The Art Scene: 02.09.12

You can warm up this weekend with some sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll at the “Love and Passion” show at Ashawagh Hall, with works such as “True Lust” by Craig Banks.

Ashawagh Heats Up
    Karyn Mannix Contemporary will present the seventh annual iteration of its “Love and Passion” series at Asha­wagh Hall in Springs this weekend. Opening on Saturday, the show this year has the theme “sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.” More than 60 national and regional artists working in a variety of mediums will participate.
    At the Saturday evening reception from 5 to 8, Alfredo Merat will provide music, and the Neo-Political Cowgirls will make an appearance. The evening also features a 50-50 raffle to benefit Ashawagh Hall.
    On Sunday, Teri Kennedy will mount Rock My Heart, a poetry and performance open-microphone event that begins at 11:30 a.m. Readers have been asked to sign up at 11. Julie Sheehan will be the featured poet.

Flavin Drawings
    The Morgan Library in New York City will hold a retrospective exhibit of Dan Flavin’s drawings beginning on Friday, Feb. 17. The show will feature his drawings from the 1950s up to his late works. The artist, who died in 1996, divided his time between Wainscott and Garrison, N.Y., for much of his career.
    Flavin is best known for his fluorescent light sculptures, which employed the white lights we are used to seeing today as well as colored lights that were commonly available when flourescents first came into use. Although his work had an improvisational feel, he actually plotted out many of them on paper first. These preparatory schemes will be on view in addition to very early watercolors in an Abstract Expressionist style, text pieces to later landscapes, and sails inspired by South Fork vistas.
    Also included will be other artists’ drawings that were in Flavin’s collection, such as 19th-century American landscapes by Hudson River School painters, Japanese drawings, and modern works by the likes of Piet Mondrian, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt. The exhibit will be on view through July 1.