The summer art fairs are over and many of the blockbuster gallery shows have past, but the Hamptons remains a vibrant and exciting place to view art. And as October nears completion, many of the current exhibitions will be taken down to make way for the next batch—while some, such as Guild Hall, are already in transition. The five shows below combine some of the most promising selections, as well as recent favorites with just days remaining on their schedules. Check them out, then see what else is available and upcoming on our Events Calendar to plan your next move.
1. Colin Goldberg: Techspressionism at Glenn Horowitz (illustrated above)
East End artist and Pollock-Krasner grant recipient Colin Goldberg is presenting a survey of works to support and celebrate his recent Techspressionist Manifesto, which argues that the computer is a natural extension of man and one of a long string of tools that have enabled human expression—as valid for art as paint and brushes. Curated by fellow rising local art star Scott Bluedorn, the exhibition looks at Goldberg’s past and present work, while suggesting his continued evolution into the future. Goldberg is intelligently defining and refining his trajectory as one of the East End’s most important young artists with a clear vision and aesthetically strong work. And, as technology advances by leaps and bounds, dumbfounding us at an ever-quickening pace, so then should he.
On view through November 11, Colin Goldberg: Techspressionism is at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton (87 Newtown Lane). Call 631-324-5511 or visit techspressionism.com.
2. Lutha Leahy-Miller at Romany Kramoris Gallery
Local surfer and relatively new artist on the scene Lutha Leahy-Miller is finding a unique voice and niche with his geometric, almost tribal magic marker drawings featuring mostly surfers and skulls, though not together. The artist says he wants to “put the ART back in surf art” with his vibrant and colorful work, depicting the velocity and exuberant lifestyle of the sport. Leahy-Miller’s skull drawings, both abstract and realistically rendered, as well as his “Dakini Dancer,” Buddhism’s female embodiment of enlightenment, reference Tibet as much as they do old school Powell Peralta skateboard graphics. The result is quasi-religious—as if Buddhist monks drew on Trapper Keepers with scented markers during their monastic studies. And that’s not a bad thing.
Lutha Leahy-Miller’s work is displayed alongside paintings by astronomical artist Joan Tripp through November 17 at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor (41 Main Street). Call 631-725-2499 or visit kramorisgallery.com. To explore more of Leahy-Miller’s work, visit lutha.net.
3. Last Chance to View 2014 Permanent Collection Exhibitions at the Parrish Art Museum
The Parrish Art Museum is taking down it’s 2014 permanent collection exhibitions on Sunday, October 26, so make sure to check out Changing Views: Painting As Metaphor, featuring William Merritt Chase and John Marin; Making Connections, exploring the threads connecting the work of East End artists such as Ross Bleckner, John Chamberlain, Roy Lichtenstein, Michelle Stuart and Donald Sultan, to name a few; Porter and Dash: Between House and Studio, a look at work by Robert Dash and Fairfield Porter, exploring their homes and studios; Esteban Vicente: In the Company of Friends, an unexpected look at the lyrical colorist’s bold charcoal drawings and vibrant black-and-white collages; Poets and Painters, examining collaborations between poets and painters, including Frank O’Hara, Michael Goldberg, Bill Berkson, Vicente, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Dash and James Schuyler, among others; William Merritt Chase: Portraits In Context, a show of the painter’s portraits of family and students; and Dennis Oppenheim: Splash Buildings, a one-room installation of the artist’s large splash sculptures. All seven galleries are worth the price of admission (which is free for eligible Southampton residents), and they will be replaced after this Sunday. If you’ve been putting off a visit, this is the time to go. An exciting new lineup of permanent collection exhibitions will follow—and we can’t wait to see what’s next!
The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.
4. Close-Up: Iconic Film Images from Susan Wood at Mulford Farm
This exhibition of work by New York photographer, also a resident of Amagansett and Greenport, Susan Wood was part of the Hamptons International Film Festival program and will remain up through this weekend, closing Sunday, October 26. The collection of iconic 1960s film images from movies, including Easy Rider and Modesty Blaise, represents milestones in American photography over a period of more than 30 years. Taken inside the impenetrable Hollywood circle, behind the scenes, intimate and unrehearsed, Wood’s shots capture movie stars and directors in relaxed moments—among them Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Monica Vitti, Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder, Joseph Losey, Terence Stamp, John Wayne and Billie Whitelaw. These photographs show us the icons and rare insight into real people behind their film facades. Go before they’re gone.
Close Up is open for its final weekend this Saturday and Sunday, October 25–26, at Mulford Farm Museum in East Hampton (at 10 James Lane). For more information, visit easthamptonhistory.org.
5. Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes at Tripoli Gallery
Extended an additional week, this contemplative and stunning exhibition brings together Hiroshi Sugimoto’s iconic seascapes, on loan from important collections, and on view for the first time in Southampton since Time Exposed, his 1994-95 solo exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum. Among works on display are atmospheric and haunting photographs of the Mediterranean Sea in Crete, China’s Yellow Sea, Lake Superior, Cascade River and the Tyrrhenian Sea, as well as the artist’s 2011 “Five Elements” sculpture, made from optical quality glass and based on the form of a 13th century Japanese Buddhist stupa reliquary, with a unique seascape photograph preserved within the glass sphere of the 6-inch pagoda—honoring and revering the element from which all life stems. Sugimoto was born in Tokyo in 1948 and has lived and worked in New York City since 1974.