The Art Scene: 07.11.13

Local art news
At a talk by Harriette Joffe, fourth from left, at Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton, Ms. Joffe was joined by Dan Alves, Dan Weldon, Ernestine Lassaw, George Meredith, and Beth Meredith.

More Aycock, Now
In East Hampton

    The “Alice Aycock: New Works on Paper” exhibition will open on Saturday at the Drawing Room in East Hampton.
    Ms. Aycock came of age as an artist between the Modernist and Post-Modernist eras in the 1970s. She is known for her large-scale installations, public art projects, and outdoor sculptures. As the gallery notes, she is a conceptualist at heart and her drawings are driven by language, memory, fiction, and scientific and philosophical extremes.
    The show will be on view through Aug. 12.

Show Us “The money . . .”
    Tomorrow, Harper’s Books in East Hampton will open “The money . . . ,”  photography by Roe Ethridge.
    Mr. Ethridge’s background is in editorial and commercial photography. He is cognizant of the potential for high and low forms of the art to merge, much as the Pictures Generation did, in a way that has been called post-appropriative.
    The photographer’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Tate Modern in London.
    A reception will be held tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through Aug. 8.

Vered On the Edge
    This year’s version of “Art on the Edge” will open at Vered Gallery tomorrow with a 9 to 11 p.m. cocktail reception, and a satellite exhibit at art­MRKT Hamptons today through Monday. The show, now in its fourth year, is an annual survey of “the most provocative new painters, sculptors, and photographers working in their respective mediums today,” according to the gallery.
    Among the artists participating are Ron Agam, Tim Conlon, Grant Haffner, Jessica Lichtenstein, Brian Richer, and Dean West.
    The show will continue there through Aug. 5. It can also be seen on the East Hampton gallery’s Web site, veredart. com.

Midweek Mix at Ashawagh
    Beginning on Tuesday with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m., “Midsummer Mix,” a group show, will feature artists working in a variety of styles, including landscapes, medieval portraits, tapestry, Abstract Expressionism, mixed media, and representational art.
    The artists include Barbara Bilotta, Johanna Caleca, Lance Corey, Anna Franklin, Annette Heller, Robin Howe, Alyce Peifer, Sal Salandra, Dainis Saulitis, Catherine Silver, Richard Udice, and Elizabeth Weiss. It will remain on view through next Thursday.

Ortiz: Not Keith Haring
    Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton will open an exhibition of new work by Angel Ortiz, known by his tags as LA ROC or LA II, today through July 28.
    Mr. Ortiz was one of the original graffiti artists of the 1970s and 1980s. According to the gallery, he was sought out by Keith Haring in 1981 because of his distinctively unique tag. Their artistic partnership lasted five years and introduced Haring to street-art culture, arguably influencing his development as an artist.
    Mr. Ortiz, who has since created functional sculpture and work on canvas, will work in East Hampton throughout the exhibition, though not on buildings. On July 20, a reception and fashion show will be held at the gallery at 5 p.m.

Painting at Madoo
    Madoo Conservancy’s summer painting classes in Sagaponack will begin Saturday for six sessions. Eric Dever will teach and Robert Dash, the founder of Madoo, will offer critiques.
    The aim is that intermediate to advanced students develop and examine painting fundamentals in the context of the Madoo Gardens while broadening their approach. Students may use acrylic or other mediums, with the exception of oils. Classes will take place weekly from 9 a.m. to noon; the fee is $350, or $300 for Madoo members. Registration is available at

New Paintings at Grenning
    The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor will open its second show of the summer season on Saturday, with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The show features the latest works of Ramiro and Melissa Franklin Sanchez.
    Ramiro Sanchez, “a very special artist” to the gallery, is known for his depictions of the human form. Melissa Sanchez paints on copper plates, capturing the glow from her material. The exhibition includes a dual portrait by the husband-and-wife team.
    It will be on view through July 28.

