The Art Scene 04.14.22

Conny Goelz Schmitt’s wall construction “Landscapist” is on view at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton.

Dash: The Collection 
The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack has opened its 2022 exhibition season with “The Artists’ Circle: Selections From the Robert Dash Collection.” The show features artworks and poetry collected by Dash, Madoo’s founder, as well as furniture and pottery.

Dash’s art collection hung throughout both houses on the property, along with original manuscripts of poetry by James Schuyler, Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Douglas Crase, and others. Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Fairfield Porter, and Jane Freilicher are among the painters whose work is on view.

Eric Brown, who organized the exhibition, says it is “about connection, friendship, and the vibrant artist community of the East End of Long Island that sprouted in the 1950s.” The show will continue through May 21; the gallery is open on Saturdays from noon to 4 or by appointment.

Phillips Auction Highlights
The Phillips auction house in Southampton has installed a selection of works from its upcoming evening and day sales of 20th-century and contemporary art. Among the highlights are Andy Warhol’s “The Star (Greta Garbo as Mata Hari)”; an untitled painting by Mark Rothko; “She Was Learning to Love Moments, to Love Moments for Themselves” by Amy Sherald; an untitled painting by Yayoi Kusama; “Figures et plante” by Pablo Picasso; a marble sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, and “Blue Dance” by Helen Frankenthaler.

The works will be on view through April 24 before they go to New York City for exhibition. The auctions will be held on May 18 and May 19.

Bold Linear Forms
“New Work,” paintings on paper by Ky Anderson and wall constructions by Conny Goelz Schmitt, is on view at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton through May 1.

Ms. Anderson constructs abstract compositions of bold linear forms with forces that act on and balance each other. Many of her images are built from the foundation of a large dome or pointed form, suggesting a wilderness or landscape.

Ms. Schmitt’s geometric collages and wall constructions are created from vintage book parts. While the interlocking facets suggest geodesic domes, the pieces are irregular. The process of deconstructing books makes the element of chance integral to her work.
The Uncertainty Principle
“With Certain Uncertainty,” work by two painters and two photographers, will open on Friday at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton and run through May 15. The exhibition’s title alludes to the unknown as “where the muses and the surprises live,” says the gallery.

Bob Tabor is known for his photographs of horses, shooting with only natural light and replacing ambient backgrounds with solid black or white to create intensity. Lynn Savarese will show black-and-white abstract photographs from her “Book Lover” and “Paper Trails” series.

Joe Stefanelli (1921-2017), an Abstract Expressionist painter, was introduced by Franz Kline to the legendary New York School hangout called the Club, and exhibited his work widely. Crushed, pigmented volcanic rock gives a granulated texture to the abstract paintings of Bob Landstrom.

Lichtenstein Redux
Six months ago, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, in conjunction with its exhibition of the early work of Roy Lichtenstein, brought together Dorothy Lichtenstein, the artist’s widow, and Donna De Salvo, a curator from the Dia Art Foundation, to discuss “Roy Lichtenstein and Pop Art Before and After the Dots.”

That conversation ranged from the artist’s early explorations of subject matter and form to his groundbreaking Pop paintings, so closely associated with his use of Ben-Day dots. The program will be replayed online on Friday at 6 p.m.; registration is on the museum’s website

Schnabel and Steinberg
The Pace Gallery has inaugurated its new Los Angeles gallery with “For Esme — With Love and Squalor,” 13 new velvet paintings and a large-scale bronze sculpture by Julian Schnabel.

For the sculpture, “Esme” (2020), Mr. Schnabel reconfigured and recast parts of previous forms of other sculptures, a process he began 40 years ago. The work functions like a memory of a crucifixion, says the gallery, adding that it speaks to Goya’s etchings “The Disasters of War.”

The exhibition’s title comes from a short story by J.D. Salinger; the artist also named his 4-month-old daughter Esme. The show will run through May 21.

Closer to home, “Saul Steinberg: In the Library,” an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper, is on view through April 30 in the library of the gallery’s space in Chelsea, at 540 West 25 Street.   

Deconstructed Portraits
“Soul Culture,” an exhibition of digitally manipulated black-and-white portraits by Renee Cox, is opening Thursday at the Hannah Traore Gallery on the Lower East Side, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

For the series, Ms. Cox manipulated black-and white photographs of her peers, among them Kerry James Marshall and Derrick Adams. She took the images, duplicated them, cut them into pieces, and reassembled them in complex kaleidoscopic patterns inspired by fractals, or never-ending patterns.

Starting in 2020, the artist, who has a house in Amagansett, hosted “Ring the Alarm,” a series of conversations with Black artists held at Guild Hall. 

“Soul Culture” will continue through May 28.

Night Skies/Daytime Clouds 
“Night and Day,” a show of photographs by Anthony Lombardo, is on view at the Mattituck-Laurel Library through May 29, with images of the night sky and daytime clouds, taken at various East End locations. 

Mr. Lombardo has said that the dramatic quality of his photographs is made possible in part by both the modern camera sensor’s ability to capture low light and high-dynamic range, and by current software developments.

A resident of Water Mill, Mr. Lombardo is a member of the Wamponamon Masonic Lodge in Sag Harbor, where he programs its music series.


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