The Art Scene 11.03.11

Eileen Hickey-Hulme’s “Chrysler Imperial”
Eileen Hickey-Hulme’s “Chrysler Imperial” will be on view at the Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett beginning today.

Hudson in New York
    The work of Judith Hudson, a part-time Amagansett resident, is now on view at Salomon Contemporary in West Chelsea. The show is called “Judith Hudson: Playboy Advisor” and includes works on paper from “Sex Advice Drawings.” This is a series that takes sex column dialogue and motifs and parodies them for maximum visual effect.
    French maids, cheerleaders, Kama Sutra positions, and nurse imagery are all adopted as images to explore sex and frame moralistic melodramas. According to the gallery “she turns tables, delights in discomfort, and ultimately sees comedy as empathy.”
    The show is up through Dec. 10.

Eleven to Show at Ashawagh
    Karyn Mannix is at it again, this time bringing 11 artists together in a show at Ashawagh Hall this weekend. In what she is calling “Eleven: A Pop Up,” she is including Zoe Breen, Maeve D’Arcy, Kristin Gale, Steve Haweeli, Setha Low, Dalton Portella, Jennifer Rich, Athos Zacharias, Steven Zaluski, Evan Zatti, and Zig.
    The artists will present work ranging from paintings and sculpture to photography and digital paintings. The show will open on Saturday afternoon at 1. There will be a 5 p.m. performance of “Master Vibration” by Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls. The program will consist of sketch dances based on ’80s rock videos with a $5 suggested donation at the door. A reception that evening from 6 to 8 will feature music by Mr. Portella.

Multimedia at Crazy Monkey
    Beginning today, the Crazy Monkey Gallery will present a new exhibit featuring Eileen Hickey-Hulme, Joanna Paitchell-Lee, Barbara  Bilotta, and Dianne Marxe, all of whom project a strong artistic vision as well as different approaches to artmaking.
    Ms. Hickey-Hulme takes feminist and surreal themes and infuses them with a touch of fabulousness, using lipstick, nail polish, and glitter to express herself in hot colors. Recurring subjects are nudes, roses, rugs, and ceramics.
    Ms. Paitchell-Lee works in oil, gouache, charcoal, and clay. When painting, she likes large and colorful images, whether it’s a portrait, still life, or allegory.
    Ms. Bilotta considers herself an abstract impressionist, attempting to use color theory to inspire her imagination.
    Ms. Marxe is a sculptor who works in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, often depicting animals in her pieces, one of which was accepted for an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
    There will be an opening reception  on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m, and the show will be on view through Nov. 27.

Perle Fine’s Color Field
    Spanierman Modern is opening a show of Perle Fine’s work, focusing on Color Field paintings. “The Cool Series (1961-1963)” will examine how art changed in the 1960s, evolving from the Abstract Expressionist movement into something less angst-filled and more tranquil.
    Fine, who had a key role in the earlier movement, found herself wanting her paintings to express more and used form and color to do so. This is the first time this series has been seen publicly since the paintings were first presented in 1963 and 1964. The show was organized by Christine Berry with a catalog by Lisa N. Peters. The show is on view through Dec. 10.

The Pollock Family
    Jason McCoy Gallery has collaborated with the Charles Pollock Archives in Paris to present “American Letters 1927-1947: Jackson Pollock and Family,” an exhibit composed of painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, and letters on view through Dec. 16.
    The exhibit marks the publication of the book by the same title, which collects the correspondence among the five Pollock brothers: Charles, Marvin Jay, Frank, Sanford, and Jackson and their parents and wives during a time of both economic privations and the upheaval of war. It also captures a time rarely examined in Pollock’s career before his early successes in New York.
    Artworks by Jackson and Charles Pollock dominate the exhibit, which also includes examples by mentors and influences such as Thomas Hart Benton, his wife Rita Benton, and Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco.