by Pat Rogers, Hamptons Art Hub
The Hamptons summer art season is a short and busy one. Parties, benefits, beaches, Main Street afternoons and art fair evenings can make time fly by. To optimize your art viewing time, we’ve compiled the top five museum shows in The Hamptons this summer.
"Selfies and Portraits of the East End” at Guild Hall (East Hampton)
June 20 – July 26, 2015
Guild Hall has a sure winner on their hands with “Selfies and Portraits of the East End”. Don’t let the title fool you: the show is designed to examine the phenomena of the selfie by exhibiting fine art. Expect to find the “artist self-portrait” and portraiture by artists with East End ties including Ross Bleckner, Jack Ceglic, Chuck Close, Ahn Duong, Eric Fischl, Cornelia Foss, Jonathan Morse, Elizabeth Peyton, Julian Schnabel, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Billy Sullivan and more.
Guild Hall: www.guildhall.org.
“Dan Flavin: icons” at Dan Flavin Art Institute (Bridgehampton)
April 30, 2015 – April 30, 2016
Before Dan Flavin’s began working with fluorescent lights, he created a series of eight works known as “icons”. Made between 1961 and 1964, the artworks form a bridge between Flavin’s early works and the art he became known for. The exhibition presents five of the eight “icons”. Each work is wall-mounted and has a box-like construction with painted surface and attached light fixtures. Dedications lend elements of humor, irony, and tragedy to untitled sculptures.
Andreas Gursky: Landscapes” at The Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill)
August 2 – October 18, 2015
A selection of enigmatic images by Andreas Gursky make up the first solo show for the German artist in the New York region. Gursky’s monumentally-scaled photographs depict grand urban and natural vistas and large format architecture from a dispassionate point of view. Highly detailed, the images are composed to envelope viewers through dizzying scale, detail, and color.
The Parrish Art Museum: www.parrishart.org
“Elaine de Kooning Portrayed” at Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center (East Hampton)
August 6 – October 31, 2015
Designed to complement the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition "Elaine de Kooning Portraits", the East Hampton exhibition presents self-portraits, likenesses, and reflections on Elaine de Kooning by other artists. Includes works by Arshile Gorky, Fairfield Porter, Hedda Sterne, Alex Katz, Robert De Niro, Sr., Ray Johnson, Joop Sanders, Paul Harris, Edvins Strautmanis and Willem de Kooning.
A panel discussion on August 9 sheds additional light on the show. Expected are Phyllis Braff, Regina Cherry, Connie Fox, Edvard Lieber, and Joan Washburn.
The Pollock-Krasner House: http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse/index.shtml
Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky” at Guild Hall
August 8 – October 12, 2015
In 1964, inspired by art history and imagery found on contemporary printed postcards, Roy Lichtenstein began exploring the genre of land and seascapes. Seascapes became an essential part of Lichtenstein’s art making and he would revisit the genre in various guises and mediums throughout his career. Guild Hall presents over 30 works from 1960s – 1990s, loaned by private collectors and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.
Guild Hall: www.guildhall.org