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The Art Scene 02.25.21

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 11:35
"Pointing at the Sun" by David Salle will be on view at East Hampton's Skarstedt gallery as of Friday.
© David Salle / VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of the artist and Skarstedt, New York.

Representing the Figure
The Skarstedt Gallery is presenting “Faces and Figures,” an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and photographs that show how artist, model, and representation have been configured from the mid-20th century to the present, at both its East Hampton and Upper East Side locations.

The East Hampton show, set to open Friday, includes work by Georg Baselitz, Eric Fischl, Mark Grotjahn, Martin Kippenberger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pablo Picasso, David Salle, and Thomas Schutte.

In addition to the aforementioned, the Manhattan exhibition features work by Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, George Condo, Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol. Both shows will run through April 17.

Outdoor Sculpture Tours
The Parrish Art Museum’s galleries are temporarily closed, but docent-led walking tours of “Field of Dreams,” its outdoor sculpture exhibition, will be offered Friday between 3 and 4:30 p.m.

Situated on the museum’s grounds, “Field of Dreams” includes sculpture by Theaster Gates, Jaume Plensa, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Joel Perlman, Joel Shapiro, Max Ernst, Bernar Venet, Isa Genzken, and Giuseppe Penone.

In addition, Scott Bluedorn will be on hand to give tours of “Bonac Blind,” his Road Show project, which refers to the traditional Bonac culture of fishing, farming, and hunting while commenting on the East End’s housing crisis and on climate change.

Guests will be divided into small groups for the tours, and masks will be required. Tickets are $10, free for members and students, and must be purchased in advance on the museum’s website. 

New East Village Gallery
Hadley Vogel, who during the summer runs East Hampton Shed, a rolling exhibition space, has joined forces with Jason Stopa and Russell Tyler to open Sunny NY, an artist-run gallery at 155 East 2nd Street in Manhattan.

The inaugural exhibition, “Sunny Side Up,” which includes work by 15 artists, will open Saturday and remain on view through March 27. The title “highlights the steady optimism of the artistic community in the face of adversity,” according to the gallery, which has painted its floors yellow for the exhibition. The works in the show can be loosely categorized into three groups: formally rigorous, expressive and visionary, and somber and restrained.

Keyes Art in Manhattan
Keyes Art of Sag Harbor has opened a pop-up gallery at 245 West 14th Street with an exhibition of work by Lester Johnson, Nathan Slate Joseph, and Faye Lansner that will be on view through March 14.

A member of the New York School, Johnson maintained the human figure as the primary subject of his expressionist canvases, which drew inspiration from his 1950s Bowery neighborhood.

Mr. Joseph is known for his dynamic, abstract compositions created by the application of a mixture of pure mineral pigment, acid, and water to zinc-galvanized steel plates that are then soldered together.

Lansner, who studied with Hans Hofmann, is represented by five paintings dating from the late 1940s to the ‘60s that incorporate abstract signs, fragments of the female body, and bold colors.

Creative Network Night
The East Hampton Arts Council’s Creative Network Night series, which previously took place at the Golden Eagle art shop with in-person interaction among artists, will return in a virtual format next Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Five East End artists will each show slides of their work for eight to 10 minutes, with a question period to follow.

The participating artists are Casey Chalem Anderson, a painter from Sag Harbor, Robin Gianis, a ceramicist from East Hampton, Melora Griffis, a multidisciplinary artist from Shelter Island and Manhattan, Edwina Lucas, a painter from Sag Harbor, and Rich Mothes, a painter from Wainscott.

A Zoom link can be found at

Artists Alliance Online Show
“New Beginnings,” a virtual exhibition of work by 45 members of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton, is now on view at along with the artists' contact information. The show is having an open-ended run.t

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