Recent Stories: Lead C

Mark Segal
June 16, 2016
Nick Tarr saves stuff, and he always has. “I need things,” he said. “I don’t paint things.” The boxes he made for 20 years and with which he is perhaps most closely identified are jam-packed with objects and images he has accumulated. So, too, are his more recent scanographs and a series of spatially ambiguous photographs that testify to his compulsive and wide-ranging collecting.

Nick Tarr saves stuff, and he always has. “I need things,” he said. “I don’t paint things.” The boxes he made for 20 years and with which he is perhaps most closely identified are jam-packed with objects and images he has accumulated.

Mark Segal
June 9, 2016
On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Amy Kirwin, the Southampton Arts Center’s new director of programs, took a visitor on a tour of the Job’s Lane building that was the longtime home of the Parrish Art Museum. With the shops replaced by exhibition space and a temporary wall removed to admit daylight into another gallery, the exhibition area feels brighter and roomier.

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Amy Kirwin, the Southampton Arts Center’s new director of programs, took a visitor on a tour of the Job’s Lane building that was the longtime home of the Parrish Art Museum. With the shops replaced by exhibition space and a temporary wall removed to admit daylight into another gallery, the exhibition area feels brighter and roomier. 

Mark Segal
May 12, 2016
The surprising thing about an exhibition of outdoor sculpture in the Springs Historic District is that it hasn’t happened before. The idea came to Loring Bolger two years ago, when she helped organize a show of Bill King’s work at Duck Creek Farm in the hamlet. Ms. Bolger is a board member of the Springs Improvement Society and one of the founders of the John Little Society.

The surprising thing about an exhibition of outdoor sculpture in the Springs Historic District is that it hasn’t happened before. The idea came to Loring Bolger two years ago, when she helped organize a show of Bill King’s work at Duck Creek Farm in the hamlet. Ms. Bolger is a board member of the Springs Improvement Society and one of the founders of the John Little Society.

Christine Sampson
May 5, 2016
From the original hip-hop beats aligning their movements to the movements themselves to the art on the walls in the studio where Adam and Gail Baranello train and teach, right down to some of the clothing they wear, their film projects, and live events, everything is all their own.

From the original hip-hop beats aligning their movements to the movements themselves to the art on the walls in the studio where Adam and Gail Baranello train and teach, right down to some of the clothing they wear, their film projects, and live events, everything is all their own.

Mark Segal
April 28, 2016
“Early on I worked from life,” Virva Hinnemo said in her Springs studio, surrounded by decidedly abstract works executed with acrylic paint on cardboard. “I still use a sketchbook and draw from life when I have a chance because I enjoy it. But even though the work has become abstract, it’s really rooted in spatial issues. I think life and the outdoors, whether the woods or the ocean, all of that seeps in.”

“Early on I worked from life,” Virva Hinnemo said in her Springs studio, surrounded by decidedly abstract works executed with acrylic paint on cardboard. “I still use a sketchbook and draw from life when I have a chance because I enjoy it. But even though the work has become abstract, it’s really rooted in spatial issues.

Baylis Greene
April 21, 2016
“Every ‘failure’ is a piece of future luck. Because it brings you closer to being ready.” This bit of wisdom from Uncle Lester, an eccentric and flop-prone composer of musical theater, to his nephew, Jimmy, a budding cartoonist, in Jules Feiffer’s 1993 illustrated novel, “The Man in the Ceiling,” is the heart of the matter.

“Every ‘failure’ is a piece of future luck. Because it brings you closer to being ready.” This bit of wisdom from Uncle Lester, an eccentric and flop-prone composer of musical theater, to his nephew, Jimmy, a budding cartoonist, in Jules Feiffer’s 1993 illustrated novel, “The Man in the Ceiling,” is the heart of the matter.

Jennifer Landes
April 14, 2016
Museum permanent collection shows can be confusing. Some are installed, well, permanently, and others are of the more ephemeral variety. The Museum of Modern Art’s “Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954,” for example, has been up for a few months but will be a memory come May 1.

Museum permanent collection shows can be confusing. Some are installed, well, permanently, and others are of the more ephemeral variety.

