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The Art Scene 09.14.23

Mon, 09/11/2023 - 13:34
Sutton Lake Lynch's photograph "Bluefish Ring" will be at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.
Sutton Lake Lynch

Celebrating Krasner
The third annual "Arts and Archives" exhibition, organized by Teri Kennedy as a fund-raiser for the Springs Historical Society and Community Library, will be at Ashawagh Hall in that hamlet Friday through Sunday.

In addition to works by 52 local painters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, and ceramicists, ranging in age from 23 to 88, it will include several works inspired by Lee Krasner and archival photographs of the artist, courtesy of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.

The show will also feature an exhibit on Gardiner's Island, with Springs Historical Society photographs and objects from the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum.

A reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m., and a curator's tour and reception is set for Sunday from 1 to 3. Viewing hours are Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 to 7, and Sunday, 11 to 3.

Open Call for Artists
Registration will end Monday for Guild Hall's 84th Artists Membership Exhibition, which will open Oct. 28 and remain on view through Jan. 8. The non-juried exhibition, which usually draws more than 300 entries, is open to all Guild Hall members at any level of artistic practice. The winner of top honors will receive a solo show there.

Registration is at For those not yet members, is the place to sign up.

Two Group Shows
MM Fine Art in Southampton will open two group exhibitions, "Transcending Distances" and "INT/EXT," with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Organized with FPI Art Initiative, which creates pop-up exhibitions featuring artists not widely represented in New York or other major art markets, "Transcending Distances" includes work by Petru Lucaci and Daniela Palimariu of Romania, Cloe Galasso from Argentina, Dalila Pasotti from Italy, and Linnea Moritz from Sweden.

"INT/EXT," which focuses on interior and exterior photographs with a cinematic quality, includes images by Dianne Blell, Ann Chwatsky, Christophe von Hohenberg, Steve Miller, John Torreano, David Gamble, Blair Seagram, and others.

Both shows will continue through Oct. 1.

Abstract, Mostly
The second iteration of Eric Firestone Gallery's exhibition "(Mostly) Women (Mostly) Abstract" is at the gallery's NoHo outpost at 40 Great Jones Street through Oct. 14. The show focuses on abstraction and features aesthetic conversations over time between contemporary artists and gallery artists and estates.

Among the artists represented are Trudy Benson, Martha Edelheit, Reginald Madison, Chris Martin, Keiko Narahashi, Joe Overstreet, Jenny Snider, and Nina Yankowitz.

Schnabel on Velvet
"Bouquet of Mistakes," an exhibition of new velvet paintings by Julian Schnabel, will open Friday at Pace in Chelsea and continue through Oct. 28.

In the new paintings, Mr. Schnabel, who has a house in Montauk, considers how the material appears as subject matter throughout art history, especially in the works of Titian, Goya, and other old masters. But instead of creating illusionistic representations of the material, he uses it as the surface of his works, "inventing a new, contemporary kind of history painting in the process," the gallery said.

For example, his "Gesu Deriso (Jesus Mocked)" refers directly to a Renaissance fresco by Fra Angelico in the monastery of San Marco in Florence.

Sculpture and Quilts
"Sanford Biggers: Back to the Stars," a show of new artworks from his "Chimera" and "Codex" series, opens Thursday at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will continue through Oct. 28.

Mr. Biggers, who divides his time between New York and Sag Harbor, brings aesthetic, poetic, and social insights to stories embedded in material culture. The sculptures from the "Chimera" series combine African and European masks, busts, and figures that explore historical representations of the body and their myths, archetypes, perceptions, and power.

The sources of his origami-like quilts from his "Codex" series include Japanese woodblock, Gee's Bend quilts, Duchamp's readymades, and signposts on the Underground Railroad.

Native Art
Next up in the Watermill Center’s Viewpoints series of free artist talks is “Native Art and the Shinnecock Nation,” which will bring Denise (Weetahmoe) Silva-Dennis and her son, Jeremy Dennis, to the center on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Ms. Silva-Dennis works primarily in acrylic for her figurative paintings and murals and is also an accomplished beadwork artist. Her style of beadwork was handed down to her from her mother and elder women of the Shinnecock and Hassanamisco-Nipmuc Nations.

Mr. Dennis, an enrolled Tribal Member of the Shinnecock Nation, is a contemporary fine art photographer whose work explores Indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation.He is also the founder of the nonprofit Ma’s House and BIPOC Art Studio.

Introducing Anthony
“Hello, My Name Is: Anthony Mastromatteo,” a solo exhibition of paintings, will open at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor with a reception Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and remain on view through Oct. 9.

Mr. Mastromatteo’s hard-edged realism and depiction of mundane objects such as name tags and drafting tools might suggest Pop Art, but the paintings have a conceptual underpinning as well as a compositional debt to Suprematism, an early-20th-century movement focused on geometry and a limited range of colors. 

This article has been changed from its print version to include the Native Art talk at the Watermill Center and  the exhibition at the Grenning Gallery, information about which was received after the section went to press.

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