Tripoli Gallery’s “Water” Spotlights Two Centuries of East End Art

Maya Lin, "Blue Wave," 2013
Maya Lin, "Blue Wave," 2013,

Tripoli Gallery in Southampton is presenting an exciting new group exhibition, entitled Water, from Thursday, August 15 to Monday, September 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 17.

Featuring work by Ross Bleckner, Stefan Bondell, William Merritt Chase, Willem de Kooning, James de Pasquale, Marsden Hartley, Mary Heilmann, Yung Jake, Roy Lichtenstein, Maya Lin, Thomas Moran, Matisse Patterson, Fairfield Porter, Clifford Ross, Lola Montes Schnabel, Nathalie Shepard, Keith Sonnier, Saul Steinberg, Billy Sullivan and Darius Yektai, this upcoming exhibition marks Tripoli Gallery’s fifth year at its current Southampton location and brings together some of the Hamptons’ most pivotal artists from the 19th to 21st centuries. Participating artists are focusing on the direct role the East End of Long Island has played on their work as well as an individualized appreciation for water as subject matter.

Water couples history and content to promote a dialogue between external influences and the lives that shaped American art as we know it today. From Thomas Moran to Maya Lin, all of the works exhibited, either literally or metaphorically, portrays a fascination with water as filtered through the lens of the artistic creation—blending environmental inspiration and cultural camaraderie. Through sculpture, found art, painting, drawings and prints, this exhibition highlights the development of the East End as a haven for artistic ingenuity in a landscape where city meets country, modern meets contemporary and land meets sea. On a broader spectrum, Water brings attention to global environmental issues facing the world today.

This exhibition seeks to share with the community a complex and engaging selection of artwork—featuring rare examples from important private and museum collections—spanning over three centuries. Juxtaposing works by emerging artists with those of contemporary and modern masters, Water acknowledges both the historical significance of a former generation and the vital contributions of our contemporaries as we move toward the future—connected through a continued need for and appreciation of water.

A percentage of proceeds from this exhibition will support WHOLE WORLD Water, an international campaign developed to help end the global water and sanitation crisis. WHOLE WORLD Water works to engage the hospitality and tourism industry to filter, bottle in reusable glass bottles, sell its own water and contribute 10% of the proceeds to the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund. The WHOLE WORLD Water Fund is a democratic platform that grants funds to multiple charities, including charity:water, among others.

Tripoli Gallery is located at 30A Jobs Lane in Southampton. Call 631-377-3715, email [email protected] or visit for more info.

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