Recent Stories: Art Blog

Jennifer Landes
Durell Godfrey
April 14, 2014

     LongHouse Reserve offered a preview to both a sale of textiles from the collection of Jack Lenor Larsen and to what patrons will see on Saturday when the gardens open to the public for the season.

Jennifer Landes
April 13, 2014

     If you look up Sammy’s Beach on the Internet, you are given maps, a lot of real estate listings, and a few photographs of a bay beach, typically with a lot of tire ruts. On Instagram it’s different, more arty shots of wind blown waves on a rocky shore, abstract amalgamations of jingle shells and seaweed, dramatic sunsets, and the like.

Morgan McGivern
Jennifer Landes
April 8, 2014

     The Spring Fling at the Parrish Art Museum may have been causing delays on the highway in front of its Water Mill headquarters, but over in East Hampton several gallery exhibitions opening on Saturday night, kept many residents close to home.

Jennifer Landes
April 8, 2014

     If you think the tabs on pop top cans are mundane subject matter,  Alice Hope will likely change your mind with a show at  the Ricco Maresca Gallery in Chelsea. There, viewers will find a range of tab-inspired artworks that either incorporate the small metal pieces of  flotsam, elevate the form to sizable hanging sculpture, or come up with other interpretations wholly unique to the artist.

Jennifer Landes
March 25, 2014

     Shigeru Ban, an architect known for both high-end and humanitarian projects using environmentally sensitive and recycled materials, has won this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize it was announced Monday.

Durell Godfrey
March 24, 2014

     The Wednesday Group of plein air painters opened their spring show "Town and Country" at Ashawagh Hall on Saturday night. The show included local landscapes and New York City scenes. Participating artists included Anna Franklin, Peter Gumple, Jean Mahoney, Deb Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Gene Samuelson, Joyce Silver, Christine Chew Smith, Frank Sofo, and Pam Vossen. Ms. Peifer served as curator.

Morgan McGivern
March 18, 2014

     Five South Fork artists took over Ashawagh Hall on Saturday and Sunday with their show "Under the Influence," insprired by their time as docents at the Pollock-Krasner House in Springs.
     Sara Coe, Pam Collins Focarino, Ruby Jackson, Tracy Jamar, and Rose Zelenetz took their theme both from the lasting artistic influence of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner as well as the double entendre and its allusions to drinking, something else Pollock was famous for in his lifetime.

Morgan McGivern
March 13, 2014

     When people look at art, they are more likely looking at the medium than what is supporting it. Denise Gale thinks differently.
     At "Paper and Canvas in Conversation," her show that opened at Ille Arts in Amagansett on Saturday, the support was the feature that inspired her to organize a show of work by Eugene Brodsky, Don Christensen, Mary Heilmann, Anne Russinof, Arlene Slavin and herself.

Jennifer Landes
March 9, 2014

     I had not planned on going to the Art Dealers Association of America show at the Park Avenue Armory so late. Initially, it was on my schedule for Thursday as my first drop in of the weekend, but I got in later than I thought, other plans arose, and the next thing I knew it was Sunday and it was quiet.

Jennifer Landes
March 9, 2014

     Despite a reported increase in "fair fatigue" among dealers and collectors and a warm sunny day outside, the Armory Show packed the piers on Saturday with long lines to get in and crowded aisles and booths all afternoon. There were 205 exhibitors spread among two piers with 146 in the contemporary section and 59 in the modern section.
     While few dealers in the contemporary section featured East End artists, the modern selection had a good representation, both past and present.

Jennifer Landes
March 8, 2014

     Seeming oddly out of the way in Soho, once the nexus of the contemporary art world, Volta NY offered a mostly focused presentation at its annual satellite fair during Armory art week in New York City.
     It was also the only fair in the city this week that attracted South Fork dealers: Halsey Mckay Gallery from East Hampton and Sara Nightingale Gallery from Water Mill. The fair was invitational and restricted to solo shows. 

Jennifer Landes
March 7, 2014

     The Bruce High Quality Foundation's final Brucennial, a biannual event timed to the Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial exhibition, is devoted only to women, this year in its final iteration. 
     Although there were rumors that some men submitted under female names, there was enough sheer quantity to earn the anonymous group a record for the largest female exhibition.