Pagano at Nightingale
    The Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill is showing “William Pagano: Here and Sometimes There” through July 31.
    Mr. Pagano is a New York artist known for stripping away unnecessary form both from his own photographs and appropriated images, to focus on the line, shape, and space that remains. He utilizes the translucency of oil paint to further emphasize volume, scale, and light in his paintings.
    In his “Modern House” series, two midcentury residences serve as the main inspiration: the Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, and Twin Palms by E. Stewart Williams. Among his other subjects are various highway interchanges and the Dulles Airport terminal C, designed by Eero Saarinen.

AAranged: Aakash Nihalani
    Tripoli Gallery in Southampton will present “Aaranged,” the artwork of Aakash Nihalani, beginning today, with a reception on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    The artist uses black, white, and fluorescent tape to make Frank Stella-inspired compositions that echo the forms of urban architecture. Often Op Art in nature, the forms highlight and alter the perspective of the space they are in. New work in the show incorporates wood tiles with black silk-screened lines in geometric patterns.
    One of the artist’s site-specific works will be displayed on an exterior wall of the Parrish Art Museum during the museum’s Midsummer party on Saturday. Tripoli Patterson will be a co-host for the event, which is sold out, but tickets remain for the After-Ten dessert party.
    The Nihalani show will remain on view at the gallery until Aug. 11.

Photos at the Old Parrish
    The Southampton Center will begin its exhibition program with a show of work by Diane Tuft, a Water Mill photographer who travels to various places in the world that have high levels of ultraviolet radiation, to document the effects of infrared and UV light on the landscape. Her images from Greenland and Iceland will be on view at the new center, in the space once occupied by the Parrish Art Museum on Job’s Lane in Southampton, from Saturday to Aug. 4.
    There will be a cocktail reception on the opening night of the exhibit from 6 to 8, followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice,” presented in partnership with the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Merrill and Friends
    Peter Marcelle Gallery will present “Dina Merrill and Friends,” with work by Ms. Merrill, Ted Hartley, Virginia Burke, Lucy Cookson, Miriam Dougenis, Lynn Hanke, Bonnie Lowe, Aniik Libby, Michelle Murphy, and Alice Connick Ryan, beginning tomorrow.
    The show will open with a champagne reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through July 21.
    Ms. Merrill, known as an actress, philanthropist, and socialite, is now also an artist. She became seriously interested in painting several years ago, and her husband, Mr. Hartley, organized a painting group, led by Ms. Dougenis, to meet in their house twice a week.
    The paintings on view offer evidence of development over time of color, tone, and composition, as well as showing off a community of shared interests.

Lieberman’s Summer
In Water Mill

    The Hampton Hang gallery in Water Mill is presenting “Bruce Lieberman: Portraits of Summer” through July 25.
    The show is a selection of recent works exploring the relationship between the artist, the canvas, and the subject of an intimate Hamptons summer, according to the gallery. A reception will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hornak on View in Maryland
    The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Md., is showing “Transparent Barricades: Ian Hornak, a Retrospective” through Oct. 13.
    The artist, who died in 2002, was a longtime resident of East Hampton. He was represented by the Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery in Manhattan.
    The show will feature more than 30 of Hornak’s paintings and drawings completed between 1958 and 2002. Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz, the artist’s nephew and the founder and executive director of the Ian Hornak Foundation, will speak about the artist at the museum on Sept. 19.

Art Is in the House
    ARTed will present “a moment in the sun” by Cole Sternberg in a house in Wainscott, beginning today with a reception tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m.
    The project, with public viewing hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the weekend, is set in a farmhouse and barn as “a play on the artistic traditions of the Hamptons, concepts of artist residencies, and an environmental takeover.”
    Mr. Sternberg is a Los Angeles artist with a B.A. from Villanova and a law degree from Washington College who spent the month of June bending the house to his vision “grounded through common themes of environmentalism, media influence, and the last performance of Ray Johnson,” a Sag Harbor artist who died in 1995. The installation examines the tensions between the luxury consumerist culture and the natural beauty of the environment here. One of the works on view is a film shot on location here.
    After this weekend, the installation will be on view by appointment through Piers Beaumont at piers@artedhouse .com through July 28. The house is at 28 Wainscott Hollow Road.
    The work on exhibit is for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and Group for the East End.

   With Reporting by Sergei Klebnikov