The Hamptons is bursting at the seams with great art shows right now. There’s good stuff all over the place, but here’s a few selections to get you started this weekend, August 7-9, 2015.
Continue your exploration of the East End art scene with more great exhibitions in our online events calendar at events.danspapers.com.
1. Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky at Guild Hall (illustrated above)
Open Saturday, August 8–October 12, this exhibition explores a different side of late local Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein’s work. In 1964 he began to explore the genre of land and seascapes, notably here on the East End, where he lived. Using paint, plastic, enamel, drawings, collage, print and even film to realize the 30 works (from the 1960s-1990s) in this show, Lichtenstein’s seascapes were an essential part of his lifelong exploration of psychological optics, light and his keen observations on the nature of field and ground. A collaboration between Guild Hall and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky celebrates the artist’s abiding relationship with the East End of Long Island and all that it inspired.
Open 7 days a week 12-5 p.m. through Labor Day at Guild Hall (158 Main Street) in East Hampton. Call 631-324-0806 or visit guildhall.org.
2. Darius Yektai: Touch Thoughts at Tripoli Gallery
Open through September 6, Yektai’s fourth solo exhibition at Tripoli Gallery in Southampton seeks to demonstrate the range of the artist’s recent work as he blurs the lines between painting and sculpture. Gestural and expressive, his explorations in oil, concrete, wood, resin and other materials go beyond traditional modes of painting while simultaneously paying homage to his predecessors. As per the show’s title, Touch takes on various forms in Yektai’s creative process, exposing different moments, moods and thoughts. The finished artwork relays these thoughts to the viewer.
Tripoli Gallery is located at 30A Jobs Lane in Southampton. Call 631-377-3715 or visit tripoligallery.com.
3. Andreas Gursky: Landscapes at the Parrish Art Museum
The Parrish Art Museum just opened this fantastic exploration of Andreas Gursky’s photography with the landscape in mind. As Museum director Terrie Sultan explains, “landscape” in this case can be considered in the traditional sense, the state of things, an emotional state or historically. However one perceives it, Gursky’s large scale works are mind-boggling, stunning and masterful in their execution. These works do what all fine art photography should: show the viewer something that could not be accomplished with another medium. The artist knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s doing it well.
The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.
4. Nature’s End at Dodds & Eder
This group show featuring photographs by Gary Bartolini and James Slezak and seascapes by oil painter James Johansen. Open through August 22, the exhibition intermingles the photographs and paintings to excellent effect. Bartolini uses infrared film to capture the light aura of plants in his large format photos, while Slezak puts together various outdoor subjects in nearly seamless Photoshop collages, which have become his signature look and present a clearly defined voice all his own. Johansen’s vibrant seascapes put the viewer right on the shore.
Dodds & Eder is located at 11 Bridge Street in Sag Harbor. Call 631-725-1175 or visit zeigerarts.com.
5. Upcycle at The Design Studio
Brought to the Hamptons by Riverdale gallery Elisa Contemporary, this exhibition celebrates artwork created from all recycled materials. Artists on view—including Joseph Dermody, Carole Eisner, Aurora Robson, Adriana Rostovsky and Cheryl Wassenaar—recycle, reuse and re-envision newspaper, magazines, junk mail, commercial signage, plastic scraps and strips, caps & bottles, wood, steel, tools, drills and metal parts to create dazzling one of a kind works of art. The exhibit runs through September 20th.
On Saturday, August 8, The Design Studio will hold a special recycled art workshop for kids, ages 8-12 from 12:30–2 p.m. (sign up required). A Sake and Sweets reception with artist Joseph Dermody will follow from 4–6 p.m. The Design Studio is located at 2393 Main Street in Bridgehampton. Call Elisa Contemporary at 212-729-4974, elisacontemporaryart.com or The Design Studio at 631-537-1999, designstudio-ny.com.