Season Opener Michael Boyd, Sydney Butchkes, Jorge Fick, Howard Kanovitz, Ted Kurahara, Kyle Morris, Tony Robbin, Miriam Schapiro, and Mia Fonssagrives Solow
May 26 – June 18, 2017 | Opening Reception: Friday, May 26, 2017, 6 – 8PM
Eric Firestone Gallery: 4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
EAST HAMPTON, NY: Eric Firestone Gallery is pleased to present Season Opener, an exhibition to mark the beginning of summer with a selection of works exploring the gallery’s commitment to fostering a dialogue between historic and contemporary art. An opening reception will be held this Friday evening, May 26th from 6-8PM. Following a winter of discovery, we will showcase work by artists new to our program alongside artists who have come to define the gallery’s curatorial voice in recent exhibitions.
Season Opener presents previously unseen works by the pioneering feminist artist Miriam Schapiro and leading photorealist Howard Kanovitz, as well as new sculpture by Mia Fonssagrives Solow, and key works from the estate of Sagaponack-based artist Sydney Butchkes. Additionally, the gallery introduces several artists new to its roster, notably Michael Boyd, whose atmospheric gradient paintings are also on view in a solo exhibition at the gallery’s New York City loft. New York School artist Kyle Morris’ paintings embody the artistic incubator of mid-century East Hampton, where he spent time with fellow abstract expressionists. Ted Kurahara’s debut with the gallery features minimalist monochromes that highlight a seventy-year career as an artist and mentor to younger generations of artists including Michael Boyd. Finally, Tony Robbin, whose work has been shown extensively since his 1974 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum, is a founding member of the Pattern and Decoration movement and one of the earliest artists to incorporate computers in his artistic practice. The works in Season Opener span nearly half a century as the gallery continues to explore new perspectives on historic and contemporary art.