Recent Stories: Art Blog

Jennifer Landes
April 7, 2018
A few East Enders have shown up at this year's Photography Show put on by AIPAD, at Pier 94 this year through 6 p.m. Sunday.

New York's spring art fair season continues with the Association of International Photography Art Dealer's AIPAD's The Photography Show on view through Sunday at Pier 94 in Manhattan.

There is plenty to see, both very old and new (and new using old techniques and processes).

A few East Enders have shown up as well, including dealers such as Harper Levine, whose bustling booth of glass display cases shows to great advantage his inventory of art books and monographs.

Gary Edwards, a dealer who recently moved to Southampton from Washington, D.C.,specializes in early photography from the 1850s including salt prints and callotypes. He said he will show work by appointment while he considers whether to have a South Fork gallery space.

Jennifer Landes
April 5, 2018
The creators of "Stranger Things," a hit Netflix series, are being sued by a filmmaker who said the brothers based the series in part from ideas he first narrative short "Montauk" was screened at HIFF in 2012.

A short film devoted to the rumors surrounding government experiments at the now-dormant military installation Camp Hero in Montauk is at the center of a lawsuit involving the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Lawyers for Charlie Kessler filed the suit on Monday in Los Angeles to claim damages for what he sees as an implied breach of contract with Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer. Known informally as the Duffer brothers, they are the producers who brought "Stranger Things" to Netflix in 2015.

Jennifer Landes
April 2, 2018
Opportunities to see and even buy Peter Hujar's photographs abound this week in New York City as the artist continues his run at the Morgan Library and 15 of his prints are for sale at Friday's photography auction at Christie's, care of Dianne Benson.

The street photographer Peter Hujar is having a moment in New York City, and Dianne Benson couldn’t be more pleased.

At the Morgan Library there is a solo show celebrating the artist’s achievements and its own sizable archive of his photographs, “Peter Hujar: Speed of Life,” through May 20. Hujar was a portraitist and chronicler of downtown life in the period between the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the AIDS crisis before the disease took his own life in 1987.

Jennifer Landes
March 20, 2018
The Hamptons International Film Festival has announced the participants in its 2018 Screenwriters Lab and the leader of its open master class on April 7.

The Hamptons International Film Festival has chosen three women for its Screenwriters Lab, which will take place in East Hampton during the weekend of April 6.

The three are Esra Saydam (“The Mesopotamian”), Anu Valia (“We Strangers”), and Aemilia Scott (“Birthday Suit”).

Seeking to shape new voices and add diversity to the narratives being produced for film, David Nugent, the artistic director of the festival, said, “We are even more proud that for the first time ever we have three female screenwriters who will participate in the lab.”

Jennifer Landes
March 9, 2018
Armory week is upon us in New York City, and lots of friends of neighbors from past and present are taking part in fairs all over Manhattan.

New York City throws its biggest art rave of the year this week, with several fairs throughout the city offering an international perspective on the current art market and the state of independent curatorial practice.

Jennifer Landes
March 8, 2018
Guild Hall celebrated achievement in arts and leadership at its annual Academy of the Arts dinner on Monday at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan.

Finding a break between late-winter storms, Guild Hall celebrated its annual Academy of the Arts dinner at the Rainbow Room in New York City on Monday night.

Enjoying drop-dead Manhattan views and the musical stylings of Audrey Flack’s History of Art bluegrass band and G.E. Smith, some 245 guests also witnessed the award presentations to this year’s recipients, Harris Yulin for performing arts, Gail Sheehy for literary arts, and Ms. Flack for visual arts. Sheri Sandler received an award for leadership.

Jennifer Landes
March 4, 2018
On Sunday, films shown here at the Hamptons International Film Festival or having other connections to the South Fork were among those bringing home an Oscar.

The Academy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles gave some love to films with connections to the South Fork. 

“The Shape of Water,” which won best picture, was shown at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival along with other nominated films in the category such as “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Get Out,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Star Staff
February 19, 2018
The Hampton Classic horse show has called for submissions for artwork for its annual poster. The deadline for entries is March 1.

The Hampton Classic is hunting for the artist whose work will appear on the poster for its annual horse show in August. The posters, which almost inevitably become collectibles, have long been one of the most recognizable visual emblems of the South Fork. Past Hampton Classic poster artists include Paul Davis, Steven Klein, Jon Register, Richard Mantel, and James McMullan.

Jennifer Landes
January 23, 2018
This year's Oscar nominations, announced on Tuesday, include several films with South Fork ties.

Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and several films with South Fork ties are in the running. The winners will be announced in Los Angeles on March 4.

