"To Be an Artist Is to Embrace the World in One Kiss,” an exhibition of work by Mercedes and Herbert Matter, is on view at the Mark Borghi Gallery in Sag Harbor through Nov. 4.
The Matters, who married in 1941, were active members of the New York School. Both showed work at the Signa Gallery in East Hampton after moving there in the 1950s. Their friends included Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Philip Guston, and Willem de Kooning.
The influence of Herbert’s and Mercedes’s work on other artists has been explored, but by showing her paintings and drawings alongside his photographs for the first time, this exhibition establishes a clear relationship between his abstract and surrealistic approach to photography and her abstract painting.
“Chasing Red,” an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Danielle Orchard, will open Saturday at the Jack Hanley Gallery in East Hampton and remain on view through Nov. 21.
The new works depict scenes of female nudes and semi-nudes posed amid quotidian objects such as empty wine bottles, fallen vases, and bowls of fruit, with facial expressions and postures that suggest boredom.
Modernist movements of the early 20th century such as Cubism, Fauvism, and German Expressionism provide a formal framework in which Ms. Orchard embeds contemporary narratives while questioning the representation of the female body.
Dirt on the Rock
“Mermaids in the Basement,” a show of photographs by Gillian Gordon, will open on Saturday at Dirt Beauty, a new gallery in Shelter Island Heights, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. It will continue through Nov. 6.
Ms. Gordon, who lives in Springs, is a film producer and academic who served as founding executive director of the Sag Harbor Cinema. She began taking photographs of the East End’s seascapes and landscapes in order to ease the claustrophobia of isolation during the pandemic. Having grown up sailing on Shelter Island, she took the exhibition’s title from Emily Dickinson’s poem “By the Sea.”
Two in Montauk
Lucore Art in Montauk will open an exhibition of work by Juliana Purcell Sheehan and Chris Lucore with a reception Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Ms. Sheehan, who lives in Montauk, is a mixed-media painter whose styles range from figuration to abstraction. Her multi-layered, textured work encourages viewers to touch as well as see it, and in recent years she has included messages regarding the paintings in Braille.
Mr. Lucore’s paintings explore depth and composition by manipulating color, shape, and line. His use of acrylic paint, gloss medium, and modeling paste results in textured surfaces.
The exhibition will continue through Nov. 19.
Eight at Studio 11
Studio 11 at the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton is presenting “Push and Pull,” a group exhibition, through Nov. 14. Participating artists are Eugene Brodsky, Philippe Cheng, Louise Crandell, Eva Faye, Shirley Irons, Lana Kova, Bastienne Schmidt, and Amy Wickersham.
The first exhibition at the Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery at 36 James Lane in East Hampton, which is now under management by the art dealer Terry Wallace, features work by members of the Wednesday Group of plein-air painters of the East End. The show includes work by Maureen Travers, Jean Mahoney, Marie DiSunno Lombardi, and Bob Sullivan, among others. A closing reception will take place on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., but the exhibition will remain on view through Monday.
Gallery Artists at MM Fine Art
MM Fine Art in Southampton is presenting a group exhibition of work by Irina Alimanestianu, Rainer Andreesen, Chris Armstrong, David Desimone, Cornelia Foss, Edwina Lucas, Michael Meehan, Brian O'Leary, and Dan Rizzie through Oct. 31.
“Getting Somewhere,” a solo show of 12 new paintings by Sam Friedman, is on view at Harper’s Chelsea 534 through Nov. 13. The surfaces of Mr. Friedman’s abstract landscapes consist of layered curvilinear bands of color that shift in hue.
His meditative images, building on the genre of color field painting, "recall scenes of boundless vistas, rolling cloudscapes at twilight, or illuminated subterranean spaces,” the gallery says.