The Art Scene: 10.11.12

Local art news
Monica Banks’s “Cloud Garden” will be on view at the Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack, N.Y.

Sainz at Ashawagh
    Francisco Sainz will be featured in an exhibition this weekend at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. Beginning tomorrow, the artwork of Sainz, who died in 1998, will be shown with that of Susan Bradfield, Jennifer Cross, Monica Enders, Lily Kot, Teri Kennedy, Christine Newman, Maria Pessino, Gabriele Raacke, and Athos Zacharias.
    “Paco and Friends” will include paintings and masks from the personal collections of the artists exhibiting. Paco was the nickname of Sainz, who was born in Spain, but emigrated to New York in 1945 and soon became enmeshed in the artistic communities of Greenwich Village and East Hampton. His style ranged from Abstract Expressionism to a more personal, primitive approach. He lived and worked in a cottage on Huntting Lane.
    The opening reception will be held tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. A talk, “Remember Paco,” will be presented Sunday at 1 p.m.

I Started a Joke . . .
    “Bad Jokes” will be the new show opening at Silas Marder Gallery on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.
    The exhibition, organized by Tucker Marder, will deal with a range of humor, criticism, and wit to help discern when humor moves from challenging satire into the realm of poor taste. Emerging artists will join old masters and more established contemporary artists. The work will be enhanced with satirical outdoor puppet shows, installations, and film screenings.
    Artists will include Honore Daumier, Francisco Goya and Pieter Bruegel, David Shrigley, Carsten Holler, Mike Kelly, Jesse Pasca, Yung Jake, and Daniel Heidkamp.
    An outdoor installation of “Suicide Stack,” a video piece made by Clare Fontaine, a collaborative duo from Paris, will also be on view during the reception. The artwork consists of a black-and-white rolling transcript of a suicide note left by Joseph Stack before he crashed his plane into an Internal Revenue Service building in Austin, Tex. The words of his note describe his point of view and how he was driven to this act. The work will continue to be shown each Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., darkness permitting, through Dec. 14 on the haywall in the gallery’s sculpture garden. The exhibition will remain on view through Nov. 18.

Birdhouse Auction
    The eighth annual Birdhouse Auction to benefit the Coalition of Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital will be held on Saturday at Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton.
    More than 80 artists will participate in creating a birdhouse for this auction, which will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Renee Zellweger will serve as honorary chairwoman of the event for the seventh year.
    The auction is held in October to coincide with Breast Health Awareness Month. The organizers, including Karyn Mannix, who came up with the concept of the auction, said they hoped the event would be the “perfect reminder for all to make an appointment with the doctor for your annual health check.”
    The birdhouses may be viewed in person or online and absentee bids will be accepted at Tickets will be on sale for $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Bowls of Plenty Benefit
    The Water Mill Museum will hold its Bowls of Plenty fund-raiser on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a $20 contribution, attendees will receive a one-of-a-kind bowl made by a Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons member, homemade soup, bread, drinks, and dessert. More information is available at

Monica Banks Show
    Monica Banks will be showing “Cloud Garden” at the Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack, N.Y. The piece is a floating installation of her sculptures that incorporate beads, toys, insects, hardware, and other souvenirs of her life with fragments of the past all connected in a tangle of wire. The pieces hang as mobiles, with the dangling objects shimmering and drifting like clouds.
    An opening reception will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The show will remain on view through Dec. 16.

John Haubrich in N.Y.C.
    John Haubrich will be featured in a dual-artist show at Fox Gallery in Northern Manhattan beginning on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. His work is on view with that of Frank Boros.
    Mr. Haubrich draws from the natural and internal worlds, as well as the urban environment. His collages include paper, found objects, oils, and pencil, and explore human relationships, spirituality, life and death, and the blur between reality and fantasy.
    The show remains on view through Feb. 17.

Lambrecht in Philly
    Laurie Lambrecht’s “Roy Lichtenstein in His Studio” will be the focus of an exhibition, lecture, and book signing at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia. The Bridgehampton native was a studio assistant to Lichtenstein, who died in 1997, during the last years of his life. During that time she took many photos of the artist at work as well as his tools and paintings in progress. She published a book of these photos last year.
    The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 18. The signing and lecture will take place next Thursday.

Dan Budnik at Marcelle
    Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton will show a selection of Dan Budnik’s photographs of artists beginning Saturday.
    Throughout his career, Mr. Budnik has been known for his portraits of important artists of the mid to late-20th century. The gallery will show works from the 1950s and 1960s through Oct. 28.
    Along with Arnold Newman, Mr. Budnik has been referred to as an artists’ photographer. According to the gallery, “he preferred to photograph artists at work or with their painting or sculpture, at one with their art.” His subjects have included Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Mark Rothko, Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, John Chamberlain, Larry Bell, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Rauschenberg.
    Mr. Budnik became a visitor to the South Fork in the late 1950s and lived here at times between 1964 to 1976. Many of his subjects were here and he took many photographs here.

Jon Mulhern in Southampton
    Jon Mulhern’s recent works will be on view this weekend at 4 North Main Gallery in Southampton. A reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
    The show, “Uninhibited Definition,” will feature work with “raw movements — painting and sculpting using textures, creating intimate moments of detail,” according to the artist. Mr. Mulhern is originally from Maryland but moved to the South Fork a year ago to teach visual arts at the Ross School.
    The show will remain on view through Monday by appointment.