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The Art Scene 05.12.22

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 13:37
Lady Gaga by Markus Klinko is part of an exhibition opening at the White Room in Bridgehampton.

East End Magic
"Magical Places," an exhibition of work by three painters inspired by the East End landscape, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from Friday through Sunday. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Barbara Groot's abstract paintings reflect the sun and light of the East End, which she finds as special as that of Southern California, where she grew up.

Light, color, and movement are the fundamental elements for Beth Barry, whose "vibrant paintings appear to be in motion," said the critic Valerie Gladstone.

Casey Chalem Anderson is known for her realistic paintings of ocean waves, though she has said her most recent work "steers away from literal realism."
     
Confronting Social Norms
"Last Lecture Show," a mid-career survey of the work of the German painter Werner Buttner, is on view at The Ranch in Montauk through June 18. Organized by the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany, the exhibition traces the artist's work from after the fall of the Berlin Wall to paintings made during the pandemic.

Mr. Buttner's work is rooted in traditional subject matter such as still life, landscape, allegory, and self-portraiture, but is executed with what has been called "slovenly realism." His canvases confront social norms with irony and satire, commenting on human activity and existence, without regard for taboos. 
    
Historic Sites to Open

The historic sites of the East Hampton Historical Society will open for the season on Friday, May 20. Mulford Farm, the Osborn-Jackson House, Clinton Academy, the East Hampton Town Marine Museum, and the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio will be open with free admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays.

In the meantime, a special exhibition, "The 2022 East Hampton High School Alumni Art Show and Benefit," will open Friday at Clinton Academy with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. It will continue through May 22. Fifty percent of all sales will benefit the historical society.

At Markel Here and There
"Boscage," an exhibition of new watercolors by Katie DeGroot, is  on view at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton through May 30. Ms. DeGroot's work, says the gallery, celebrates the complexity and beauty of trees, specifically the unique quality of each branch, with vibrant color and energetic brushstrokes. 

An exhibition of Monica Banks's ceramic work, "All You Can Eat," is opening Thursday at the gallery's Chelsea location, and will run through June 18. The show includes new ceramic vessels and utensils as well as earlier porcelain works. Ms. Banks has said the new work "explores the unspoken things we think about ourselves and each other, during the everyday acts of eating and drinking."

Atmospheric Horizons
The Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor will open "Both Sides of the Horizon," a show of paintings by Anne Raymond and Kim Romero, with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. It will remain on view through June 7.

Ms. Raymond has long been interested in the atmospheric quality of clouds and refracted light, creating drama over water. 

Coastal living animates Ms. Romero's works, which depict light on the surface of waves, waterfront, and hydrangeas, a plant often associated with summer on the Northeast coast.

Screening and Talks
In conjunction with its current exhibition, "Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond," the Southampton Arts Center will host "An Evening With the Works of Frank Gillette and John Zieman" on Friday at 6 p.m.

Mr. Gillette is a pioneer of multi-channel and time-delay video installations. His work, which also includes photographs and single-channel video, reflects a concern with close visual observation and the natural environment.

Mr. Zieman works in video, film, and photography, and composes music as well. His mastery of technology has included the commissioning of a video synthesizer built to his specifications.

Tickets are $15, $10 for members.

Also at the arts center, Colin Goldberg, the exhibition's curator, will discuss Techspressionism with Helen Harrison, director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and the show's advisor, on Tuesday at 6 p.m., via Zoom.

Celebrity Photographs
"A Flight of Fine Art," an exhibition featuring the photographs of Markus Klinko, will open at Bridgehampton's White Room Gallery on Wednesday and remain on view through June 5.

While the Swiss-born artist began his career as a classical harp soloist, a hand injury ended that calling and led to one as a fashion photographer. His photographs of a laundry list of notables include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Kanye West, and Jennifer Lopez; his work has appeared in Interview magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and on many album covers.

A reception will be held on May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Stephen Loschen in Montauk
Lucore Art in Montauk will present "Energy of Color," an exhibition of paintings and a sculpture by Stephen Loschen, from Thursday through June 1, with a reception set for Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Vibrant color and abstract forms have characterized Mr. Loschen's art since he began to exhibit in the mid-1980s. In an exhibition review, the artist and critic Eric Ernst wrote, "His compositions constantly suggest an air of movement that is as determined as it is gently capricious."

The artist has said, "I am fascinated by shape, form, and negative and positive space that is released by my subconscious mind on to the canvas."

Floral Beauty
"Bounty of Beauty," a show of paintings by six women, will open at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor on Saturday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and continue through June 12. The paintings in the exhibition celebrate a popular subject, flowers, as well as local and foreign landscapes, interiors, and portraits.

The gallery notes that painting flowers can be especially tricky, as petals can curl or fall off, and healthy blossoms can quickly lose their bloom. "It's a genuine achievement to successfully capture a healthy flower in its prime -- eternalizing it in paint."  

Participating artists are Amy Florence, Sarah Lamb, Maryann Lucas, Tina Orsolic, Rachel Personett, and Melissa Franklin Sanchez.
 


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