The Art Scene: 09.04.14

Local art news
Tom Steele’s photograph of Accabonac Harbor will be on view this weekend in “On the Horizon” at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.

New at Drawing Room

Concurrent solo exhibitions of work by Costantino Nivola and Rolph Scarlett will open at the Drawing Room in East Hampton tomorrow and remain on view through Oct. 13.

Nivola, who lived in Springs from 1948 until his death in 1988, developed a lexicon of sculptural form ranging from monumental public commissions to intimately scaled figures and abstractions in relief, bronze, clay, marble, concrete, and sand casts. This exhibition focuses on works in clay of figures at leisure on Louse Point.

Scarlett was a pioneer of modernism whose non-objective paintings were championed by Hilla Rebay of the Museum of Non-Objective Art in New York and Solomon Guggenheim, the arts patron. His visual language changed over seven decades from rhythmic geometries, the earliest of which reflected the influence of Paul Klee, to fanciful abstractions.

Two at Halsey Mckay

The Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton is presenting solo shows by Colby Bird and Chris Duncan through Sept. 22. Mr. Bird’s exhibition, titled “Set Down,” includes five new works on paper and five new support structures that rely on wood and fruit to balance the artworks placed on top. The show is a meditation on the roles of labor and reward in the pursuit of an art career.

In “The Sun and the Air,” Mr. Duncan continues his ongoing exploration of the sun as metaphor, inspiration, and subject. For these works, the artist placed colored fabric in various locations that figure in his life and practice. Without intervention or the use of dye or emulsion, imagery emerged through time and ultraviolet exposure.

Harris and Wimberley

The Gerald Peters Gallery in Manhattan is presenting concurrent solo exhibitions of works by Tracy Harris and Frank Wimberley from Wednesday, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., through Oct. 3.

Ms. Harris, who lives in East Hampton, draws on architecture, science, and the modernist tradition in her paintings, which are embedded with buried images, both abstract and figurative.

Mr. Wimberley, a Sag Harbor resident, applies his paints shade by shade, brushstroke by brushstroke, to create what he calls a “controlled accident.” The resulting paintings are marked by overwhelming color, endless depth, and palpable texture.

Artists on Film

“Artists on Film,” an annual series presented by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs and organized by Marion Wolberg Weiss, an art and film critic, will open its 2014 season tomorrow at 7 p.m. This year’s experimental, documentary, and narrative works by and about artists will explore the theme of discovery.

The opening program will include four short films by Anita Thacher, an artist known for her work in film, video, public art, multimedia, light, architectural and sculptural installation, as well as painting, photography, and prints. Her art explores issues of perception, both spatial and personal, and is included in such public collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Subsequent programs will feature Andrea Cote, Peter Webber, and Teller. A discussion with Ms. Weiss follows each screening. Admission is $5, free for members.

Tonic Artspace in Sag

The peripatetic Tonic Artspace will pop up at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor from Sunday through Oct. 24, with a reception set for Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Bonac Tonic Art Collective was conceived in 2005 with the belief that art should be for everyone. Participating artists in the upcoming exhibition are Chick Bills, Matt Brophy, Scott Gibbons, Carly Haffner, Grant Haffner, Christine Lidrbauch, and Oliver Peterson.

Dell Cullum at Pierre’s

“When the Day Awakes,” an exhibition of photographs by Dell Cullum, will open at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton with a reception Saturday afternoon from 3 to 6. It will remain on view through Sept. 30.

The subject of the show, which will include some 25 works, is the way daybreak is shared in various East Hampton locales by human, marine, and wildlife inhabitants. Mr. Cullum, who lives in East Hampton and is a contributing photographer to The Star, is a nature photographer and filmmaker, and the owner of Hampton Wildlife Removal and Rescue.

He has photographed every sunrise for the past three years at sites ranging from Montauk to Georgica Beach. “It wasn’t until I started shooting the sunrise that I realized the secret world of wildlife that many don’t get to see,” he said. “It was a spiritual awakening in so many ways.”

Kevin Teare in Quogue

Kevin Teare, a Sag Harbor artist and musician, will exhibit watercolor studies and oil-on-Mylar paintings at the Quogue Library art gallery from Saturday through Sept. 29. A reception will be held Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30.

A visual artist and a musician, Mr. Teare draws for much of his work on popular music, specifically the work of the Beatles, “with all its sonic and compositional innovation as well as its sociological and cultural gravity.” The works in the show will be featured in his forthcoming book “The Most High (The Drop ‘T’ Logo Changed My Mind).”

Modernist Painting at Vered

“Modernist Color: The First 90 Years” will open at Vered Gallery in East Hampton tomorrow with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 21.

The birth of modernism in painting is generally placed in the 1860s. In broad terms, modernist painters were more concerned with qualities of color, shape, line, and other issues intrinsic to painting than with more traditional representation. The development of photography was also a factor in the turn away from naturalism.

The Vered exhibition ranges from a 1913 painting by John Singer Sargent to relatively recent work by such artists as Larry Rivers and Robert Mapplethorpe. Other well-known names include Man Ray, John Sloan, Milton Avery, Arthur Dove, Arshile Gorky, and Helen Fran­kenthaler, among others.

Landscapes at Grenning

“Summer Landscapes,” an exhibition of work by plein air artists, is on view at Greening Gallery in Sag Harbor through Sept. 28. While many of the painters live on the East End, some travel from as far away as Italy to limn the local landscape.

Participating artists are Nelson White, Ben Fenske, Ramiro, Melissa Franklin, Marc Dalessio, Daniel Graves, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Edward Minoff, Mary­ann Lucas, and Hal DeWaltoff.

Photography in Montauk

The Depot Gallery in Montauk will present this year’s Montauk All-Photography Show from today through Sept. 15, with an opening reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The seven photographers, who employ a wide range of images and techniques, are Jerry Cooke, Lori Corless, Garry Giliberti, Anne Palermo, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Hiram Jacob Segarra, and Rich Silver.

On the Horizon

“On the Horizon,” an exhibition of work by contemporary landscape artists, will take place Saturday and Sunday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show, which has been organized by Ellen Dooley, will include paintings, photographs, drawings, sculpture, and mixed media, in works where the literal gives way to each artist’s unique interpretation.