Christopher Walsh
April 7, 2016
It has now been more than 20 years since Jerry Garcia, guitarist and cofounder of the Grateful Dead, died at age 53, effectively ending the band’s 30-year lifespan. In the ensuing years, however, the Dead’s influence has not only persisted, but directly inspired both countless other bands and an entire musical genre.

It has now been more than 20 years since Jerry Garcia, guitarist and cofounder of the Grateful Dead, died at age 53, effectively ending the band’s 30-year lifespan. In the ensuing years, however, the Dead’s influence has not only persisted, but directly inspired both countless other bands and an entire musical genre.

Mark Segal
March 31, 2016
Managing one career at a time is enough for most people, but not for Setha Low. After receiving her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976, she established herself as a leading scholar and researcher in the field of cultural anthropology, focusing on the politics of public spaces, their increasing privatization, and the need to preserve diversity in their use.

Managing one career at a time is enough for most people, but not for Setha Low. After receiving her Ph.D.

Mark Segal
March 24, 2016
During a recent conversation at his house and studio on seven wooded acres in Noyac, Dan Welden said, “ ‘Master printmaker’ is a touchy title for me,’ I know printmaking pretty well now, but every so often it will throw me for a bit of a loop. I like the idea that I don’t feel totally secure in any one thing. If somebody knows it all, then they might be considered a master. But that word ‘master’ prevents you from learning more, it puts a ceiling on things.” Little wonder, then, that the ceiling of his great room soars 30 feet.

During a recent conversation at his house and studio on seven wooded acres in Noyac, Dan Welden said, “ ‘Master printmaker’ is a touchy title for me,’ I know printmaking pretty well now, but every so often it will throw me for a bit of a loop. I like the idea that I don’t feel totally secure in any one thing.

Mark Segal
March 17, 2016
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” was one of the few grown-up films I saw as an 11-year-old. While I respect its place in the history of musical theater, I did not expect to be engaged almost 50 years later by a concert version at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” was one of the few grown-up films I saw as an 11-year-old. While I respect its place in the history of musical theater, I did not expect to be engaged almost 50 years later by a concert version at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Christine Sampson
March 10, 2016
There are tiny cabinets, hand-made with care. Bathtubs are repurposed soap dishes, and hand-cut curtains adorn the windows. Much of the furniture is fashioned by hand, with the exception of chairs — chairs are too time-consuming and tough for her hands to handle, seasoned as those hands may be.

There are tiny cabinets, hand-made with care. Bathtubs are repurposed soap dishes, and hand-cut curtains adorn the windows.

Baylis Greene
March 3, 2016
“The Safety of Objects,” A.M. Homes’s 1990 story collection, arrived like an open-handed smack to the bourgeois reader’s face.

“The Safety of Objects,” A.M. Homes’s 1990 story collection, arrived like an open-handed smack to the bourgeois reader’s face. 

Mark Segal
February 25, 2016
Lindsay Morris became obsessed with both photography and travel at the age of 10, when her grandfather gave her a subscription to National Geographic magazine. “My parents didn’t have the means to take us on any big trips, so that was how I found my adventure,” she said during a recent conversation in the Sag Harbor house she shares with her husband, Stephen Munshin, and their sons Milo, 15, and Cecil, 11.

Lindsay Morris became obsessed with both photography and travel at the age of 10, when her grandfather gave her a subscription to National Geographic magazine.

Christopher Walsh
February 18, 2016
Those of us on the South Fork who are decidedly not “morning” people can awaken to music and high spirits at 92.9 and 96.9 on the FM dial, where Anthony, host of “The Morning Show” on WEHM, reliably serves up an abundance of both.

Those of us on the South Fork who are decidedly not “morning” people can awaken to music and high spirits at 92.9 and 96.9 on the FM dial, where Anthony, host of “The Morning Show” on WEHM, reliably serves up an abundance of both. 

Mark Segal
February 11, 2016
Harris Yulin and Kristen Lowman’s house is an easy walk from Bridgehampton’s Main Street but worlds away. “We’re right in the Long Pond Greenbelt,” said Mr. Yulin, who, like his wife, is an actor with a long career in theater, film, and television.

