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Long Island Art Galleries on the South Fork
July 1, 2014
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Long Island Art Galleries on the South Fork

This summer is a busy time for artists and art-lovers alike on Long Island’s beautiful South Fork! We already brought you a list of performances happening in the Hamptons this summer, but that’s just the beginning! We’ve collected a series of art exhibits going on throughout the South Fork over the summer, which we’re excited to share with you this week! These exhibits are especially relevant around this time, because it’s only one week until ArtHamptons, the official fine art fair of the Hamptons, begins on July 10! Following closely thereafter will be Art Southampton, the international contemporary and modern art fair, which is being held from July 24-28. We’ll have more for you on those shows are they grow nearer, but for now, check out these great Long Island art galleries!

Parrish Art Museum

279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill | (631) 283-2118

April 27 – July 13

Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe – Works 1970-2011.

Bartlett uses serialized geometric forms to create familiar objects that bring to mind the ideals of the American way of life. She uses different mediums and switches frequently from abstraction to figuration, creating the uncanny feeling that the idealized American Dream may always been on the verge of crashing in her artwork.

Permanent Collection Exhibition: November 8, 2013 – October 26, 2014

Changing Views: Painting as Metaphor.

“Painting is a metaphor. You cannot represent a three-dimensional world in two dimensions without metaphor…I’m trying to recreate in terms of painting—in painterly terms.” – Rackstraw Downes

William Merritt Chase: Bath Beach: A Sketch shows Chase’s wife, Alice, walking along the promenade by the water with their eldest child, Alice Dieudonnée. His style is reflective of the works of many French Impressionists that had made an impact on him while he was in Europe.

Theodore Robinson: A painter who was heavily influenced by his mentor, Claude Monet, and often painted the mill in Giverny, France, as a result.

William Lamb Picknell: Shows the intense effects of light on the surface of natural forms in his painting A French Garden, created in southern France.

John Sloan: Spent six summers on the coast of Cape Ann in Gloucester, MA, painting outdoors. “Instead of imitating the colors in nature, I decided on some quality of color that interested me and set a limited palette,” he wrote.

John Marin: Created nearly 100 small paintings as a series to illustrate the barren late-fall views of the Jersey-side of the Hudson River looking toward Manhattan.

Fairfield Porter: Painted narrow streetscapes and backyard views that had made an impression on him during his time in both Manhattan and Southampton.

Hughie Lee-Smith: Created works that infuse barren landscapes with mystery and meaning.

Howard Kanovitz: Used the “painterly terms” to which Downes referred in his transfer of images from photographs to canvases.

This exhibit is a collection of works that embody Downes’ message that without metaphor, you can’t represent three dimensions in a two dimensional space.

William Merritt Chase: Portraits in Context.

Although Chase painted hundreds of pieces throughout his life, his works that capture his family and students are the ones that display his true artistic vision.

Esteban Vicente: In the Company of Friends.

Widely known as a “lyrical colorist,” Vicente was a member of a group of artists who met at the Waldorf Cafeteria weekly at a 10th Street loft called “The Club.” The group, which included James Brooks, Perle Fine, Mercedes Matter, Robert Motherwell, and Michael Goldberg, migrated to the East End, where Vicente ultimately settled in 1964. One of his students once said, “…art must be a complete commitment at all times. He made us understand that art is not separated from life.”

Dennis Oppenheim: Splash Buildings.

“The behavior of a splash, increased in scale, presents a formidable structure; when considered, the rhythmic actions of both a falling and rising column of energy shows itself as a potential universe structure of enormous presence.” – Dennis Oppenheim was a trailblazer in the earthwork, body art, performance, and conceptual art movements of the 1960s and 70s. He was passionate about creating large-scale sculptures that he considered “a parallel to the mental processing of a raw idea.”

Additional Permanent Collection Exhibits Include:

Porter and Dash: Between House and Studio

Poets and Painters

Tokyo Brushstroke I & II

Making Connections

Kramoris Gallery

41 Main Street, Sag Harbor | (631) 725-2499

June 26 – July 17

Stephen Palmer

Palmer is a sculptor from Michigan, who has won awards for his multi-media found object fish sculptures. Using a variety of vintage items he’s come across along his travels, his art serves as a commentary on how our actions impact the creatures living in the ocean, illustrating all the things that humans thoughtlessly discard that often end up being ingested by animals.

Jorge Silveira

Another artist who likes to make things out of eclectic objects, Silveira gravitates toward old wood and rusty metal to create monsters and faces. “I really like expressing my creativity by finding discarded objects from the forest and the ocean, and turning them into raw and abstract characters or scenes,” he says. He especially likes to repurpose things that other people have just thrown away. His art proves the saying to be true: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

William Skrips

“Re-using discards and found objects has always had an appeal for me,” explains New Mexican artist Skrips. “Not only do I have a penchant for collecting things, but the gratification that comes from giving reclaimed material new life is unique: I equate it with matchmaking—finding the perfect mate for this or that particular object.”

Pollock-Krasner House

830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton | (631) 324-4929

May 1 – July 26

Color and Time: Paintings by Roy Newell, 1956-2000

This exhibit embodies what it means for an artist to be constantly reflective. Roy Newell created a small body of abstract paintings over his lifetime, and obsessively reworked them throughout the years. Most of his pieces have multiple layers and dates, due to the many revisions made to them over time.

Sara Nightingale Gallery

June 27 – July 22

Yuliya Lanina, Play Me & Dalton Portella, Shark Room

Play Me is a multimedia presentation by Russian-born American artist, Yuliya Lanina. It features paintings, animations, and animatronic sculptures of music boxes, each with original characters and accompanying music. Her characters are half animal/half human, and are mostly female, clearly influenced by Greek mythology and Russian fairy tales, with quirky narratives that are deeply rooted in paganism, mysticism, and symbolism.

Dalton Portella is an avid surfer who is based in Montauk, and will be presenting his installation of found objects, surfboard paintings, water colors, and oil paintings depicting sharks as formal architectural objects. His artwork is inspired by a project for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which repurposed old surfboards to keep them from being discarded into landfills, turning them into works of art instead.

originally posted on indigoeastend.com

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