The Art Scene: 08.08.13

Local art news

    Tomorrow, Guild Hall will hold its Summer Gala in conjunction with the opening of the Chuck Close exhibition at the museum. A cocktail party at the show will be followed by drinks, dinner, and dancing at the Bridgehampton estate of Louise and Leonard Riggio. A live art auction will also be part of the festivities.
    Tickets begin at $500 for the exhibition preview and cocktails, and $1,200 for the entire evening and can be purchased through Guild Hall’s special events department.
    On Saturday at 3 p.m. preceding the public opening of his exhibition “Chuck Close: Recent Works,” Mr. Close will participate in a free discussion with Robert Storr about his work. Mr. Storr, a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art, is a professor and dean of the school of art at Yale University.
    The exhibition will feature his recent paintings, prints, and tapestries of his iconic portraits of people he knows, or what he refers to as “heads.” Mr. Close was the recipient of the 1995 Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for visual arts. He has also been a part-time East End resident for more than 40 years, primarily in Bridgehampton. The exhibition will be on view through Oct. 14.

Prince Does Sutcliffe
    On Saturday, Harper’s Books in East Hampton will present an exhibition featuring 21 paintings and works on paper by Stuart Sutcliffe.
    “Stuart Sutcliffe: Yea Yea Yea,” organized by Richard Prince, is the first United States show since 2001 of work by the British artist, known best as a “fifth Beatle.”
    Sutcliffe died from a brain aneurysm in 1962, when he was only 21. The exhibition focuses on the body of work that he left behind and it examines its continued influence. The show will be on view through Oct. 14. There will be an opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Updates” Is Open
    Pritam and Eames in East Hampton has opened “Updates” featuring American studio furniture and other decorative objects, which will be on view through Sept. 17. 
    The show is being held in conjunction with the publication of gallery’s book, “Speaking of Furniture: Conversations With 14 American Masters,” to be published by the Artist Book Foundation in September. The show will include updates of pieces featured in the book as well as recent work actually illustrated in the book.

Monkey See
    The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will present the art of three of its members, Cynthia Sobel, Dianne Marxe, and Kathy Hammond, in a show opening today.
    Ms. Sobel is an abstract painter who is influenced by music and the rhythms of nature. Ms. Marxe, who has a background in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, expresses her love for animals in her sculptures. Ms. Hammond focuses on the unconscious in her abstractions, which evoke childhood impressions.
    The exhibit will be on view through Aug. 26. The opening reception will be on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Something Fishy
    The Southampton Historical Museum will open the exhibition “Fabulous Fish: Sculptures by John Rist Jr.,” with a reception on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.
    Mr. Rist is a Southampton native and the owner of the Herbert and Rist Wine and Liquor Store on Job’s Lane, where many of his creations have been on display for years.
    His interest in the sea stems from his childhood and it inspires him to portray fish and other marine life as his subjects. They have been the focus since 2001 of his unique sculptural works using found wood, colorful acrylic paint, and assorted hardware.
    The exhibition will be on view at the Roger Mansion through Nov. 2. The opening night is free, but regular admission will be $4 for adults and free for members and children.

Parrish Road Show
    Sydney Albertini and Almond Zigmund will be the featured artists in the Parrish Road Show this year. The program from the Parrish Art Museum takes art off the walls and outside of the museum and into different communities.
    Ms. Albertini’s project, “And Also, I Have No Idea,” will be on view from Saturday through Sept. 2, at the John Little Studio at Duck Creek Farm in Springs. The Parisian-born artist will feature soft sculptures and costumes in an interactive piece, allowing visitors to try on the costumes and sculptural heads and then be photographed. A reception will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. This exhibition will be open on weekends, from 12 to 5 p.m., by appointment.
    Ms. Zigmund’s “Interruptions Repeated” will be hosted by the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum from Aug. 24 through Sept. 10. Her installation consists of two large-scale sculptural works in the parlor of the museum. The Brooklyn artist’s blockade-like structures explore the properties of real and representational space. The reception for her work will be on Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

More Art for Amagansett
    “Amagansett Art: Across the Years,” the second annual exhibition and sale to benefit the Amagansett Historical Association, will include the work of 30 different artists. It will begin tomorrow at the Jackson Carriage House on Main Street and run through Sept. 15.
    The artists featured in the show all live in or draw inspiration from Amagansett. It will be open Fridays through Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. through Labor Day and then on weekends through Sept. 15. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

Davies’s Icons
    Ted Davies’s woodblock prints of New York City will be at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor today through Aug. 29.
    “American Icons-New York City,” will feature a bygone interpretation of the city with Chinese laundries, in-town gas stations, and the El as some of its subject matter. The artist, a Sag Harbor resident who died in 1993, used warm ochres, yellows, and browns, set off by black and the occasional flash of red, pink, and blue to add to the amber-tinted vision.
    Linda Stein’s “Bully-Proof Vests” are also on view through mid-September, along with work from another series, “Cards of Life, Cards of Death,” which examines life and culture in the 1960s.
“Evening of Art”
    The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton will host its annual “Evening of Art” on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the parrish center on Main Street.
    The evening includes a cocktail reception and silent art auction of work by artists such as Ted Asnis, Susan Alessio, Gayle Tudisco, and Alice Ryan.
    Admission is $35 and will support the church’s community outreach activities.
Boltax Is Back
    Boltax Gallery on Shelter Island is popping up this year at 21 North Ferry Road. A reception will be held on Saturday.
    Karen Boltax, the proprietor of the gallery, which operated for many years at the North Ferry Road address, will show work by gallery artists on a rotating basis. Among them will be Sarah Bereza, Nuala Clarke, Juan Doffo, Allison Evans, Meg Franklin, Matt Gag­non, Sylvia Hommert, Osamu Kobay­ashi, Julian Lorber, Andrew Nash, Pilar Olaverri, Peter Opheim, David Pappaceno, Pasha Radzeski, Reinaldo Sanguino, Mark Silverstein, and T.J. Volonis.
    The gallery will be open from noon to 5 daily, except Wednesdays.