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This Week In Arts

Originally Posted: June 16, 2010

Installation at Vered Gallery - Auction 1007 - Saint-Phalle-Kruger. (All images courtesy of artists and galleries)

Vered Gallery
The Vered Gallery's (68 Park Place, East Hampton, 631-324-3303, www.veredart.com) art auction opened for bidding this past Saturday, and bidding will end next Saturday, July 3. Several lots have been donated to sell with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Teen Trauma Victims of SDEROT. Vered's auction begins as a silent auction and ends as a live auction through www.veredart.com, Bidding can be by phone at 631-324-3303 or order bid in person at Vered Gallery. Our experts advise on bidding and handle order bids (left bid). The live bidding begins July 3 at 3 p.m. sharp. By Sunday, the buzz was out: "This is better than Chelsea", "Museum quality, but everything is for sale," and from an steady Vered client, "This is a very Vered quality auction." There's art for connoisseur, and the collector, and you and I. Gems: Roy Lichtenstein, Milton Avery, Eric Fischl, Romare Bearden, Mane Katz. Sharp work for the in-the-know: Anish Kapoor, Agnes Martin, Tony Smith, Robert Rauschenberg - Man Ray and Rodcheno. Sleepers: Larry Rivers. When Picasso died in 1973, I advised my clients, buy Picasso. By 1985 I was a partner in Vered Gallery. When Willem de Kooning died in 1987, we advised our clients, buy de Kooning. Today is the time to buy Larry Rivers and there are two super works in the auction. All bidders must register before bidding - if you are lucky enough to be able to view the lots at Vered, you'll register there. If you need to be online only, register at https://www.liveauctioneers.com/signup/initial site and email us for condition reports and expert evaluation, and bid online or by phone 631-324-3303.

The Artists Alliance Of East Hampton
The Artists Alliance of East Hampton, founded in 1984 in memory of Jimmy Ernst, internationally acclaimed abstract artist, will hold its 16th Annual Member Exhibition July 2 to July 11. This 10-day exhibition will be held at Ashawagh Hall, on Old Stone Highway in the historic heart of Springs. The Alliance has over 200 members, and more than 80 will showcase their paintings, sculptures and photographs at this venue. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For more information go to www.aaeh.org.

deCordova Gallery
The deCordova Gallery (538 Main Street, Greenport) is presenting artists Barbara McClatchie and Dan Welden. It is rare to find two artists from different parts of the world working in different mediums, having never met and each arriving at a body of work totally original and yet speaking a universal language. "Duet" is about that 'eureka' moment experienced by artists. Ther exhibition will run from July 3 to August 1. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. McClatchie is a Canadian photojournalist and, more recently, an abstract photographer. Her early work is primarily documentary and focused on cultural themes in the emerging world where she has traveled to over 54 countries. Her photo essays have been widely published in international journals including National Geographic and The World & I. Her photographs have been exhibited in one-woman shows in Guatemala, Mexico and Canada. She has also participated in group shows in Canada, U.S., Guatemala, New Zealand and Mexico. Her focus is now on abstract photography and these photographs that are her newest work are debuting here at the deCordova Gallery. Welden, Printmaker/Painter/Educator/Author/Innovator and Pioneer since 1971 of "Safer" Printmaking, Welden has had over 65 solo exhibitions including four museum shows throughout the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Peru, and Switzerland and over 500 group exhibitions worldwide. For more information go to decordovagallery.com.

