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.
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.
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.
Orlando Hand Bears’s painting of Ephraim Byram, from 1834, is a life-size portrait of an important figure in Sag Harbor history. Martin Cohen, who once had a gallery on Madison Avenue and shops in Water Mill and Wainscott many years ago, will have it for sale at his booth at Market Art + Design beginning today.
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced this week that Edward Norton will receive a Career Achievement Award during this year's festival, citing a career of acting in as well as producing and directing a number of acclaimed and award-winning films.