The Art Scene: 11.09.17

Local Art News

Grant for Guild Hall

The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation has awarded Guild Hall $50,000 to support the digitization of the museum’s permanent collection. The grant will enable the development of a publicly accessible, searchable online database of more than 2,400 works by artists with ties to the East End, including masterworks from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Jess Frost, the museum’s associate curator and registrar of the permanent collection, will manage the project, with photography set to begin in January. Christina Strassfield, the museum’s director, will supervise each stage of development.


New at RJD Gallery

“Big Art, Small Canvas” is on view at the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton through Jan. 1. The exhibition features the work of 25 artists from around the world “whose dynamic compositions and narratives are contained within a ‘small canvas,’ ” according to the gallery.


Benefit Show at Tripoli

The Tripoli Gallery in Southampton will present “Love Isabela,” a fund-raising exhibition to benefit residents of Isabela in Puerto Rico, from tomorrow through Nov. 19. A reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The show will have two components: paintings by Felix Bonilla Gerena, who lives and works in Isabela, and a private auction of artworks donated by some 30 artists, among them Alice Aycock, Bob Colacello, Judith Hudson, Yung Jake, Lola Montes Schnabel, Miles Partington, Renee Phillips, and Dalton Portella.

Mr. Gerena’s paintings, which express a personal relationship to his island home, depict female figures, tropical plants and creatures, and seaside landscapes, all rendered with vibrant colors and bold lines. 

All proceeds raised through the private auction will go directly to the victims of Hurricane Maria in Isabela. Tripoli Patterson, the gallery’s director, will travel there to ensure that supplies are delivered to those who most need them.


Krasner in Chelsea

“Lee Krasner: The Umber Paintings, 1959-1962” will open today at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea and remain on view through Jan. 13. Also known as her “Night Journeys,” the paintings represent a transitional period in Krasner’s development. Because she was suffering from insomnia during those years, she painted under artificial light at night and limited her palette to earth tones. The series consists of 24 paintings.


Holiday Show at Roman

Roman Fine Art in East Hampton will present “Get With the Program 2017,” its second annual holiday group exhibition, from tomorrow through Jan. 28. A reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The show will feature painting, photography, and mixed-media works by nine contemporary artists. Conceptual, landscape, figurative, and sociopolitical work will be represented, as will street art and geometric abstraction. Participating artists are Christina Creutz, Lizzie Gill, Maya Hayuk, Elektra KB, Reisha Perlmutter, Ciara Rafferty, Leah Schrager, Sarah Slappey, and SWOON.


Folioeast Returns

For the second off-season in a row, Folioeast will set up shop, so to speak, in the space occupied during the summer by Malia Mills, an upscale boutique for women on Main Street in East Hampton.

Organized by Coco Myers, the first exhibition, which will open with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and run through Dec. 3, will feature work by three female photographers: Carolyn Conrad, Francine Fleischer, and Sandi Haber Fifield. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit local charities and children’s programs.

The gallery will be open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment with coco@folioeast. com.