The Art Scene 06.30.11

Landscape as well as portraits and still lifes by Cornelia Foss will be on display in Stowe, Vt., beginning this week.

Nick Weber’s
“Paintings of Helga”
    John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton is showing “Paintings of Helga” by Nick Weber. The paintings blend realism and romance with sensually worked canvases on a single subject. The sexual charge of the images comes from a capturing of the “psychological tension, uncertainty, and libidinal excitement of a first encounter.”
    Mr. Weber exposes the charged space between artist and muse, when the creative drive mixes with other fixations. The focus is often on quiet discomfort, reflected in subconscious gestures of coy hands and crossed legs. “The paintings read as Degas-like snapshots of an intimate relationship; it’s consummation in question,” according to the gallery.
    The show is on view through July 18.

Hunt and Rockburne
At the Drawing Room

    The Drawing Room in East Hampton will present the work of Bryan Hunt and Dorothea Rockburne beginning today and running through July 25. The work of both artists is on view in larger shows at Guild Hall and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton this summer.
    Mr. Hunt’s work in clay will be featured — a series of textured and glazed vessels. The sculptural forms echo the bronze casts at Guild Hall. The works are spontaneous and expressive while reminiscent of mythological chalices and ancient Chinese bronzes. They are also highly symbolic: Teapots named after the moons of Saturn reveal a lunar-inspired surface.
    Ms. Rockburne’s work combines her twin inspirations of art and science. “Her lifelong fascination with astrophysics informs the works in the focused installation where two prints, eight watercolors, and four paintings from the last decade are unified with one prescient collage from 1993,” the gallery said in a release. “Each composition reflects Rockburne’s gift of materializing an esoteric principle of nature in a range of media that includes collage, powdered pigments, watercolor, etching, and silk-screen techniques.”

Friday Talks at the Parrish
    Alicia Longwell, the chief curator at the Parrish Art Museum, will resume the Fridays at Noon series of lunchtime talks tomorrow with a discussion of mathematics and astronomy and applications of the golden mean in the work of Dorothea Rockburne, the subject of the Southampton museum’s current show.
    The series will continue on Friday, July 8, with a gallery walk-through of the exhibit, which Ms. Longwell organized. The series will conclude on July 15 with a consideration of Rockburne’s relationship to performance. She studied with Merce Cunningham and John Cage at Black Mountain College in the 1950s and subsequently performed in pieces with Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Carolee Schneeman.
    The talks are free with museum admission. Guests have been invited to take along lunch tomorrow and July 15. The July 8 program will take place in the galleries without lunch.

Ashawagh Hosts A.A.E.H.
    The Artists Alliance of East Hampton, which was founded in 1984 in memory of Jimmy Ernst, will hold its 17th annual members exhibit beginning tomorrow and continuing through next weekend at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. More than 80 artists plan to participate in this event, each represented by a single work of art: a painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media piece, or photograph. There will also be several installations made specifically for this show.
    An opening reception will be held tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. On July 10, the Golden Artist Colors Company will present a two-hour lecture on acrylic paints, gels, and mediums. It will be open to the public.
 
Four at Crazy Monkey
    The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will present four artists in a new show opening today. It will be up through July 18.
    Lance Corey, Setha Low, Ruth Rogers-Altmann, and Daphne Stern will be featured. Mr. Corey will show drawings dating from the mid-1970s, from early in his career, and paintings from that period up to the 1990s. He works in a primitive style and examines topics such as history and politics. Ms. Low, whose work is often exhibited at the gallery, has a doctorate in cultural anthropology and works in ceramic sculpture, having studied with Diane Mayo, among others.
    Ms. Rogers-Altman is an Austrian native who moved to New York in the 1940s. She will show work she has developed during recent summers at the Art Barge on Napeague. Ms. Stern makes paintings, collages, drawings, and photographs, as well as digital and mixed-media work. She lives in Montauk.
    The opening reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

De Kooning at Borghi
    Willem de Kooning will be the subject of a retrospective at the Mark Borghi Gallery in Bridgehampton beginning on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The 35 works in the show span the years 1935 and 1970 and include paintings and works on paper.
    These works have not previously been available for public viewing and include portraits of de Kooning’s peers and six “Women” drawings from the 1950s. In the words of the artist, “The women had to do with the female painted through all the ages, all those idols, and maybe I was stuck to a certain extent; I couldn’t go on. It did one thing for me: It eliminated composition, ar­range­ment, relationships, light — all this silly talk about line, color, and form.”
    The works have been brought together in anticipation of the Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective to open in September in New York City. The Bridgehampton show will be on view through July 22.

