The Art Scene: 08.15.13

Local art news
A Thomas Moran watercolor, “Smoking Ships at Sea,” will be part of “Water,” a new show at the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton.

Modernism at Vered
    Vered Gallery in East Hampton is currently recognizing the centenary of American Modernism with a show featuring the work of some of its earliest practioners. “Celebrating 100 Years of American Modernism 1913-2013” will be on view through Sept. 12.    
    The show includes oil paintings by John Graham, Marsden Hartley, and Milton Avery, works on paper by Oscar Bluemner, Charles Sheeler, and Alvin Langdon Coburn, vintage photography by Coburn, Man Ray, and Alexander Rodchencko, and furniture by Carlo Bugatti.
    Janet Lehr, who brought the show together, has been a curator with the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Museum, the Detroit Art Institute, and many more, helping the institutions to build their photography collections.
    The organizers note that Modernism had to develop in order for the visual arts to stay relevant after the invention of photography, drawing similar conclusions to cultural critics who examined the relationship early in the 20th century.
    The exhibition traces the Modernist moment in this country to the Armory Show in Manhattan during the winter of 1913, which was a catalyst for American artists who were already choosing to channel the current styles of European painters into their own work and who exhibited alongside them.
    The Vered show ends with Milton Avery, whom the gallery deems the last American Modernist. The photographers whose work is shown were members of Alfred Stieglitz’s Photo Secessionists and other even more experimental groups.

Artists Do Montauk
    The annual juried fine art show on the Montauk Green, presented by the Montauk Artists Association, will return tomorrow through Sunday. The show, in its 19th year, has become a signature event for artists on Long Island.
    Eighty national and international artists and artisans will converge on the hamlet to present their original handmade creations. The show opens tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m. and will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. There is no charge to attend.

Summer Favorites at Booth
    Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor is showing “Summer Favorites,” photographs, through Aug. 25. The artists include Eric Meola, who is showing images of Bruce Springsteen he took for the “Born to Run” album cover and other related pictures. Michael A. Clinton, Stephen Wilkes, Blair Seagram, Burt Glinn, Herb Friedman, and Ms. Tulla Booth herself are also featured.

McMullan’s Studio at 4 p.m.
    James McMullan’s Sag Harbor studio will be open today at 4 p.m. for Canio’s Master Artist Studio series.
    Mr. McMullan is known for his Lincoln Center Theatre posters, book cover illustrations, and New York Times Book Review illustrations, in addition to a number of award-winning children’s books with his wife, Kate McMullan. The cost of the visit is $30 and reservations are required through the store.
    On Sunday at the bookstore from 4 to 6 p.m., Canio’s will host a reception for James Britton’s show of paintings and woodcuts. Mr. Britton is known  primarily for his landscapes of Sag Harbor and eastern Connecticut; this show will include his rarer woodcuts of literary figures. He worked in Sag Harbor in the mid-1920s, where he created these woodcuts and some of the paintings. The show, which goes on view today, will remain at Canio’s until Sept. 12.
 
Lee Essex Doyle at Marcelle
    Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton will show works by Lee Essex Doyle beginning Saturday, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    The contemporary artist takes inspiration from her travels in India and Africa and uses her own sense of color and rhythm in interiors and landscapes which are layered in patterns, textures, and colors, according to the gallery.
    The show remains on view through Aug. 25.

Something Wet
    “Water,” the next exhibition at the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton, will present various East End artists across many decades dealing with the subject of water.
    The gallery is marking its fifth anniversary  with a broad range of artists, including Ross Bleckner, William Merritt Chase, Willem de Kooning, James de Pasquale, Roy Lichtenstein, and Thomas Moran. Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will also have work featured.
    There will be an opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sip and Sketch
    The Parrish Art Museum will offer a new “Sip and Sketch” social club tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. in its theater, with a theme of “at the beach.” All levels of skill and background will be welcomed.
    Participants have been invited to bring pads and drawing materials to sketch two live models, Sylvia Channing and Christian Scheider, who will be in bathing suits. Drinks will be available for purchase at the museum cafe.
    Barbara Thomas, who teaches other art classes at the museum, will be the instructor for those would like some help with their sketches. Tickets are $10, free for members, and can be purchased at parrishart.org. Advance registration has been recommended, as space is limited. 

Ray Parker in Southampton
    Ann Madonia Antiques in Southampton Village will show Ray Parker’s paintings beginning today through Aug. 29. The artist, an East Hampton Abstract Expressionist and associate of Willem de Kooning, died in 1990.

Take Me Out
    Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton will present “Seventh Inning Stretch,” a show organized by Carlo McCormick and Mr. Firestone, beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
    The artists will include Daniel Arsham, Slater Bradley, William Coupon, Carlton DeWoody, Sebastian Errazuriz, Tony Fitzpatrick, Elissa Goldstone, Susan Grayson, Jeanette Hayes, Neil Jenney, Deborah Kass, Eva LeWitt, Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman, Andrea Mary Marshall, Guy Overfelt, Raymond Pettibon, Garrett Pruter, Kathy Rudin, Tom Sanford, Shelter Serra, Randy Slack, Jim Thompson, JJ Veronis, Nari Ward, Eric White, Wendy White, Rob Wynne, and Dustin Yellin.
    The theme of the work is baseball, a “sampling of some of the ways in which baseball has entered the lexicon of contemporary visual art,” according to Mr. McCormick.


Last Chance in Riverhead
    Many favorite South Fork artists are included in a show Hope Sandrow has organized called “Summer of Love: Found and Lost” at Art Sites in Riverhead, which will be on view through Sunday.
    According to the artist and curator, the context of the show and its themes are centered around both Occupy Wall Street and the summer of 1967, known as the Summer of Love, when thousands gathered in San Francisco and New York City to press for social change. It was inspired by the recent bombings in Boston, which stand in stark contrast to the more reflective events.
    Some of the artists are students themselves at Stony Brook University, while others come from that other generation of protesters, and every age in between.    
    Brooke Bofill, Nicole Hixon, Nichols Warndorf, Geoff Hendrick, Nobuho Nagasawa,  Jameson Ellis, David Martine, Sabina Streeter, Christine Scuilli, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Caterina Verde, Ulf Skogsbergh, Peter Hujar, Sur Rodney Sur, Allan Wexler, Gabrielle Selz, Robin Tewes, Hideaki Ariizumi, Almond Zigmund, Christopher French, Walter Robinson, Deb Willis, and Ms. Sandrow herself all contribute to the varied responses and mediums on display.

Fonseca Paintings
    The Drawing Room gallery in East Hampton will show Caio Fonseca’s new paintings on paper beginning tomorrow through Sept. 30.
    The artist is currently working in gouache, an opaque watercolor, on paper culling abstractions of his surroundings here, in New York City, and Pietrasanta, Italy. As the gallery describes it: “. . . movement activates the picture field in which bold, rhythmic swath of color dance across textured white grounds recalling Mediterranean light.”
    Through all of his work, his background as a musician is also apparent, “the imagery coheres into rhythmic, animated synergy.”