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The Art Scene: 02.06.20

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 12:51

Clyfford Still on Film

Clyfford Still laid the groundwork for Abstract Expressionism with his shift to abstraction in the late 1930s and became one of its central figures. Principled and uncompromising, he severed his ties with commercial galleries and the art scene at the height of his career in 1961, although he continued to make art on his Maryland farm for another 20 years.

“Lifeline: Clyfford Still,” a new documentary by Dennis Scholl about the prolific artist, will be shown at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m. Drawing on archival material, including more than 30 hours of audio recordings, as well as interviews with contemporary artists and Still’s two daughters, the film documents his life through the founding, in 2004, of the museum in Denver that bears his name.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Mr. Scholl, Terrie Sultan, the Parrish’s director, and Deborah Buck, who as a young artist was mentored by Still after he reviewed her work. Tickets are $15, $5 for members and students.


Margia Kramer in Madrid

After the death of the actress Jean Seberg, Margia Kramer, a Sag Harbor artist, used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain Seberg’s declassified F.B.I. file, which was used to slander the actress after she donated money to the Black Panthers.

A large photo print of selected pages from that file, including redactions and notations, is now on view through Feb. 29 in “News, Etc.,” a group exhibition at the Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz in Madrid. The work in the show is part of the artist’s “Freedom of Information Act Works,” a series of multimedia installations, pamphlets, videotapes, and writings received from her FOIA requests.

The exhibition also includes work by Hans Haacke, On Kawara, Antoni Muntadas, and Dennis Adams, among others.


Mark Webber Sculpture

“We Shall Be a City Upon a Hill,” a show of sculpture by Mark Webber of Sag Harbor, will open at Anita Rogers Gallery in SoHo with a reception on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through March 21. The artist’s largest show to date, it will include work ranging from small fragments to standing sculptures eight feet tall.

Rectangular monoliths with smaller rectangular sections cut out from their center, which Mr. Webber calls “portals,” are a recurrent theme in his work. He also makes wire constructions, drawings, collages, totems, and a variety of other objects that reflect his sensitivity to such materials as plaster, glass, copper, steel, papier-mache, and Hydrocal.


Call for Entries

The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton has issued a call for submissions to its upcoming juried exhibition, “All the Places We Go,” which will open on March 6 and run through April 5. The title is open to interpretation; stunning locations, other cultures, even spiritual growth are among the suggested themes.

The submission deadline is midnight on Saturday, and the application fee is $150 for one to three works and $50 for each additional work. High-resolution images, including title, size, medium, and price, can be sent in a single email to [email protected], with the artist’s name in the subject box. Selections will be announced by Feb. 15. More information is on the gallery’s website.

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