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The Art Scene 01.07.21

Wed, 01/06/2021 - 17:41
Lois Dodd’s “Mackerel Sky” from 1992 and 1993

Dodd and Katz
The Drawing Room and Eric Brown Art Group are presenting “The Nature of Things,” an exhibition of paintings by Lois Dodd and Alex Katz, through Jan. 31, at 55 Main Street in East Hampton.

The artists, who are known for capturing nature with an economy of means, met while attending Cooper Union in the late 1940s. Now in their 90s, both live and work in New York City, have summered in Maine, and have been close friends for over 70 years.

Ms. Dodd’s paintings of nature range from sunny landscapes to moody nocturnes. Mr. Katz is showing a large-scale 1966 painting of a single white rose blossom on a red background, and a recent depiction of irises painted en plein air in 2019.

'Real' Friends in Art
The friendship between Fairfield Porter and Jane Freilicher will be the subject of a virtual conversation between Alicia Longwell, chief curator of the Parrish Art Museum, and Eric Brown, an art dealer, curator, and advisor to the Freilicher estate, Friday at 5 p.m.

The two painters met in 1952 when Porter reviewed Freilicher’s first exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery for ARTnews. Porter and his wife had moved to Southampton in 1949, and Freilicher and her husband, Joe Hazan, began visiting the East End in the early '50s before building a house on Mecox Bay in Water Mill, where she maintained a studio for more than 50 years. Both artists remained independent in the face of Abstract Expressionism, preferring to paint from observation.

Registration is required through a form on the museum’s website.

Storefront Art
The Southampton Art Center’s Storefront Art Project, which provides artists with opportunities to show their work in vacant commercial spaces, will present “Wild Things,” a window installation by Kerry Sharkey-Miller, starting Sunday at the former J. Crew shop at 84B Main Street.

Based in Sag Harbor, Ms. Sharkey-Miller has an extensive background in fine art and media production. As an educator specializing in photography, digital printing, and stop-motion animation, she has traveled extensively, taking students on annual trips that combine photography with humanitarian service throughout the world.

“Wild Things” is a multimedia installation made with aluminum and photographic works on long paper panels. “Priceless,” by Alice Hope, a second window project, remains on view at 8 Job’s Lane.

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