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Three Female Artists Walk Into the Parrish

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 14:08
Leslie Wayne, Linda K. Alpern, and Lucy Winton will discuss their work in the Parrish Art Museum's exhibition "An Expanded Portrait."
Jenny Gorman and Lucy Winton Photos

Linda K. Alpern, Leslie Wayne, and Lucy Winton will discuss their work on view at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill in "An Expanded Portrait: Works From the Permanent Collection," on Friday at 6 p.m. The exhibition's organizers, Kaitlin Halloran, curatorial assistant, and Brianna L. Hernandez, curatorial fellow, will moderate.

The exhibition features work by 16 artists who explore self-representation and the ways in which women experience the world. Created in dialogue with "Kahlo: An Expanded Body," its themes include self-agency, mortality, and the charged symbolism of the female body.

Ms. Alpern's career as a photographer spans 30 years. She was artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2003 and won best in show two years later in a Guild Hall exhibition. Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Guild Hall as well as the private collections of Chuck Close and Eric Fischl. 

Reflecting her affinity for unusual subjects, she has been photographing, for the past 10 years, children playing while their parents do laundry in the Sag Harbor laundromat. She is represented in the exhibition by her 1999 photograph of Mabel D'Amico.

Known for paintings often described as sculptural, Ms. Wayne explores the intersection of abstraction and figuration, forms in nature, and the perception and relationship between object and image. Her process involves scraping, folding, collaging, and cutting in order to build up her surfaces, which are layered with various textures of paint. 

Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. "Twist and Shout," a colored-pencil and collage work from 2007-08, is included in the show.

Ms. Winton, who is represented by " '70," a work of graphite, ink, and gouache on paper, became engrossed in drawing while studying fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Much of her work has been inspired by children's book illustrations and the Romantic tradition, with nocturnal scenes reflecting in part her years working as a New York City E.M.T. on midnight shifts.

She has exhibited widely, including in Manhattan at the Danese Gallery, the New York Academy of Art, and Gasser Grunert, as well as closer to home at the Parrish, Guild Hall, the Southampton Arts Center, and the Tripoli Gallery.

Tickets are $16, $12 for senior citizens, $5 for members and their guests, free for students and children.

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