     “Speaking of Furniture,” the 30th anniversary exhibit at Pritam & Eames, opens tomorrow on Race Lane in East Hampton. The show includes all but one of the 14 artist-craftsmen the gallery featured in its book “Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters.” One of the subjects, James Krenov, died in 2009.
    Those whose furniture will be included will be Wendell Castle, Jere Osgood, Judy Kensley McKie, David Ebner, R­ichard Scott Newman, Hank Gilpin, Alphonse Mattia, John Dunnigan, Wendy Maruyama, James Schriber, Timothy Philbrick, Michael Hurwitz, and Thomas Hucker, all of whom have been associated with the gallery since its early years.
    In a press release, Bebe Johnson, one of the founding partners, said, “The selection of the 14 makers to interview for the book was based on those whose work was integral to Pritam & Eames in its first decade.” She added that the gallery continues to represent most of the furniture-makers included in that publication. “We’ve had a good long run with this field of studio furniture, and it’s been extremely satisfying to be both witness to and participate in its evolution.”
    The show will be on view through August 2.

“Domestic Goods” at Firestone
    The Eric Firestone Gallery, on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, will present “Domestic Goods,” a group show organized by Ryan Wallace beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
    Mr. Wallace, a New York City artist who has been a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient, has included 27 contemporary artists in this show that addresses both the external and internal notions of domesticity: memory, family, comfort, or material surroundings. The artists are mostly culled from the neighborhoods of New York where emerging artists today make their home, such as Bushwick, Brooklyn.
    Whether it is an exploration of space, objects, or more psychological themes, each of the works evokes some sense or spirit of the house and home. The exhibit is on view through June 28.

Plein Air in Water Mill
    The Water Mill Museum on Old Mill Road in Water Mill will show “The Wednesday Group: Plein Air Painters of the East End,” beginning this weekend and ending June 13. The participating artists include Bobbie Braun, Carolyn Francis, Neville Lewis, Tom John Murphy, Susan Nash, Deb Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Mary Lee Robertson, Gene Samuelson, Christine Chew Smith, and Frank Sofo. A reception will be held on June 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.

“Danger Deep Water” at Tripoli
    Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art, on Job’s Lane in Southampton, will open the summer season with a reception for “Danger Deep Water,” tomorrow from 6 to 10 p.m. The show features the work of Matisse Patterson, a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts, who works in sculptures of found objects.
    “I try not to alter or overpower my objects but, instead, enhance their qualities by combining them with something else and giving them a new surrounding,” the artist said in a statement. “In doing so I am able to make the viewer acknowledge these found pieces as art rather than recognize them as objects.”
    The exhibit is on view through June 27.

Vered Opens “Couture Shock”
    Vered Gallery, on Park Place in East Hampton, will introduce its new show, “Couture Shock,” featuring the fashion photography of Raul Higuera, with a reception on Saturday, beginning at 9 p.m. The images were taken for fashion magazines, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and feature subjects such as the Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, the Parisian couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier, the Dior jeweler Victoire de Castellane, and the haute cobbler Pierre Hardy.
    The exhibit is on view through June 20.

Call for Artists
    The East End Arts Council has put out a call for artists interested in participating in a new juried exhibit, “Folk Art.” The council is looking for work in any medium — painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, video, sculpture — with a “folk art sensibility.” The guest juror is Kathy Curran, a program coordinator for the Suffolk County Historical Society; she holds a master’s degree in American folk art from New York University and has studied under two directors of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City.
    Entry guidelines are available on the E.E.A.C. Web site, Entries will be accepted on June 2, 3, and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gallery at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead. The exhibit will presented June 10 through July 15.

Springs Improvement Society
At Ashawagh

    The Springs Improvement Society will hold its 27th Annual Member’s Art Show this weekend, with an opening reception benefiting the Ashawagh Hall Building Fund tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. For a $5 donation, visitors will be able to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while viewing the show.
    On view through Monday, it has been organized by Teri Kennedy and will include the work of Connie Fox, William King, Ellen Frank, Ralph Carpentier, and Gabrielle Raacke. In a special tribute, pieces by Michael Knigin, who died earlier this year, will be highlighted.
    On Sunday, the society will hold its first Open Mic Marathon benefit at 11 a.m. Members will be invited to share their original poetry, prose, songs, or performance art. Those who wish to participate will be able to do so for a fee of $20.

Portraits of a Beach
    Mary Ellen Bartley will show her “Wave Series” of photographs at Urban Zen in Sag Harbor, beginning Saturday evening with a reception from 5 to 7. The artist has been photographing the same beach in Wainscott through the seasons for many years. In this latest series, she concentrates on the formation and “often elegant collapse of waves.”        Ten percent of the sales will be donated to the Urban Zen Foundation, which promotes well-being, empowering children, and preserving cultures. The exhibit will be on view through August 1.

Clinton Academy Is Cooking
    The Clinton Academy Museum, under the aegis of the East Hampton Historical Society, will open its summer season with “What’s Cooking,” a display of antique kitchen objects that helped our East End ancestors prepare meals.            The show is culled from the society’s collections, and supported with material from private and public collections. It includes 300 years of pots, pans, and spatulas. The objects and history range from open hearth cooking in the 17th century to wood stoves and tin ovens; the artifacts may surprise viewers with their variety and inventiveness. (Even butter-making and -serving tools have evolved fascinatingly over the centuries.)
    The show opens on Saturday and will be on view through August 28.
    On the morning of Saturday, August 20 at 10, Richard Barons, the society’s director, will lead a curator’s tour of the exhibit.