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The Art Scene: 11.21.19

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 10:26

Major Gift for Parrish

The Saul Steinberg Foundation has donated 64 works by the artist to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. The acquisition spans the years 1945 to 1990 and includes Steinberg’s signature drawings in watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, crayon, and other media, as well as his wooden assemblages, wallpaper, and, fabric.

Forty-nine works by the artist, who lived and worked in Springs for more than 50 years, can be seen in “Saul Steinberg: Modernist Without Portfolio,” one of seven special exhibitions on view at the Parrish through April.

The first of a series of gallery talks by participants in the exhibition “Artists Choose Artists,” set for Friday at 6 p.m., will feature the photographers Ralph Gibson, Tria Giovan, and Thomas Hoepker. Tickets are $12, free for members and students, and reservations have been recommended.

Carly Haffner at Guild Hall

“Carly Haffner: In the Woods” is now on view in the Guild Hall education corridor, a space adjacent to the museum galleries dedicated to the work of emerging East End artists. The exhibition features a selection of the artist’s landscape paintings, which depict houses in the woods, yards with old cars, an airstream trailer, and other residential elements with minimal lines and subtle color shifts reminiscent of folk art.

Ms. Haffner, who lives in Sag Harbor, will work with the education department and the Teen Arts Council to develop a set design element for performances in the theater during the Student Art Festival in January. She will also host an evening workshop on painting trees for adults and young adults in February.

The exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 23. 

Mining Modernism

“One Stop: The Slow Slope of Modernism,” an exhibition of the work of 30 artists organized by Virva Hinnemo and George Negroponte, will open at Keyes Gallery in Sag Harbor with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue through Dec. 14.

The artists in the exhibition express their appreciation of Modernism by engaging with some of the most compelling developments in 20th-century painting and sculpture. The show will include work by Neke Carson, Barbara Dayton, Denise Gale, Robert Harms, Ted Hartley, Linda Miller, Michael Rosch, Bonnie Rychlak, Martha Stotsky, and Mark Webber.

Assemblages and Collages

MM Fine Art in Southampton will present “In Boxes,” an exhibition organized by Dan Rizzie of work by Jim Gemake, Susan Lazarus-Reiman, and Jeanelle Myers from Saturday through Dec. 8. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mr. Gemake creates assemblages of found or discarded objects such as scraps of paper, pieces of wood, rusted metal, and other materials. Ms. Lazarus-Reiman incorporates aspects of her printmaking, painting, and found-object collage into mixed-media works that have a narrative quality. Ms. Myers’s detailed collages and assemblages include small found objects, mementos, and embroidery.

Tuma and O’Keeffe

An exhibition of paintings by Mym Tuma and original signed letters from George O’Keeffe to Ms. Tuma are on view at Janet Lehr Fine Arts in East Hampton through Nov. 30.

In 1963, Ms. Tuma, having earned an M.A. in painting from Stanford University, read an article about O’Keeffe and wrote her requesting a visit to her house in New Mexico. A string of meetings ensued, and O’Keeffe became a mentor for Ms. Tuma over the next 10 years, during which they also carried on a dialogue by mail.

Keith Sonnier in Chelsea

“Louisiana Suite,” an exhibition of important early works by Keith Sonnier, will open Thursday at Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea and remain on view through Jan. 11. Fabricated for the first time since their conception in 1970, and exhibited alongside the original drawings, the works in the show continue the artist’s most renowned series, “Ba-O-Ba.”

The pieces in the series consist of colored neon and contrasting glass panels, some transparent, some opaque, that suggest both stage sets and large-scale architectural installations. While the works are grounded in material reality, they also draw upon the artist’s memories of growing up in Louisiana.

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