The Art Scene

Art Scene 20110407
Caio Fonseca’s paintings will be featured in an exhibit at East Hampton’s Drawing Room gallery opening tomorrow.

New Show at Drawing Room
    The Drawing Room will feature the work of Caio Fonseca and John Iversen beginning tomorrow.
    Mr. Iversen, a resident of Sag Harbor with a studio in East Hampton, is a jewelry artist who works in precious metals. His “Crackle” series of bracelets and brooches will be on view as well as a group of early abstract works on paper and drawings of his recent jewelry pieces.
    Mr. Fonseca will show abstractions on paper and canvas, many of which were created in his East Hampton studio. The son of a sculptor and a painter, he uses layers of gesso, acrylic paint, gouache, and wax to construct his images, imposing one color over a wilder underpainting.
Guild Hall’s Member Show
    Guild Hall is calling for entrants for its Artist Members Exhibit. The deadline for submissions is April 22. Registration materials are available online at The show will run May 7 through June 11 and is open to every artist member of Guild Hall. The artist winning top honors will earn a solo exhibit in Guild Hall’s Spiga Gallery. There are also awards for best representational and abstract paintings, best sculpture, best work on paper, best mixed-media work, and best photograph, along with a $250 Catherine and Theo Hios Landscape and an award for best new member artist, presented to one artist who is new to the members exhibit or who has not entered in the past five years.
    This year’s awards judge will be Deborah Cullen, director of curatorial programs at El Museo del Barrio in New York.

Mostly Abstract at Ashawagh
    Ashawagh Hall in Springs will once again open its doors to an an exhibit of abstract paintings. Eight artists with diverse points of view on the meaning of abstraction will share their visions. Ruth Rogers-Altmann, Mark E. Zimmerman, Barbara Bilotta, Joe Eschenberg, Haim Mizrahi, Katherine Hammond, Jim Hayden, and Jana Hayden will participate.
    The show opens on Saturday with a reception that night from 5 to 8.
“Academy” at Romany Kramoris
    Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor will present work by four artists members of the “academy,” an “in-jest, self-named larger group of painters on the East End.” These members include Nancy Achenbach, Pingree Louchheim, Joan Tripp, and Richard Udice. The show opens today, and a reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.
    Ms. Achenbach works contemporary realism into oil paintings. Ms. Louchheim uses realism to present the local landscape as a storied idyll of country charm. Mr. Udice’s skies are rolling and tumbling with threatening or brightening clouds. Ms. Tripp has been re-inspired by the images of the Hubble Space Telescope and captures the ethereal delicacy and lightness of the nebulae.

Kruger in Print
    An interview with Barbara Kruger is featured in a new book by Cedar Lewisohn called “Abstract Graffiti,” which documents and examines the recent history of street art.
    Ms. Kruger discusses the days before she had a gallery when she thought about how she could put her work up for people to see. Although she tried at first to get a billboard, she found herself instead printing up posters cheaply and putting them up all over New York City. Eventually, she was given a billboard in London as part of a show she was included in there. The book was published in March by Merrell.