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The Art Scene 03.11.21

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 18:10
An untitled collage from 1954 by Lee Krasner is one of the works on view at Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea.

Parrish to Reopen Galleries
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will reopen its galleries this weekend, with timed admission tickets available for members Friday and Saturday and for the general public starting Sunday. 

The 2021 Student Exhibition will launch Friday with work by hundreds of students and educators from more than 30 Eastern Long Island schools. Public programs related to the show, which will run through April 18, will include a virtual video tour Friday at 5 p.m. with Cara Conklin-Wingfield, the museum's education director. Several exhibitions from the museum's permanent collection are also on view.

The second of three Parrish Pairings, livestreamed conversations featuring artists, collectors, and Kelly Taxter, the museum's new director, will pair Chat Leat, a collector and former museum trustee, with Elmgreen and Dragset, whose work explores the relationship between art and design while addressing social and cultural issues. Tickets are $250 for the benefit program, which will happen at 10 a.m. on Sunday and include the opportunity to engage with the speakers.

Lee Krasner in Chelsea
"Lee Krasner: Collage Paintings 1938-1981" is opening Thursday at the Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea and will remain on view through April 24. Throughout her career, Krasner periodically destroyed works and reconstituted their components into new compositions. This practice resulted in dramatic works that combine elements of painting, drawing, and collage and represent some of the artist's most emotionally charged works, according to the gallery.

The exhibition includes important works from Krasner's 1955 exhibition of collages at the Stable Gallery in New York City, which the influential critic Clement Greenberg called a "major addition to the American art scene of the era." Works from the artist's recent European retrospective will also be on view.

New Storefront Art Project
The Southampton Arts Center's Storefront Art Project, an initiative that animates the windows of vacant stores in Southampton Village, has added Miles Partington's "Dublin Zoo" to its portfolio. For the installation at 46 Job's Lane, the artist has used cardboard, common objects, and spray paint to capture the gestures and patterns of animals he admires.

Mr. Partington, who is also an advocate for sustainability and conservation, drew upon the abundance of cardboard used and discarded during the pandemic, repurposing it to make quick impressions and add detail to his creations. The installation will remain on view through June 1.

Wild Life in Bridgehampton
Andrea McCafferty and Kat O'Neill, the directors of the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, have cited Keith Richards, Ernest Hemingway, and Mae West as among the inspirations for "Wild Life," a show featuring work by Stephen Hall and Chad Knight that will open Friday and continue through April 11.

Mr. Hall's meticulously rendered subjects, which have recently focused on the deterioration of the environment, include an astronaut searching for intelligent life on earth, only to find a bottle of Tide, and an orangutan on an ice floe holding a discarded tube of toothpaste.

The head of 3-D design at Nike, Mr. Knight creates digital images of gigantic surreal beings that emerge from seemingly natural backgrounds such as water, mountains, or sand. The resulting representations are both hyperreal and out of this world.

Janet Sawyer in New York
New paintings by Janet Sawyer, who divides her time between Manhattan and Montauk, are on view at Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea through March 27. The show includes three black-and-white works and two large-scale diptychs that use strong contrasts and abstract imagery to evoke the passage of time as marked by cycles of night and day and lunar and planetary movements.

Metro Pictures Closing
Janelle Reiring and Helene Winer, partners in Metro Pictures since 1980, announced on Sunday that they would shutter their Chelsea gallery at the end of the year. Both owned houses on the South Fork for years and, along with Rachael Lehmann, opened an East Hampton outpost called Off-Shore in the Red Horse Market complex during the mid 1990s.

Long associated with the "Pictures Generation" of artists that came to prominence in the 1980s, they represented several artists who have lived and worked on the East End, including Cindy Sherman, Tony Oursler, and Robert Longo. Ms. Sherman has already moved to Hauser & Wirth, which has an outpost in Southampton, the gallery announced this week.

Both are in their 70s. Ms. Winer told The New York Times, "We just feel like we did our thing." Referring to the anticipated changes in the art world after the pandemic subsides, she added, "I don't think at my present age that I want to be reinventing the wheel."

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