Jane Wilson’s singular landscape paintings, many inspired by the East End, secured her reputation as one of the leading painters of the postwar era. However, beginning in the late 1960s and continuing into the early 1980s, she was occupied with the still life. That pivotal period is the focus of “Jane Wilson: Reflected Still Life,” which is on view through March 26 at DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea.
The still life was a vehicle of exploration for Wilson, who referred to them as “landscapes on tables.” She set up arrangements in her New York apartment, where she became fascinated with the relationship of objects to each other and to their surrounding space.
Her direct observation of those arrangements “informed her use of color, and her approach to abstraction and light upon the same setting,” says the gallery. “Summer Tea Time,” for example, is infused with warmer, sunlit colors, while a bright silver light fills the room in “Winter Tea Time.”
Michelle Stuart in Chelsea
“Michelle Stuart: The Imprints of Time, 1969-2021” opens at Galerie Lelong & Co. in Chelsea on Thursday, with a reception from 5 to 7. It will remain on view through March 26.
The exhibition includes works on paper, sculpture, and photographs that highlight the site-specificity of the artist's practice, which has taken her to such far-flung destinations as Machu Picchu, Mesa Verde, and the South Pacific.
Individual works often combine drawings or photographs with organic material. Four works from her series “Area-Sayreville, New Jersey” (1976) consist of paper rubbed with earth from a quarry there, framed with a row of photographs of the site.
“Stuart’s work addresses the metaphysical while remaining profoundly rooted in its own materiality and the artist’s interest in archeology, botany, and history,” says the gallery.
Art and Plant Medicines
In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Outcropping: Indigenous Art Now,” the Southampton Arts Center will hold a casual gathering on Friday at 6 p.m. Artists from the Shinnecock Nation and local community leaders will talk about their work, and will sell their creations.
On Saturday afternoon at 3, Chenae Bullock will discuss medicinal plant use and marijuana. A member of the Shinnecock Tribe, Ms. Bullock is the author of “50 Plant Medicines: Indigenous Oral History and Perspective” and the managing director of Little Beach Harvest, a dispensary and wellness center situated on Shinnecock territory.
Both programs are free.