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Abstract Expressionism Revisited: Selections from the Guild Hall Museum Permanent Collection

Guest Curator: Dr. Joan Marter, PhD
October 26- December 30, 2019,  Moran and Woodhouse Galleries
Reception: October 27, 2-4pm
Gallery Talk: October 27, 1-2pm

This exhibition of paintings, works on paper, and sculpture will celebrate the outstanding collection of Abstract Expressionist art owned by Guild Hall. Abstract Expressionism was an avant-garde movement of the 1950s that resulted, in part, from the dynamic interplay of artists working on the East End. Among the participants in this “artist colony” of the Hamptons were permanent residents and summer visitors.  Painters included Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, James Brooks and Charlotte Park, Robert Motherwell, and Grace Hartigan among others.  Presentation of many works that have not been exhibited in recent years, also brings attention to the digitization of the Guild Hall collection that was completed recently. The Museum has been building a significant collection of Abstract Expressionist works, and prime examples will be combined with loans by artists who created their work on the East End.

The exhibition will include a catalogue with color illustrations of examples in the Guild Hall collection, and an essay that explains the importance of East End artists to the emergence of Abstract Expressionism .

Joan Marter is an American academic, art critic and author with a Ph.D. from The University of Delaware, 1974. Marter is the “Distinguished Professor of Art History” at Rutgers University, the co-editor of the Woman’s Art Journal, the editor of The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, the author and co-organizer of Women of Abstract Expressionism in 2016 (Denver Art Museum). 

Joyce Kubat: My People

Guild Hall Museum – Spiga Gallery
October 26 – December 30, 2019
Members Reception October 27, 2-4pm
Gallery Talk:  Saturday, November 16, 2pm

Joyce Kubat is the Top Honors recipient of the 79th Artist Members Exhibition (2017). Kubat was selected by guest awards juror, Ruba Katrib, who was curator at the Sculpture Center and now curator at MoMA PS1.

In this exhibition Kubat assembles her people, a body of work which she has been developing since 2002. Her media has remained the same and Kubat lets the process lead the way in her deeply psychological figurative works. From pastels applied to damp paper creating a liquid soft skin with deep velvet pigments, to fluid pink inks that have the extraordinary transparency of flesh, these materials have led her to convey an emotionally raw narrative of human anatomy.

The figure has always been my focus, and over the years it’s become a psychological focus, a not-always-easy-to-view focus… Art with only surface excitement seems empty. For me it has to have a serious and profound underpinning, always poignant, often humorous, relating in some way to the universal humanity common to all of us. – Joyce Kubat

Kubat holds a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University and continued her studies in New York City at both Brooklyn College and Art Students League of New York. She lives and works in Huntington, NY and has exhibited throughout Long Island, New York City, Italy, and elsewhere.

Sunny Days: Family Celebration

Join us for a sun filled afternoon of workshops, performances, and gallery tours as we celebrate our exhibit ugo rondinone: sunny days!

In addition to workshops led by local artists and performances by student ensembles, we will be joined by the artist himself, Ugo Rondinone, to celebrate and congratulate the over 300 students whose artwork is displayed in the exhibit.

1–3pm: Workshop; Create a Sun Sculpture / Taller; crea una escultura del sol
1–3pm: Workshop; Create a Sun Drawing / Taller; haz un dibujo del sol
1–3pm: Sun Observation with The Montauk Observatory / Observa el sol con Montauk Observatory
1–3pm: Performances by Student Ensembles / Actuaciones estudiantiles
1:15pm: Bi-Lingual Gallery Tour/Visita bilingüe en la galeriá
2pm: Meet the Artist Ugo Rondinone / Conoce al Artista; Ugo Rondinone

With free treats from Mary’s Marvelous

ugo rondinone: sunny days

August 10–October 14
Private Member Reception August 10, 5-7 pm
All Galleries
Christina Strassfield, Curator

Guild Hall is delighted to be presenting works by the renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone in the exhibition, sunny days, featuring sun-themed sculpture and paintings, as well as a collaboration with area school children. The exhibition, which explores the sun as a motif and metaphor, is divided into three parts: paintings, sculptures, and a community art project.

In a new series of eight “sun paintings,” Rondinone references the radiance and universal symbolism of the sun. He has incorporated this imagery in his work since 1991, and uses canvas spray-painted with soft concentric yellow rings as a representation of the sun and the impossibility of seeing its form with the naked eye. These eight paintings will be installed in Guild Hall’s Woodhouse Gallery.

