The Art Scene 03.28.19

“Smile” at Halsey McKay

The legendary recording sessions from 1966 and 1967 for Brian Wilson’s unfinished album “Smile” are the impetus for a group show of the same title that will open at Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton with a reception on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mr. Wilson’s dream was to create a “teenage symphony to God” that would reflect a particularly American sensibility. According to a release, “the smile of this exhibition generally signifies electability, salability, or seduction — how the smile is indicative of the same myth of American exceptionalism that Wilson espoused.” The works in the show place that notion of the smile in contrast with the deception and waste of contemporary politics and the looming possibility of human extinction.

Todd Von Ammon, an independent curator based in New York City and Washington, D.C,, has organized “Smile,” which will run through April 28. Artists represented are Kathryn Andrews, Ashley Bickerton, Catharine Czudej, Matt Kenny, Ajay Kurian, Helmut Lang, Megan Marrin, Tabor Robak, and Julia Wachtel. 

Group Show at Ashawagh

“East Meets West,” a group exhibition of painting, sculpture, sumi-e, mixed media, and photography, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7.

Organized by Teri Kennedy and presented by Ursula Thomas, the show will include work by Lynn Bermont, Aurelio Torres, Bernice Faegenberg, Robert Rosenbaum, Kathleen Colihan, Sharon Gajajiva, Lance Corey, Veronica Mahoney, Nadine Daskaloff, Lisa Trivell, Abigail Vogel, Ms. Kennedy, and Ms. Thomas.

New From Bastienne Schmidt

The artist Bastienne Schmidt will be at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m. to discuss her new monograph, “Grids and Threads,” with Terrie Sultan, the museum’s director. A book signing will follow the discussion.

“Grids and Threads” reflects the artist’s interest in the concept of white space and its perception. The first section of the book consists of 36 bird’s-eye-view photographs of installations constructed by Ms. Schmidt in the snow using stakes and colored cotton thread.

The second part of the book documents 40 mixed-media works created on Arches paper in which 8-by-8-inch grids, divided into one-inch squares, draw light and shadow onto the white paper. The never-ending variation of white squares calls to mind the work of Robert Ryman and Agnes Martin. Tickets are $12, free for members and students.

Ms. Schmidt has also been awarded a residency in April at the Andy Warhol Preserve Visual Arts Program in Montauk, a program of the Nature Conservancy.

Jonathan Smith Photographs

An exhibition of photographs by Jonathan Smith from his “Tirreno” and “Waterfall” series will open at Ille Arts in Amagansett on Saturday and continue through April 15. Mr. Smith spent the early years of his career assisting and printing for the renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz. His work consists of large-scale, nuanced color photographs of the natural beauty and inherent impermanence of landscapes. 

“Tirreno” features images of the beaches, seascapes, and towns on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Less contextualized and more abstract, the “Waterfall” images emphasize the dramatic plunging torrents.

Rizzie at John Jermain

“Printmaking, Process, Collaboration,” a show of work by Dan Rizzie, will be on view at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor from Monday through April 30. At a reception on April 14, the artist will discuss his creative process and sign copies of his most recent book, “Bird on a Blade,” a collaboration with the singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash.

Mr. Rizzie’s strong graphic imagery draws upon various artistic influences, among them modern masters such as Mondrian, Schwitters, and Malevich, and such contemporaries as Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, and Cy Twombly. He has also long been interested in Indian miniature paintings and Tantric imagery. His unique iconography, which often includes birds and flowers, is typically set against rich, decorative backgrounds.

Call for Submissions

The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton has issued a call for submissions to “The Fine Art of Graffiti,” an exhibition that will be on view there from June 18 through July 14. Two winners will be selected to show along with the two jurors, Joshua Peters and Seek One, both of whose work draws from popular culture and street art.

The fee is $150 for the first two images, and the submission deadline is May 1. Complete information can be found on the exhibitions page of the gallery’s website.