Water Mill, NY
Connections and Context features significant recent acquisitions, some of which mark the introduction of artists new to the Museum’s collection, as well as works that have not been shown in the Museum’s current building in Water Mill (opened November 2012). Some 70 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper are presented in nine thematic, mini-narratives that explore the concept of dialogue—how artworks interact with one another while claiming individual visual territory.
The thematic exhibitions provide insight into relationships among works of art and artists. Home Sweet Home explores every notion of home—from serenity, to instability, to a whimsical take on domesticity. In Collective Conversation, four works spanning 50 years explore architecture, geometry, solid form, and fleeting gesture.
Inscape - The Inner Nature of Things contrasts twelve artists’ diverse approaches to expressing emotion through abstraction, ranging from basic forms combined with loose, expressive lines to pure abstract gesture. American Views provides a fresh look at landscape, both real and imagined, though late 19th and early 20th century paintings.
Three groupings of photographs installed in the spine gallery provide contrast and context, from the philosophical investigation of nature and perception in five large-scale photographs by Jean-Luc Mylayne, to the opportunity to reconsider everyday surroundings in Close to Home to the intimate collaboration between subject and photographer in Picturing Artists.
Exhibition overview from the Parrish Art Museum website.