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The Art Scene: 07.18.19

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:22

Sports Imagery at Firestone

“Wide World of Sports,” an exhibition of artworks that feature sports as subject matter, will open at Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton with a reception Friday at 6 p.m. and continue through Aug. 10.

The work ranges from the incorporation of sports equipment to portraiture to formal abstraction to absurd mash-ups of art history and spectacle. Represented artists include Michael Combs, David Hammons, Howard Kanovitz, Deb Kass, Robert Longo, Jeanette Mundt, LeRoy Neiman, Howardena Pindell, Andy Warhol, and Wendy White.

 

Two Shows at Rental

Rental Gallery in East Hampton will present “Vanquishing Ocular,” a group show organized by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg, and “Squirrel Hunting,” paintings by Robert Davis, from Saturday through Aug. 19. A reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

“We’re casting a very wide net, one that is not generational or stylistic,” Mr. Salle and Ms. Wittenberg said in a statement. “The commonality is attitude, attitude toward work and working. . . . Most [works] are improvisational, run the risk of failure, don’t blink or flinch.”

Using personal and appropriated imagery, Mr. Davis inserts markers of lower-class life into his lushly rendered paintings, thereby reflecting on the disparity between his origins and the context in which his work is seen.

 

Adam Handler at Janet Lehr

“To Feel It, and to Love It,” a show of paintings by Adam Handler, will open at Janet Lehr Fine Arts in East Hampton with a reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through Aug. 7.

Mr. Handler studied life drawing in Italy with Len Stokes, and his paintings and drawings have a deliberately childlike quality, with flat, colorful, cartoonish people, flowers, and animals frontally filling each surface.

 

Edwina Lucas at Ille Arts

“Above and Below,” a show of paintings by Edwina Lucas, will be on view at Ille Arts in Amagansett from Saturday through Aug. 13, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ms. Lucas, who lives and works in Sag Harbor, paints from life and in natural light as often as possible. Her work ranges from landscapes to flora and fauna to images of water, including a series of swimmers in a pool, lit by sunlight from above and by its reflection on the bottom of the pool. In addition to works from the water series, the show will include images of flowers, small mammals, birds, fish, and insects.

 

Seven at Ashawagh

“At the Hall,” a group exhibition of paintings by seven artists, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from Friday through Tuesday. A reception will take place Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and the show will be open daily from 11 to 6.

Participating artists are Susan Friend, Sophie Nadell, Zoe Denahy, J. Wojtu­siak, Richard Oriolo, Michele Berman, and Dorothy Kopelman.

 

“Vantage Point”

“Vantage Point,” an exhibition of work by Paul Balmer, Dinesh Boaz, Tanya Minhas, and Stephen Bezas, is on view at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton Thursday through Aug. 11. A reception will be held on July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The colors, shapes, and primitiveness of Mr. Balmer’s New York cityscapes reflect his roots in South Africa and Australia. Mr. Boaz’s photographs of Tel Aviv beaches, the Judean desert, and the Dead Sea were captured from chartered helicopters.

Ink, paint, and yarn are the materials Ms. Minhas uses to create her organically repetitive drawings. In Mr. Bezas’s new series, a word or words are covertly spelled out by colored squares, circles, or other shapes.

 

Studio Sale

A studio sale of paintings and photographs by Beryl Bernay, organized by Elena Prohaska Glinn, Teri Kennedy, and Carol Gonzalez, will take place Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 18 Neck Path in Springs. The work will include photographs taken by Ms. Bernay when she was a foreign correspondent for the United Nations, pen-and-ink sketches of Paris and New York City, and a selection of her 1940s fashion designs.

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