The Art Scene 05.16.19

Glass Artists

In advance of its summer season, the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art on Napeague, which comprises the Art Barge and the D’Amico Studio and Archive, will open its doors on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate Founders Day.

At the studio and archive on Lazy Point, “Four Glass Artists,” the summer exhibition, will open with a reception, and the Art Barge will be open as well for tours and information about its summer schedule. “Four Glass Artists,” which will run through Sept. 7, will feature the work of Andy Stenerson, Marianne Weil, Bengt Hokanson, and Trefny Dix.


McGinness at Harper’s

“Mother and Child,” a selection of recent paintings, drawings, and monoprints by Ryan McGinness, is on view at Harper’s Books in East Hampton through June 13.

To produce the works in the series, Mr. McGinniss, working from photographs he took of his wife and two daughters, drafted sketches and then refined their bodies into abstract geometric shapes. In the monoprints, he superimposes three or more of the drawings, each in a different color.

The artist’s new large-scale paintings situate the same subjects within interior settings that allude to the biblical, the art historical, and the everyday.


Five at Ashawagh

An exhibition of work by five artists working in a variety of mediums will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7.

Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson will exhibit works from their line of blown-glass sculptures as well as pieces from their individual practices. The compositions of Renee Gallanti’s paper and textile-based work lean toward the geometrical and mathematical. Alan Bull is known for his paintings of rural motifs and landmarks, many reflecting his upbringing in Orient. Leslie Harris creates functional ceramic pieces with contemporary forms and glazes.


Paintings and Ceramics 

Concurrent solo exhibitions of paintings by Louise Crandell and ceramics by Sabra Moon Elliot will be on view at Studio 11 in the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton from Saturday through June 10. A reception will be held on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5.

Ms. Crandell, who lives in New York City and East Marion, works with oil and wax on linen to create haunting, almost ephemeral abstract canvases. In Ms. Elliot’s ceramic works, the malleability of clay allows for a fluidity of shape.


Bretzke and Rennert

“Best in Show,” an exhibition of paintings by Carl Bretzke, and “Business in Bronze,” a selection of sculpture by Jim Rennert, will open at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and remain on view through June 9.

Mr. Bretzke’s paintings, which often contain both natural and artificial light sources, depict people and man-made objects in desolate settings. 

Examples include “Exxon Ford,” which captures a classic, midcentury gas station and a vintage automobile at night, and “Off-Season Beach Parking,” a painting of the almost empty Long Beach parking lot at twilight.

Mr. Rennert’s sculptures use simplified forms and figures of men and women in suits to illustrate concepts of corporate success and the obstacles faced by the modern worker.