The Art Scene: 01.03.13

Local art news

Chrysalis Gallery Opening
    Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton Village will present “Color Fields,” featuring the work of Joe Bucci, this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. the exhibit will be complemented by poetry readings and refreshments. Guests have been encouraged to wear their favorite color and join in the poetry readings related to color.

Syd Solomon at Spanierman
    Spanierman Modern gallery in Manhattan will hold a Syd Solomon solo exhibition beginning next Thursday. The show will focus on his works from the 1960s and 1970s and will be joined by “Abstract Strength,” a group show including several of his contemporaries. The shows will remain on view through Feb. 9.
    A key member of the group of Abstract Expressionists who settled in Springs and East Hampton around the middle of the last century, Solomon was known for his work in acrylic and his use of color and multilayered compositions. He divided his time between here and Sarasota, Fla., where he also taught.
    “Abstract Strength” will include work by Mary Abbott, Perle Fine, Gertrude Greene, and Charlotte Park, all of whom worked in and around East Hampton.

A Triple Installation
    Molly Morgan Weiss, a former Ross School student, artist, and curator, will have a solo exhibition at Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan beginning next Thursday, with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m.
    The show, titled “Home Sleep Home,” is an installation of three bodies of work by the artist, including elements of performance photography, oil painting, and video. A handmade set of bound books written by Ms. Weiss will also be on view through Feb. 4.
    The opening event will feature performances by Katya Grokhovsky, Hannah Townsend, and Andrina Smith, and a music/sound performance by Jessi Brooks, Abigail Levin, and Ms. Weiss.

An Exhibit You Can’t Refuse
    The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will hold its annual Salon des Refuses beginning tomorrow. The invitational exhibition will feature James Jahrsdoerfer, with other South Fork artists contributing their interpretation of the nude.
    The show is held in the confrontational tradition of the works spurned by the Paris Salon of 1863. Some of the most revered names in Impressionist art exhibited their rejected works in that show, perhaps most famously Edouard Manet’s “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe.” The art on view may be provocative and sexually charged.
    Mr. Jahrsdoerfer has a background in technical illustration, costume and prop design for professional wrestlers, book jacket design, graphic design, and video, as well as painting and drawing. Other artists on view will include Tina Andrews, Barbara Bilotta, Malcolm Blair, Lance Corey, Jim Gingerich, June Kaplan, Diane Marxe, Andrea McCafferty, Stephanie Reit, Daniel Schoenheimer, Evan Thomas, and Bob Tucker.
    The show opens on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be on view through Jan. 27.

Jeff Muhs’s “Nymphs”
    The Lyons Weir Gallery in Manhattan will present “The Origin of Nymphs,” an exhibition by Jeff Muhs, who is from Southampton.
    The show, which begins on Saturday, will include works influenced by Mr. Muhs’s study of classically inspired academic painting through the ages, particularly the work of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, the French neoclassicist. A reception will be held on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the West Chelsea gallery and the show will remain on view through Feb. 9.

Watermill Summer Application
    The Watermill Center International Summer Program, which will be held this year from July 15 to Aug. 18, is now accepting applications, which can be downloaded at
    The annual summer program in Water Mill, now two decades old, is led by Robert Wilson, the center’s creative director. Some 65 artists from around the world participate in a program of “creative exploration and artistic development” in a communal laboratory environment with established artists. Participants work on their own projects and are also expected to assist with chores, cooking, gardening, construction, or collection maintenance. 
    Artists from all disciplines who are interested in “contributing to workshops of new international productions and exhibitions, creating and executing site-specific performances and installations, designing and excecuting landscaping projects, and attending lectures by scholars and established artists,” have been invited to apply.