The Art Scene: 01.24.13

Local art news
Syd Solomon’s “Acralode,” an oil painting from 1971, is on view at Spanierman Modern in New York City through Feb. 9.

New Work at Vered
    Vered Gallery in East Hampton will have a show devoted to new work by Hunt Slonem tomorrow through March 11.
    The show will feature 20 paintings of colorful birds, butterflies, and bunnies in Mr. Slonem’s characteristically whimsical and Expressionistic approach.
    Also in the Gallery are works by Willem de Kooning, Arman, Milton Avery, Bert Stern, Man Ray, Perle Fine, Ray Caesar, Ron Agam, Adam Handler, Will Cotton, Steven Klein, Pablo Picasso, and many others. The gallery is open on weekends through the winter.

Chamberlain at Flavin
    This year, the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton is showing “John Chamberlain: It Ain’t Cheap.” The exhibition presents six of the artist’s metal paintings from 1965 and a sculpture titled “It Ain’t Cheap” from the same year. The works are from a series of 12-inch-square paintings in lacquer and metal flake on Formica that were first presented at Leo Castelli Gallery in January 1965.
    The show will be on view downstairs through Oct. 20 on the weekends. The permanent installation of Flavin’s nine fluorescent light works is on view on the second floor. Admission is free and the hours are noon to 6 p.m.

Artists Needed to Save the World
    Maureen Connor, an artist and co-founder of the Institute for Wishful Thinking, will deliver a talk  “The Institute for Wishful Thinking: Art, Activism, or Just Wishful Thinking?” on Saturday at 3 p.m., at the Parrish Art Museum.
    The lecture is part of Hope Sandrow’s three-month “Genius Loci” which celebrates the new museum and its sense of place, both in its new setting and among the community at large.
    The institute exists to foster participation of artists and designers in the effort to solve larger social problems and seeks proposals from artists, architects, and designers for residencies at government organizations and agencies at all levels. It was founded in 2008.
    Some pending “wishful” proposals include the design and installation of signs at 10 former underground nuclear test sites, the use of vacant New York City properties to house the homeless, the development of a federal sex education curriculum through a series of artist commissions and community collaborations, and the nationalization of the Federal Reserve Bank with state branches empowered to give interest-free loans to Americans with incomes under $200,000.
    Tickets are $10 and free for Parrish members.