The Art Scene: 08.02.18

Local Art News

Art Bus Benefit

A benefit for the Art Bus Project, a nonprofit traveling art show organized by Lucia Davis of Greenport, will be held at the Golden Eagle in East Hampton on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. The evening will include a scent-driven installation by Julia Davis, an Instagram-worthy photo booth, a raffle, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and music by D.J. Twilo.

A repurposed school bus, the Art Bus plans to launch its inaugural East Coast tour to underserved communities in September. Its artwork will be open to the public for the first time at the benefit, proceeds of which will enable the bus to hit the road on schedule. Tickets start at $125.


Postwar Abstraction

The Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton will present “Montauk Highway II: Postwar Abstraction in the Hamptons” from Saturday through Sept. 23, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. 

The exhibition includes work from the 1950s and 1960s by more than 30 artists who had studios on the East End, among them Mary Abbott, Lee Bontecou, Paul Brach, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, Alfonso Ossorio, and Miriam Schapiro.

A panel discussion with Barbara Rose, an art historian and critic, Lana Jokel, a filmmaker, and Gail Levin, an art historian, curator, and biographer, will take place on Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. 


Springs Invitational

The 51st annual Artists of the Springs Invitational Exhibition will take place at Ashawagh Hall from Friday through Aug. 12. A reception will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Scott Bluedorn, the show’s curator, will lead a tour on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday through Friday from 1 to 5.


Two Shows at Rental

“Syphilis,” a group exhibition, and a two-artist show of work by Holly Coulis and Ridley Howard are on view at the Rental Gallery in East Hampton through Aug. 22. Among the 20 artists in “Syphilis,” which explores themes of love and lechery, are Robert Colescott, Carroll Dunham, Mike Kuchar, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Emily Sundblad, and Andy Warhol.

Ms. Coulis’s paintings depict common objects in stylized arrangements, while Mr. Howard portrays imagined people in fictional spaces.

Bert Stern at Keyes Art

“Shapes and Symbols: Early Advertising Work, 1953-1970,” a show of photographs by Bert Stern, will be on view at Keyes Art in East Hampton from Saturday through Sept. 30. A reception will take place on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Stern revolutionized product advertising in the 1950s, when his images supplanted text as the primary form of communication of advertisers’ messages. 

“Water Color Works”

“Water Color Works,” an exhibition featuring Ani Antreasyan, Kirsten Benfield, Nancy Brody, Barbara DiLorenzo, Cati Van Milders, Lesley Obrock, Kate Rabinowitz, Janet Rojas, and Jerry Schwabe, can be seen at the Amagansett Library through Sept. 30. An opening reception will be held on Aug. 11 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 

Michael Dweck at Roman

“Michael Dweck: Iconic Images” is on view Thursday through Aug. 26 at Roman Fine Art in East Hampton, with a reception set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will include images from the newly expanded edition of his book “The End: Montauk, N.Y.” as well as from his other books, “Mermaids” and “Habana Libre.”


Landscape at MM Fine Art

“Land & Sea & Sky,” a group exhibition of landscape paintings by 21 artists, will open at MM Fine Art in Southampton with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through Aug. 12. The show will include artists known for their landscapes, among them April Gornik and Cornelia Foss, and others, like Joan Semmel and John Hardy, better known for their figurative works.


New at White Room

“Beyond,” a group show, is on view Thursday through Aug. 19 at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton. A reception will be held on Aug. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Included are abstract paintings by Cho Yea Jae, Nicholas Down, and Alicia Gitlitz and photographs by Phil Marco.

Amy Wickersham in Sag

Work by Amy Wickersham will be on view at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor from Thursday through Aug. 31, with a reception set for Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The process-driven work of the Sag Harbor artist explores a variety of materials.