Alyse Greenbaum Alyse Greenbaum | September 18, 2020 | Culture Features
Shirin Neshat, "Untitled," from Roja Series (2016, black-and-white photograph).
American artist Robert Longo draws together 60 renowned artists to donate their work to the All for the Hall exhibition. Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Longo initiated this special benefit exhibition as a means of supporting Guild Hall and the East End art scene. “As artists we are making a statement with these contributions, supporting the historically important institution of Guild Hall and leading the way for the East End community at large,” says Longo. Displayed works include paintings, sculptures, photography and new siteresponsive installations.
Through Dec. 31, 158 Main St., East Hampton, guildhall.org
Orion Martin, “Twirl” (2020, oil on canvas), part of Tong Art Advisory’s latest installation, Open Air.
TONG ART ADVISORY
Tong Art Advisory, a firm founded in October 2019 that represents emerging and midcareer artists, hosts a threeweek group show installation inside a garage space titled Open Air. More than 20 works by 15 artists have been donated, including pieces that will be hung and positioned salon-style in clusters as a means of affording space for social distancing. Versatile artists in the showcase lineup include Alex Becerra, Caitlin Keogh, Chason Matthams and many more. In light of COVID-19, each individual artist will donate 10% of sales to charities of their choice.
Through Sept. 12, 4-10 Sherrill Fosters Path, East Hampton, tongartadvisory.com
Lucien Smith, “LSMI - 5 (Blue & Yellow)” (2013, acrylic and unprimed canvas), which is featured in Parrish’s new Southampton Suite exhibition.
PARRISH ART MUSEUM
The museum hosts three exhibitions inspired by its permanent collection of East End artists.
Lucien Smith: Southampton Suite is the first museum exhibition to showcases processbased abstract works by the contemporary painter, who is best known for his improvisational compositions. The exhibition includes pieces from Smith’s Rain Paintings series created using paint-filled fire extinguishers along with 10 large-scale paintings made in a plein air studio in summer 2013. For the Montauk-based artist, establishing an immersive environment within his work to replicate natural processes is a main objective, and his canvases depict the use of a loose, uninhibited technique in order to do so. Shelter Island-based photographer Jackie Black presents 24 photographs in Last Meal, which she created from 2001 to 2003. As a commentary on capital punishment, Black researched the last meal requests and statements of 23 death row inmates who were tried, convicted and executed in Texas between 1984 and 2001. Her staged photographs of these last meals appear as simple menu photos on the surface, yet upon further analysis, Black incorporates somber, unnerving still lifes that follow a theme of mortality, especially in connection to the criminal justice system.
Fairfield Porter, “Jane and Elizabeth” (1967, oil on canvas), on view at Parrish Art Museum
HOUSEBOUND: Fairfield Porter and his Circle of Poets and Painters reveals paintings and poems created and collected by painter Fairfield Porter and his wife, poet Anne Channing Porter. After the couple moved to Southampton in 1949, they produced work over the succeeding three decades in addition to keeping works of art and poetry by their friends who were visiting for weekends or extended stays. Poems written by Anne Porter and New York School poets complement the nearly 40 paintings on display by diverse artists who stayed with the Porters. This exhibition captures the essence of life during the mid-20th century in the Hamptons through written word and visual art, with paintings by Fairfield Porter from the late 1940s and ’50s such as “Anne Reading to Laurence.”
Through Jan. 31, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, parrishart.org
Women’s suffrage posters like this one will be displayed at Clinton Academy Museum for one day only, Sept. 19.
EAST HAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Lasting for one day only on Sept. 19, East Hampton Historical Society presents Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence at Clinton Academy Museum. This poster exhibition brings works from the Smithsonian along with the historical society’s own suffrage stories to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with the passing of the 19th Amendment.
Sept. 19, 151 Main St., East Hampton, easthamptonhistory.org
Photography by: Robert Long photo courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; all other photos courtesy of the artists. Photos courtesy of: the Estate of Fairfield Porter; East Hampton Historical Society; the artist; Bodega.