The Art Scene: 02.13.14

Local art news
Billy Wilder Susan Wood

Love and Passion in Water Mill
    The annual “Love and Passion” exhibition, whose theme this year is “Walk on the Wild Side,” will open Saturday in Water Mill at Hampton Hang and its neighbor the Sara Nightingale Gallery, and remain on view through Feb. 22. A collaboration between the two galleries and Karyn Mannix Contemporary, the show will feature more than 60 artists from around the country.

    The opening reception, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, will include music from Sara Nightingale’s “Blind Dates Music Lab” series, which brings together musicians who may or may not have played together before. Among the East End artists performing in both gallery spaces during the reception will be Keith Douglas, Matty Liot, Jim Turner, and Dalton Portella.

Nudes and Portraits at Vered
    “#NSFW: Bodies,” an exhibition of figural works by both modern and contemporary artists, will open at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton on Saturday and run through March 10. NSFW, an acronym for “not safe for work,” is used online to refer to potentially controversial images or subject matter.

    The show will include paintings, sculpture, and photographs by such noted 20th-century artists as Man Ray, Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Rivers, and Hans Hofmann. Contemporary practitioners include David Hockney, Eric Fischl, William King, Hunt Slonem, and Michael Dweck.

    A reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Four at Ashawagh
    “Winter of Content,” this weekend’s exhibition at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, features paintings, watercolors, and photographs by Kirsten Benfield, Rich Mothes, Jennifer Satinsky, and Jerry Schwabe. The show is on view Saturday through Monday, with a reception Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.

    Ms. Benfield, who lives in East Hampton, records her observations of East End landscapes in watercolor. Mr. Mothes, the former tennis pro at East Hampton Indoor Tennis, creates both realistic and abstract works on canvas and paper.

    Recently relocated to Amagansett, Ms. Satinsky is a photographer who specializes in family, boudoir, and wedding photographs. Mr. Schwabe, an East Hampton artist who works in a variety of mediums, will show both paintings and photographs in which the landscape figures prominently.

Marcelle in Palm Springs
    Peter Marcelle Projects, a private gallery located ins Southampton and New York City, is participating in the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair today through Sunday with work by Claudia Aronow, Peter Beard, David Gamble, Jim Gemake, Steve Miller, Dan Rizzie, Alexis Rockman, Marc Sijan, John Walker, Jamie Wyeth, Gavin Zeigler, and others.

Susan Wood in Dublin
    Susan Wood, an internationally published photographer who lives primarily in Amagansett, is having a solo exhibition of outtakes from her archives at the City Assembly House in Dublin through Feb. 22. Titled “Close Up,” the show includes unrehearsed shots of such actors and directors as Billy Wilder, Joseph Losey, Marcello Mastroianni, Peter Fonda, John Wayne, and Billie Whitelaw.

    Ms. Wood’s work has appeared for more than 30 years in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Times of London, and Newsweek, and is represented in the Library of Congress and Getty Images. In addition to film-related photographs, she is the co-author of “Hampton Style,” for which she took more than 250 original photographs of houses, gardens, and art studios on the East End.

    The Dublin exhibition has been curated by Deirdre Brennan in association with the Irish Georgian Society and the Jameson Film Festival.