Recent Stories: Art Blog

Jennifer Landes
January 8, 2015

The Southampton Cultural Center will celebrate Black History Month a bit early this year with a show dedicated to six regional and local artists opening on Saturday.

Those exhibiting will include: Rosa Hanna Scott, a painter and photographer; John Pinderhughes, a photographer; Reynold Ruffins, an abstract artist; Tina Andrews, an abstract painter and sculptor; Sheril Antonio, a photographer; and Danny Simmons, an abstract artist.

Jennifer Landes
January 5, 2015

The Southampton Cultural Center has added an additional audition for “A Chorus Line” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Michael Disher will direct the Pulitzer-prize winning play with music by Marvin Hamlisch, who was a long-time Sag Harbor and Westhampton resident, with lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante.

Although the starring roles of Zach and Cassie have been cast, there are still several roles, particularly male roles, that have not been filled.

Christopher Walsh
December 11, 2014

The most toxic form of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, was present among the bacteria that were first detected in July in Georgica Pond in East Hampton. The finding was the result of research conducted by Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University on behalf of the East Hampton Town Trustees, who closed the pond to the harvesting of marine life through the summer and fall.

Jennifer Landes
December 5, 2014

A battle between titans of the worlds of finance and art has gone to Larry Gagosian, who beat back a lawsuit from Ronald Perelman over a deal gone sour. 

Mr. Perelman's fraud lawsuit against Mr. Gagosian, filed in 2012, was dismissed by a New York State appeals court panel on Thursday.

Jennifer Landes
December 2, 2014

While the actual Art Basel Miami Beach fair won’t open to the public until Thursday, many of the satellite fairs sprouting up all over Miami this week will open their doors to patrons today and tomorrow.

Untitled, one of the fairs on the beach and the home of Eric Firestone Gallery and Halsey Mckay Gallery for the week, had its vernissage last night and will hold a VIP preview today before opening to the public tomorrow.

Jennifer Landes
November 13, 2014

Artists associated with the East End helped Christie’s auction house take in a record-breaking $853 million on Wednesday night, with Andy Warhol leading the way with two works, “Triple Elvis” and “Four Marlons,” achieving $81.9 million and $69.6 million, respectively. Out of 80 lots, there were 30 by artists who have lived and worked here over the past century.

Durell Godfrey
Morgan McGivern
October 30, 2014

The Parrish Art Museum opened two new exhibitons on Saturday night and presented a performance and talk by two of the artists now on view on Sunday.

A sizable group gathered on Sunday to hear Steven and William Ladd discuss their installation and exhibition "Mary Queen of the Universe," centered on their childhood and Catholic school education in Missouri.

Jennifer Landes
photos by Durell Godfrey
October 28, 2014

A colorful and artistic crowd gathered at Guild Hall  on Saturday night to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: "Mary Ellen Bartley: Leaning Above the Page" and "New Additions and Works From the Permanent Collection."

Jennifer Landes
photos by Durell Godfrey
September 30, 2014

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons celebrated the 10th edition of its calendar on Saturday night at the Water Mill home of Sandra Powers, who is this year's pet calendar chairwoman.

Previous artists such as Paul Davis, Carol Saxe, and Billy Sullivan joined Eric Fischl, who conceived this year's cover. 

Calendars are on sale now through ARF. Those interested can call Kathy at 537-0400,extension 214.

Mark Segal
September 2, 2014

The annual Box Art Auction to benefit East End Hospice will take place Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ross School Center for Well-Being in East Hampton. Now in its 14th year, the event is the hospice’s only annual fund-raiser held in East Hampton.

Each year, approximately 100 artists transform small cigar and wine boxes into works of portable art. Among this year’s participants are Jennifer Cross, Eric Fischl, Connie Fox, April Gornik, Priscilla Heine, William King, Rex Lau, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, and Frank Wimberly.

photos by Durell Godfrey
Jennifer Landes
August 29, 2014

The Water Mill Museum is holding its annual quilt show through Sept. 14. A tradition spanning almost three decades, the show features dozens of quilts hung and draped over every available surface, making a riot of color and patterns throughout the old mill space.

Each is hand-crafted and reasonably priced for both new and vintage pieces. There are traditional quilts, baby quilts, and crazy quilts.

A special queen-sized quilt up for raffle features shades of blue and yellow and will be awarded to a winning ticket on Oct. 11 at the museum’s Bowls of Plenty event.

