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  • This year, LongHouse’s arts committee has made some bold and dramatic selections well suited for the unique environment.
  • Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton has two shows of note currently on view, addressing the evolving nature of photography and mechanical reproduction. Bryan Graf balances nostalgia and critical distance in his examination of historical approaches and more abstract uses of the medium, while Ethan Greenbaum plays with familiar imagery and takes it to an abstracted realm, with vacuum-formed photographs and loose 3-D prints of common objects.
  • The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs will present “Elaine de Kooning Portrayed,” a show that will include portraits of the artist both by her hand and those of others beginning next Thursday.
  • Snow-capped mountains, a group of Turner paintings, and industrial shipping docks might not be the first thing one thinks of when visiting the South Fork, but the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill plans to give visitors a world tour of some unusual places in the guise of Andreas Gursky photographs beginning Sunday.
  • Sara Nightingale is an energetic free spirit who manages to be a savvy art dealer. She is not immune to trends, but finds unique angles and original ways to feature them in her Water Mill gallery. Mostly, she trusts her eyes and her ability to make her view of things appealing to an audience.
  • This year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse reflects a softening of both palettes and textures. Grasscloth is the preferred wall covering, and trend-watchers will note that decorative wall painting treatments, such as ragging and other techniques, are back as well.
  • The simple and colorful geometric abstractions of Eric Brown seem weighty with history even as their mostly sunny facades can look simple and unassuming.
  • Given the circumstances, it would be hard to imagine how a close friendship could have begun between Alex Kilgore and Lisa de Kooning.
  • LongHouse Reserve’s “On Gossamer Wings” benefit will be held on July 18, but the art auction tied to it is already online at the Paddle8 website. This year’s auction features unusual and exceptional works by Ross Bleckner, Kiki Smith, Cindy Sherman, Richard Meier, Christo, Donald Lipski, Takashi Soga, Ross Watts, Jack Youngerman, and many more.
  • The first thing you notice upon entering “A Walk,” the new exhibition at the Tripoli Gallery in East Hampton, is the white wall-to-wall deep-pile carpeting — not so much how it looks but the way the feet sink into it and the slight resistance it provides — almost an impediment — even as it also soothes.

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