The Art Scene 02.14.19

A New Angle on Van Gogh

“Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies,” a new film that views the art of the 19th-century Dutch master through the eyes of Helene Kröller-Müller, who between 1908 and 1929 assembled the largest private collection of his work, will be presented at Guild Hall tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterio, the Netherlands, which opened in 1938, has almost 90 paintings and more than 180 drawings by van Gogh. The film was inspired in part by a selection of 40 paintings and 85 drawings that were assembled for the exhibition “Amid Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies,” which was held last year at the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza, Italy.

The film was shot at various van Gogh locations, in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in the Netherlands, at the Kröller-Müller Museum, and at sites that inspired Kröller-Müller, among them Milan and Florence. Two van Gogh experts, Leo Jansen and Sjraar van Heugten, as well as Eva Rovers, Kröller-Müller’s biographer, and the museum’s director, Lisette Pelsers, tell the story. Tickets are $18, $16 for members.

Basquiat on Film

A late-20th-century American master, Jean-Michel Basquiat, is the subject of “American Masters — Basquiat: Rags to Riches,” a PBS documentary directed by David Shulman, which will be shown at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. A discussion between Corinne Erni, the museum’s senior curator, and Michael Halsband, an artist and photographer who was a friend of Basquiat, will follow the screening.

It took less than a decade for Basquiat, who died in 1988 at the age of 27, to rise from anonymous graffiti artist to his position of one of the most celebrated artists of his time. The film features interviews with the artist’s two sisters, Lisane and Jeanine, who have never before spoken about their brother for a television documentary. Art world colleagues, among them the dealers Bruno Bischofberger, Larry Gagosian, and Mary Boone, weigh in on his life and work, as do friends, lovers, and fellow artists.

Tickets to the program, which is co-presented with Hamptons Doc Fest as part of the Artist’s Lens series, are $15, $5 for members and students.

New Board Leadership

The Parrish Art Museum’s board of trustees has named Mary E. Frank president and interim chairwoman. Ms. Frank, who joined the museum’s board in 2017, is a noted art historian who specializes in the art of Renaissance Venice. She served on the board of the Miami Art Museum from 1994 to 2011. As president there from 2006 to 2009 she oversaw the selection of Herzog and de Meuron to design its new facility, now the Perez Art Museum Miami. She is also a trustee of the American Academy in Rome and serves on the advisory board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Continuing in their current leadership roles are James Freeman, Sandy Perlbinder, and Alexandra Stanton, vice presidents; Jay Goldberg, treasurer, and Timothy Davis, secretary. Fred M. Seegal, the outgoing chairman, will continue to serve on the board as chairman emeritus.