Jennifer Landes
January 8, 2018
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was one of the films and television shows with South Fork connections at Sunday night’s Golden Globes Awards.

Films and television shows with South Fork connections were among the winners and losers at Sunday night’s Golden Globes Awards, handed out annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The evening’s big and somewhat surprising winner was “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a selection of the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival. It won the best dramatic film award, best actress in a drama for Frances McDormand, best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell, and best motion picture screenplay for Martin McDonagh. (Mr. McDonagh was also nominated in the best director category, but lost to another director of a HIFF film, Guillermo del Toro, for “The Shape of Water.”)

Jennifer Landes
December 4, 2017

The Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall are collaborating on a series of film screenings, beginning on Saturday nights in December.

The series takes advantage of the number of visual art-related films out this year and attempts to fill the temporary void left by the Sag Harbor Cinema, which was destroyed by a fire last winter. “Now Showing” consists of the type of “art house” fare that was typically seen at the theater and will now be available at Guild Hall.

Beginning on Dec. 16, they will screen “Faces Places,” a documentary by Agnes Varda. Shown at Cannes and the New York Film Festival, the film travels through villages in France with the filmmaker and the French artist JR.

Jennifer Landes
October 25, 2017

The Intermational Fine Print Dealers Association's annual fair is still a day off, but artists with local ties are already making headlines with sales of their multiples.

On Monday, "Campbell's Soup I,"  a complete set of 10 Andy Warhol "Soup Can" screenprints from 1968, broke a record for any set of that subject, selling for $850,000, well above its estimate of $500,000 to $700,000, to a British art dealer at Sotheby's. On Tuesday, at Christie's, a set of 10 Warhol "Flowers" screenprints went for $852,000.

Single Warhol prints also led sales, with a "Marilyn" selling above its $220,000 estimate at $287,500 at Sotheby's and a "Moonwalk" selling for $212,500 at Christie's.

Jennifer Landes
October 9, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced its award winners on Monday morning, including a narrative film from Iceland and a documentary from Spain.

A neighbors' quarrel set in Iceland and a documentary about an eccentric family with big dreams limited by the harsh realities of contemporary Spain led the award winners at the Hamptons International Film Festival. 

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson's "Under the Tree," centered on the passive-aggressive tension that builds up regarding an overgrown tree, was chosen as the winner of the Narrative Competition by a jury of three panelists: Eric Kohn, an editor and film critic; Daniela Taplin Lundberg, a veteran film producer, and Harris Yulin, an actor. 

Christopher Walsh
October 8, 2017
Review: is a powerful biography of the 36th President of the United States, thrust into the presidency by Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963.

The New York premiere of “LBJ,” on Saturday night in Southampton, drew a long ovation from a Hamptons International Film Festival audience. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film is a powerful biography of the 36th President of the United States, thrust into the presidency by Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963.

Woody Harrelson delivers an outstanding performance as Lyndon Johnson, an immensely powerful lawmaker whose ambition and political skill went hand in hand with a deep insecurity, as portrayed in “LBJ.” Everyone loves the Kennedys, he privately complains to his wife, Lady Bird. They don’t even like him.

Jackie Pape
Durell Godfrey
October 8, 2017
Emerging acting talent and a lifetime of career achievement were both recognized on Saturday at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Between Variety's "10 Actors to Watch" panel and brunch and a salute to Julie Andrews in the afternoon, Saturday was all about acting at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The day began early with a 10 a.m. panel for Variety's actors, which this year include Timothée Chalamet, Hong Chau, Kiersey Clemons, Daveed Diggs, Ali Fazal, Daniel Kaluuya, Barry Keoghan, Danielle Macdonald, Kumail Nanjiani, and Grace Van Patten. Brunch followed at Nick and Toni's restaurant. 

Jennifer Landes
October 8, 2017
Filmmakers were in the spotlight on Sunday at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Filmmakers were celebrated over and over on Sunday at the Hamptons International Film Festival. It began with an early screening of Susan Lacy's biography of Steven Spielberg in Sag Harbor. Then, the New York Women in Film and Television association had their annual brunch at Mulford Farm in East Hampton.

Mariska Hargitay visited the festival in her capacity as a producer of the film "I Am Evidence," directed by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir. In the early afternoon, Rob Reiner, who started as an actor, but has been making films since the 1980s, sat for a conversation with Alison Willmore at the East Hampton Middle School.

Judy D’Mello
October 8, 2017
Set in the 1960s, "Novitiate" examines a radical time in Catholic history through the story of a girl who becomes a nun.

