By R. Couri Hay | July 14, 2018 | Culture
The Parrish puts the "art" in party with a celebration of five decades of talent.
“Tokyo Brushstroke I & II” by Roy Lichtenstein stands outside the Parrish
The Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party on July 14 will honor artist Keith Sonnier, who will receive a five-decade career retrospective, and board member Chad Leat. “The Midsummer Party is our opportunity to dedicate one glorious evening to celebrating the art and artists of the East End,” says Parrish director Terrie Sultan. “It allows the entire Parrish family of artists, donors, philanthropists, collectors and business leaders to engage with one another at their museum.”
A scene from 2017’s Midsummer Party
The Sonnier exhibition will be a revelation, Sultan says, representing his diverse output from 1967 to the present. “In addition to his important neon sculpture, the big surprise will be work that is rarely shown in the U.S., large-scale sculptures influenced by his deep interest in and travels to countries including Japan, Brazil and India.”
“Rectangle Diptych” (2013) by Keith Sonnier
Sultan also commended the artists who have lived and worked in the Hamptons, including an “incredible cadre” of living artists such as Ross Bleckner, David Salle, Tara Donovan, Donald Sultan, Mary Heilmann, Bryan Hunt, Eric Fischl, Cindy Sherman, Rashid Johnson and April Gornik, who have all participated in the museum’s programming.
A highlight of Sultan’s 10 years at the helm was moving the Parrish to its new Herzog & de Meuron building, an opportunity she describes as “life changing.”
Last year, Agnes Gund donated $500,000 to establish the Dorothy Lichtenstein Artsreach Fund, which Sultan says will define much of the museum’s direction over the next 10 years. Lichtenstein contributed another $100,000 to the Fund and Artsreach, which enabled the Parrish’s first-ever collaboration with the Watermill Center, Platform, featuring works by Barthélémy Toguo, Watermill’s artist in residence. 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, 631.283.2118, parrishart.org
Photography by: EXTERIOR PHOTO BY ALANA MERCURIO; MIDSUMMER PARTY PHOTO BY CARL TIMPONE/
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OF KEITH SONNIER STUDIO, PHOTOGRAPH © 2018 CATERINA VERDE, © 2018 KEITH SONNIER STUDIO/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS) NEW YORK