5 Must-See Hamptons Art Shows: June 2017

"Lucy" by Laura Benjamin, "Love Letters" by Layercake
“Lucy” by Laura Benjamin, “Love Letters” by Layercake, Photos: The White Room Gallery, Karyn Mannix Contemporary

The Hamptons art scene is brimming with exciting exhibitions this month. Here are five must-see shows to see this weekend, June 9–11, 2017.

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Neo Pop2 (Squared) from Karyn Mannix Contemporary at The White Room Gallery (illustrated above)
A modern take on pop art—the brash, bold colors and celebrity and popular culture references blurring the line between art and design—Neo Pop2 is presented by Karyn Mannix Contemporary at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton through June 18. View contemporary, neo-pop, graffiti and street art inspired works by Sean Sullivan aka Layercake, Angela China aka Gum Shoe, John Stango, Jason Poremba, Derrick Hickman and Laura Benjamin.

The White Room Gallery is located at 2415 Main Street in Bridgehampton. Learn more at thewhiteroom.gallery or karynmannixcontemporary.com.

Michael Boyd "813 Broadway," 1965,
Michael Boyd “813 Broadway,” 1965, Photo: Eric Firestone Gallery

Season Opener at Eric Firestone Gallery
On view through June 18 and featuring works by Michael Boyd, Sydney Butchkes, Jorge Fick, Howard Kanovitz, Ted Kurahara, Kyle Morris, Tony Robbin, Miriam Schapiro, and Mia Fonssagrives Solow, the Eric Firestone Gallery kicks off the summer season with a varied selection of exciting work exploring the gallery’s commitment to fostering a dialogue between historic and contemporary art. The pieces on view span nearly 50 years in a wide array of styles, including previously unseen works by the pioneering feminist artist Miriam Schapiro and leading photorealist Howard Kanovitz, as well as new sculpture by Mia Fonssagrives Solow, and key works from the estate of Sagaponack-based artist Sydney Butchkes.

Eric Firestone Gallery is located at 4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton. Call 631-604-2386 or visit ericfirestonegallery.com.

Daniele Buetti, "White Hands," 2002,
Daniele Buetti, “White Hands,” 2002, Photo: Southampton Arts Center

Hand-Picked: Selections from The Buhl Collection at Southampton Arts Center
Open through July 23, this exhibition of 111 photographs and 33 sculptures devoted to the subject of hands from the collection of Henry M. Buhl. Over 20 years, Buhl has gathered a vast collection of images, eclectic furnishings, sculptures, books, curiosities and objects all inspired by the hand. The collection began in October 1993 when Buhl’s purchased of Alfred Stieglitz’s 1920 photograph of Georgia O’Keeffe’s hands, “Hands and Thimble.” Inspired by this iconic picture, his collection, with works from 1840 to preset, developed around the theme of hands and grew to include over 1,100 photographs at its height.

Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org.

Art by Christopher Deeton and Haim Mizrahi
Art by Christopher Deeton and Haim Mizrahi, Photo: Courtesy Janet Lehr Fine Arts

The Rhythms of Deeton and Mizrahi at Janet Lehr Fine Art
Now on view at Janet Lehr Fine Arts—the successor to East Hampton’s vaunted Vered Gallery—this pair of exhibitions explores action painting and abstractions by Christopher Deeton and Haim Mizrahi. With influences such as Clifford Still, Morris Louis, Mark Rothko and early Robert Motherwell, Deeton’s work still finds its own identity. By pouring and sometimes re-pouring paint onto canvas, as he did in works prior to 2008, and deftly using only brushwork, as he does in works post 2008, the artist achieves an intense sense of depth on his unique canvases. Mizrahi, and Israel native and East Hampton resident, calls himself a “technique related artist rather than a subject related artist,” and he works within the process of accumulation and build-up of ’emotional layers in his large action paintings. Despite the freedom expressed in their work, both artists exercise enormous thought and control in the creative process.

On Sunday, June 11—following a brunch from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Mizrahi and Deeton will take part in a special panel discussion about abstract painting, “Contrasting Visions from the Eurocentric and Americanized Points of View,” with educator and critic Marion Wolberg Weiss and poet and art critic Raphael Rubinstein. RSVP at 631-324-3303 or [email protected].

Janet Lehr Fine Arts is located at 68 Park Place (Starbucks Passage) in East Hampton.

Giancarlo Impiglia "Rhythms of Color," 2012
Giancarlo Impiglia “Rhythms of Color,” 2012, Photo: Southampton Cultural Center

Giancarlo Impiglia’s Rhythms of Color at Southampton Cultural Center
Open through July 31, this exploration of Giancarlo Impiglia‘s work demonstrates the artist’s ability to find new ways of expression that speak to his concern about contemporary culture. His recent series of works takes a drastic aesthetic departure from his Cubist and Futurist influences, summoning his classical education and Italian heritage to comment far more aggressively than ever before through a reimagining of brutal Biblical and mythological scenes from the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters Michelangelo, Guido Reni, and Caravaggio.

An opening reception is scheduled at Southampton Cultural Center this Saturday, June 10 from 5–7 p.m.

Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane in Southampton. Call 631-283-7432 or visit scc-arts.org.

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