Harris Yulin and Kristen Lowman’s house is an easy walk from Bridgehampton’s Main Street but worlds away. “We’re right in the Long Pond Greenbelt,” said Mr. Yulin, who, like his wife, is an actor with a long career in theater, film, and television.

Christine Sampson
photos by Durell Godfrey
January 21, 2016
The graceful, whitish curves of the small ceramic bowls and cups found a gentle illumination while sitting upon a sun-drenched shelf that ran across the windowpanes of the Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons on a recent Thursday afternoon.

The graceful, whitish curves of the small ceramic bowls and cups found a gentle illumination while sitting upon a sun-drenched shelf that ran across the windowpanes of the Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons on a recent Thursday afternoon.

Christopher Walsh
January 12, 2016
A political cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author known for his intensely critical view of the American government takes a positive turn to support an "outsider" candidate for President.

“In America today, what we are seeing is the disappearance of the great middle class,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. At the same time, Mr. Sanders continued, nearly all of the new wealth created is going to the top 1 percent.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
January 7, 2016
Once her house has been tidied and everything is back in its proper place, Lynn Stefanelli can finally sit down to work, dozens of fountain pens, nibs, and jars of ink at the ready. As her hand settles into its natural movement and rhythm, an aura of quiet calm quickly overtakes her.

Once her house has been tidied and everything is back in its proper place, Lynn Stefanelli can finally sit down to work, dozens of fountain pens, nibs, and jars of ink at the ready. As her hand settles into its natural movement and rhythm, an aura of quiet calm quickly overtakes her.

Mark Segal
December 31, 2015
For 30 years, Alexis Rockman has rendered the natural world, producing both detailed oil paintings depicting the dystopian consequences of climate change, genetic engineering, and industrial pollution, and more immediate field drawings of plants and animals encountered on his travels.

For 30 years, Alexis Rockman has rendered the natural world, producing both detailed oil paintings depicting the dystopian consequences of climate change, genetic engineering, and industrial pollution, and more immediate field drawings of plants and animals encountered on his travels.

Mark Segal
December 17, 2015
Gabriele Raacke, who grew up in a small village in the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany, wanted to be a bookseller. To that end she attended the booksellers school in Frankfurt, which offered a three-and-a-half-year program required for anybody who wanted to work in a bookstore or publishing house.

Gabriele Raacke, who grew up in a small village in the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany, wanted to be a bookseller. To that end she attended the booksellers school in Frankfurt, which offered a three-and-a-half-year program required for anybody who wanted to work in a bookstore or publishing house. 

Mark Segal
December 10, 2015
“I’m very uninterested in subject matter,” Eugene Brodsky told a recent visitor to his East Hampton studio, although he has also said that “the sources for my work start from images I come across.” In his artworks, things are what they seem, and yet there’s more than meets the eye.

“I’m very uninterested in subject matter,” Eugene Brodsky told a recent visitor to his East Hampton studio, although he has also said that “the sources for my work start from images I come across.” In his artworks, things are what they seem, and yet there’s more than meets the eye. 

Christopher Walsh
November 12, 2015
The 2015 release “RandyPOP!” is a live recording that is both a summation of a half-century-and-counting professional career and a birthday present to the artist who was an integral component to the selections within. Arrangements of songs by James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Todd Rundgren, and others, delivered by a first-rate ensemble, exemplify the jazz-rock fusion that developed in the fertile musical ground of the late 1960s and ’70s.

The 2015 release “RandyPOP!” is a live recording that is both a summation of a half-century-and-counting professional career and a birthday present to the artist who was an integral component to the selections within.

Mark Segal
October 29, 2015
An essayist for print and television, Roger Rosenblatt gave up the short form in 2006 to write books. His latest will be published in January.

Southampton College’s summer writing conference had been in play for several years when, in 2002, it vaulted into national prominence with a visiting faculty that included Frank McCourt, Billy Collins, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Nora Ephron, John Guare, and Roger Rosenblatt.