Artwork by Hazel Shearer Thomas Gray

Romany Kramoris Gallery
The Romany Kramoris Gallery (41 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-2499, www.kramorisgallery.com) is presenting "Treasures Found," paintings by Hazel Shearer Thomas Gray, which will be on view from July 1 through July 15, with a special reception, hosted by Lyn and E.T. Williams, and the Gallery on Saturday, July 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gray, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor, left a treasure trove of still life paintings, many found after her death in 1999. Gray was a talented, and dedicated artist who taught in the New York City school system for 40 years. During the summers she continued to study painting at the Pratt Institute, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and at the Art Barge in Napeague, when she and her husband began to spend summers in Sag Harbor in1963. At the time Gray was developing her style, French Impressionism was becoming a formidable influence on American art. That influence is clearly apparent in Gray's work. Her paintings consist of fluid brush strokes without strictly defined lines, and hard edges. Gray's still life paintings are vibrant and spontaneous with brilliant lush colors. Her abundant florals are stunning depictions of flowers from the fields of Sagaponack, Bridgehampton, and farm stands and gardens of Sag Harbor. The extravagant bouquets of flowers, delectable fruit , and other objects often found in still life paintings, are here, presented with a new and fresh approach. Gray was a remarkable colorist. Each of the 40 paintings that make up this retrospective exhibition prove her exceptional eye and feeling for mixing, blending and overlaying shades of a variety of subtle and bold hues. Each painting is different; each depicts nature's beauty in its abundance. Gray and her husband became year round residents of Sag Harbor after their retirement, enabling Hazel to finally become a full time painter. Gray's work can be found in a number of private collections. The gallery is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sylvester & Co.
The ground-breaking international exhibition of Bijou LeTord's "Going The Distance" Tour de France photographs will be shown for the first time in the U.S. at Sylvester & Co. At Home Gallery (103 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-5012, www.sylvesterathome.com) on July 4th weekend. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Two parts inspiration, one part collaboration, 'Going The Distance - Blurring The Lines of Art and Sport' features images captured in real time of the 2009 Tour de France by French-born American artist Le Tord as she photographed the race as it unfolded from her studio in the French countryside. A silent auction will benefit the LIVESTRONG Foundation and begin at 4 p.m.

The Crazy Monkey Gallery
The Crazy Monkey Gallery (136 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-3627, www.thecrazymonkeygallery.com) will present new art by two members of the Crazy Monkey Artist Cooperative and a guest artist will be featured in an upcoming show, opening on July 1, and on view through July 19. Cynthia Sobel will be showing a group of abstract watercolors and oil paintings inspired by her recent trip to China. Daniel Schoenheimer, co-director of the Crazy Monkey Gallery, is a Montauk resident and has been creating series of photographs of local scenes for the last 10 years. He is also co-founder and co-publisher, with Sally Breen, of The Local Art Rag, a publication promoting East End Arts and Music, now in its third year. Exhibiting as a guest artist will be Setha Low. Setha is a Los Angeles native with a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley. She has spent a large part of her life doing research around the world, and teaching Anthropology, Environmental Psychology, Geography, Women's Studies and Urban Planning at the University of Pennsylvania and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Much of her ceramic art focuses on people's relationship to the built environment. Alongside these artists, there will also be a group show featuring the art of Wilhemina Howe, Ellyn Tucker, Ruth Rogers-Altmann, Len Bernard, Rolande Cicurel, Ann Drager, Eileen Hickey-Hulme, Beth Barry and Sara Petitt. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 pm. The Crazy Monkey Gallery is open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tripoli Gallery Of Contemporary Art
The Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art is pleased to bring Gordon Stevenson and Jake U. Patterson back to Jobs Lane for a collaborative exhibition entitled, "Trading Faces." Last summer, Stevenson and Patterson showed work in a group exhibition with four other artists. They appreciated each other's work and motivation level. This summer, teaming up, they have created collaborative pieces that will be "shedding light" on one another's creative inspiration. Stevenson (BFA Bard, 2006) has continually shown his ability to create and collaborate with friends from various industries, whether it is for his clothing company, Baron Von Fancy, or with musician/performers like Team Facelift. He was able to fascinate viewers, last year, by transforming common objects into neon light sculptures. In this exhibition, Gordon will be transforming caricature portraits in much the same way. Jake U. Patterson (BFA California Institute of the Arts, 2012) is back in the Hamptons this summer to work and make more art. In the past few years, he was recognized for his self-portrait series, as well as portraits of his friends. Jake is now revisiting his first impulse as an artist, which was creating cartoon personalities. By combining his childhood cartoon style with his more recent abstract portrait painting, Jake has created a series of minimalist portraits of Gordon and himself. Using Jake's drawings as a blue print, Gordon fabricates the portraits into neon lights, showing both artists' faces on each exhibited work. The exhibition and opening are on Saturday, July 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art located at 30A Jobs Lane, Southampton. Music and refreshments will be provided. For more information go to info@tripoligallery.com. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Closed on Tuesday.

