The Art Scene: 11.08.12

Local art news

Birds and Other Creatures
    Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will present “Billy Sullivan: Bird Drawings” and “Lucy Winton: Creatures,” beginning on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    At the same time, the rare-book dealer will showcase its publication of “BIRDS,” a limited-edition book with Mr. Sullivan’s drawings and an essay by the author Margaret Atwood, a highly regarded birder and conservationist.
    Mr. Sullivan has been viewing and recording the avian visitors to his backyard for two decades. With quick strokes, he completes his drawings in a matter of minutes, the time span preserved in the drawing’s title. In the portraits of friends and family for which he is known, he is more of a painstaking copyist, using photographs as the base for his paintings. Here, however, he moves away from the photograph to rely on “what I was seeing, and memory.”
    Ms. Winton’s work has elements of children’s book illustrations, Odilon Redon, and even contemporary Japanese art. Her drawings of pastoral landscapes are tinged with man-made catastrophe. Her series of brightly colored works in oil on Yupo paper weave cultural symbols, art historical references, and pop culture, according to the gallery.
    The exhibition is on view through Jan. 1, 2013.

Crazy Monkey Reception
    The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will open a new show, featuring Daniel Schoenheimer and Tina Andrews, on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception was postponed from last week due to the storm. A group exhibit by the art cooperative’s members will also be on view.
    Mr. Schoenheimer is the assistant director of the gallery and a Montauk resident. His photographs capture the changing colors and moods of the ocean and the sky on the South Fork. He is the co-founder and co-publisher of the “Local Art Rag,” a publication promoting East End arts and music.
    Ms. Andrews is an artist, actress, author, and screenwriter. She began abstract painting in earnest after a health crisis in 2008. According to the artist, she embraces her African-American and Native American heritage in both paintings and sculptures, which are made from clay, plaster, and aluminum.
    Artists in the group show include Andrea McCafferty, Barbara Bilotta, Jim Hayden, Bob Tucker, June Kaplan, Mark E. Zimmerman, Stephanie Reit, Lance Corey, Cathy Hunter, and Kathy Hammond. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 2.

New Pollock Show in New York
    The Jason McCoy Gallery on 57th Street in Manhattan is showing works by Jackson Pollock, who was Mr. McCoy’s uncle, through Dec. 14. The show honors the centennial of Pollock’s birth, which was in January.
    A selection of paintings, works on paper, and objects, ranging from 1930 to the early 1950s, are on view. Poured “classical” abstractions of 1949-1950 will be included among works that reflect a variety of the artist’s interests and his recurring themes, symbology, and innovative technique.
    According to the gallery, the exhibition “aims to clarify that Pollock never set out to tell a cohesive story or to travel linearly. Instead, he fully committed to freedom of expression; he visited, revisited, sought, discovered and embarked anew in cyclical motions.” 
    A fully illustrated catalog includes essays by Charles Stuckey and Stephanie Buhmann.

Anna Jurinich at Marcelle
    The Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton is showing the work of Anna Jurinich through Monday, with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    According to the gallery, Ms. Jurinich’s paintings explore the human condition from a feminine perspective. Her latest work is more personally focused, with an emphasis on the “different degrees of oppression that are present in all of our lives.”
    Born in Croatia, the artist, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, now lives on Long Island. She has won numerous awards including a New York State Decentralization Grant for a one-woman show at the East End Arts Council and the American Institute for Graphic Arts Award.

Mixed Media at Ashawagh
    Ashawagh Hall will host “Mixed Media in Autumn” this weekend. It is a group exhibition featuring the work of Cynthia Loewen, Lynn Martell, Mary Milne, Jerry Schwabe, Phyllis Spiegel, and John Tadero.
    An opening reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will be on view Saturday afternoon and Sunday.