The Art Scene: 06.14.18

Local Art News

Hector Leonardi

The Drawing Room in East Hampton will present “Chromatic Journey,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Hector Leonardi, from tomorrow through July 15.

Mr. Leonardi, who studied at Yale with Josef Albers in the 1950s, builds up his canvases over time, layering acrylic paint in what he has called a conversation with the painting. He often affixes strips of dried acrylic paint to the abstract canvases, adding both depth to the surfaces as well as what the critic Robert C. Morgan has called “an unpredictable chromatic articulation virtually unparalleled in painting today.” 

An illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition.


Hamptons Light

“Light of the Hamptons,” paintings by David Demers and Haim Mizrahi, will open Saturday at Janet Lehr Fine Arts in East Hampton with a reception from 8 to 10 p.m. It will continue through July 5.

The undulating, horizontal swaths of color in Mr. Demers’s large, abstract canvases reflect his interest in the energy and flow of nature and the colors of the East End landscape. Mr. Mizrahi’s poured and layered paintings recall “Kandinsky’s expressive colored masses and overlapping lines,” according to the gallery.


Two at Studio 11

Paintings by Louise Crandell and paper sculptures by Linda Miller will be on view at Studio 11 at the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton from Saturday through July 8, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ms. Crandell draws upon her memories and dreams, which she fashions into “contemplative, ambiguous, otherworldly abstractions” through the use of layers of oil paint and wax. Ms. Miller uses paper, water, graphite and India ink to form a variety of solid objects, boxes, and vessels whose apparent density and heft belie their lightness and fragility. 


Group Show at Ashawagh

“Old and New,” a group exhibition organized by the artist Mark Perry, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from tomorrow through June 24. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The show explores changes that can occur in an artist’s style over time. It includes work by Anne Raymond, Roy Nicholson, Don Christensen, Denise Gale, Scott Bluedorn, James Kennedy, Sydney Albertini, John Haubrich, Gus Yero, Rosario Varela, George Singer, and Mr. Perry.


Performance at White Room

The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton is partnering with I AM, a women’s creative collective, to present three performances this summer, the first set for Saturday at 6 p.m.

Titled “Flashback,” the event will explore the themes of freedom and fame through contemporary dance and live painting using body movement. Created in 2013 by Kate March, an American performance artist, I AM uses food, drink and performance to “bridge the gap between commercial and experimental art,” according to a release. Tickets are $50 and available through the gallery.


Three at Kramoris

Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor is presenting an exhibition of work by Herbert August, Isabel Pavao, and Bob Rothstein from today through July 5. An opening reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Mr. August’s abstract paintings, which explore color, shape, and texture, often begin with a reference to nature. The mixed-media works in Ms. Pavao’s ongoing “Impressions” series draw inspiration from her natural surroundings and combine organic forms with geometric structures. Mr. Rothstein’s mixed-media pieces have moved closer toward abstraction than his previous work, incorporating seemingly unrelated elements.


Four Painters at RJD

“Secrets of the Twisted and Entwined,” the next, tantalizingly named exhibition at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The works range from the Surrealism of Salvatore Alessi to figurative portraits by Mary Jane Ansell to the often-contorted figures of Matt R. Martin to the M.C. Escher-inspired compositions of Alain Vaes. The show will continue through July 15.


Jeff Lincoln Art and Design

Jeff Lincoln Art and Design in Southampton will present photographs by Conrad de Kwiatkowski and paintings by Frederick Matys Thursz from tomorrow through Aug. 8.

Mr. Kwiatkowski’s “The Sea Glass Series” consists of large-scale photographs that explore the subject of space and light and challenge the perceptions of the viewer. 

“The Light Within” brings together late work by Mr. Thursz, who co-founded the Radical Painting Group in New York City in the 1970s to re-establish the political relevancy of painting at a time when it was out of favor. He died in 1992.


Contemporary Photography

MM Fine Art in Southampton will open a show of contemporary photography on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through July 1.

The  photographers include Miles Aldridge, Claudia Aronow, Peter Beard, Joey Farrell, David Gamble, Nan Goldin, Jefferson Hayman, Steven Klein, Christopher Makos, Steve Miller, Jonathan Morse, Joe Pintauro, Robin Rice, Stephen Schaub, Cindy Sherman, and Paul Solberg.


Mexican Enchantment

“Oh Joy,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Phyllis Chillingworth, who lives in Montauk, is on view through June 23 at the Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea. The paintings were inspired by time spent in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, where the artist found “beauty, inspiration, magic, and enchantment.” They reflect a shift in pictorial language from emphasis on brushstrokes to a focus on expressive color.