The Art Scene: 10.11.18

Local Art News

Christensen at Ille Arts

“Stax and Meters,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Don Christensen, will open at Ille Arts in Amagansett with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and remain on view through Nov. 12. The show will include acrylic-on-wood-panel and oil-on-paper paintings. The scale of Mr. Christensen’s work has become more intimate, but the change in size has not altered the overall feel of color and shape configurations the artist is known for. 

The title of the show reflects Mr. Christensen’s long background as a working musician, which also informs the rhythm and tonality of his paintings. Stax is a legendary Memphis record company, and the Meters are “one of the funkiest bands ever,” according to the artist.

 

At the Firestone Loft

The Eric Firestone Gallery of East Hampton will show “Martha Edelheit, Flesh Walls: Tales From the ’60s” from Wednesday through Dec. 15 at its New York space at 4 Great Jones Street. An opening will take place on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ms. Edelheit, who now lives in Sweden, established herself in the downtown avant-garde art scene in New York City in 1960, when she had her first solo exhibition at the artist-run Reuben Gallery, which also showed Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, and George Segal, among others. 

The Firestone show will include the “Flesh Wall” paintings from the mid-1960s, which conflated the body, markings on the body, tattoos, canvas, and wallpaper.

 

Susan Vecsey in Chelsea

A solo show of paintings by Susan Vecsey, who lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, will open Thursday at the Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through Nov. 10. 

Ms. Vescey’s recent abstractions call to mind both Color Field painting and landscapes. The woods, beaches, farms, and big skies of the East End inspire her, but her work strips those images of their specificity, resulting in “abstract art that looks familiar,” according to a release.

 

Shiflett on Lower East Side

Drew Shiflett, who also divides her time between New York and East Hampton, will have a solo show of her early sculptural works at Lesley Heller Gallery on the Lower East Side from from Wednesday through Oct. 21, with a reception set for Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

In the pieces from 1984 to 2006, Ms. Shiflett examines surface, structure, and texture in complex works that are defined by process and her materials, which include handmade paper, polyester stuffing, Styrofoam, cheesecloth, wood, metal scrap, glue, and plaster.