Delaney Cooke Gallery
Artist Dominick Cantasano will have an opening reception on Saturday, July 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Delaney Cooke Gallery, 150 Main Street, Sag Harbor. The exhibition will be recent watercolors, and run through July 13.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
"Elements and Ethers," an exhibit of new work by Roisin Bateman will be showing at the Gallery at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, 234 Carpenter Street, (behind the Chase Bank) in Greenport from July 1 through August 1 with a reception on July 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In a departure for the artist, whose primary medium has been oil, all the works are abstract pastel drawings. "Working in pastel is an intriguing way to explore the way color changes - how it manifests and dissipates - when elements meet and cross." Bateman, who grew up on the west coast of Ireland and since then has lived on the South Fork, has always been intrigued by what happens to color and light as air, water, and earth coalesce. "This fine dust which can be rubbed in and lifted off seemed a perfect medium for such an ephemeral subject. I have been working in fields of deep color that I partially erase and then incise with a kind of calligraphic line. Like writing on water." One of her new pastels has been selected for the Long Island Biennial at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY this July.

Artwork by Kevin Berlin on view at RVS Fine Art.

RVS Fine Art
RVS Fine Art (20 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-8546, Daily 12 noon to 5 p.m.) will exhibit renowned Kevin Berlin in a major solo exhibition beginning July 1. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition "Kiev Days/Kiev Nights" will be on view through July 14. Berlin comes for the first time to America directly from Parus Business Centre in the historic center of Kiev, Ukraine. His latest solo exhibition features 14 major larger than life canvases painted in Kiev, Ukraine. Painted from life, the exhibition features paintings posed for by ballerinas from the famed National Opera and Ballet of Kiev. Paintings from the "Days" series include "Between Acts," "Backstage," and the monumental canvas "Warm Up." The exhibition also features the extravagant nightlife of successful Kiev businessmen. The "Nights" series includes "Decadence House," "The Bodyguards," and "The Vodka Drinkers." The exhibition enjoyed great popular success in the heart of historic Kiev, in the newest and tallest office building in Ukraine, the 33 story blue glass Parus Business Centre on Mechnikova Street.
Berlin, an internationally renowned artist works are found in the collections of Kim Basinger, Luciano Pavarotti, Buzz Aldrin, Henry Buhl, David Letterman, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dudley and Lisa Anderson, Quincy Jones, General Motors Corp. and Carnival Cruise Lines. Berlin, a Yale Alumnus, has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Shanghai Daily, The Miami Herald, USA Today, and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, MTV, Tokyo Television, and BBC Radio. Berlin was honored by President Reagan at The White House as a YoungArts Presidential Scholar in 1983. For more information go to www.kevinberlin.com.

Artwork by Bob Schwarz.

East End Arts Council
The East End Arts Council (EEAC) announces a new photography exhibit at Town Hall, located at 200 Howell Avenue in Riverhead. Robert DeCandido, an EEAC member artist and a graduate of The New York Institute of Photography in the early 1950s was employed as a photographer's assistant working at Vogue Studios in New York City. Under the tutelage of many famous photographers, he learned all phases of darkroom work as well as the management of studio and on location shots. During the Korean War he served as a photographer for The Third Infantry Presidential Honor Guard in Washington, DC where he also received training in electronics. This led to a new career path, and after the Army he attended RCA Institutes and City College to further his career in the new world of computer technology. As a pioneer graphics hardware designer and programmer combining photographic technology, he designed software and hardware for Autocad, and Photoshop. DeCandido went on to form his own company specializing in the design and implementation of machine tool controls for the aerospace industry. After 50 years of designing computer graphics and contributing to the vast changes in computer technology and photography DeCandido, now retired has returned to photography with renewed inspiration combining his pioneering digital technology with his photographic expertise to create photographs of distinctive style. Robert DeCandido (aka bob de) can be contacted at decabob@optonline.net. The show will run through September 10. The Town Hall art shows are a collaborative effort of the East End Arts Council and the Town of Riverhead to support local artists and introduce their work to the community.

Bridgehampton Historical Society
There will be an opening reception Saturday, July 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to view new works by artist Bob Schwarz. The exhibition, being held in association with the Bridgehampton Historical Society, will feature several other regional artists. The exhibit is located at 2539-A Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, and will be on view through the summer.

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