The East End is famous for its long legacy of art and artists, including local up-and-comers, long gone greats—such as Pollock, Warhol and deKooning—and contemporary kings, such as Ross Bleckner, Julian Schnabel and others. The local gallery scene really heats up starting Memorial Day weekend, so get started with these five East End art shows. See the exhibitions below, or visit our Events Calendar and find many more options to set your own path.
1. Gordon Stevenson: I Remember It Differently at Tripoli Gallery – Through selected fragments from the cartoons of his youth, Gordon Stevenson engages both the child and adult in each viewer. I Remember It Differently is both playful and cerebral—moments frozen in time, portray love—from the nurturing to the romantic—tongue-in-cheek humor and more. This exhibition marks the Stevenson’s first solo show with Tripoli Gallery (30A Jobs Lane) in Southampton. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 from 6–8 p.m. Open through June 16. Call 631-377-3715 or visit tripoligallery.com.
2. Lili Almog: Down to Earth at Vered Gallery – An exhibition of new work by photographer Lili Almog, Down to Earth introduces her newest series of photographs featuring landscapes, including local golf courses, taken using satellite imagery and embellished with the artist’s own drawings. This is Almog’s debut solo exhibition at Vered Gallery (68 Park Place) in East Hampton. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 from 9–11 p.m. Call 631-324-3303 or visit veredart.com.
3. Guild Hall 76th Annual Artists Members Exhibition – The oldest non-juried museum exhibition on Long Island, the 76th Guild Hall Artists Members Exhibition features dozens of works by Guild Hall’s many talented members. Comprising a wide range of art and media, the show displays pieces by novice hobbyists right alongside the work of seasoned professional artists. Each year awards are handed out and the top honor earns a solo show in the Guild Hall Museum’s Spiga Gallery. At Guild Hall Museum (158 Main Street) in East Hampton. Open through June 7. Call 631-324-0806 or visit guildhall.org.
4. Colin Goldberg: North Fork Modernism at The South Street Gallery – A solo exhibition featuring Greenport artist Colin Goldberg‘s mixed media works, which combine digital and traditional techniques to create masterful abstractions. The works in this exhibition were partially funded by a grant the artist received in 2013 from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The South Street Gallery (18 South Street) in Greenport operates within a landmark former horse-drawn firehouse. This is the last weekend to see this excellent exhibition. Call 631-477-0021 or visit thesouthstreetgallery.com.
5. Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe, Works 1970–2011 at Parrish Art Museum – Jennifer Bartlett emerged in the mid-1970s to become one of the leading American artists of her time, and one of the first female painters of her generation to be both commercially successful and critically acclaimed. History of the Universe, Works 1970–2011 explores four decades of Bartlett’s work in the East End’s most prestigious museum. Open through July 13 at Parrish Art Museum (279 Montauk Highway) in Water Mill. Also make sure to check out the Parrish Museum’s other exhibitions (including selections from the permanent collection) and events, including the Lichtenstein Brushstrokes outside. To see everything, call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.