The Art Scene: 01.09.14

Local art news

No Vacation for Grenning
    The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor is inaugurating its first warehouse sale, complete with cookies and coffee, on Saturday morning at 10. The sale, which will be held in the gallery Fridays through Mondays this month and next, includes paintings, small sketches, works on paper, and a large selection of handmade frames.

    The gallery will have a booth at the Wellington Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., through March 30. Grenning will show the works of gallery painters Sarah Lamb, Karl Dempwolf, Ramiro, Marc Dalessio, and Joe Altwer, among  others, and has invited its artists to visit Wellington and paint its landscape and culture.

William King in New York
    William King, whose eccentric and often witty figurative sculpture has earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Sculpture Center, is exhibiting at Algus Greenspon Gallery in New York City through Feb. 15.

    Mr. King grew up in Florida before moving to the city in 1945 to attend Cooper Union. He received a Fulbright grant to Rome in 1950, and then returned to New York, where he had his first exhibition in 1954. Since then he has exhibited worldwide and received numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, and three honorary doctorates.

    Mr. King is perhaps best known for his elongated, flattened figures, familiar to anyone who has driven past Goodfriend Drive on Route 114. He has created sculpture in bronze, wood, ceramic, metal, and plastic, ranging in scale from monumental public works to intimate figures and portraits. Mr. King lives in East Hampton with his wife, the painter Connie Fox.

“Altered Art” at Ashawagh
    Ruth Nasca, an East Hampton artist, is exhibiting more than 100 works through Sunday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. For more than 20 years, Ms. Nasca has been drawing and painting the human figure directly on movie posters and other public art, transforming the original into what she calls “altered art.” Her work has been shown at galleries and museums throughout Long Island.

    The exhibition is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ms. Nasca will speak about her work on Saturday at 4 p.m.