The Art Scene 05.26.11

Laurie Lambrecht’s “Hello, Southampton (#2)” is an archival pigment print taken from a negative photographed in Roy Lichtenstein’s studio in 1990.

Lambrecht at Drawing Room
    “In Roy Lichtenstein’s Studio 1990–1992,” with photographs by Laurie Lambrecht, will open tomorrow at the Drawing Room Gallery on Newtown Lane in East Hampton. The show is the sequel to a 2008 exhibit of images made by Ms. Lambrecht in Lichtenstein’s Southampton studio.     In an interview in The Star that year, Ms. Lambrecht said she was hired to inventory all the things in his studio in preparation for a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and several international venues, in 1993. “I just happened to buy a Hasselblad on a Sunday and started working for Roy on Monday. He said ‘I’m not here on Tuesday, there won’t be a lot to do.’ I asked him if I could bring my camera and he said, ‘Sure.’ ”
    Both artists were pleased with the results. “He really liked these pictures and liked the way I looked at things.” A two-week gig turned into three summers.
    The photos show the artist making several important paintings in the “Reflections” series, and canvases inspired by Picasso’s “weeping women,” van Gogh’s bedroom, and Monet’s water lilies. While he works on these pieces, the photographer concentrates on the objects he uses as subjects or for inspiration.
    The exhibit is on view through June 27. The photographs are the subject of a monograph, “Roy Lichtenstein in the Studio,” to be published by the Monacelli Press in October 2011, with a foreward by Dorothy Lichtenstein.

Fireplace Season
    The Fireplace Project, on Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs, will open its 2011 season tomorrow with “Gloria Hole,” a group exhibit organized by Richard Munson.
    The show includes work by Math Bass, Cass Bird, Lizzi Bougatsos, Eve Fowler, Erika Keck, Julia Kent, Terence Koh, Natalya Laskis, Liza Lou, Gloria Maximo, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Olympia Scarry, Aurel Schmidt, Odile Bernard Schroder, Cindy Sherman, Astrid Méry Sinivassin, and Agathe Snow.
    A reception will be held on Saturday evening from 6 to 8. The exhibit will remain on view through June 20. Other shows to come this season will include solo shows by Elias Hansen, Helmut Lang, Bjarne Melgaard, and Hanna Liden.

Outdoor Art Sale
    On Saturday and Sunday, the Montauk green will be the setting once again for an outdoor art show and sale sponsored by the Montauk Artists’ Association. Admission is free, and more than 10,000 works of art are expected to be displayed for sale.
    The association invites some 80 artists to participate with paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, fabric art, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and glass as well as mixed-media works. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
    In conjunction with the festival, the association will open the Depot Art Gallery on both days, with a preview of its annual members’ art show, which opens officially on Friday, June 3. There will be a members’-show reception the evening of June 5 from 5 to 7; it closes June 14.
    The gallery and Depot Art School will be open through September with shows and classes every week. The Web site is montaukartistsassociation.org. 


NEA Grant Goes to Parrish
    The National Endowment for the Arts will provide the Parrish Art Museum with a grant of $60,000 to support the installation of its permanent collection in its new building in Water Mill.
    The Parrish’s future home, scheduled to open next summer, will have three times the gallery space of its current facility. The size will allow the museum to present, for the first time, a significant permanent installation of its collection while simultaneously holding special exhibitions. Also next summer, the museum will reveal a revamped Web site, which will offer a virtual tour of the installation and in-depth interpretive material.
    “Visitors will see and experience works such as William Merritt Chase’s ‘The Bayberry Bush,’ paintings by Fairfield Porter, and contemporary art by such American masters as Chuck Close,” said Terrie Sultan, the Parrish’s director, in a press release.
    The grant is part of an $88 million annual budget the federal agency has at its disposal to support projects nationwide.
    Meanwhile, the Parrish is participating this season in “Blue Star Museums,” a national effort to provide free access to museums for active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The program is a partnership between the N.E.A, Blue Star Families, and 1,300 other participating museums.

Delaney Cooke Gets New Space
    Delaney Cooke Gallery will open for the summer in a new location, in the Haven’s House art space at 17 Madison Street, Sag Harbor.
    The gallery will begin its season with a presentation of work by Michael Knigin and Joan Kraisky. Mr. Knigin, who died earlier this year, will be represented with early collages brought together with later paintings and prints. Ms. Kraisky, who was married to Mr. Knigin, will show mixed-media pieces and landscape paintings.
    The show will open on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be on view through June 12.

Abrams’s Hitchcock at Boltax
    Boltax Gallery on Shelter Island will open the summer season with “Painting Hitchcock,” a series by John Abrams, opening tomorrow.
    Mr. Abrams, who is based in Toronto, is returning to the gallery for his second show. His latest series of paintings focuses on Alfred Hitchcock, exploring themes familiar to viewers of the director’s work: relationships and identity, objectification and voyeurism. The work includes images in both Technicolor and black and white of easily recognizable actors from the Hitchcock oeuvre, at moments of telling psychological revelation.
    Karen Boltax, who owns the gallery, in a press release offered the example of a scene from the film “Rear Window” in which Grace Kelly’s character picks up a fashion magazine and puts down the travel book she had been reading to please Jimmy Stewart’s character. “That moment of self-satisfaction is the moment I wanted to capture,” Mr. Abrams told Ms. Boltax.
    An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery, on North Ferry Road, on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through June 13.