The Art Scene: 03.14.13

Local art news

Time Has Come Again
    Guild Hall is now accepting entries for its annual Artist Members Exhibition, to be held from April 27 through June 1.
    This year’s awards judge is Elisabeth Sussman, the curator of photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Ms. Sussman was also a curator of the museum’s biennial exhibitions in 1993 and 2012.
    The artist members show is the oldest non-juried show on Long Island and one of the few of its kind still offered. Michelle Klein will organize it and Christina Mossaides Strassfield will do the installation. Registration materials are available at guildhall.org. The registration card must be postmarked by April 12 to be included in the artist checklist. Late registrations will be accepted up through April 19 and April 20, when all artists must drop off their work between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    There is a special award this year in honor of the 75th anniversary of the exhibition, for artists to interpret however they see fit. Other categories such as representational painting, abstract painting, sculpture, work on paper, mixed media, photography, etc., remain the same.

New Show at Drawing Room
    The Drawing Room begins its spring season tomorrow with a group show of new paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures by Jennifer Bartlett, Mary Ellen Bartley, Carol Gove, Robert Harms, Sharon Horvath, Laurie Lambrecht, Mel Kendrick, Donald Sultan, Timothy Woodman, and Jack Youngerman.
    Each artist brings a unique approach and style to their work. In photography, Ms. Bartley continues her explorations of unadorned form, using books the way that Giorgio Morandi used cups and vases. Ms. Lambrecht examines the dynamic visual world of Roy Lichtenstein’s studio to suggest how the artist was inspired.
    Ms. Bartlett is represented by her woodcuts, using one of her favorite motifs, the house, as her creative springboard. Working with wood as a sculptural form, Mr. Kendrick borrows from the Constructivist tradition. Mr. Sultan uses wood as a support for his paint and tar compositions on tile. Mr. Woodman’s latest work uses aluminum sheeting to evoke Henri Matisse’s oeuvre.
    The paintings, whether on paper or on canvas, include Mr. Youngerman’s kaleidoscopic forms, Ms. Gove’s pigment on collage, Mr. Harms’s abstract paintings of recognizable landscapes, and Ms. Horvath’s shape-based compositions.
    The exhibition will be on view through April 28.

The People Have Spoken
    Winners of the Crazy Monkey Gallery’s annual art competition were announced recently. Barbara Bilotta won best in show and will have a solo show at the Amagansett gallery later this year. Runners-up were Mark E. Zimmerman and Dan Dubinsky. Mr. Zimmerman also won most original work. Stephanie Reit was awarded the prize for the “most thought-provoking” entry.

Warhol in N.Y.C.
    Birnam Wood Gallery’s Manhattan location is holding an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s early works through April 6.
    The East Hampton gallery will show photographs of the artist and his images by William John Kennedy, along with a few of Warhol’s own works from the 1960s through the 1980s.
 


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