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The Art Scene: 09.12.19

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 17:47

Steinberg Returns

“Saul Steinberg: Drawings, Watercolors, and Objects” will open Friday at the Drawing Room in East Hampton and remain on view through Oct. 21. Organized in collaboration with the Saul Steinberg Foundation, the exhibition will highlight Steinberg’s original use of materials, iconic imagery, and wit.

More than 25 works dating from 1945 to 1994 will be presented, including wood objects such as a camera, faux wood envelopes he mailed to himself, and clocks made for each room in his house on Old Stone Highway in Springs. Many of the works were recently exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, and several drawings were first seen in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1946 exhibition “Fourteen Americans.” 

Group Show at Ashawagh

“Six at Ashawagh,” an exhibition of color-saturated abstractions and interpretations of the natural world, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. A reception is set for Saturday from 5 to 8.

The show will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, and mixed media works by Mary Antczak, Heather Evans, Pamela Collins Focarino, Ron Focarino, Nick Kiriazis, and Mica Marder.

At the Airport

“Hangar,” a pop-up exhibition presented by Tripoli Gallery and hosted by Gianpaolo de Felice, is on view by appointment through Oct. 7 in Hangar 11 at the East Hampton Airport. The show includes work by Vahakn Arslanian and Lauren West.

Mr. Arslanian uses materials such as oil paint, graphite, and nail polish in found frames to depict subjects of movement and energy, among them birds, candles, and airplanes. Ms. West’s paintings, which combine a variety of objects and animals, especially birds, often suggest biblical stories and apocalyptic events.

Private viewings can be arranged by emailing [email protected].

Five at White Room

“A Fine Line,” work by five artists who use linear precision to articulate their visions, will open Thursday at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton and remain on view through Oct. 6. A reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cho Yea Jae’s paintings contrast rough texture with pristine brush strokes. Martha McAleer builds her paintings by layering one color and one texture at a time. Oz Van Rosen glitches her own photographs with various software processes. His roots in South Africa and Australia influence Paul Balmer’s New York cityscapes. James Leonard uses a palette knife to create bold horizontal and vertical strokes in strong colors.

The Changing Ocean

“The Translucence of Time,” a show of photographs by Jonathan Lipkin, will open at the Spur at 280 Elm Street in Southampton with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Mr. Lipkin, who has studios in New York City and East Hampton, takes our perception of the ocean as his subject. In order to capture the subtly shifting nature of the sea, he leaves the camera’s shutter open for a few seconds and combines several exposures into each monumental image.

30Squared in Water Mill

Eighteen members of 30Squared, a group of East End artists formed in 2015 in response to Aubrey Grainger’s challenge to paint every day for 30 days, will show paintings, photographs, and drawings at the Water Mill Museum from Thursday through Sept. 22.

While the artists are less focused today on keeping to a strict daily schedule, they communicate frequently on Facebook and remain committed to encouraging each others’ artistic energy, according to Ann Lombardo, a group member. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mail Art Lives

In 1963, Ray Johnson, a pioneering conceptual artist and inventor of correspondence art, mailed his original unbound “A Book About Death” to members of the New York Correspondence School, a network of artists, friends, and strangers formed by Johnson to share art through the postal system.

Although Johnson committed suicide in 1995 by jumping off the Sag Harbor bridge, the sharing of art by mail continued and emerged as a global art exhibition conceived Matthew Rose, an American artist, and titled “A Book About Death” (ABAD) as an homage to Johnson. The show took place in 2009 at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City.

On Saturday, the Islip Art Museum will open “The 10th Anniversary Edition of Ray Johnson’s ‘A Book About Death’ — The Last Waltz,” which will feature a gallery of never-before-seen work by Johnson, documentation about ABAD, and 250 pieces created for the current iteration of the project by artists from 30 different counties.

A reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. and the show will continue through Nov. 2.

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