The Art Scene - 06.02.11

Claire Watson of Water Mill will exhibit her work in “Nots: Sculpture and Drawing” at Dowling College beginning Sunday.

Group Show at Williams
    The Pamela Williams Gallery in Amagansett will begin its summer season Saturday with a group show of new work by Ivan Kustura, David Suter, and Charles Waller. 
    Mr. Kustura’s abstracted figural paintings were done with a confident hand and a sensual approach in which a little says a lot. Mr. Suter, whose wooden sculpture has been a favorite at the gallery, is offering paintings this time with carved mahogany and pine frames. The “frames mirror the imagery of the paintings, extending shapes and lines beyond the boundaries of the canvas. It seems reasonable to imagine that the shapes Suter carves in the frames also made their way in the other direction, and intruded beautifully into his canvases,” according to Ms. Williams.
    Mr. Waller is showing a new body of mixed-media work — collages fashioned from found materials and applied ink drawings, sometimes with a surprising result. The show runs through July 4.

East Enders at Solé East
    The Solé East Resort in Montauk will introduce its patrons to work by East End artists this summer in its guest rooms and common areas. The artists, whose works were selected and organized by Karyn Mannix, include Joseph Eschenberg, Steve Haweeli, Everett Houser, Kristina Gale, Rick Gold, Jodi Lemmon, Evelyn O’Doherty, Camille Perrottet, Doug Reina, Michael Ruggerio, Rosa Hanna Scott, Steven Zaluski, and Evan Zatti.
    A reception with the artists will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the resort’s Backyard Restaurant. The work will remain on view through Oct. 15.

Ab Ex Spirituality
    On Sunday at 11 a.m., Mindy Cantor, a member of the board of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, will give an illustrated talk at the temple on the artist Barnett Newman.
    Ms. Cantor will focus on spirituality in Abstract Expressionism. Newman, who died in 1970, was a philosopher and theorist and a pioneer of American art independent of the traditions of European art. As artists and writers struggled in the aftermath of World War II to make sense of the destruction and horrors it revealed, many turned away from both the realism that defined Fascist regimes and certain forms of abstraction, such as Cubism, which were also associated with the Old World.
    Relying on symbol and metaphor to develop his postwar painterly language, Newman expressed universal themes. Ms. Cantor will focus on Newman’s knowledge of the Hebrew bible and the Kabbalah and Hasidism as spiritual sources in his art.
    She will also discuss his creative synagogue model for an exhibit of synagogue architecture that was held at the Jewish Museum in 1963. The lecture is free and all are welcome.
    Ms. Cantor, a Sag Harbor resident, has a master’s degree in art history from the University of Chicago and wrote essays on modern art for “The American Century,” a book by her late husband, Norman F. Cantor.

Lonely at Harper’s
    Harper’s Books will present “Alec Soth’s Lonely Boy Magazine,” an exhibit of photographs from Mr. Soth’s series “The Lonliest Man in Missouri” and “The Most Beautiful Woman in Georgia.”
    The exhibition coincides with the publication of “Lonely Boy Mag No. A-2,” by Mr. Soth’s imprint Little Brown Mushroom. The show will also include photographs by Todd Hido and Chad States, both contributors to “Lonely Boy Mag No. A-2.”
    In handmade books documenting his subjects, Mr. Soth explores the themes of beauty and loneliness in contrast to his own “popularity and sunny disposition.” He is “an inveterate traveler, crisscrossing the world in search of a new project, one eye fixated on the interior landscapes of his subjects, the other on the often bleak physical surroundings they inhabit: from a barren dirt road in Georgia, to a deserted parking lot at a suburban office park,” according to the gallery.
    The exhibit opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be on view through July 6.

American Beauty
    Arlene Bujese will present “America the Beautiful,” a group show at the Southampton Cultural Center beginning on Tuesday.
    The show features work by Priscilla Bowden, J. Boucher-Sneddon, Deborah Black, Mary Daunt, Alice Forman, John Hardy, Stephanie Reit, Clare Romano, John Ross, Ty Stroudsburg, and Lewis Zacks. The artists use memory, observation, inspiration, and experience to recreate a moment or place of beauty, some indoors and intimate, others as large as America’s Western landscape. A reception will be held on June 18; the show will be on view through July 13.

