The Art Scene: 03.30.17

Local Art News

Robert Frank Film at Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will present “Don’t Blink: Robert Frank,” a documentary about the Swiss-born photographer whose work changed the course of 20th-century photography, tomorrow at 6 p.m. Laura Israel, the director and a friend of the photographer, and Alex Bingham, the film’s editor and art director, will discuss the film and take questions after the screening.

After emigrating to the United States in 1947, Mr. Frank worked as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar while creating several hand-bound books of photographs. In 1955, a Guggenheim fellowship enabled him to travel across the U.S. and take photographs. The result was “The Americans,” a book whose loose approach, occasionally blurred imagery, and tilted horizons deviated from the photographic standards of its time.

“Don’t Blink” provides a rare in-depth look at the media-averse artist, including footage of him at home and with friends. The film also sheds light on Mr. Frank’s relationships with the Beats, including Jack Kerouac, who wrote the introduction to “The Americans”; the 1960s counter-culture; his touring with the Rolling Stones, and his influential experimental films. 

Tickets are $20, $5 for members.


New From Folioeast

Folioeast will present the penultimate exhibition of its winter salon series at the Malia Mills boutique on Main Street in East Hampton from tomorrow through April 9, with a reception set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will include paintings by Perry Burns and Janet Jennings, prints by Hiroyuki Hamada, and photographs by Lindsay Morris.

Both Folioeast and ArtUnprimed, which occupied the Addo retail store in Sag Harbor for several months this winter, have energized otherwise empty shops. The popularity of their opening receptions has testified to the community support for such off-season initiatives. 


Four at Ashawagh

“Under the Influence,” an exhibition of artwork by four former docents at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 till 2. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Participating artists are Pam Collins Focarino, whose abstract and expressive paintings hint at the nature that inspires them; Ruby Jackson, who will show elaborate folded-paper maquettes; Tracy Jamar, whose art explores the many possibilities of textiles and fibers, and Rose Zelenetz, a mixed-media artist whose work includes sculpture and wall hangings.


Strictly Abstraction

“Long Island Abstraction: 2 Generations” will open Sunday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery of the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills. The exhibition, which will continue through April 16, includes work by the Sag Harbor artist Frank Wimberley, Stan Brodsky, Peter Galasso, and Laura Powers-Swiggert.