The Art Scene: 09.06.12

Local art news
Homan-ji III, 187F,” from 1995, is one of several drawings that Jennifer Bartlett will show at the Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton beginning this week

Bartlett and Sharma
    The Drawing Room in East Hampton will have solo exhibitions by Jennifer Bartlett and Raja Ram Sharma beginning tomorrow. Ms. Bartlett will show 20 paintings on mulberry paper with squares of gold, silver, and platinum leaf. They were inspired by the themes and techniques she used for a ceiling installation in Homan-ji, a Japanese temple, in the 1990s. The artist has used a grid to organize the compositions, which include snapshots of objects she saw in Japan as well as the colored squares. She lives in Amagansett and New York City.
    Mr. Sharma will show “Contemporary Paintings From Rajasthan.” He is a temple painter in India and makes cloth paintings of Krishna for Hindu temples. When he is not working on this sacred art, he makes his own miniature paintings about contemporary life in Rajasthan. He works in gouache with one-hair brushes on paintings no larger than six by eight inches depicting landscapes that embrace larger concerns. Palace architecture and gardens are among his other subjects. The exhibitions will be on view through Oct. 29.

Closing the Parrish
    The Parrish Art Museum closed its doors on Tuesday in preparation for the move to its new facility on Montauk Highway in Water Mill. The new building will open to the public on Nov. 10. Although the museum on Job’s Lane in Southampton will be closed for exhibitions, it will host two events there before and after the move.
    The first is a Pecha Kucha gathering on Sept. 20. Rapid-fire presentations by artists and others, it was known previously as Lightning Round but now by its internationally recognized title. Parrish Presents, a bazaar and auction that happens each year during Thanksgiving weekend, will take place there from Nov. 23 to 25. The offices will continue to operate at the Job’s Lane site until mid-October.
    The grand opening of the new Parrish will be free to the general public and will continue throughout the long Veterans Day weekend to Nov. 12. A series of special previews will begin on Nov. 3 for museum donors and community groups. Those will continue through Nov. 9.

Stone in Southampton
    New work by Dick Stone, a Bridgehampton-based painter, will be on view at 4 North Main Gallery in Southampton beginning on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Mr. Stone, who paints in a structured and colorful abstract style, studied for four years at the Art Students League in New York City with Raphael Soyer, Moses Soyer, George Bridgman, and Chaim Gross. He then attended the Yale University School of Fine Art, where he studied with Josef Albers before receiving a bachelor’s degree.
    He had a successful career as an illustrator before moving on to photography and filmmaking for commercials, which earned him several Clio Awards. He painted in his free time throughout his career and then took it up full time upon his retirement in 1989. In 1993, a fire destroyed his Sag Harbor studio and all of its contents, some four decades of work. These paintings reflect the artist’s evolution since then. The show will be on view through Sept. 17. A closing reception will be held on Sept. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Matsuoka at Olko
    The Monika Olko Gallery in Sag Harbor is showing work by Lynn Matsuoka, who lives in Bridgehampton, through Wednesday. Drawings from the Hampton Classic and paintings from her “Diver” series, inspired by the Olympics, are on display.
    As a reportage artist, she works at sporting events, rehearsal stages, and high-profile court cases. “I work quickly to produce an initial line drawing, indicating light and shadow, add color, and then often finish the piece in my studio,” she said in a release. She has worked with a long list of performers, sports stars, and dignitaries.
    Her work is also on view at Sen in Sag Harbor, where viewers can order a commemorative sushi roll in her honor.

10 Artists at Ashawagh
    ARTX10 will feature the work of 10 artists at Ashawagh Hall in Springs beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The artists include Phyllis Chillingworth, Hector de Cordova, Alex Ferrone, Steve Haweeli, Gordon Matheson, Jim Miller, Bill Negron, Alyce Peifer, Frank Sofo, and Kris Warrenburg. They will offer a range of styles and mediums from plein-air landscapes to mixed-media abstractions and aerial photographic images.

Ross at Watermill
    Sculpture by Carol Ross can be seen at the Watermill Center through the end of the month. On view are 20 welded steel and aluminum sculptures with archaic, classical, and modern allusions but finished in a contemporary style, with metal flake paint and aerodynamic forms. The exhibition is accessible through the marked paths off the driveway at the center from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.