The Art Scene 06.23.11

A self-portrait of Andy Warhol will be one of the works in Vered’s 10th annual silent auction, a preview of which begins tomorrow with bids accepted until July 3.

Vered Auction Returns
    Vered Gallery in East Hampton will hold its 10th annual silent art auction on July 3. The art will go on view tomorrow. On Saturday night, there will be an invitation-only young collectors preview from 9 to 11 p.m. Works by Willem de Kooning, Chuck Close, John Chamberlain, Milton Avery, Joan Mitchell, Jean Dubuffet, Fairfield Porter, Herb Ritts, Eric Fischl, Thomas Moran, Amedeo Modigliani, and Bill Viola, among others, are included. 
    On the day of the auction there will be a “Last Bid Closing Party,” starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. sharp. Proceeds from designated lots will benefit the Turn the Corner Foundation, which supports research for Lyme disease. On Sunday, there will be a screening of “Under Our Skin,” a documentary on Lyme, followed by a talk with Stacey Sobel, executive director of Turn the Corner and Dr. Joseph Burrascano, a medical specialist on the disease.
    Jay McInerney and his wife, Anne Hearst, who brought the charity to the gallery’s attention this spring, are co-chairing the benefit. Members of their committee include Candace Bushnell, Anne Easton, Nicole Miller, Brooke Shields, Helen Bransford, Jane Buffett, Avis Gold Richards, and Laura McFarlane.

Gerson Leiber’s Drawings
On View
    Gerson Leiber is exhibiting his drawings this summer at the Leiber Museum on Old Stone Highway in Springs. The show, titled “Drawings, Drawings, Drawings,” features more than 200 drawings created over the last three years. Phyllis Braff, an art critic and art historian, wrote the catalog essay, commenting that “an artist who understands the art of his era, Leiber builds on the optical velocities and gestural immediacies of Abstract Expressionism.”
    Mr. Leiber was born in Brooklyn in 1921 and took classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Budapest, where he was stationed in World War II. He then studied at The Art Students League and at Brooklyn Museum’s art school. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art, among others.
    The exhibit will remain on view on weekends through Sept. 4 and is free. The museum was started in 2005 by Mr. Leiber and his wife, the handbag designer Judith Leiber. The couple’s collection of antique Chinese porcelain is on display in addition to their own works.

Klaus Kertess Lecture at Parrish
    The Parrish Art Museum will host Klaus Kertess, a curator, art historian, gallerist, and writer, who will discuss his new book, “Seen, Written: Selected Essays,” published by Gregory R. Miller and Company, on Saturday at 6 p.m.
    The illustrated talk will cover the book in general and focus on two essays drawn from exhibits he curated at the Parrish, “Marin in Oil” and “Sea Change,” with a book signing to follow.
    Mr. Kertess has been an influential and prescient tastemaker in the art world for more than 40 years. In 1966 he founded the Bykert Gallery, where he represented such artists as Chuck Close, Ralph Humphrey, Brice Marden, and Dorothea Rockburne.
    He is an adjunct curator of drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art and was a curator of its 1995 Biennial exhibit. He is also a former curator at the Parrish and an honorary trustee.
Planters Go Nuts
    Longhouse Reserve will present “Planters: On and Off the Ground IV,” an invitational event for top landscape designers, artists, and garden professionals to showcase their talent by creating unique garden containers. Their work will be judged during Saturday’s opening and then displayed at LongHouse through October.
    Dominique Browning, the former editor-in-chief of House & Garden magazine and the author of “Paths to Desire: The Passion of a Suburban Gardener and Gardens of Paradise,” will be the judge. Visitors, too, will be able to critique entries this year by voting for their favorite planter in the “people’s choice” category. The exhibit starts at 4:30 p.m. and Ms. Browning will announce the winners at 6. Admission is $20 and $10 for members and can be purchased at

Solar  Opens New Show
    Solar in East Hampton will present an exhibit titled “Accumulations” beginning on Saturday. Esperanza Mayobre, who was born in Venezuela and lives in New York, and Gonzalo Fuenmayor, who was born in Colombia and lives in Miami, will  present very individual representations, the former through a selection of drawing, collage, and sculpture; the latter in charcoal and pastel on paper.
    The show will attempt to reveal underlying parallels in what appear to be polar expressions. Ms. Mayobre’s recent works include laser drawings and sculpture that are crisp, linear, and minimalist. In his current “Splendor” series, done in charcoal or pastel, Mr. Fuenmayor presents “dramatic, representational, morphing images that are hybrids of Victorian elements, such as chandeliers and intricately carved furniture elements, often combined with a repeated banana motif,” according to the gallery.
    The show will be on view through Aug. 22; hours are by appointment. Andrea Cote will discuss the exhibit with the artists on July 23 at 4:30 pm. Reservations are required.

Ceramic Masters Show
At Celadon

    Celadon Clay Art Gallery in Water Mill will present “Masters of the Art,” with sculptural ceramics by Jim Lawton and Mark Shapiro, beginning tomorrow, with a brunch reception on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a gallery talk to follow by Mr. Lawton.
    Mr. Lawton joined the faculty at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1998, where he is currently professor of ceramics and chairman of the artisanry department. He has received numerous awards, including two National Endowment Visual Arts Fellowships. Mr. Shapiro works in western Massachusetts as a workshop leader, lecturer, panelist, curator, writer, and mentor to a half-dozen former apprentices. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, and Paulus Berensohn are in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

Joe Pintauro’s Photo at Sylvester
    Sylvester and Company at Home in Amagansett will present “The Summer Kingdom,” photographs by Joe Pintauro, beginning on Saturday with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Mr. Pintauro is well known as a playwright and author. From now through July 25, it will be his photographic skills that are on display. “I’ve been photographing on East End beaches for the past two winters and summers,” he explained. “I see the beach in summer as a kind of nation, a freshly constituted realm under a unique governance each year, a floating world of freedom from the landmass, from ourselves and the exterior rattling world.” He added that he takes a Romanticist approach in his depictions, seeing “a dangerously beautiful magical world, the kingdom of summer.”

Montauk Photographs
At Montauk Library

    Wendi Blair is showing “Just Montauk” photographs at the Montauk Library through July. Ms. Blair was born and raised on the South Fork, but has traveled the world through much of her adult years. Her photos this time will focus solely on Montauk as “a tribute to the famous fishing village I love.” The display is in the Suzanne Gosman room on the lower level.
    Ms. Blair has been published in several magazines and featured in galleries and festivals.

African-American Artists Exhibit For Museum
    The East End African-American Museum and Literacy, a new venture on North Sea Road in Southampton, will hold a benefit art exhibit on Saturday at the 4 North Main Gallery, which is its near neighbor. A reception and gallery talk will begin at 4 p.m. Participating artists include Frank Frazier, Robert Carter, Panchita Carter, Ernani DaSilva, Terry Boddie, Minna Dunn, Vanessa Greene, Deborah Jack, and Teri Ri­chardson. At 4 North Main Gallery.
    A donation of $30 per person has been requested for those who wish to attend. Frank Frazier and Bob Carter will donate one free print to the first 50 ticket buyers!