This Week's Major Events: 2016 East Hampton House & Garden Tour, Twin Adam Straus Exhibitions, Revolt of the Sage & More
November 22 - November 28, 2016
2016 East Hampton House & Garden Tour
Opening Night Cocktail Party on Friday, November 25, 2016; 6 - 8:30pm at Maidstone Club
Tour on Saturday, November 26, 2016; 1 - 4:30pm
East Hampton, New York
This year’s annual East Hampton House & Garden Tour will consist of five unique and stylish houses that showcase the finest examples of historical and modern architecture in the Hamptons. Now in its 32nd year, this self-guided tour offers a one-time-only glimpse inside some of the most storied residences in East Hampton. Whether your tastes gravitate more towards the classic shingled cottage, a historic Greek Revival farmhouse, or the clean, crisp lines of contemporary architecture, this year’s lineup of properties has something for everyone. The mix of architectural styles is what gives East Hampton its unique character and flavor. Proceeds from this event support the East Hampton Historical Society’s museums and programs. Tickets to the Opening Night Cocktail Party, which will be held at Maidstone Club in East Hampton Village, are $200 and include entry to the House Tour the next day. Tickets to the self-guided tour are $65 in advance and $75 on the day of.
Adam Straus: Two Exhibitions
Opening Reception on Tuesday, November 22, 2016; 6-8pm
November 22 - December 24, 2016
Nohra Haime Gallery and Adelson Galleries
730 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Twin exhibitions at Nohra Haime Gallery and Adelson Galleries will showcase the work of Adam Straus over his three-and-a-half decade career. Paintings, works on paper, sculpture from the early 1980s, and little-known photography will all be on view at both galleries, totaling more than 50 works, many of which are from private collections and will be on view for the first time. Adelson Galleries’ exhibition focuses on 14 paintings and works on paper that refer to how technology alters our view of nature, with a witty and irreverent manner. Adam Straus is known for his majestic and luminous depictions of the sublime, often saturated with a deep concern about social and environmental issues. His wry observations of our human predicament are expressed through penetrating dark humor.
Alan Wolfson: New York Nocturnes and Adonna Khare
Both shows are on view through December 17, 2016
Hollis Taggart Galleries
521 West 26th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Two exhibitions have opened at Hollis Taggart Galleries. The first, New York Nocturnes, features the work of Alan Wolfson, a master of the diorama. He explores New York City and all of its quotidian vices in intricate miniature urban vignettes, each of which offer an intimate portrait of the city and its street corners, subway stations, and storefronts through a gritty – even grimy – lens. Wolfson’s scenes focus on the leftover evidence of city dwellers who have come and gone, leaving a world of possible narratives for viewers to imagine. The second exhibition features the work of Adonna Khare, an artist who is celebrated as much for her draftsmanship as for her fantastical imagination. Her focus is on wild animals, but the contexts in which she places them are anything but natural. Khare’s depictions are reminiscent of scientific reference illustrations, but teacups, pocket watches, skulls and laundry lines give away their surreal nature. The artist uses the animals as representatives of her own life experiences, and invites the viewers of her work to create their own interpretations.
Kentucky by Design: Material Culture, Regionalism, and the New Deal
On view through February 12, 2017
The Frazier History Museum
829 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Kentucky By Design is a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Federal Art Project’s Index of American Design, which was part of FDR’s Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project during the Great Depression. More than 85 Kentucky decorative objects will be on display, including a corner cupboard made in 1814 by Abraham Lincoln’s father, a John Jacob Niles dulcimer, and a Shaker Village spinning wheel. The exhibit examines the themes of nation building in the context of defining American art and craft free from the confines of European traditions. It will also explore the challenges of merging local cultural traditions with national identity, and delve into the psyche of of post-Great Depression America. The exhibition will be on view through February 12, 2017 at the Frazier History Museum.
Ruth Pastine: Matter of Light
On view through December 31, 2016
David Richard Gallery
1570 Pacheco Street, A1, Santa Fe, NM 87505
This stunning exhibition showcases Ruth Pastine’s newest paintings, and instantly engages viewers as they interact with the undulating properties and seeming vibration of the works. She exploits the contrast between hues, blurs their boundaries and creates a visual pulse and rhythm that immediately captivate the eye. Painstakingly created by hand using only brushes and oil paint, her paintings are the culmination of thousands of brush strokes that layer, blend and transition colors. Pastine’s ethereal work takes the viewer into uncharted territory that drifts into the metaphysical realm. Matter of Light will be on view at David Richard Gallery through New Year’s Eve.
Revolt of the Sage
November 24, 2016 - January 21, 2017
Blain | Southern
4 Hanover Square, London W1S 1BP
Taking its title from a work by Giorgio de Chirico, painted in 1916, this exhibition follows the theme of his idea of “metaphysical interiors,” where time does not exist. This exhibition gathers sixteen talented artists who use collage, juxtaposition, fragments, framing devices and layered imagery to explore wrinkles and disturbances in time, and the alluring mysteries of the everyday. Revolt of the Sage features work by contemporary artists alongside late post-War artists like Lynn Chadwick, Hanne Darboven, and Sigmar Polke. This exhibition will resonate with artists whose work occupies the space between there here and now, and a dream of the ‘great curve of eternity’ that we might perceive in a small, measurable work of art.