Arthur Pinajian’s life and legacy combine to form one of those stories that should be made into a book or movie, and it was. Yet, it wasn’t about him specifically. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “Bluebeard: The Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian” is about an eccentric Armenian-American painter who knew all the big boys of Abstract Expressionism but chose to paint his own art in obscurity and died unknown. This is also Pinajian’s story in brief, and the similarities in “Bluebeard” continue, but you get the idea.
Pots at Horowitz
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton will present “Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka: Still Life With Pots” beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.