5 Must-See Hamptons & North Fork Art Shows: May 2017

"Reflecting the Past" by Rick Garland
“Reflecting the Past” by Rick Garland, Photo: Courtesy RJD Gallery

The East End art gallery scene is in full swing in the Hamptons and North Fork. Catch these five must-see exhibitions now or over Memorial Day weekend because there’s much more to come!

Find more excellent art galleries, museums and shows with our online events calendar: Events.DansPapers.com.

1. No Boundaries at RJD Gallery (illustrated at top of page) 
2385 Main Street, Bridgehampton, 631-725-1161, rjdgallery.com
Open now through June 18 and offering a strong survey of RJD artists, this group exhibition features Margaret Bowland, Teresa Elliott, Margo Selski, Rick Garland, Jack Gerber, Frank Oriti, Yana Movchan, Pamela Wilson, Jules Arthur, Jesse Lane, Armando Valero, Alfred Coneth and Gabriel Moreno. Standouts include painted scenes of urban decay by Rick Garland; hyper-realistic figurative works in colored pencil by Jesse Lane; and sculpture by Jacques Le Bescond, to name a few.

John D. Graham (American, born Ukraine, 1886–1961), "Head of a Woman", 1954. Oil, chalk, ballpoint pen, colored pencil, pencil, brush, pen, and ink on tracing paper, 24 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches. Collection of Leonard and Louise Riggio, New York. Photo by John Labbe
John D. Graham, “Head of a Woman,” 1954. Collection of Leonard and Louise Riggio, NY, Photo: John Labbe, Courtesy Parrish Art Museum

2. John Graham: Maverick Modernist at Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, 631-283-2118, parrishart.org
Open through July 30, John Graham: Maverick Modernist offers approximately 65 paintings and a selection of important works on paper from the entire expanse of Graham’s four-decade career. This comprehensive survey of Graham’s work explores how he became an “influential figure in the development of a distinctly American approach to art-making in the first half of the 20th century, and in what ways Graham’s own self-reinvention as an artist mirrors the resourcefulness and ambition of American artists defining a new direction.” A fully illustrated, 150-page catalogue with interpretive essays by the curators accompanies this exhibition.

Art by Jim Sabiston
Art by Jim Sabiston, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

3. East End Arts Presents Jim Sabiston & Michael McLaughlin
Rosalie Dimon Gallery, Jamesport Manor Inn, 370 Manor Lane, Jamesport, 631-727-0900, jamesportmanorinn.com
Open through July 26, this exhibition features Jim Sabiston’s newest print series, Island, as well as photographs by Michael McLaughlin. Sabiston, who uses photography and painting techniques in his prints defines his point of view of being an island with the forces of wind and water coming together. McLaughlin spent years concentrating on mostly rural scenes, but his focus expanded to include architecture. Shooting in natural light, he favors the hues and tones of twilight for his urban scenes.

Archie stamp
Archie stamp, Photo: neftali77/123RF

Archie Comics Memorabilia at Montauk Library
871 Montauk Highway, Montauk, 631-668-3377, montauklibrary.org
While not exactly an art show by definition, Archie Comics Memorabilia is on view and worth seeing at the Montauk Library through the end of this month. Brought to the library by Archie Comics co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit, this small exhibition features objects from 76 years of the beloved comic series, including toys, games, lunchboxes, vinyl records, watches, comic books and more. An East Hampton resident, Silkerberkleit has been taking her memorabilia from Utah to Florida and it has landed here for a limited time. Silberkleit was new to business world, when she first met her husband, Archie co-CEO Michael Silberkleit, but she took over the job when he died in 2008.

"Sonar" by Deborah Buck
“Sonar” by Deborah Buck, Photo: Courtesy Ille Arts

Out of the Box at Ille Arts
171 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-905-9894, illearts.com
This two-person exhibition with Deborah Buck and John Monti kicks off at an opening reception on Saturday, May 27 from 5–8 p.m. and will run until June 20. Buck is showing paintings combining acrylic, pastel, chalk and glitter, as well as Sumi ink, and the results are stunning. “The ink gives the work a depth of field that lets one delineate the many layers in each painting succinctly,” Buck says of her expressive abstractions. Monti will display five whimsical floral sculptures from his Flower Cluster series in cast urethane resin.

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