The Art Scene: 07.13.17

Local Art News

Upstairs Art Fair

The Upstairs Art Fair, a new entry into the South Fork art fair scene, will open its doors tomorrow from 4 to 10 p.m. and remain open this weekend. The fair takes place in the upstairs of the old Amagansett Applied Arts building on Indian Wells Highway. 

The free fair is a casual salon-style take on the slick tented fairs that arts patrons have come to know in recent years. South Fork galleries such as Halsey Mckay, Rental Gallery, the Fireplace Project, KARMA, and Harper’s Books will join New York City galleries including half gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery, and Magenta Plains. 

The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Albertini at Duck Creek Farm

The John Little Barn at Duck Creek Farm in Springs has been quiet since 2014, when William King and Christine Sciulli exhibited there, and the East Hampton artist Sydney Albertini has been quiet as well, not having shown during the past two years. 

Both situations are about to change, as “The Woman’s Work,” a solo exhibition of nine large-scale pieces by Ms. Albertini, will open on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and continue through July 31. The artworks combine “evanescent figurative single strokes in charcoal with an intricate colorist layering of patterns,” according to the artist. 


EJ Camp at Elizabeth Dow

“Light on Water,” a solo show of photographs by EJ Camp, will be on view at Elizabeth Dow Home in East Hampton from Saturday through Sept. 3, with an opening reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more than 30 years, Ms. Camp, who lives in New York City and Orient, has photographed the sea and its shores, with a particular focus on the North and South Forks. Working in both color and black and white, she captures the dramatically changing light and weather. “It’s about capturing the moment,” she has said.


Abstraction at Ille Arts

Work by six abstract painters will be on view at Ille Arts in Amagansett from Saturday through Aug. 3. A reception will be held Saturday evening from 5 to 8. The participating artists are Eve Aschheim, Andrea Belag, Eric Brown, Amy Feldman, Cordy Ryman, and Stephen Westfall.

According to Mr. Westfall, “The artists brought together here . . . are all deeply informed by the history of abstraction and the picture making that precedes and envelops it.”

The gallery has also put out an open call for zines in connection with “Zine East 3,” an exhibition that take place Aug. 19 and 20. Three to five copies per zine can be mailed to Sara De Luca, 2 Captain’s Walk, East Hampton 11937.


Plein Air Exhibition

Ashawagh Hall in Springs will be the site of the third Hamptons Plein Air invitational from tomorrow through July 23. Twenty-one artists will not only participate in the exhibition but also paint outdoors daily at locations in East Hampton and Springs.

Howard Rose will hold two workshops on Saturday and Sunday, and a reception will take place Saturday evening from 5 to 8.


Ai Weiwei in Montauk

In conjunction with Ai Weiwei’s exhibition “Hansel and Gretel” at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, which focuses on the United States government’s surveillance and data usage, the Surf Lodge in Montauk will exhibit his “Surveillance Camera (#6)” in the hotel’s lobby throughout the summer.


Paper and Steel at Studio 11

Studio 11 at the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton will present “Paper and Steel,” a two-person exhibition, from tomorrow through Aug. 6. A reception will take place Friday, July 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Linda Miller will exhibit a landscape of paper houses that recall the East End and the “far out,” in her words. Steve Miller will be represented by sculptures of steel, wood, and paint, all of which work together to create three-dimensional paintings. Both artists divide their time between East Hampton and New York City.


New at Fireplace Project

“High Rise Lazarus,” an exhibition of work by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, will open at the Fireplace Project in Springs with a reception Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through Aug. 14.

Mr. Freeman and Mr. Lowe, who have collaborated since 2007, draw on historical and fictional narratives to create installations that engage drug culture, psychedelia, architecture, and film. They have exhibited at Art Basel, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Marlborough Contemporary, among others.


Paintings at Watermill Center

“Looking Slowly: 30 Years of Painting,” a solo exhibition of work by Royce Weatherly, originally scheduled to open July 13 at the Watermill Center, has been postponed to Aug. 13. It will remain on view through Oct. 11. One of three recipients of the 2017 Inga Maren Otto Fellowship at the center, Mr. Weatherly will be in residence there in September.

The exhibition will include 15 paintings, a considerable portion of his career outlet, which is not surprising since some of his small paintings take up to three years to complete. His subject matter is what he calls “dumb objects,” among them potatoes, rocks, walnuts, and decomposing apples, all of them isolated against a featureless background. In addition to his subject matter reflecting the passage of time, the colors in his paintings, too, are susceptible to change over time.


A Quickie in Montauk

“Velocity,” an exhibition of paintings by Ben Morea, will get a rare showing Saturday through Monday at Boo-Hooray Summer Rental in Montauk.

A radical activist for more than 50 years, he had early success as a painter, but he gave it up in 1966 and didn’t return to the paintbrush until the late 1980s. In addition to Boo-Hooray, he has exhibited in New York at White Columns and Gavin Brown Enterprise.


East End Photographers

The East End Photographers Group’s summer exhibition will open at the Water Mill Museum with a reception next Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue through Aug. 13. Organized by Marilyn Stevenson, the show will include work by more than 25 photographers who take a variety of approaches to the medium.

Southampton Artists in the Park

The Southampton Artists Association will hold its “Art in the Park” exhibition Saturday and Sunday in Agawam Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photographs, paintings, sculpture, and mixed-media work will be on display.