Memorable Places
At Markel Fine Arts

    Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton continues its summer season with “Coastal Redux” by Dan Gualdoni, landscape paintings completed over the past year. The gallery describes the works as internal landscapes retrieved from the memory of experienced places. “These are not narrative or specific but rather reflect, in their glowing surfaces, the amorphous transition between earth and water and sky.” Although paintings, they resemble old photographs.
    Mr. Gualdoni lives and works in St. Louis. The show is on view through July 10, with a closing party on July 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nightingale Shows Three
    The Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill is presenting Herman Mhire’s work in “Altered States,” with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery will also show Jeremy Wagner and Christian Little in “The Wow Factor” opening the same night.
    Mr. Mhire’s subjects are “hyperfaces,” portraits created by manipulating photographs of Louisiana artists to the point where they are provocative and disturbing. Mr. Wagner’s paintings feature linear networks and the cool efficiency of modern structures contrasted with softer organic forms. His treatment of surface incorporates steel, rust, stencils, and acids as well as paint. Mr. Little mines ancient cultures and legends to develop his iconography, which celebrates the freedom and hedonism of youth with figures that are a mixture of fictive and natural elements.
    The shows are on view through July 25.

Marder’s “History of What”
    Silas Marder’s latest show in Bridgehampton is “The History of What,” featuring art based in narrative. The artists include Kara Walker, Charles Browning, Oliver Peterson, Charlie Ly, TM Davy, John Morse, Christine Gray, Eric Great-Rex, and Corinne von Lebusa. They present work in various mediums, including paintings and sculptures.
    The gallery has also begun this year’s Films on the Haywall series, a weekly screening of classic films shown outside on Friday nights. This week’s is “On the Waterfront.” Friday, July 8, will bring “Annie Hall.” They start after dark.

Tripoli Looks at Summer
    The art of Eric Cahan, Herbie Fletcher, Eric Freeman, Morgan Pearse, Emmett Shine, Gordon Stevenson, and Darius Yektai will be featured in a new show, “Flip Flops and Popsicles,” at the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art in Southampton.
    Mr. Cahan looks to the sky for inspiration in his polyester-resin sculptures based on photographs. Mr. Fletcher layers paint on canvases animated by his photographic images of beaches and waves. Mr. Freeman layers paint in a way that maximizes the effects of color and light in affecting the perception of his artwork.
    Ms. Pearse, who graduated from the School of Visual Arts this spring, will show video sculptures of life in an American landscape. Mr. Shine, who grew up in Southampton, turns his “insider” perspective to sarcastic illustrations of the crowds that descend come summertime. Mr. Stevenson will show works on paper of witty phrases made into signs. Mr. Yektai combines sculpture and painting in works that reflect that summer is a long time coming, arrives abruptly, and is gone in a flash.
    The show opens on Saturday with a reception for the artists from 5 to 9 p.m.

Wildbank at Kramoris
    The Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor will show “The Sweet Life,” paintings of desserts, candies, cherries, and fruits by Charles Wildbank, who imbues the paintings with elements of the fantastic, the anthropomorphic, and the divine.
    Mr. Wildbank works on a gigantic scale. He painted a mural for the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner. Here, the works are a bit smaller but still take up significant amounts of wall space. The use of surrealism adds a sense of wonder. The artist was born and raised on Long Island and works on the North Fork.
    The show will open on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and remain on view through July 21.

Goldstone at Salomon
    Salomon Contemporary is showing work by Elissa Goldstone beginning today in New York City. The solo show will feature works on paper and wall sculptures that put together baseball and quilting. It is titled “To Win the Big Game!!!” The artist employs fabrics, thread, and other fiber materials as a means of portraying both sport and craft. An opening reception will be held this evening from 6 to 8.

Cornelia Foss in Vermont
    The Green + Blue Gallery in Stowe, Vt., will show paintings by Cornelia Foss starting Saturday. With lush floral landscapes, the work captures her life and surroundings in Bridgehampton. Portraits and still lifes are imbued with a sense of the musical. The show will be on view through July.