The Art Scene 11.03.16

Local Art News
Garrett Chingery and Billy Norwich, a writer, chatted in front of Mr. Chingery’s painting “The Builder” at the opening reception for “Artists Choose Artists” at the Parrish Art Museum on Saturday. Durell Godfrey

Russian Painters at Grenning

The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor will open “Russian-American Painting Alliance,” an exhibition of works by artists from both nations, with a reception on Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The show will continue through Dec. 4.

The loose group formed several years ago during an invitational plein-air painting trip to Russia that included Ben Fenske, a painter who divides his time between Sag Harbor and Florence, Italy. Inspired to share this country’s landscapes with his new Russian friends, he organized a painting expedition to Maine and Sag Harbor this month. 

The gallery is hosting four Russian painters, Olga Karpacheva, Viktor Butko, Irina Rybakova, and Oleg Zhuravlev, whose plein-air excursions will culminate in this exhibition. They will be joined by the American painters Carl Bretzke, Stapleton Kearns, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Tim McGuire, Jesse Powell, and Mr. Fenske.


Francesco Bologna Memorial

A memorial exhibition of the artwork of Francesco Bologna, the East Hampton artist, gallerist, and frame shop owner who died in August, will take place at Ashawagh Hall in Springs with a reception on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Family members and collectors will be lending paintings and pastel works on paper.

“We are doing this in lieu of a funeral wake, which Dad didn’t want,” said his daughter Chucky Bologna. “Since this is a memorial show, there will be nothing for sale.”

Mr. Bologna, who moved with his wife, Barbara Landi, to Springs in 1963 and later to Amagansett, teamed up in the framing business with his brother-in-law, Joe Landi, and in 1982 they opened the Bologna and Landi Gallery, which had a 13-year run on Route 114 in East Hampton.


Call for Applications

Guild Hall is accepting applications for its Artist in Residence program now through Dec. 1. The residencies will run for eight weeks, from March 11 through May 7. The program will provide four emerging artists working in the visual, literary, or performing arts with living space, a stipend, introductions to the East End cultural community, and access to mentorship through Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts. Applications are available at

Guild Hall will also present “Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females, Tapestries, and Sculpture,” a free lecture by the artist Linda Stein, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Ms. Stein will address issues concerning gender, oppression, bullying, power, and justice in contemporary culture.


New at the White Room

“Phenomena of the Physical World,” an exhibition featuring the work of Penny Kaplan, Melissa Hin, Dianne Marxe, and June Kaplan, will open today at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton and run through Nov. 20. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. 

The show will also include work by Ann Brandeis, Sally Breen, Kat O’Neill, Michele Dragonetti, Ellyn Tucker, Claudia Ward, Mark Zimmerman, and Barbara Bilotta, as well as an exhibition of prints by various artists.


Drawing Classes

The Amagansett Library, in association with the Art Barge, will offer free basic drawing and figure drawing classes on Saturdays in November and December, under the tutelage of Linda Capello. 

The basic drawing class, which is open to all skill levels, will take place Nov. 5, 12, and 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Figure drawing classes are scheduled for Dec. 3, 10, and 17, also from 1 to 3. Space is limited, and registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis for each class. A $10 materials fee will be charged for each session. Those interested can register by calling the library or visiting its website.

The library is also presenting an exhibition of oil paintings by Kathlene Babros, Anne Holton, Ann Karas, Pingree Louchheim, and Gayle Tudisco through Nov. 30. A reception will be held tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m.


Steve Miller in Manhattan

“Fashion, Animal, Sound,” an exhibition of photographic works by Steve Miller, will open Wednesday at the Robin Rice Gallery in Manhattan with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and continue through Dec. 18.

The featured images are X-rays, mounted on aluminum in shadow-box frames, that display the inner mechanisms of things we cannot ordinarily see. The show also touches on themes of consumption and overconsumption in modern culture with two color photographs of Vivier Escarpin stilettos.

It also includes 3-D works, among them X-rays printed on white surfboards, and black-and-white images of flora and fauna by Mr. Miller, who lives and works in Wainscott and New York City.


Graffiti Art

The Eric Firestone Loft in New York City will present “Henry Chalfant: 1980,” an exhibition that explores in photographs a year in the city’s history, from next Thursday through Jan. 21. A reception will take place next Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

The New York Police Department deemed the year 1980 the worst year of crime in the city’s history. An 11-day subway strike gave graffiti artists uninterrupted access to subway cars, and subway art flourished in tandem with hip-hop culture.

The exhibition will include 150 of Mr. Chalfant’s photographs of graffiti-covered subway cars, many of which have never before been exhibited. His work has been shown internationally, and his Grand Street studio became a hub of activity for subway writers from across the five boroughs.

The Eric Firestone Loft is at 4 Great Jones Street.


Michael Ruggiero Photos

“Anonymous Citizens: Europe 1983-1989,” an exhibition of street photographs taken in Paris, Rome, Vienna, and London by Michael Ruggiero, a Springs photographer, will open today at Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York’s East Village and remain on view through Dec. 3. A reception will be held this evening from 6 to 8.