Saturday, June 15-Sunday, July 28
John Alexander is a visionary artist whose paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints most often contain representational imagery that have Surreal elements incorporated into their multi-layered narratives. He masterfully handles the subjects of landscape, flora and fauna. He often takes these elements as well as the human form and incorporates them into a dialogue. His caustic satirical portraits from the 1980s gained him notoriety in the New York art world. For the Guild Hall exhibition, Alexander is creating a new body of work that incorporates natural landscapes. Alexander was the 2012 Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award winner in the visual arts. For over 30 years, he has been a resident of the East End, where he maintains a studio in Amagansett.
Sponsored in part by the Schley Family Foundation
Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, July 28
Artists & Writers: They Played in the Game
East Hampton’s beloved Artists & Writers Softball Game will take to the field for its 65th annual game on August 17. In celebration, the Museum at Guild Hall opens an exhibition featuring many works from our permanent collection of artists who have played in the game, along with works that are on loan. The Hamptons arguably represents the highest amount of creative talent per square mile anywhere in the country. The artists and the game they love are a living tribute to our Hamptons legacy as an artist colony. The Artists & Writers Game rich in fabled history, athletic anecdotes, and sometimes an amusing lack of actual athletic ability, could happen nowhere else in America. The show is co-curated by Elena Prohaska Glinn and Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall.
Lead Sponsors: The Daily News and Louise and Leonard Riggio. Co-Sponsor: Shana Alexander Foundation.
Saturday, June 15 – Monday, October 14
Joel Perlman’s sculptures will be on display in the Frieda and Roy Furman Sculpture Garden, open daily, and the Wasserstein Family Gallery, open during museum hours.
Perlman’s sculpting methods are intuitive. He cuts eccentric shapes out of steel — more than he’ll need — then tacks them together again and again. Although welded steel is his medium of choice, bronze, aluminum, and iron also play a part when the situation calls for a variation on the theme. Perlman believes that art must be appreciated aesthetically, but he also encourages observers to interact with the art by touching and moving around it.
Saturday, August 10 – Monday, October 14
In our showcase exhibition of the summer season, we will present recent paintings, prints and tapestries by Chuck Close. Close is noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face, aiming to paint people the way a camera would see them. His first retrospective was in 1981 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and his work is found in numerous museum and private collections worldwide. Chuck Close was the recipient of the 1995 Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the Visual Arts. He had a one person exhibition of his large-scale Polaroid photographs, Chuck Close Up Close at Guild Hall in 1991. He has been a part-time resident of the East End for more than 40 years.
Image: Chuck Close, Cindy (smile), 2013, archival watercolor pigment print (90º) on Hahnemühle rag paper, 75″ x 60″ (190.5 cm x 152.4 cm), paper, 63″ x 53″ (160 cm x 134.6 cm), image, Edition of 5 + 2 APs, 2PPs and 1 BAT, Made in collaboration with Donald Farnsworth, Magnolia Editions, Photo by: Magnolia Editions, courtesy Pace Gallery
Lead Sponsors: Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman, and Barbara and Richard Lane
Museum Hours: From Labor Day through June 30: Fri & Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm and from July 1 through Labor Day: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm (Closed Tuesdays)