The Art Scene: 05.23.13

Local art news
Art movers moved one of John Chamberlain’s late aluminum sculptures in place at Guild Hall on Monday. The piece, lent by Gagosian Gallery, is titled Mermaidmischief and was completed in 2009. Morgan McGivern

Pots at Horowitz
    Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton will present “Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka: Still Life With Pots” beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    This will be the first dual exhibition of works by the couple, who are based in Los Angeles. Ms. Kusaka makes graceful porcelains in a minimalist vein, decorated with grids, bands, and dots to form compositions. Mr. Wood is a painter who composes portraits, interiors, and still lifes with pattern and geometry. His subject for this show is his partner’s ceramics.
    Both artists have participated in numerous group shows throughout this country and internationally. They have an art book series under the name Wood Kusaka Studios. The exhibition will be on view through June 22.

S.I.S. at Ashawagh
    The Springs Improvement Society will hold its annual members show at Ashawagh Hall this weekend. It will open tomorrow with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The $5 admission fee will be used for the maintenance of Ashawagh Hall. The show will close on Monday at 2 p.m.

Neoteric’s “In Memoriam”
    Neoteric Fine Art will celebrate Memorial Day with a block party on Saturday and Sunday featuring live bands and D.J.s, a barbecue, laser mapping, aerial yoga classes, a swimwear trunk show, and artist-designed miniature golf.
    The Amagansett gallery will have a juried group show this weekend, and an open call has been issued to artists to submit work with a theme of remembrance and respect. A show will then be selected and a guest panel of judges will determine which entry is the best. The winner will receive a solo show in the gallery. The opening reception is tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m.

QF Gallery Is Back
    QF (for Quattlebaum Foretich) Gallery in East Hampton will return for the summer with “A Picnic and Smokes,” organized by Kipton Cronkite. The show features work from artists associated with Mr. Cronkite’s Web site, @60, such as Rachel Barrett, Miriam Cabessa, Marc Dimov, Brad Fisher, Paul Gallegos, Joyce Lee, Joe Nanashe, Rotem Reshef, Matthew Satz, and Andrew Werner. Their paintings, photographs, and mixed-media pieces address the sensations of summer.
    A reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will remain on view through June 9.

P&E’s Anniversary Show
    Pritam & Eames in East Hampton will open its 33rd anniversary show beginning tomorrow and running through the end of July. The show is an invitational and features new work from the Pritam & Eames stable of American craftsmen. The work ranges from studio furniture to purses in glass, metal, clay, wood, lacquer, and stone. Artists include Aled Lewis, Janene and Noel Hilliard, Wendy Stevens, Karen Kluglein, Yuji Kubo, Sam Stang, James Schriber, and David Ebner.

Cartier-Bresson’s Tokyo
    Harper’s Books in East Hampton will present “Henri Cartier-Bresson: Tokyo 1966” beginning Saturday with an opening from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be an auction at 8 p.m.
    The show will feature 54 rare vintage prints of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs from the 1950s and 1960s, bringing together work from a 1966 show in Japan, and the gallery has published a catalogue in conjunction with it. It will remain on view through July 7.
    The auction will be part of the gallery’s third Harper’s Books Bizarre, with budget-priced art and photography books and other interesting items, as well as a live auction of 15 artworks. A preview request can be made through D.J. Lama will provide music, and food and drinks will be served.

A View With a Room
    Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton will show “A View With a Room,” with work by Eric Cahan, Gregory Johnston, and John Messinger. Organized and designed by an interior designer, Robert Stilin, it will open on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
    The show is an exploration of the dialogue between art and interior design and “how the forms and spatial elements of furniture interact with the surface, light, and emotion of art,” according to the gallery. Mr. Stilin is also a collector and typically incorporates art into his overall design scheme.
    Mr. Cahan and Mr. Messinger’s works are directly and indirectly photo-based. Mr. Johnson paints on aluminum panels. The show will remain on view through June 10.

Peep Show at Vered
    Beginning on Saturday, Vered Gallery in East Hampton will feature Jessica Lichtenstein in “Peep Show,” a solo exhibition of her anime-inspired, doll-filled tableaus and her “Word Sculptures.” A reception will be held on Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m.
    Ms. Lichtenstein puts female characters in miniature scenes and dioramas in various states of undress. The works explore the themes of desire, sexuality, lust, and female empowerment, according to the gallery. The word sculptures impose sexually charged words over the artist’s familiar scenes referring to nudes from the past such as Auguste Renoir’s bathers or Picasso’s subjects.
    The exhibition will run through June 17.

Leiber Retrospective
    Judith Leiber will show a half-century of her output as a designer of handbags in an exhibit at her gallery in Springs. In a show that will open on Saturday with a garden party from 2 to 5 p.m., a collection of 500 bags will go on view and run through Labor Day weekend.
    Ms. Leiber is a Holocaust survivor who has become world famous for her unique and artful handbag designs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among numerous other museums, has 80 of her handbags in its permanent collection, and many a first lady has been known to carry her bags on Inauguration Day. They are also seen on the red carpet at many awards shows. They have even received awards of their own for their design.
    The Leiber Collection is at 446 Old Stone Highway in Springs. The gardens were designed by Ms. Leiber’s husband, Gerson Leiber, who is also a painter whose work is featured at times in the gallery. The gardens are open to the public.

Montauk Artists
    The Montauk Artists Association will hold its sixth annual juried fine arts show on the hamlet’s green from tomorrow through Sunday. A number of inventive artists in all mediums will be at booths to display their work. A full listing of the participants is on the association’s Web site. The show will be held rain or shine and admission is free.
Enteles at Nightingale
    Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill will show “Cara Enteles: Sheen” beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Ms. Enteles is fascinated by nature and concerned with the environment. She examines situations where human activity threatens nature but still conveys the beauty found there. Her works are organized in thematic series based on specific environmental issues, such as the collapse of honeybee colonies.
    She works on industrial supports, aluminum sheets, and layers of Plexiglas, which are often bolted to the wall. These create a strong contrast with the organic subject matter. The transparency of the Plexiglas allows her a three-dimensional representation, and she paints on both sides of it. The show will run through July 4.

Mannix and Hamptons Hang
     Karyn Mannix Contemporary will open a show tomorrow at Hamptons Hang, a gallery behind Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill. “Vernacular,” which features South Fork artists, will be on view and will have a reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants include Ralph Carpentier, Carly Haffner, Scott Hewett, Mary Laspia, Dalton Portella, and Doug Reina. The show will remain on view through June 15.

Memorial Day Art Show
    The Southampton Artists Association’s Memorial Day show will exhibit works by East End artists at the Southampton Cultural Center through June 2. It will include the mediums of painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing. A reception will be held on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Met Buys a Stuart
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased a 1969 work by Michelle Stuart titled “Scanning Sequence.” It is now in the museum’s show “Land Marks,” with work by Robert Smithson, Richard Long, Huma Bhabha, Ana Mendieta, Anselm Kiefer, and others.
    Ms. Stuart will also be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill this summer.

Once More Around the Block
    The ArtWalk Hamptons art tour will return on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. to explore five galleries with new shows in East Hampton Village. Participants will start at Eric Firestone Gallery on Newtown Lane and continue with visits to Vered Gallery, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Harper’s Books, Halsey Mckay Gallery, and QF Gallery.
    The tour will be led by an artist who will share insider information about each show. The suggested donation is $20. It will be held rain or shine.