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The Art Scene 10.14.21

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 12:13
Eric Firestone Gallery’s fall group show features the work of Dorothy Dehner, Charles DuBack, Perle Fine, Joe Overstreet, Pat Passlof, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Pete Jennerjahn, Jamillah Jennings, and Thomas Sills.

New at Harper’s
“Can Day See Me?” an exhibition of new work by Joeun Kim Aatchim, is on view at Harper’s Gallery in East Hampton through Nov. 10. Ms. Aatchim, who lives in Brooklyn, has said her art was inspired by her grandmother, who was a silk merchant in Korea.

Each of her pieces is prepared with sheer silks, organic adhesives, and pigments derived from natural stones, shells, and various minerals. Ms. Aatchim paints on both sides of the silks, often layering multiple paintings in one frame. Light becomes a medium that is filtered through the surfaces to illuminate her compositions, so that the layered images shift and change from different vantage points.

On Yamasaki
“Sandfuture,” a new book from M.I.T. Press by Justin Beal, is an account of the life and work of the architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the original World Trade Center in Manhattan, as well as a meditation on the broader implications of how, and for whom, cities are built.

Mr. Beal will be at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday at 6 p.m. to discuss Yamasaki’s influence on American architecture and society with Katie Yamasaki, a muralist, children’s book author, and the architect’s granddaughter.

Known for his humanistic approach to modern architecture, Yamasaki appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1963. However, criticism of the World Trade Center and the Pruitt-Igoe apartments in St. Louis shadowed the latter half of his career.

Tickets to the in-person talk are $12, free for members and students. The talk will also be livestreamed at no charge. Advance ticket purchase and registration are required.

Concrete and Wood
Concurrent solo exhibitions of work by Costantino Nivola and Saul Steinberg are on view at the Drawing Room in East Hampton through Nov. 29.

“Sandcasts, Graffiti, and Carved Concrete” features examples of the Modernist abstract forms Nivola used to represent the human figure and his associations with his pre-war life in Sardinia. The show highlights the inventive techniques the artist established for casting in sand; carving, and incising the porous surfaces of wet concrete.

“Still Life” brings together watercolors, drawings, and wood sculptures that illuminate Steinberg’s keen observations and witty interpretations of common objects. The subjects of the works on paper and carved wood objects range from floral still lifes to cubist tabletops. Painted wood sculptures include whittled fountain pens, clocks, and a camera.

Three at Keyes Art
Keyes Art in Sag Harbor is presenting “Eyewitness,” an exhibition of work by John Battle, Virva Hinnemo, and George Negroponte, through Nov. 28.

Mr. Battle is a metalworker and sculptor whose work, writes Mr. Negroponte, “is unfailingly anthropomorphic, low technology, and warm-blooded.” Ms. Hinnemo makes abstract paintings whose chunky forms are created with thickly applied paint. Mr. Negroponte describes himself as a painter, too, trying to squeeze out "every trace of lyricism" from his work, leaving an image that is “unvarnished, exposed like bark on a tree.”

The exhibition, with works that struggle to clarify purpose and convey meaning with familiar tools, is intended to confirm that Modernism is alive and well.

Franklin Engel at Kramoris
A solo show of paintings by Franklin Engel will open Thursday at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor and remain on view through Nov. 4. A reception will be held Oct. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The exhibition features a selection of the artist’s landscapes, which capture local scenes with swirling expressionistic brushwork.

Mr. Engel has written about the charge of energy he felt the first time he crossed the Shinnecock Canal: “I had to capture the people and the beauty of these special places, including Sag Harbor, Springs, Amagansett, East Hampton, and Montauk.”

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