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The Art Scene: 10.10.19

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:45

Matthew King at Harper’s

“Recurring Paintings,” a solo show of work by Matthew King, will open at Harper’s Books in East Hampton on Saturday, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Like his new paintings, Mr. King’s previous work explored Minimalism, geometric abstraction, and color interaction.

The new works, however, are “a little more open,” according to the artist. Instead of painting on industrial materials such as chipboard, he now builds and stretches his own shaped canvases, and he has abandoned the use of straight edges as guides in favor of less precise hand-painted borders between colors. The result is a more organic, personalized touch.

The show will run through Dec. 1.

Mostly Abstraction

“Mostly Abstract VI,” a group exhibition of work by 12 artists who work in clay, wood, metal, glass, paint, or resin, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from Saturday through Monday, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Participating artists are Barbara Bilotta, Casey Chalem-Anderson, Anahi DeCanio, Anna Franklin, Robert Leibel, Mary Milne, Lesley Obrock, Bo Parsons, Sheila Rotner, Lieve Thiers, Mark Zimmerman, and Beth Barry, an abstract landscape painter who has organized the show for the past five years.

The Joy of Painting

Folioeast is returning to Malia Mills at 55 Main Street in East Hampton for the fourth fall-winter season with “For the Love of Painting,” an exhibition of work by Shari Abramson, Michele D’Ermo, and Janet Jennings that will run from tomorrow through Nov. 10. A reception is set for Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“The show is a celebration of painting, the beauty of brushstroke, color, and texture, expressed on the canvas,” according to Coco Myers, Folioeast’s founder and curator. The show will include abstracted landscapes and purely abstract pieces, with colors ranging from subtle to vibrant.

Photography at MM Fine Art

MM Fine Art in Southampton will present “Fall Photo,” its second annual group photography exhibition, from Saturday through Oct. 27, with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Participating artists include Renate Aller, Linda K. Alpern, Dianne Blell, James Croak, Jeremy Dennis, Michael Dweck, Joey Farrell, Raquel Glottman, Christopher Makos, Mike McLaughlin, Jonathan Morse, Blair Seagram, Paul Solberg, Robert Strada, Christophe von Hohenberg, and John Zieman.

Alice Forman Paintings

“Alice Forman: Early Abstractions, 1956-1960,” an exhibition of paintings not seen since they were shown at the Whitney Museum in 1960 in an exhibition that included Alex Katz, Wolf Kahn, and other prominent artists, will be on view at Jeff Lincoln Art and Design in Southampton from Saturday through Jan. 15, 2020.

Ms. Forman lived and painted for much of her life in East Hampton, in a studio she shared with James Rosenquist. The paintings in this exhibition are characterized by a heavy impasto and feature colorful and abstracted views of the banks of the Hudson River, where she lived earlier in her career. 

Three Realists at Grenning

The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor will open an exhibition of paintings by Viktor Butko, Kelly Carmody, and Maryann Lucas on Saturday, with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The show will run through Nov. 10.

In keeping with the gallery’s tenets, all three artists paint from direct observation. Mr. Butko and Ms. Carmody bring a keen eye and impressionistic touch to landscapes, seascapes, and, especially, scenes of Sag Harbor. Ms. Lucas, a Sag Harbor resident, is particularly drawn to still lifes, figures, and landscapes, which are rendered in a style she calls “expressive realism.”

The Human Figure

“What About the Human Figure?” opens today at the Eric Firestone Loft in Manhattan and will remain on view through Dec. 16. Each of the artists in this exhibition of historic work — Martha Edelheit, Shirley Gorelick, and Marcia Marcus — “believed in capturing the essence of personality and identity through painting,” according to a release.

Ms. Edelheit’s work has addressed female desire, the body, and skin as a “canvas” for tattoo imagery. People on the margins of society were a frequent subject for Ms. Gorelick, who died in 2000. Ms. Marcus’s paintings have engaged motherhood, race, and identity.

A reception will be held this evening from 6 to 8 at the loft, which is at 4 Great Jones Street, #3.

Muhs and Boody in Jamesport

“Neverlands,” a show of work by Jeff Muhs of Southampton and Meghan Boody of Southold, will open tomorrow evening at the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport with a reception from 6 to 9. It will remain on view through Nov. 9.

Mr. Muhs’s paintings are sweeping terrains built up with black-and-white brushstrokes in the background that are overlaid with color fields. The exhibition will also include selection of his bespoke furniture.

Storytelling, role-playing, costuming, and Photoshop come into play in Ms. Boody’s composited images, which explore loss, struggle, and personal growth.