The Art Scene: 05.04.17

Local Art News

Zine-Making Workshop

Ille Arts in Amagansett will hold a zine-making workshop on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 and guarantees inclusion in the gallery’s “Zine East” in August.


“De Kooning and Friends”

Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg are among the art world luminaries who will be on hand Saturday at 6 p.m. for the opening reception of “De Kooning and Friends” at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum.

The exhibition, which will be up through May 22, features Mary Montes’s paintings of those notable artists, as well as portraits of Lee Krasner, Costantino Nivola, Elaine de Kooning, Leo Castelli, and other members of the New York School and those in its orbit who lived and worked on the East End.

Ms. Montes’s style fuses representation, abstraction, and an expressive handling of line and color. The artist divides her time between the East End and Coral Gables, Fla.


A Day With Resident Artists

Guild Hall’s artists-in-residence will present the results of their residencies, including collaborative projects, on Saturday at 6 p.m., both inside and out.

The program, which was organized by the five artists — Lucia Davis, Tanya Gabrielian, Lydia Hicks, Judson Merrill, and Walter Price — will be hosted by Ms. Davis, founder of the Art Bus, which will make its first public appearance, in front of the cultural center, on Saturday. She will interview Ms. Hicks about her video installation “Black in the Water,” which will be on view in the bus.

Mr. Merrill, a writer, will read selected excerpts from his work. Walter Price will talk about his painting, and “Seven Last Words,” a multidisciplinary collaboration by Ms. Gabrielian and Ms. Hicks, will be presented in the John Drew Theater. 

The program is free, but reservations are required and can be made at


Mizrahi at Ashawagh

“Music Sheets,” a show of paintings by Haim Mizrahi, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs Saturday and Sunday. A reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m., and a reading by local poets will take place Sunday afternoon at 3.

Mr. Mizrahi has said that the “Music Sheets” reflect his longstanding interest in music and poetry as well as painting. The all-over surfaces and swirling ribbons of paint of his abstract canvases are reminiscent of Pollock, but his work as a whole “stretches across many styles, due my detachment from rules.”


Abstraction at White Room

“Abstract Anarchy,” an exhibition of paintings by Barbara Bilotta, Jessica Singer, Melissa Hin, and June Kaplan, will open tomorrow at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton and continue through May 29. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Both Ms. Bilotta and Ms. Hin work in the Abstract Expressionist tradition, but with variations from dense, layered surfaces to more open areas of color. Ms. Kaplan’s primarily abstract canvases incorporate elements of realism. Ms. Singer’s paintings reflect her work in the graphic design field and her appreciation of Jackson Pollock.


At Eric Firestone in Manhattan

The Eric Firestone Loft in Lower Manhattan, an extension of the East Hampton gallery, is presenting “That’s How the Light Gets In,” a show of paintings from 1970 to 1972 by the late Michael Boyd. 

Last seen in 1973 at the Max Hutchinson Gallery in SoHo, these square canvases explore space and light through the use of hard edge and contrasting gradients. The minimalist works blend a cool formalist attitude with a painterly approach.

The loft, which is at 4 Great Jones Street, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.


Strong-Cuevas in Chelsea

Eight drawings and 14 sculptures from the 1980s by Strong-Cuevas are on view at Elga Wimmer PCC in Chelsea through May 27. The artist, a longtime Amagansett homeowner, has said, “There is a meditative quality in my work — interior investigation — and I’m also fascinated by physics, cosmology, and what’s out there in the universe.”