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The Art Scene 08.03.23

Mon, 07/31/2023 - 14:42
Mickalene Thomas's 2022 mixed-media work "NUS Exotiques #4" will be at Hauser & Wirth in Southampton.
Mickalene Thomas, Courtesy of the Artist/ Photo by Elisabeth Bernstein

Women, Mostly
Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton will open "(Mostly) Women (Mostly) Abstract," a cross-generational show of work by 22 artists, on Saturday, with a reception from 6 to 8 pm. 

The exhibition features artists who have "charted a profoundly personal path outside the center of the art world," using experimental techniques and processes, says the gallery. It includes contemporary artists and artists and estates represented by Firestone.

On view through Sept. 4, the show will have work by Sally Cook, Pam Glick, Pat Lipsky, Joe Overstreet, Judy Pfaff, Pat Passlof, Jeanne Reynal, Toni Ross, Kennedy Yanko, and Nina Yankowitz, among others.

Artistic Pairings
"Two Pieces in the Shape of a Pear," an exhibition organized by Pat Steir that pairs artists' works across mediums and genres, will open at Hauser & Wirth in Southampton on Saturday and continue through Sept. 30.

Work by Cindy Sherman will be shown with that of Mickalene Thomas, Rita Ackerman with Avery Singer, Mary Heilmann with Martha Tuttle, and Ms. Steir's work with Rashid Johnson's.

Ms. Steir illuminates both similarities and differences in the sensibilities and approaches of her chosen artists. For example, pairing her poetic abstraction "Roman Series (II)" from 1993 with Mr. Johnson's "Surrender Painting 'Pouring' " from 2023 invites comparison of the cultural contexts of two artists who at first glance might seem to occupy separate planes.

“Eros and Pathos”
“Eros and Pathos,” a solo show of paintings by Noel de Lesseps, will open Friday at the Fireplace Project in Springs and remain on view through Aug. 15. A reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mr. de Lesseps’s paintings are informed by his interest in the mystery of consciousness and the natural world, according to the gallery. Surreal elements inhabit moody landscapes whose human figures, animals, and architecture hover somewhere between the figurative and the abstract.

Art and Design Works
Christine Berry and Martha Campbell of the Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea and Elena Frampton of Frampton Co., an interior design studio, have teamed up to present "Women Choose Women," a group exhibition that will be at Frampton Co.'s Bridgehampton outpost, 141 Maple Lane, from Saturday through Sept. 9.

Spanning the 1950s to the present, the show includes art and design pieces by Lynne Drexler, Elaine de Kooning, Nanette Carter, Elizabeth Osborne, Yvonne Pickering Carter, Lillian Thomas Burwell, Susan Vecsey, Perle Fine, Mary Dill Henry, Jill Nathanson, Charlotte Park, Ethel Schwabacher, Ann Purcell, Yvonne Thomas, Carmen D’Apollonio, and Barbora Zilinskaite.

"Diaspora" in Sag Harbor
"Diaspora," an exhibition organized by Benjamin Godsill and Joel Mesler, will open Thursday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ezra Gallery of the Hamptons, at the Center for Jewish Life in Sag Harbor. It will continue through August.

The show includes work by Sarah Aibel, Darren Bader, Dan Colen, Will Cotton, Rob Davis, Marc Dennis, Jonah Freeman, Sheree Hovsepian, Pinny Segal Landau, Charlie Ly, Eddie Martinez, Haley Mellin, Sam Moyer, Irene Mamiye, Angel Otero, Mindy Shapero, Bruce Sherman, Lucien Smith, Billy Sullivan, Hank Willis Thomas, Kon Trubkovich, Mary Weatherford, Austyn Weiner, Cameron Welch, and Mr. Mesler.

Between Comedy and Tragedy
"Hard Arms/Soft War," a solo show of work by Kan Seidel, will open on Saturday at the David Lewis Gallery in East Hampton, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. It will run through Sept. 3.

After the death of his brother in 2021, Mr. Seidel embarked on a series of quirky paintings of stretched and distorted figures that focus on home and family and vacillate between comedy and tragedy.

A centerpiece of the exhibition, which includes six paintings and a painted clay sculpture, is "war goes crying with a million gray rats (or Gayrnica)" (2023), a satirical meditation on Picasso's "Guernica."

Full Moons and More
"Moon Dance," an exhibition of photographs by Bob Tabor, opens Thursday evening at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton with a reception from 5 to 7. 

While Mr. Tabor is known for his equestrian portraits and polo shots for Ralph Lauren, he also photographs seascapes, dreamscapes, interiors, and, featured in this show, the moon.

The dramatic full moon images, all taken on the East End, will share the gallery with seascapes and a selection of horse portraits. 

The exhibition will continue through Aug. 20.

Still-Life Photographs
"The Flowery Way," an exhibition of photographs by Lou Spitalnick, opens Thursday at the Depot Art Gallery in Montauk, and can be seen through Aug. 14. The show includes seasonal floral portraits, classic still-life subjects, and a selection of the artist's ongoing images of jugs and flowers.

Early in his career, Mr. Spitalnick mastered platinum printing and photogravure, two rare forms of alternative photographic printing. More recently, he has pursued digital printing and explored the world of color.

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

New in Montauk
The 484 Gallery, a newcomer at Gosman's Dock in Montauk, will launch tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. with an exhibition of work by 25 East End artists.

Participants include Scott Bluedorn, Idoline Duke, James Katsipis, Christopher Lucore, Jane Martin, Paton Miller, Warren Neidich, Dalton Portella, William Quigley, Peter Spacek, Kassandra Thatcher, and Mark Wilson.

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