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The Art Scene: 08.22.19

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:41

Celebrating Summer

“Summer Rental,” a group exhibition organized by the curator, writer, and art dealer Kenny Schachter, will open Saturday at the Rental Gallery in East Hampton with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. “The show is a love letter to summers, and a celebration of life, family, art, and . . . vacations!” according to a release. It will continue through Sept. 30.

The show includes work by more than 35 artists, among them Louise Bourgeois, Henry Moore, Vito Acconci, William Kentridge, Jessica Stockholder, Rene Ricard, Rita Ackermann, Joel Mesler, and Mr. Schachter.

Two at de Kooning House

“Double Vision,” a collaboration between the artists Agathe Snow and Marianne Vitale, will be on view at the Elaine de Kooning house in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods, from Saturday through Aug. 31. The artists have taken as their premise that double vision is something to be deployed, not feared.

Visitors can be expected to encounter self-portraits in watercolors, rear-view mirrors spinning sunlight from a garden deck, studio drawings, and a basement bar serving smoky clams. Appointments to see the exhibition can be made by emailing [email protected].

Landscape Photographs

“Art in the Wild,” an exhibition of images by Robert Jacobsen, a nature and wildlife photographer, will open at Elizabeth Dow Home on Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. It will remain on view through Oct. 15.

The show includes three large pan­oramic images taken on the wetlands border between Texas and Louisiana, and a large-scale black-and-white photograph of a South Carolina oak tree said by locals to be the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River.

Thom Gilbert Doubleheader

ARC Fine Art in Amagansett will hold a reception to celebrate its final installation of the summer on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The photographer Thom Gilbert will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, “Waves: Pro Surfers and Their World,” which features 300 photographs of top surfers in Spain, New York, California, and Hawaii over a four-year period.

Across the street at Grain Surfboards, an exhibition of Mr. Gilbert’s photographs will open with a reception and book signing of “Waves” Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will continue through Sept. 8. Mr. Gilbert’s portraiture has been featured in New York magazine, Interview, Gotham, and L.A. Confidential, and he has received the prestigious Hasselblad Master award.

Six at Ashawagh

“Line and Space,” featuring work by Valley Bak, James DeMartis, Dennis Lawrence, Dennis Leri, Paul Pavia, and Aurelio Torres, will open at Ashawagh Hall in Springs with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5.

“Art and Emotion”

The Salon, the summer lecture series of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton, will conclude next Thursday at 7 p.m. with “The Nexus of Art and Emotion,” a conversation between Terrie Sultan, the director of the Parrish Art Museum, and Ross Bleckner, who is perhaps best known for his paintings that deal with loss and memory. Tickets are $15, free for members of the center.

Frankenthaler Talks

In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler,” the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will present a series of six talks on the painter’s work, her time in East Hampton, and her summers in Provincetown with her husband, Robert Motherwell.

Alicia Longwell, the museum’s chief curator, will kick off the series Thursday at noon with “By the Sea, By the Sea, 1950s,” which focuses on Frankenthaler’s life and work during that decade. Ms. Longwell will also speak next Thursday and on Sept. 5.

Alexander Nemerov, an art historian working on a new book about Frankenthaler, and the artist Clifford Ross, chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and Frankenthaler’s nephew, will talk about the artist Friday evening at 6.

Future speakers will include Avis Berman, a writer, curator, and art historian (next Thursday), and Amy Sillman, an abstract painter (Sept. 13). Tickets to each program are $12, free for members and students.

Ben Fenske at Grenning

A solo show of recent paintings by Ben Fenske will be on view at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor from Saturday through Oct. 6. A reception will be held Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The exhibition includes paintings of interiors, people, and the landscape around the artist’s home in Chianti, Italy, as well as paintings made this summer on the East End.

“Old Friends” at Ezra

The Ezra Gallery in Sag Harbor will present “Old Friends,” a group show, from Sunday through Oct. 15, with a reception set for Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Organized by Kimberly Goff, the gallery’s director, the exhibition is in part an homage to the legendary Elaine Benson Gallery, which Ms. Goff’s mother ran for more than 40 years in Bridgehampton.

“Old Friends” features work by Dana Little Brown, David Geiser, Cannon Hersey, John Hersey, Dick Stone, Sheila Isham, Ms. Goff, Priscilla Bowden, Warren Brandt, John Day, Jimmy Ernst, and Kathe Tanous.

Water Mill Pop-Up

Iron Gate East Gallery and James Salomon of Salomon Contemporary will open “A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose: Reimagining the Domestic,” a pop-up exhibition, at the Gallery at Watermill Square with a reception Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will remain on view through Sept. 22.

It will feature works in a broad range of materials and styles by Sydney Albertini, Rachel Garrard, Terra Goolsby, Talia Levitt, Nicole Nadeau, and Jo Shane.

Geldzahler Onscreen

“Who Gets to Call It Art?” is a documentary by Peter Rosen about the iconoclastic curator Henry Geldzahler. It will be shown at the Southampton Arts Center on Sunday at 6 p.m. An early champion of the work of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Geldzahler organized the landmark exhibition “New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Holly Peterson with Bob Colacello, Lisa Dennison, Max Hollein, Jane Holzer, and Mr. Rosen. Tickets are $15, $12 for members. 

Appelhof on Krasner

Ruth Appelhof, the longtime executive director of Guild Hall, whose book “Lee and Me: An Intimate Portrait of Lee Krasner,” will be published in October, will speak next Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Southampton History Museum. As a young scholar, Ms. Appelhof spent the summer of 1974 with the artist in East Hampton, and the two remained friends thereafter.

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