Since the conceit is not a universal one — how many of us can say we’ve felt the urge to join a nunnery at 17 or at any age? —writer and director Maggie Betts’ feature debut, “Novitiate,” concentrates on deftly illuminating precisely why this is the case.

Durell Godfrey
Jackie Pape
October 7, 2017
Day two of the Hamptons International Film Festival featured the star power of Jennifer Garner and Armie Hammer.

Day 2 of the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival began with morning screenings of competition films, a talk about the film world in an era of streaming services, and much, much more.

As the day went on, there were parties and receptions,  and more screenings. The star power of Armie Hammer and Jennifer Garner added a bit of sparkle to the evening hours, each supporting films shown yesterday.

Later, the cast and crew of "Wanderland" continued their celebration at Stephen Talkhouse where the cast performed live versions of the songs featured in the film.

Jennifer Landes
October 7, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival is presenting two films that address the 2016 presidential election.

This year, the Hamptons International Film Festival is showing two world premiere films addressing the 2016 presidential election. One, “11/8/16,” is a documentary from the director who covered the same ground in 2008, when Barack Obama was first elected president. The other is an acerbic fictional romp by Onur Tukel called “The Misogynists.”

Both films screened on Friday. “The Misogynists” will be shown again at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday; Jeff Deutchman’s documentary will be screened Sunday at 4 p.m., both in East Hampton.

Jennifer Landes
October 5, 2017
The 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival got underway Thursday with an opening night screening of "Itzhak," about the virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman.

On Thursday night, the Hamptons International Film Festival celebrated the opening of its 25th anniversary with a screening of the film "Itzhak," a PBS "American Masters" documentary on the violin virutoso Itzhak Perlman, at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

A sold-out crowd packed the John Drew Theater to see the film, introduced by the festival's co-chairmen, Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro. The festival presented a  short film with interviews of its founders, alumni, and current leadership describing the early days and the growth that has occured over time. Steven Spielberg recalled his visit to the first festival, where his surprise panel discussion with Martin Scorsese caused quite a stir and helped establish it as a serious endeavor.

Jennifer Landes
September 27, 2017
The auction of Edward Albee's art collection at Sotheby's in New York City raised $12.5 million for his writers' and artists' retreat in Montauk and broke some auction records in the process.

Tuesday morning’s sale of The Collection of Edward Albee at Sotheby’s in New York City broke records for many of the artists and was a rare “white glove sale,” meaning all  105 lots sold. The auction raised $12.5 million to support The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island.

Mr. Albee established the foundation in 1967, flush from his success with plays such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “A Delicate Balance.” He made provisions in his will that his art and decorative object collection be sold to benefit the foundation, and his will was honored after his death last year. Most of the art he collected had been placed in his Tribeca loft.

Jennifer Landes
Durell Godfrey
September 12, 2017
A backyard barbecue and tunes by popular local musicians was a recipe for success for the Sag Harbor Partnership's Turnpike Block Party on Sunday night, the finale of a successful Harborfest weekend.

Sunday's Turnpike Block Party at Estia's Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor featured a variety of flame-broiled meats and late-summer produce. The event capped another well-attended Harborfest weekend in the village.

The dense and happy crowd raised money for the Sag Harbor Partnership and the purchase and restoration of the Sag Harbor Cinema. The partnership's aim is to buy the site where the old theater burned down last winter and restore it to a community center capable of screening films and also hosting live events and community gatherings.

Jennifer Landes
August 31, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival will celebrate 25 years of screenings and programming at this year’s festival over Columbus Day weekend.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will celebrate 25 years of screenings and programming at this year’s festival over Columbus Day weekend.

Those attending should expect lots of star power, serious cinematic achievement, and some surprises. In order to build excitement for the weekend, the festival is already announcing a few of its films and events.

The United States premiere of “Breathe,” directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, will happen on Oct. 8. It is an inspiring love story about a couple’s quest to conquer a disease.

Jennifer Landes
August 30, 2017
On Wednesday, the Hamptons International Film Festival announced several films with ties to the East End, including its opening night film on Oct. 5, the world premiere of Alison Chernick’s “Itzhak,” a documentary about Itzhak Perlman, who has a house in East Hampton and a music school on Shelter Island.

On Wednesday, the Hamptons International Film Festival announced several films with ties to the East End, including its opening night film on Oct. 5, the world premiere of Alison Chernick’s “Itzhak.” The documentary is about the life of Itzhak Perlman, an Israeli violin virtuoso and conductor who has a residence in East Hampton and musical school on Shelter Island. Mr. Perlman will attend the screening.