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Fox (and Sammy's Beach) in the City

     If you look up Sammy’s Beach on the Internet, you are given maps, a lot of real estate listings, and a few photographs of a bay beach, typically with a lot of tire ruts. On Instagram it’s different, more arty shots of wind blown waves on a rocky shore, abstract amalgamations of jingle shells and seaweed, dramatic sunsets, and the like.

    These are useful ways into Connie Fox’s series of paintings inspired by the beach up in the far northern reaches of Springs that leads to the cut of Three Mile Harbor into Gardiner’s Bay.

Apr 13, 2014
Hope's East Hampton 'Tab Lab' Gets a Showing in Chelsea

     If you think the tabs on pop top cans are mundane subject matter,  Alice Hope will likely change your mind with a show at  the Ricco Maresca Gallery in Chelsea. There, viewers will find a range of tab-inspired artworks that either incorporate the small metal pieces of  flotsam, elevate the form to sizable hanging sculpture, or come up with other interpretations wholly unique to the artist.

     At an opening on April 3, Ms. Hope, who received her M.F.A. from Yale University, decorated the attendees with tabs on necklaces and temporary tab tattoos.

Apr 8, 2014
East Hampton Gallery Hopping on a Saturday Night

     The Spring Fling at the Parrish Art Museum may have been causing delays on the highway in front of its Water Mill headquarters, but over in East Hampton several gallery exhibitions opening on Saturday night, kept many residents close to home.

Ille Arts had an engaging show of word paintings by Matt Vega in Amagansett. They featured poetry, with both legible and more freeform text. It was presented in stark black-and-white and more vibrant color combinations. Mr. Vega studied painting at Boston College and has an M.F.A. in photography from the Yale University School of Art.

Apr 8, 2014
East End Artists in the Mix at Christie's Big Sale

     Works by artists with East End associations such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, Robert Gober, Joan Mitchell, and Richard Prince were part of the stars of Christie’s record-breaking $745 million Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale on Tuesday night.

     East Hampton’s Larry Gagosian won Warhol's "Race Riot," (see E-catalogue here) for $62.9 million, a final price that includes the buyer’s premium (beginning at 25 percent that scales downward as the hammer price increases).

May 14, 2014
Kochiro Kurita's Photographs at Ille Arts

The Southold resident was chosen by Ned Smyth and paired with Rick Liss. In that context Mr. Kurita's photographs were a fitting foil to Mr. Smyth's minimalist organic sculpture and photographs of it.

May 6, 2014
Record-Breaking Members Show at Guild Hall

     Hopes and excitement ran even higher this year for the Guild Hall members show, an annual event that brings the South Fork artistic community together for one of the largest exhibitions in the region and the only non-juried show. More than 470 artists submitted work to be placed on the walls of Guild Hall’s three main galleries with the hope of being recognized by Robert Storr, a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art and the dean of the Yale School of Art.

     Mr. Storr selected William S.

May 5, 2014
Parrish Packs Them in During Second Bartlett Exhibition Opening

     The Parrish Art Museum had not one, but two openings for its Jennifer Bartlett exhibition. The second, a reception for members, was held this weekend. The Bartlett show is the first major museum survey of the artist's work.

     "Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe--Works 1970-2011" features 22 works from each of her creative periods and series. The show includes her plate pieces, combinations of paintings and sculpture, and diptychs and triptychs.

     The show will remain on view through July 13. A review will appear at a future date.

May 5, 2014
Bay Street Celebrates in NYC

    On Monday night, Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor celebrated its third Spring Honors event at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

     The event feted Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Pia Zankel and Jimmy Zankel. Scott Schwartz, the theater’s artistic director served as host.

     The event also showcased the upcoming season of theatrical presentations at the venue. These include new productions such as  “Art and Resolution” and “Conviction” and “Travesties,” a comedy by Tom Stoppard.

May 14, 2014
Wilson Trove Goes on the Block

Beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m., Paddle 8 will hold an auction of Robert Wilson’s own artwork as well as his personal collection of chairs.

Mr. Wilson told ARTINFO that his collection was being culled because he no longer had room to keep it all after moving out of his Tribeca loft. “Selling them, however, is like letting your children go,” he said. But he sees it as an opportunity for more people to enjoy them in a way he no longer can.

His loss is a gain for those fascinated by chairs of all periods, but particularly tribal and 20th century.

Jun 17, 2014
Parrish's Landscape Pleasures Did Not Disappoint

Those looking for a lovely spring stroll through some of the most exclusive private gardens in Southampton Village had a treat on Sunday during the garden tour portion of the Parrish Art Museum’s Landscape Pleasures weekend.

On Saturday, guests heard talks by Chip Callaway, Martin Filler, and Arne Maynard.

On Sunday, the tour included the gardens of Tory Burch, Joan and Bernard Carl, Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg, and Margaret and Peter R. Sullivan.

Jun 13, 2014
What is FAPE and Why Is It Coming to Guild Hall?

Chances are you will hear a lot about FAPE in the five weeks that it is the focus of a show at Guild Hall, organized by Robert Storr, but at this point most people here probably don’t know much  about the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies program.

The name is helpful. It is an independent foundation that provides American art to the nearest and most far flung United States embassies worldwide.

Jun 11, 2014
Yagi's NAWA Axis for Peace at LongHouse

More than 50 participants helped create and erect a 30-foot column at LongHouse Reserve on May 31.

The NAWA Axis for Peace was the vision of Mariyo Yagi, a Japanese environmental artist. She worked with the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn to make the acres of fabric used to form tubes that were then twisted together by four groups of participants onsite at LongHouse.

NAWA has multiple meanings. In ancient Japanese it is the union of NA, which means you, and WA, which means I.

Jun 10, 2014