Of Demons, Savages, and Nature

At the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill

    Two major summer exhibitions, “Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet” and “Michelle Stuart: Drawn From Nature,” will open at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Sunday and will remain on view through Oct. 27.
    The “Angels, Demons, and Savages” show will focus on the cross-cultural dialogues among the Springs painter Jackson Pollock, the Philippines-born artist and art patron Alfonso Ossorio, who lived in East Hampton, and the French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet. The exhibit will explore the work of each artist, their relationships with one another, and their influences on one another.
    All three artists were united in their interest in new and experimental techniques, and they all learned from one another’s work. Ossorio, the “least visible in art history texts,” according to the museum, serves as the central figure for bringing the three artists together. On view will be a number of works by Pollock and Dubuffet from Ossorio’s former collection, seen together for the first time since they were dispersed after Ossorio’s death in 1990.
    As for Ms. Stuart, her solo show will span the period from the late 1960s to the present day. The artist is known for her lifelong interest in the Earth and the cosmos, and the show will feature her “radical redefinition of the medium of drawing,” according to the Parrish, through highlighting her early contribution to process-based sculpture and “land art,” her use of nontraditional natural materials, and her passion for photography.
    Ms. Stuart will lead a guided tour of the exhibition on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and internationally for 40 years in the collections of museums in Stockholm, Marseille, The Hague, Sydney, and Hamburg.