The Art Scene: 11.07.13

Local art news

From East Hampton to Paris
    East Hampton will be represented at Paris Photo 2013, an art fair held at the Grand Palais from next Thursday to Nov. 17 that hosts 136 galleries and 28 publishers specializing in photography books. Harper’s Books will be exhibiting for its ninth year, bringing more than 30 books and photo albums, including several albums from the Vietnam War, as well as a deluxe edition of its own publication, “Yea Yea Yea” by Stuart Sutcliffe and Richard Prince.

    Also heading to the City of Lights is Mary Ellen Bartley, a photographer from Wainscott who will be exhibiting some of her “Paperbacks” series with the Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Group Show at Drawing Room
    The Drawing Room in East Hampton is hosting a group exhibition of works by Stephen Antonakos, Alice Aycock, Mary Ellen Bartley, Sue Heatley, Costantino Nivola, and Toni Ross from tomorrow through Jan. 13.

    Mr. Antonakos is represented by works on paper from the “Cuts” series, in which he sliced through large sheets of paper to literally break the picture plane. Ms. Aycock is showing drawings from her 1998 series “Project for a Fountain,” executed in blue ink on cream-colored paper. New photographs from Ms. Bartley’s “Sea Change” series offer a modulated view of the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Ms. Heatley’s relief prints, hand-printed on Japanese Sekishu paper, juxtapose abstractions derived from nature. Costantino Nivola is represented by late sculptures executed in tin, in which he cut through the metal as if sketching with tin snips. Ms. Ross’s new stoneware pieces were inspired by the “soul houses” she saw in museums on a recent trip to Egypt. A reception will take place Saturday afternoon from 3 to 5.

Paint It Black
    The Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill will be painted black for “In Stereo,” a show of work by Peter Sabbeth and Ross Watts that will open tomorrow and remain on view through Dec. 8.

    Mr. Sabbeth’s paintings are a kind of elegy for handwriting, which he feels is facing obsolescence, along with other cultural artifacts such as home telephones. Mr. Watts creates minimal, conceptual paintings, sculptures, and installations. His wall sculptures are composed of hundreds of strips of paper, torn or cut by hand and held to the wall by compression. Both Mr. Sabbeth and Mr. Watts live in Sag Harbor. An opening reception will be held Saturday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Jim Gemake at Peter Marcelle
    A solo exhibition by Jim Gemake, a mixed-media artist, opens Saturday at the Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton and will remain on view through Nov. 30. Mr. Gemake uses found or discarded objects that he assembles into new configurations.

    “There is a sense of salvation, of bringing these objects to a new life and with a new meaning,” according to Mr. Gemake. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Retreat Juried Show in Sag
    The Retreat’s 5th Annual Juried Art Show will open at Richard J. Demato Fine Arts in Sag Harbor with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through Nov. 20. The competition, proceeds from which benefit the Retreat, a domestic violence shelter in East Hampton, received more than 200 submissions from across the United States and abroad.

    Sara Nightingale, owner of the eponymous gallery in Water Mill, and Scott Sandell, visual arts director at Stony Brook Southampton, selected the top 25 entries for the exhibition. Three of the selections will earn the “best in show” designation and a separate exhibition at the gallery in 2014.

“Land and Sea” at Ashawagh
    “Land and Sea” is the theme of this weekend’s exhibition at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, which features work by Lew Zacks, Anne Sager, Stephanie Reit, Lynn Martell, and Mary Stern Grossman.

    Mr. Zacks’s paintings focus on the changing landscape of eastern Long Island. The abstract qualities of architecture and nature are the focus of Ms. Sager’s photographs. Ms. Reit’s paintings and mixed-media works also treat the disappearing farms and landscape of the East End. Ms. Martell uses a wide color palette to highlight the luminescence of the local landscape. Elements of geometry are used as building blocks in the landscape paintings of Ms. Stern Grossman.

    The gallery is open Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., with a reception from 5 to 8, and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.