Dan Christensen at The Sheldon Museum of Art

Christensen enthusiasts: take note!
Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting which opened at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, in May will move to the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln on October 23, 2009 and remain on view until the end of January, 2010.
Dan Christensen - Five or Six P.M.
The show’s press release states: “This survey of his paintings documents [Christensen’s] never-ending quest to understand the possibilities of color, paint, and pictorial space. Often placed within the Color Field movement, Christensen’s experimentation with tools and techniques make him resistant to any one label or category but do place him among this country’s most ambitious abstract and gestural painters. Art critic Clement Greenberg called his work ‘post-painterly abstraction’ and said, in 1990, ‘Dan Christensen is one of the painters on whom the course of American art depends.’” 

A catalogue, by the noted art historian Karen Wilkin, accompanies the exhibition.
Another exhibition of the artist’s work, Dan Christensen: The Plaid Paintings, will be on view at Spanierman Modern, New York from October 13 to November 14, 2009.

Christensen’s plaids, such as Night Delight at left, were described by Jim Monte, curator at the Whitney Museum in the 1970s, as offering “a very unique contribution to the history of pure abstraction…a freshly conceived approach to geometric configuration, a necessary antidote to that all-consuming dullness” of much of the Minimal painting of the 1960s and 1970s.

Additional information on this exhibition will be available soon.

Read more on Dan Christensen.

Hampton Event Calendars

Since we’ve been on the topic of East Hampton I wanted to share some web info with our Hamptons audience. There are some great events calendars that I’ve come across on Hamptons.com, BlogHamptons, The East Hampton Star, 27east.com, and DansHamptons. All are chock-full of events,  art related and otherwise!

  • The Hamptons.com calendar makes it very easy to peruse by allowing you to sort by region and category.
  • The BlogHamptons calendar is a Google Calendar, which means you can easily add it to your own Google Calendar, if you have one.
  • The East Hampton Star‘s calendar is EH specific and breaks events down into categories.
  • 27east.com has a nice “weekend events email blast” you can sign up for.
  • DansHamptons has a cool mobile-specific site if you’re on the go and want to check events from your phone browser.

Each site allows you to submit your own events/listings.

Thanks to all for keeping us in the Hampton loop!

If I’ve left any out, please leave me a link in the comments.

Clifford Smith's Ocean Field Paintings

One of Spanierman Modern’s contemporary artists, Clifford Smith, is currently part of The Art of Fashion in the Hamptons held at Guild Hall (Aug. 15-Oct. 12, 2009). In the exhibition, fashion designers chose works from Guild Hall’s permanent collection as well as local artists’ works as inspiration for hand crafted vignettes. “The exhibition uses both art and fashion to depict how for decades the Hamptons have attracted and nurtured artists, designers, society mavens, as well as ordinary folks, from the locals to weekend renters,” stated Ruth Appelhof, executive director of Guild Hall.

We are thrilled that Clifford Smith’s Ocean Field II (2009) was chosen by fashion designer Nicole Miller. Miller said, “Weekends in The Hamptons recharge and invigorate me”. While imagery of the ocean can evoke something different within each of us, here Smith shares his thoughts behind these unique seascape paintings (taken from our press release of the show Clifford Smith, held at Spanierman Modern this past January): Continue reading

John Little

John Little (1907-1984) is one of the four artists represented in Four Visions. Curated by Arlene Bujese, the exhibition was on view at Spanierman Gallery, LLC, East Hampton.

A painter and sculptor, Little attended the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and the Art Students League, New York, where he studied with George Grosz. He also trained under Hans Hofmann at Hofmann’s renowned schools in New York and Provincetown. Along with Elizabeth Parker and Alfonso Ossorio, he helped to establish the Signa Gallery, the first gallery in East Hampton to focus on contemporary, abstract artists. Continue reading

Hans Van de Bovenkamp

Another artist featured in Four Visions (see all artists below) was Hans Van de Bovenkamp, a Dutch-born internally known architectural designer and sculptor, who has designed, fabricated, and maintained unique sculptures, fountains, and installations in collaboration with architects and designers, producing over one hundred commissions. Small in scale, the works in this exhibition derive from his Menhir series and refer to monolithic form. Continue reading

Robert Richenburg

On September 10, 2009, Spanierman Gallery opened Four Visions, curated by Arlene Bujese, featuring four artists with intersecting careers and connections with Long Island. The artists were selected by Bujese a well-known presence in the East Hampton art world and the curator of the Ossorio Foundation.
Highlighted here is the work of one of the four artists: Robert Richenburg (1917-2006). Richenburg, who trained under Hans Hofmann, was a contemporary of Jackson Pollock, and belonged to “The Club,” along with Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline. Continue reading