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The Art Scene 10.15.20

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 18:08
Claire Watson is one of the artists included in the Long Island Biennial at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington.

Covid Relief Grants
Guild Hall in East Hampton and the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill have each been awarded $50,000 grants from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation as part of its Covid-19 Relief Effort, which was launched in response to the impact of the pandemic on cultural institutions. The foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to cultural organizations this year as part of its $5 million, three-year relief effort.

Partington at Tripoli
"I run to the rock, please hide me," a show of new paintings and sculpture by Miles Partington, will open at the Tripoli Gallery in Wainscott on Saturday and continue through Nov. 22.

The work in the exhibition expands on the artist’s array of animal subjects, whose depictions acquire a human aspect. In one series, "Hiding," each work shows an animal trying to hide, often behind a grass-covered hill, but a visible head or tail reveals the pointlessness of the attempt. A sculpture, "The Ark," uses the biblical motif as a pandemic-inspired metaphor for seeking refuge with close companions.

Ashawagh in Color
"Color Outside the Lines," a group exhibition showcasing the creative use of color, will be on view Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. The participating artists are Lianne Alcon, Andrea Cote, Juan Cruz, Mario Fuentealba, Pamela Greinke, Alberto Hewitt, Armando Aguilar, Lauren Matzen, Kelly Nelson, Kenneth Scanlon, Aurelio Torres, and Fabian Tacuri.

New at Phillips
"A Good Show for Strange Times," a group exhibition organized by Vito Schnabel, is on view at Phillips in Southampton through Nov. 22. The show includes 15 works, many by artists Mr. Schnabel has known since childhood and worked with closely, among them his father, Julian Schnabel, Rene Ricard, Francesco Clemente, Walton Ford, Tom Sachs, and Pat Steir.

Also on view are important paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Albert Oehlen and works by two young painters, Ariana Papademetropoulos and Robert Nava.

Harper’s Here and There
"Brick City," a show of 10 recent paintings by Michelangelo Lovelace, is on view at Harper’s Books in East Hampton through Nov. 8. Mr. Lovelace is known for his portrayals of street life in Cleveland, his hometown. The exhibition’s title refers to the nickname he and his friends gave to the housing projects where they grew up.

At Harper’s apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, "Fire, Rain, Night, Heat," an exhibition of paintings by Claire Colette, is on view through Oct. 24. The nine abstract paintings, which are coated with natural materials such as tree resin, rose water, and salt, take up alchemy as both a theme and an artistic approach.

Stash at No. 53
"Mapping Memory," an exhibition of 28 new works by Josh (Stash) Franklin, will open Saturday at the No. 53 Gallery on The Circle in East Hampton and remain on view through Oct. 31. Stash came of age as a graffiti artist in the East Village in the early 1980s, when he exhibited at the Fun Gallery with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

In his recent paintings, which are primarily abstract, fragments of earlier pieces since painted over are visible behind the bold colors and line work, a reference to subway cars that were tagged, cleaned, and tagged again.

Project Vote
A group of media artists has put out a call for images and videos on three themes: Vote, Early Voting, and Election Day. The content of the nonpartisan effort to turn out the vote will be physically projected in densely populated areas of the First Congressional District, which includes East Hampton Town, and shared widely on social media. There is a 30-second time limit for videos.

The deadline for submissions to Christine Sciulli at [email protected] is Tuesday. More information, including specifications, is available from the same source, and all communications should include "Project Vote" in the subject line.

Long Island Biennial
The 2020 Long Island Biennial will open at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington on Saturday and continue through Jan. 10. The show, which features 100 works by 52 Long Island artists, was judged by Erin Kimmel, an art writer, Heidi Lange, director of the DC Moore Gallery in Manhattan, and Paton Miller, an artist and curator from Southampton.

The participating East End artists are Deborah Buck, Philippe Cheng, Janet Culbertson, Caro Dranow, Michael Ferran, Christa Maiwald, Martha McAleer, Lieve Thiers, Sarah Jaffe Turnbull, and Claire Watson.

William Quigley at Keyes
An exhibition of paintings by William Quigley is on view at Keyes Art in Sag Harbor through Friday, Oct. 23. Mr. Quigley is known for his portraits of notables ranging from George W. Bush to Abraham Lincoln to Sam Houston, but they are not traditional or straightforward. Instead they combine realistic representations with gestural abstraction, words, and broad swaths of color.

Typical is "That Actor Who Played John Adams. He Didn’t Like Being a Silent Vice President," which is actually a double portrait of Adams and "that actor," Paul Giamatti, as well as abstract squiggles and blobs of color. 

"2020 Vision" Panel Discussion
The Southampton Arts Center will present a Zoom panel discussion in connection with its current exhibition "2020 Vision" this evening at 6. Bernard Lumpkin, a collector who contributed an essay to the exhibition about the role of artists during the pandemic, will moderate a conversation with two exhibiting artists, Tawny Chatmon and Justin Wadlington. Registration for the free program is on the center’s website.

Uncertainty's Abyss
C.A.R.E. Ltd., an art project initiated by Warren Neidich in his Springs studio, will launch a group exhibition on Saturday featuring Elena Bajo, Candace Hill, Alice Hope, Laurie Lambrecht, Sabra Moon, Toni Ross, Bastienne Schmidt, and Almond Zigmund.

"The Abyss of Uncertainty" looks at the calamity of the past year through a female artistic lens with the work of eight artists who use unique strategies to deal with the precariousness of our current reality. It will remain on view on weekends through Oct. 25 from noon to 6 p.m.

Spooky Shed
East Hampton Shed + Tow, Abby Lloyd and Hadley Vogel’s mobile exhibition space, will touch down on Saturday from noon to 5 at the Green Thumb in Water Mill with “Little Tow of Horrors,” a pumpkin painting opportunity and a show of work by more than 20 artists. Ms. Lloyd and Ms. Vogel will provide free paint, and pumpkins will be available for purchase.

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