Death @ McWhinnie @ Horowitz
    “Death in Midsummer,” a series of works on paper by Jameson Ellis of Sag Harbor, are on view at John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton.
    The series was inspired by the short story of the same title by Yukio Mishima. According to the gallery, Mr. Ellis’s “characteristic rendering of fluid gradations are now broken, barricaded, blocked out, and separated. As minimal abstractions of traditional Japanese wood block prints, the work evokes the drama of Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave.’ ” In these works, “Ellis exercises control in creation while considering the sweet emptiness in destruction.”
    The show is on view through June 19.

‘“Farm Scenes”
In Bridgehampton
    The Bridgehampton Historical Society will present “Farm Scenes,” an exhibit features local farm and landscape paintings by Gordon Matheson, Joanne Rosko, Beth Galban, and others, at its Corwith House Museum. The show opens tomorrow with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
    The subject ties into the overall theme of the history of farming in Bridgehampton, which is the focus of the society’s programs this year.
    In associated exhibits at the society’s Archives building, just west of the Nathaniel Rogers House on Montauk Highway, woodwork by Merrall Hildreth and memorabilia from his family is being shown. A new exhibit, “Farming Families and Traditions,” will open at the Archives building on July 8.
    The Corwith House show will remain on view through Oct. 9.

‘Garden Paradise’ at Markel
    Lacy Davisson Doyle served as guest curator for “Garden Paradise,” an exhibit at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, that begins with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    The show will feature work painting, sculpture, photography, and drawings by Cecily Brown, Gregory Crewdson, Robert Kushner, Roxy Paine, and 10 others.
    Ms. Doyle has been associated with the Museum of Modern Art, Artforum magazine, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
    Depictions of ancient walled gardens and biblical Edens are matched with work about more contemporary concerns like ecology and endangered natural resources. The works cross cultures, traditions, and histories, and often provide a hint of darkness, even in their beauty. The exhibit is on view through June 26.

New-Old Space for Nightingale
    The Sara Nightingale Gallery has moved back to its original space in Water Mill on Montauk Highway and is opening a new show on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    The theme of the show, appropriately, is “Full Circle,” a round-up and reunion with an emphasis on the circle. New artists include Barry Underwood from Cleveland, Alicia Lachance from St. Louis, and Glenn Fischer of New York City. Other artists in the show are Malin Abrahamsson, Michael Chiarello, Eric Dever, Cara Enteles, Yong Jo Ji and Anna Anatasova, Christian Little, Christa Maiwald, Karyn Mannix, Alexis Martino, Steve Miller, Lindsay Morris, Maggie Simonelli, Joseph Stabilito, Jeremy Wagner, and Gus Yero.
    Alissa Smith of Smith in Southampton will present a fashion show at the opening consisting of models circulating throughout the exhibition. A percentage of proceeds from sales on the opening night will be split between Peconic Public Broadcasting and the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. (ARF rescued a feral cat and three kittens from the gallery’s basement, all of which are available for adoption.)

New at Crazy Monkey
    The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will feature work by Ellyn and Bob Tucker and “Collaborative Works” by Andrea McCafferty and Daniel and Clare Schoenheimer beginning today.
    The works by Ms. McCafferty, the Schoenheimers, and the Tuckers will incorporate photography, drawing, painting, collage, and clay in colorful constructions.
    The gallery will also be showing work by a guest artist, Neva Setlow, and a group show with Salvatore Gulla, Barbara Bilotta, June Kaplan, Len Bernard, Rob Calvert, Lance Corey, and Daphne Stern.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit is on view through June 27.

Claire Watson at Dowling
    Beginning Sunday with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m., Claire Watson of Water Mill will present “Nots: Sculpture and Drawing” at the Anthony Giordano Gallery at Dowling College.
    Her work explores the raveling and unraveling of metaphysical knots. “The substance of rope progresses from natural disorder to constructed order in the transformation of fiber to yarn to strand to rope to knot and back again,” according to a release from the gallery.
    Ms. Watson starts with drawing to see patterns within the objects to be constructed. Once the sculptures are made, she then draws them and the shadows they cast.
    The show will be on view through July 17. The gallery is at Biltmore Avenue and Idle Hour Boulevard in Oakdale. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 4.