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Guild Hall: Syd Solomon Lecture with Gail levin, Ph.D.

October 31, 2018 - Guild Hall

Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton
Saturday, November 3, 2018

12:00 pm
Free Admission

Join Gail Levin, Ph.D., in the Boots Lamb Education Center for a lecture on the artist Syd Solomon (1917-2004) whose work is on view in the exhibition Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed. Levin is a primary contributor to the exhibition catalogue. She has also authored Lee Krasner: A Biography, in addition to many other works.

Gail Levin (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Professor of Art History, American Studies and Women Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is an art historian specializing in art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with diverse research interests that include the work of Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Judy Chicago, women artists, Jewish artists, Chinese emigre artists, and contemporary art of the United States, Europe, and Japan, as well as American Studies and the cinema. 


Hiding in Plain Sight at Amar Gallery included in Vanity Fair London's Pick of Frieze Week

October 24, 2018 - Thomas Barrie for Vanity Fair

Amar Singh’s eponymous Islington gallery has a simple but laudable ethos, specializing in exhibitions of LGBTQ and female artists with diverse, progressive narratives. Raised in London but a member of the royal Kapurthala family of Punjab, Singh was one of many political campaigners who made up a global coalition that last month recorded a landmark legal victory in India, overturning the country’s 2013 criminalization of gay sex. Now, Amar Gallery is turning to one of the lesser-known histories of art, with an exhibition of the women behind Abstract Expressionism in 1950s and 60s America. Lynne Mapp DrexlerElaine de KooningJoan MitchellGrace Hartigan and myriad others take pride of place in Hiding in Plain Sight, which explores the female painters who have been neglected in favour of their more barnstorming counterparts—the Rothkos, the Pollocks and the Newmans. There’s a pioneering spirit to the paintings, be they the natural blooms Drexler cultivated on her canvases, or the liquid colour-field stains of Helen Frankenthaler, made all the more engrossing by the fact that many of these artists have never been exhibited in the U.K. before.


See expressionist art from late Sarasota artist Syd Solomon in St. Petersburg

October 24, 2018 - Cathy Salustri for Tampa Bay Creative Loafing

You may not have heard of Syd Solomon (but we bet you have), but his presence, even posthumously (he died in 2004) still vibrates through Sarasota. He came to Sarasota because of the Battle of the Bulge. For real — he was an aerial camouflage specialist in WWII, and he came away from the Battle of the Bulge with a nasty case of frostbite. After that, no one could blame him from wanting to keep warm, and so, in 1946, he and his bride decided to call Sarasota home. 

He was the driving force behind the Fine Arts Institute at Sarasota's New College, not only helping to start the Institute but also encouraging his friends — all artists — to teach there. Those friends? Conrad Marca-Relli (1913-2000), Larry Rivers (1923-2002) and Philip Guston (1913-1980).

No shocker, then, that the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art accessioned his art — marking the first time that the Ringling accessioned a living artist. 

Come see Views from Above, a collection of Solomon's abstract expressionist work, at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts. The work starts in 1945 and runs through the 1980s, and it's all influenced by his chosen home (Florida!). One of his works ("Westcoastalscape") is pictured above and part of the MFA's permanent collection.


Clara Eagle Gallery Features the Women of the American Abstract Artists Movement

October 22, 2018 - Tracy Ross & Melanie David for WKMS Murray State's NPR Station

The American Abstract Artist movement was founded in 1936 in New York City, at a time when abstract art was met with strong critical resistance. Women played an integral part in forming the AAA, and Murray State's Clara M. Eagle gallery is housing an exhibit that honors these groundbreaking female artists. Emily Berger, an abstract artist featured in the exhibit, and T. Michael Martin, director of university galleries, visit Sounds Good to discuss the traveling exhibit. 

The Murray State University Galleries and the department of art and design present Blurring Boundaries: Continuity to Change - The Women of AAA 1936-2018through the beginning of November. In the first exhibition dedicated exlusively to the intergenerational group of women artists of American Abstract Artists, Blurring Boundaries traces the history of AAA's female founding members through present-day artists. The exhibition highlights approximately 45 works, emphasizing each artist's approach to central tenents of abstraction - composition, color, content, and material. Well-known founders and early members of AAA, such as Perle Fine, Esphyr Slobodkina, Gertrude Greene, Alice Trumbull Mason (featured above), and I. Rice Pereira, are included in the exhibit. Their classic works will be displayed beside contemporary abstract artists such as Sharon Brant, Merrill Wagner, Cecily Kahn, Alice Adams, and Emily Berger.


Johnson, Kriendler, and Solomon Solo at Guild Hall

October 18, 2018 - Jennifer Landes for The East Hampton Star

“Please Send To: Ray Johnson” is predominently a collection of “Mail Art” Johnson sent to Ted Carey, left to the museum by Tito Spiga as part of his bequest. “Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed” operates as a retrospective of the artist, who died in 2004, using his archive to provide new context to his output from his early days before and after World War II, when he devised camouflage techniques for the military, to late work from the early 1990s. Finally, “Sara Mejia Kriendler: In Back of Beyond” will showcase the artist’s Colombian roots with sculptures in terra-cotta, plaster, and gold leaf that also reference today’s consumer culture. Ms. Kriendler was the recipient of top honors in the 2016 members show.


Susan Vecsey | The Art Scene: 10.11.18

October 11, 2018 - Mark Segal for The East Hampton Star

Susan Vecsey in Chelsea

A solo show of paintings by Susan Vecsey, who lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, will open Thursday at the Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through Nov. 10. 

Ms. Vescey’s recent abstractions call to mind both Color Field painting and landscapes. The woods, beaches, farms, and big skies of the East End inspire her, but her work strips those images of their specificity, resulting in “abstract art that looks familiar,” according to a release.


NYC Gallery Scene - Highlights of New Shows Opening

October 10, 2018 - Hamptons ArtHub

Berry Campbell: “Susan Vecsey”
October 11 through November 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Berry Campbell Gallery presents “Susan Vecsey,” featuring recent paintings by the artist. The exhibition marks the artist’s third solo exhibition since her representation by the gallery began in 2014. Referencing Color Field paintings, Vecsey’s landscapes are inspired by the East End of Long Island. The paintings act as elusive reminders of memories or recollections, according to the gallery, evoking calm and serenity. Susan Vecsey lives and works in NYC and East Hampton. Her art is held in numerous public and private collections including Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY.

Click here for exhibition details.


Must-see museum exhibits on Long Island

October 6, 2018 - Steve Parks for Newsday

Oct. 20-Dec. 17
Guild Hall

Through his New York Correspondence School in the 1950s, Ray Johnson started his own art movement — Mail Art. Johnson networked with other artists to whom he mailed drawings, poems and collages, asking them to add their touches and forward it to another member of the group. Guild Hall’s second major gallery will explore the career of Syd Solomon, self-described “Abstract Impressionist” whose paintings were inspired by the natural environment surrounding his homes in the Hamptons and Florida.



Susan Vecsey 2018 Exhibition Catalogue Now Available

October 6, 2018 - Berry Campbell

We are preparing for our Susan Vecsey exhibitionopening on September 6, 2018. Please read our online catalogue to learn more about the artist and his career.

Susan Vecsey
October 11 - November 10

Opening Reception 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
6 - 8 pm


One More Month to See Ann Purcell's painting 'Harting' in Full Circle | Hue and Saturation in the Washington Color School

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June 14 - October 26, 2018
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
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