Morgan McGivern
March 5, 2014

On a cold night, it's nice to gather in the warmth of friends. Morgan McGivern stopped by the Hampton Photo Arts exhibition at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday night as a Star staff photographer and exhibitor with more than 50 of his fellow South Fork image makers.

Durell Godfrey
March 5, 2014

Halsey Mckay Gallery had a hip and lively vibe on Saturday when it opened its doors to "No Ground, but Say Ground," a group show organized by Joe Fyfe.

The Brooklyn-based artist was inspired by Samuel Beckett's "Worstword Ho" in his role as curator, chosing works that suggest "no where to locate oneself, no where to stand."

Jennifer Landes
February 28, 2014

     Li-lan, an artist who has had a studio in Springs since the 1970s, celebrated the publication of a monograph, "The Art of Li-lan: A World Achieved" with text by Carter Ratcliff, a poet and art critic for Art in America, on Thursday night at the Rizzoli book store on 57th Street in Manhattan. The book has been published by Hudson Hills Press.

Jennifer Landes
February 26, 2014

     The Watermill Center was the scene of a durational performance by Temporary Distortion on Saturday afternoon and evening. The New York City based performance group is in residence at the center and working on a new piece, My Voice Has an Echo in It.”

Morgan McGivern
February 24, 2014

     The ninth annual “Love & Passion” art exhibition, typically scheduled around Valentine’s Day, celebrated its opening a week late this year, after a snow storm on Feb. 15 led to its postponement to Saturday. The delay did not deter the South Fork community of artists, artisans, and assorted characters from coming out to celebrate.

Morgan McGivern
February 23, 2014

     The South Fork’s next generation art scene found another outpost at Kathryn Markel’s gallery. Bonac Tonic retook the walls for another winter pop-up exhibition at the Bridgehampton space with the opening of “Phenomena” on Saturday night.

Jennifer Landes
February 20, 2014

     While a discussion in an East Hampton community newspaper blog of the relevance of an Italian movement from the early part of the 20th century that has little to do with New York, let alone the East End, may be off-topic, it is still one worth offering.

Jennifer Landes
February 10, 2014

     If it wasn't for the boots, scarves, furs, and hats on display at Tripoli Gallery on Saturday night, one might have thought it was August again from the warm and sunny art on the walls.
     Darius Yektai, taking a break from the dark and brooding works he is known for, spent two weeks in Umbria last summer, traispsing around Montecastello di Vibio with paints and canvases on his back to recapture his love and the essense of painting. 

Jennifer Landes
February 6, 2014

     On Thursday night, intrepid East End artists made it into New York City to celebrate an opening of their work. Lyons Wier Gallery in Chelsea is presenting several artists invited by Beth McNeill, who lives in Southampton with her family including her husband Jeff Muhs, to show works that offer "an intense investigation of personal identities." The show is called "Seeking Engagement NSA" and offered a webcam view of the opening for those snowbound or afraid to risk the slick and slippery sidewalks and curbs of the city.

Jennifer Landes
February 2, 2014

     Harper's Books jetted west this weekend to participate in the L.A. Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.
     In addition to paintings and photographs by Elizabeth Huey and Doug Rickard, the East Hampton art and photography book dealer brought rare volumes of artist books and ephermera by or related to Robert Frank,  Pablo Picasso, Kara Walker, Keizo Kitajima, Nobuyoshi Araki, and many others.
     

Jennifer Landes
January 28, 2014

    If, given the harsh weather conditions of the past few weeks, you might have missed Richard Serra’s installations of new sculpture at two Gagosian Gallery sites in Chelsea, you are in luck. The two shows have been extended and are well worth experiencing.

Jennifer Landes
January 10, 2014

    The snow may have called off last week's opening reception of the show "Dealer's Choice" at Kathryn Markel Gallery last weekend, but it didn't stop some, like April Gornik, from popping in on Jan. 4 to see what Arlene Bujese was up to in the space on Main Street in Bridgehampton.