Jennifer Landes
August 21, 2014

There are only three more performances of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Mulford Farm, presented by the Hamptons Independent Theater Festival, known more familiarly as HITFest. If you can, see all three.

The two-hour production is a delight from start to finish, harnessing a bit of Ariel’s magic to make the spare set and staging as engaging as the acting is polished and professional, rivaling Public Theater productions in Central Park I’ve seen over the years.

Morgan McGivern
July 31, 2014

On Saturday night, Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons hosted their Art for Life benefit at Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton. 

Soledad O’Brien served as emcee for the event, which honored Michael R. Bloomberg, Valentino D. Carlotti, Jason Flom, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Carrie Mae Weems. Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow and Whodini performed. The event’s Honorary Chair was Star Jones.

Jennifer Landes
July 30, 2014

The Watermill Center held its benefit “One Thousand Nights and One Night/Sleepless Nights of Sheherazade” on Saturday night with Jim Jarmusch playing guitar in the Zen room and guests such as Philip Glass and Isabelle Huppert milling about the grounds. The party raised $2.2 million for the center’s International Summer Program and its year-round artists residencies and education programs.

Jennifer Landes
Morgan McGivern
July 25, 2014

Although Southampton Town police officers did their best to keep traffic moving on County Road 39, drivers heading to the fair mixing with the regular summer evening traffic made for a messy commute on Thursday night.

Jennifer Landes
photos by Durell Godfrey
July 22, 2014

“White Hot + Blue” was the theme of this year’s LongHouse Reserve’s benefit in East Hampton on Saturday and the grounds and guests were done up just right.

Jennifer Landes
Morgan McGivern
July 16, 2014

The Parrish Art Museum’s sold-out Midsummer Party on Saturday night raised $1.25 million and attracted some 1,000 guests.

The event honored Inga Maren Otto, a philanthropist, and Katharina Otto-Bernstein, a filmmaker and author.

photos by Durell Godfrey
July 15, 2014

Anyone traveling by the Schenck gas depot on Newtown Lane on Friday may have thought they were in Williamsburg for a moment as William Quigley, Ben Moon, and Alexander George McCue brought a very Brooklyn vibe to their “Mash-Up Society,” an art show and party held in Mr. Quigley’s studio space in a garage on the property. 

Morgan McGivern
Jennifer Landes
July 11, 2014

Thursday night was the night to be in Bridgehampton. Long lines of cars snaked through the back roads and front roads around the Bridgehampton Museum and Nova's Ark where two annual art fairs have taken up residence for the next few days.

It was the opening night for both ArtHamptons and Art Market Hamptons and even those with black cards, VIP passes, or other bells and whistles on their forms of entry had a tough time negotiating parking.

Inside, however, all was lively and fun, as these photos of the Art Market Hamptons fair by Morgan McGivern demonstrate. 

Jennifer Landes
July 10, 2014

An auction benefiting LongHouse Reserve is open for bidding now at Paddle 8. The sale is being held in conjunction with the East Hampton garden and art center’s annual benefit on July 19.

Jennifer Landes
July 9, 2014

Filmmakers participating in the Stony Brook Southampton’s summer shorts 20-day intensive production workshop were given a warm welcome on Monday with an opening discussion with Todd Haynes, the director of “Far from Heaven,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “I’m Not There,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Safe,” and many other original and provocative films.

Jennifer Landes
June 27, 2014
Donald Robertson, who is also known by his Instagram handle, donalddrawbertson, is a nonstop art-making tour de force.


Donald Robertson making art at his Ping-Pong table work desk at Eric Firestone Gallery              Jennifer Landes photos

Jennifer Landes
June 24, 2014

A documentary about an early pioneer of ecologically friendly architecture will be shown Monday at the Southampton Arts Center at 6 p.m. AIA Peconic will present “The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert,” which has been selected for a number of film festivals this year from Boston to Sedona and even New Zealand.

Jennifer Landes
June 17, 2014

Beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m., Paddle 8 will hold an auction of Robert Wilson’s own artwork as well as his personal collection of chairs.

Mr. Wilson told ARTINFO that his collection was being culled because he no longer had room to keep it all after moving out of his Tribeca loft. “Selling them, however, is like letting your children go,” he said. But he sees it as an opportunity for more people to enjoy them in a way he no longer can.