The Art Scene: 07.17.14

Local art news

Bill King at Art Barge
Artists Speak at the Art Barge will feature William King, a sculptor whose work is on view at Duck Creek Farm in Springs, in conversation with Janet Goleas, an artist, writer, and curator, on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Mr. King, who has lived in East Hampton since 1959, is as recognizable a figure on the East End as his elongated, silhouette-like figures. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by the San Francisco Art Institute, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Corcoran School of Art.

Artists Speak began in 1983 as a forum for artists to engage in one-on-one conversations with a moderator. Howard Kanovitz, a pioneer of Photo Realism, hosted the series in its first iteration, which lasted until 1989.

Tickets are $20, and seating is limited. The Art Barge is on Napeague Meadow Road.

“Mark Makers”
McNeill Art Group is presenting “Mark Makers,” the second exhibition at its space at 40 Hill Street in Southampton, from today through Aug. 4. A reception will be held tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition will include photographic works by Lori Cuisinier, who divides her time between Southampton and New York City; paintings and works on paper by Jeff Muhs, a Southampton native; mixed-media works on canvas and watercolors on paper by Bastienne Schmidt of Bridgehampton, and beeswax, muslin, and acrylic works on panel by Mike Solomon, who works — and surfs — in East Hampton and Sarasota, Fla.

New at Ashawagh
“B.O.W. XI,” a group exhibition that features a variety of approaches to the figure, will be on view Saturday and Sunday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Body of Work, a fluctuating group of artists united by an interest in the figure, has organized the exhibition with Esperanza Leon, a gallerist and curator. The group includes nonmembers in its shows in order to ensure the expansion of representational possibilities.

The exhibition will include new work by Rosalind Brenner, John Capello, Linda Capello, Michael Cardacino, Daria Deshuk, Ellen Dooley, Cynthia Loewen, Setha Low, Christa Maiwald, and Michael McDowell.

Ashawagh Hall will also be the site of a fund-raiser for Arts Against Addiction next Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will feature work by East End artists, musicians, and writers, hors d’oeuvres, nonalcoholic beverages, and a raffle. Tickets are $32, and proceeds will help provide treatment scholarships for individuals who need creative counseling. 

Lecture on Legacies
Christy MacLear, currently executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and formerly founding executive director of the Philip Johnson Glass House, will deliver the John H. Marburger III Memorial Lecture at Guild Hall on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Titled “New Takes on Legacy: The Artist, the Architect, and the Historic Home,” the talk will address the innovative ways in which the legacies of Rauschenberg, Johnson, and others can be used for public benefit.

The program is sponsored by the Pollock-Krasner House in Springs, where a reception will take place following the lecture, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for members of Guild Hall and the Pollock-Krasner House.

Two at Halsey Mckay
Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton will present concurrent solo exhibitions of work by Denise Kupferschmidt and Hilary Harnischfeger from tomorrow through Aug. 4, with an opening reception to be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Ms. Kupferschmidt, who lives in Brooklyn, makes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints using a minimal, geometric vocabulary that suggests early 20th-century primitivism. She will be exhibiting paintings at Halsey Mckay.

Ms. Harnischfeger, who divides her time between Brooklyn and Granville, Ohio, assembles her densely compacted sculptures from such materials as porcelain, pigment, paper, dye, crushed glass, plaster, pyrite, steel, and mica.

Ramiro Solo
The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor is presenting a solo show of paintings by Ramiro through Aug. 3, with a reception for the artist scheduled for Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ramiro paints only from life, searching for accuracy beyond physical appearance to reach the psychological state of his subject. He believes the painter must draw his information from all five senses to tell the complete human story.

Born in Venezuela in 1974, Ramiro has lived and worked in Florence since 1993. The Grenning exhibition will feature four substantial figurative works, each “representing a season of the soul,” according to the gallery.

Don’t Touch
“Tactility,” an exhibition organized by Arlene Bujese, will be on view at the Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts through Aug. 16.

Darlene Charneco uses nails, enamel, and polyurethane on wood to create wall panels inspired by personal philosophy and experience. Carol Hunt will exhibit weavings whose abstract motifs are inspired by nature.

Dennis Leri’s sculpture combines wood, paint, and strips of metal, with metal strips overlapping or interspersed with other materials. Will Ryan’s paintings are built up with layers of encaustic and leaf on board.

A reception will take place next Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Rare Drawings in Bridge
Beginning tomorrow with a reception from 4 to 8 p.m., Kinnaman & Ramaekers of Bridgehampton will be showing a group of rare, original drawings created between 1900 and 1930 as full-sized patterns for important stained glass windows made during that period. The exhibition will continue through July 27.

The drawings were made by the London firm of Clayton & Bell, one of England’s preeminent stained glass window manufacturers and only recently discovered by Ari Milner, a New York City dealer of antiques and prints.

Pinajian’s Early Nudes
“Arthur Pinajian: The Nudes,” will open today at Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton and remain on view through Aug. 4. A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists, Pinajian rarely exhibited his work and was virtually unknown. After his death in 1999, five decades of accumulated artwork were found in the one-car garage and attic of the cottage he shared with his sister in Bellport.

While the East Hampton exhibition will focus on his early nudes, he is also known for his abstract paintings and lyrical landscapes. An opening reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo Group in Water Mill
“Summer Celebration,” an exhibition of work by members of the East End Photographers Group, will be on view at the Water Mill Museum from today through Aug. 11. Eighteen photographers will show work using traditional, digital, and alternative photographic processes. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Paintings at Kramoris
Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor will present work by Anna DeMauro and Thomas Condon from today through Aug. 17, with a reception scheduled for Saturday afternoon from 4:30 to 6.

Ms. DeMauro, who lives in Sag Harbor, is a painter and sculptor who works from life to record the passage of time and impressions of the metaphysical and human condition. Mr. Condon’s recent work has focused on both urban scenes and the landscapes of the East End. He divides his time between New York City and East Hampton.