For those of you wrapping up your summer with a bit of relaxation in the Hamptons, be sure to save time for a visit to some of these top exhibitions at Guild Hall, The Parrish Art Museum, Dan Flavin Art Institute, and other locations.
Helen Frankenthaler: Abstract Climates
The Parrish Art Museum
“Abstract Climates” is an exhibition of works by Helen Frankenthaler created both in or in reference of Provincetown, MA. Highlighting Frankenthaler’s exploration of the relationship between abstraction and landscapes, the show features works created from 1950 through 1969, which demonstrate the artist’s transition from Abstract Expressionism into a more allusive style. Displaying 30 paintings and works on paper, the show includes pieces like Indian Summer, Low Tide, Summerscene: Provincetown, and other works that suggest landscapes of the location through the use of colorful, gestural abstracted works.
Walter Plate: East End Abstractions
Abstract Expressionist Walter Plate began showing artistic talent as a child and moved on to continue his studies in art after serving in the military during World War II, when he settled in Woodstock, New York. The works on view— a series of beach paintings created between 1961 to 1971—illustrate the artist’s love of the maritime environment and his strength in capturing the coast, in works that combine figurative and abstract elements, in open compositions bathed in light.
Dan Flavin Art Institute
Now—May 17, 2020
Jacqueline Humphries’ show at the Dan Flavin Art Institute features a new body of work created specifically for the space, made in response to an installation by Dan Flavin—also on view. Building upon the artist’s black light paintings, Humphries created a series of fluorescent cast objects (derived from both natural and manmade objects like seashells, plywood, and paintings), which she then placed under blacklight. The works not only are changed themselves by the blacklight, but the viewers’ bodies and clothing are also affected—creating an enhanced awareness of seeing and being seen.
For the 2019 season, outdoor museum and arboreta LongHouse Reserve is featuring works and installations by seven artists including Stephen Talasnik, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Walsh, Wendell Castle, Will Ryman, Young Jae Lee, and Jun Kaneko. While strolling the grounds, visitors at the reserve will find works on view like Talasnik’s site-specific Echo, a presentation of ceramics by Jae Lee entitled Vessels, Walsh’s Enignum Shelf XXXVI, and Out of Sight—Weiner’s 40-foot long rendition of hopscotch that encourages its players to consider the importance of recognizing their life goals.
Ugo Rondinone: sunny days
A presentation of works exploring the sun as both a metaphor and motif, Ugo Rondinone’s “sunny days” features a series of paintings, sculptures, and a community art project made in collaboration with local schoolchildren. Following similar projects the artist has initiated in the past, Rondinone asked children from the East End to create their own depictions of the sun, which were then displayed salon style in the Spiga Gallery. Other works on view include eight new “sun paintings,” made using spray paint on canvas, and Rondinone’s sun sculptures. Meant to be reminiscent of the constant change of the solar cycle, the sun sculptures are created by casting rings made from vine branches in aluminum and covering them in gilding.