A selection of large sun sculptures will be placed at alternating angles in Guild Hall’s Moran Gallery. These large-scale circular rings are made from vine branches which were cast in aluminum and then gilded. The artist chose to depict the vine as a symbol of renewal because of its life cycle from growth to dormancy and rebirth to a fruitful state every year—reminiscent of the solar cycle.

Following similar projects that Rondinone has carried out in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Rome, Berkeley, Cincinnati and Moscow, the artist has invited children from the East End to help him create a gallery of sun drawings. Students from local schools, daycare centers and afterschool programs will participate and create depictions of the sun to be displayed salon style in the Spiga Gallery.

Rondinone, who has a home on the North Fork, is a New York-based, Swiss-born mixed-media artist who has spent the last 25 years working in a diverse range of mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, video, installation, and sculpture. Whether trance-inducing mandala paintings, large-scale drawings from nature, moody multi-channel video environments, painted stone sculptures, or full-scale clown figures, Rondinone moves fluidly between figuration and abstraction. Rondinone often incorporates the theme of time and space in his work and explores the emotional and psychic understanding found in the most basic elements of everyday life; in this exhibition it is the Sun and its radiance.

Ugo Rondinone has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at institutions, including Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Place Vendôme, Paris; MACRO and Mercati di Traiano, Rome; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Anahuacalli, Mexico City; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens; Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna; and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium. In 2016, Rondinone’s large-scale public work seven magic mountains opened outside Las Vegas, co-produced by the Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art. In 2017, Rondinone curated a city-wide exhibition, Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno, which honored the artist’s life partner in thirteen venues throughout Manhattan.

Private Member Reception – Tony Oursler: Water Memory

Fresh off of his dynamic Public Art Fund Commission, Tear of the Cloud, which was on view at Riverside Park this past October, Guild Hall is pleased to turn over the entire museum to this noted artist who will delve into the subject of water and notions of “magical thinking” for the East End. Oursler has developed a new multimedia series of works which incorporate glass, computers and water. Thematically, the ubiquitous element of water becomes a repository for our belief systems as the artist references the development of cartography and the subsequent vanishing of sea monsters, Hollywood movies and evil maritime spirits, counterculture and the pseudoscience of water memory.

Gallery Talk with Tony Oursler

Tony Oursler
June 8–July 21, 2019
Private Member Reception: July 6, 4–6pm
All Galleries
Christina Strassfield, Curator

Fresh off of his dynamic Public Art Fund Commission, Tear of the Cloud, which was on view at Riverside Park this past October, Guild Hall is pleased to turn over the entire museum to this noted artist who will delve into the subject of water and notions of “magical thinking” for the East End. Oursler has developed a new multimedia series of works which incorporate glass, computers and water. Thematically, the ubiquitous element of water becomes a repository for our belief systems as the artist references the development of cartography and the subsequent vanishing of sea monsters, Hollywood movies and evil maritime spirits, counterculture and the pseudoscience of water memory.

Tony Oursler: Water Memory

Tony Oursler
June 8–July 21, 2019
Gallery Talk with Tony Oursler: July 6, 3–4pm
Private Member Reception: July 6, 4–6pm
All Galleries
Christina Strassfield, Curator

Fresh off of his dynamic Public Art Fund Commission, Tear of the Cloud, which was on view at Riverside Park this past October, Guild Hall is pleased to turn over the entire museum to this noted artist who will delve into the subject of water and notions of “magical thinking” for the East End. Oursler has developed a new multimedia series of works which incorporate glass, computers and water. Thematically, the ubiquitous element of water becomes a repository for our belief systems as the artist references the development of cartography and the subsequent vanishing of sea monsters, Hollywood movies and evil maritime spirits, counterculture and the pseudoscience of water memory.

Tony Oursler: Water Memory

Tony Oursler
June 8–July 21, 2019
Gallery Talk with Tony Oursler: July 6, 3–4pm
Private Member Reception: July 6, 4–6pm
All Galleries
Christina Strassfield, Curator

Fresh off his dynamic Public Art Fund Commission, Tear of the Cloud, which was on view at Riverside Park this past October, Guild Hall has turned over the entire museum to Oursler who delves into the subject of water and notions of “magical thinking” on the East End.

Oursler has developed an experimental and innovative practice that utilizes projections, optical devices, audio, video, and sculpture to move images away from the white wall and onto unexpected surfaces or environments. Through this inventive technological approach, the artist explores the ubiquitous element of water as a repository for belief systems—with references that range from sea monsters and evil spirits to cartography and the claimed ability of water memory.