The Art Scene 08.11.11

A Book Is Not an X
    John MacWhinnie and Glenn Horowitz will present new work by Tauba Auerbach at their East Hampton bookshop and gallery beginning tomorrow. Jeremy Sanders is the curator of the exhibit, “A Book Is Not an X.”
    Ms. Auerbach works in a range of mediums, from paintings and photographs to prints, films, and musical instruments. For this show she has made 9 new books, each in an edition of 10 or fewer copies. The exhibit’s name hints that she intended to assert a new, more open-ended conception of a book, one that is variously collapsed, rotated, or fractured.  Each of these books is a radical reconsideration of what a book can be.
    A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow; the show will run through Sept. 20. The artist, who lives and works in New York City, will have her first one-person museum show in November at the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway.

Anton Henning Goes Solo
    The Fireplace Project, a gallery space at 851 Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs, will present “Antiunconventional Portraits, Still Lifes & Landscapes,” a solo exhibit by Anton Henning, beginning tomorrow, with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    According to Rolf Bismarck and Claudia Spinelli, art critics in Germany, Mr. Henning plunders archives to find and incorporate new points of reference into his work. “In this way sculptures, still lifes, landscapes and abstractions come about that are recognizable from their bright (but not gaudy) colors and, above all, by their lightness of being.”
    A recurring element in Mr. Henning’s work is the female nude, be it from fine-art photography, pornographic, or art-historical material.
    The exhibit is on view through Aug. 29.

Campbell on Rivera
    “Watching Diego Rivera: Spectacle and Performance in his Murals in the United States” is the subject of a talk to be given by Andrianna Campbell on Sunday as part of the Pollock-Krasner House lecture series. The talk, to be presented at the Fireplace Project, will examine how the Mexican muralist’s work in this country was received in the 1930s. 
    Rivera often worked in public places, where the act of painting became a performance for an audience. Much of his imagery dealt with festivals and battles as well as manual labor — themes that echoed the political and social turmoil of the Depression era. Ms. Campbell will discuss those aspects of Rivera’s murals, and relate his practice to Jackson Pollock’s action painting.   
     Ms. Campbell is a doctoral candidate in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center and an adjunct lecturer at Parsons the New School for Design. A former associate curator at the Forbes Collection, she has held research residencies at the Yale Center for British Art and the Victorian Society in London. The lecture is at 5 p.m. Admission is $5, free for members.

Architecture at Marder
    The Silas Marder Gallery is exhibiting “Architecture,” a group show of paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations, and time-based media by Richard Serra, Richard Tuttle, Megan Berk, Ben Butler, Nico Yektai, and Kevin Zucker. Installations will include a sculpture by Alexander Cheves in the gallery’s garden and a collaborative piece by Michael Rosch, Ben Butler, and Alexander Cheves on the upper level.
    This is the first time part of the gallery has been opened as a project space. The artists were only introduced five days before finishing the piece last week.

New Show at Crazy Monkey
    Beginning tomorrow, two artists will be featured in a new show at the Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett.
     Mark Zimmerman, a painter classically trained in Boston, shows a steady movement through the various schools of modern painting of the 20th century. He has traveled extensively, collected art, and continued in the development of his own painting and design techniques, turning to watercolor and eventually acrylic.
    Zoe Pennebaker Breen’s paintings are mostly abstract and spring from her subconscious. She has said she never knows where her paintings will take her and she does not want expectations to limit her in any way. A self-taught artist, she is constantly experimenting with new ideas.
    The gallery will also mount a group show by Ruth Rogers-Altmann, Ellyn Tucker, Rob Calvert, Barbara Bilotta, Salvatore Gulla, Wilhelmina Howe, June Kaplan, Daphne Stern, and a guest sculptor, Stephen Soreff. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through Aug. 29.

Temple Adas’s
First Artist Resident

    Tobi Kahn, a painter, sculptor, and teacher, will be Temple Adas Israel’s first Artist in Residence, from tomorrow through Sunday.
    Mr. Kahn will speak tomorrow on “What Is Sacred Space?” at 8 p.m. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m., his topic will be “Judaism and the Visual,” an interactive discussion and text study. On Sunday morning at 10:30, the artist will speak on “A History of Art,” with slides. The community has been invited to attend all of these free sessions.
    The artist’s work has been shown in more than 40 solo exhibits and 60 museum and group shows since he was selected for inclusion in the 1985 Guggenheim Museum exhibit “New Horizons in American Art.” For 25 years he has been making miniature sacred spaces he calls “shrines.”
    The temple, which is at Elizabeth Street and Atlantic Avenue in Sag Harbor, will soon launch a monthly meeting for Jewish artists to create original work.

Engels at Romany Kramoris
    “Two Engels: Father and Son, The Recent Works of Franklin and Christopher Engel,” will open tomorrow at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Franklin Engel has created drawings, paintings, and sculptures since the late 1950s, and exhibited in venues from New York City to the East End. He has directed and designed multimedia theater pieces with his wife, an actress, playwright, and director. They have produced pieces for the Provincetown Playhouse, Manhattan Theater Club, and their own Off Broadway theater, New Media Rep in the city.
    Christopher Engel began showing his work during the ’80s in New York City and has since shown in Paris and Buenos Aires among other places. His recent work is from a series called “Mythology,” emphasizing world mythology and his study of the work of Carl G. Jung as influences on his work. The show is on view through Sept. 1.

Discover Watermill
    The Watermill Center will hold an open house on Sunday to introduce artists from 30 countries who are participating in its International Summer Program. “Discover Watermill” will include tours of the six-acre center, including outdoor sculptures and artifacts, and objects from the collection of its director, Robert Wilson.
    Many of the installations and performances created for “Voluptuous Panic,” the center’s summer benefit, will be presented once again. The event is free and open to the public between 3 and 6 p.m.

Schnabel at Tripoli
    Lola Montes Schnabel will present her second exhibit at the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art in Southampton beginning next Thursday. She will display a series called “Iodine Portraits,” of close friends and commissioned pieces painted over the past year.
    The artist, who recently graduated from Cooper Union, has been working with iodine for several years. She paints the subject first with shellac ink and then applies iodine. The stain is said to give the work an aged effect.
    The works will be on view through Sept. 8.


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