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Artists Choose Parrish, Again

Mon, 10/23/2023 - 15:36
KAWS's 2020 painting "Tide" will be paired with Winslow Homer's 1887 watercolor "The Trawlers" in the "Artists Choose Parrish" exhibition. <I>Farzad Owrang<P>
Farzad Owrang

The Parrish Art Museum will open the third installment of its "Artists Choose Parrish" series of exhibitions on Sunday, pairing works by renowned contemporary artists with their selections from the museum's permanent collection.

For Part III, Richard Aldrich, Joanne Greenbaum, Virginia Jaramillo, Rashid Johnson, KAWS, Mel Kendrick, David Salle, Sean Scully, and Amy Sillman were invited to choose works from the museum's holdings.

"In addition to honoring and celebrating the artists they revere," the Water Mill museum said, "several of the artists who were invited to choose works from the collection were looking for pairings that evoke a range of emotions and moods of the human condition, from sorrow and humor to the weird and ambiguous." 

Ms. Greenbaum was drawn to John Ferren's 1953 painting "New York Summer Landscape," whose underlying structure and methodology, she says, felt similar to her own. 

As disparate as works by Dawoud Bey and Vija Celmins might seem, Mr. Johnson considers both central to his thinking, and hopes their pairing reflects the wide range of ways art can affect viewers.

Mel Kendrick chose artworks that incorporate the line as a connecting device, including Dorothy Rockburne's installation "Sahura" from 1980, Barry Le Va's 1973 drawing "12 Lengths Walked Zig Zag," and Peter Campus's "Passage at Bellport Harbor," a 2010 video.

In a collage by Balcomb Greene, a geometric drawing by Dorothy Dehner, and Walt Kuhn's portrait of a clown, David Salle saw "stubbornness, ebullience, adventurousness, the desire to claim for oneself a piece of lived experience -- the maverick American mind -- it's all here."

In their wide range across styles and time periods, Ms. Sillman's selections, which include works by Mike Solomon, Sydney Albertini, Louisa Chase, Perle Fine, Gertrude Greene, Agnes Martin, Batty Parsons, Richard Tuttle, and Joe Zucker, could comprise an exhibition of their own. 

An opening reception for members, on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will include a talk by Ms. Greenbaum, Mr. Scully, and Ms. Sillman.

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