The Art Scene 01.24.19

Local Art News
A light sculpture by Elias Hansen is on view at Halsey McKay Gallery.

Two at Halsey McKay

Halsey McKay Gallery is opening exhibitions this week of work by Chris Duncan and Elias Hansen at both its East Hampton space and adjacent to Johannes Vogt Gallery at 958 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The East Hampton show will open Saturday and continue through March 24. The Manhattan show will run from next Thursday through Feb. 23, with a reception set for next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Hansen’s objects, installations, and chandeliers are fashioned from an assortment of hand-blown pipettes, flasks, and beakers combined with chains, sea glass, rubber tubing, chords, and light bulbs. The pieces convey the fragility of both precious and discarded materials.

Mr. Duncan wraps colored fabrics around ordinary objects such as bricks or stereo speakers and places them on the roof of his Oakland studio, where imagery emerges through ultraviolet exposure over months. He then unwraps the objects and paints solid shapes into the exposures and exhibits them as paintings.


Chase and the Shinnecock

“William Merritt Chase: The Shinnecock Years,” an exhibition of paintings by Chase and several of his students and archival photographs now on view at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, sheds light on less familiar aspects of Chase’s, his family’s, and his students’ life in Shinnecock, specifically their relationships with members of the neighboring Shinnecock Nation.

Tomorrow evening at 6, in connection with that exhibition, David Bunn Martine, a Shinnecock historian and the show’s guest curator, and Alicia Longwell, the museum’s chief curator, will present an illustrated talk on the interconnectedness of the Shinnecock Reservation and the people members of that community called the “summer colonists.” (An article in last week’s Star gave an incorrect date for the talk.)

Tickets are $12, free for members and students.


Call for Submissions

Organizacion Latino-American (OLA) of Eastern Long Island has issued a call to artists for submissions to “Roots,” a benefit show for OLA that will be on view at the Southampton Cultural Center from April 26 through May 5. It will include painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, assemblage, printmaking, photography, and computer graphics. Works can be no larger than 28 by 32 inches, including the frame.

The submission deadline is March 15, and the application fee is $25. Detailed information and the submission form can be found at


Michelle Stuart in Chelsea

“Michelle Stuart: Flight of Time” will open at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea with a reception next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through March 9. The show will feature drawings, photographs, and sculpture that span more than 40 years of the artist’s career.

Ms. Stuart, who divides her time between New York City and Amagansett, was a pioneer of land art through her use of earth, drawing, and photography during the 1960s and 1970s. More recently, photography has become central to her practice. 

The exhibition will include her most recent work, “These Fragments Against Time,” which combines photography with found objects and sculpture forms. As part of her collection of material for the piece, Ms. Stuart hired a sailboat to take her 30 miles off the Carolina coast to photograph the solar eclipse.


Solo at Harper’s Apartment

A solo show of paintings by Mary Boochever will open at Harper’s Apartment, the Manhattan outpost of East Hampton’s Harper’s Books, with a reception today from 6 to 8 p.m. It will remain on view through March 2.

The exhibition will include five large-scale shaped canvases from 1990 that reflect her ongoing exploration of the fundamental communicative possibilities of color. Ms. Boochever, who lives in Sag Harbor, has stressed her interest in color systems attached to socio-religious philosophies such as Kabbalah, Feng Shui, and Theosophy, and has drawn upon the color theories of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner.

The canvases, each 95 by 49 inches and shaped like inverted arches, have flat surfaces of softly blended bands of color with darker tints, often at the base, transitioning gradually into lighter hues. Their larger-than-human size imbues them with the presence of objects that engage their surroundings and the viewer’s body.