Parrish Art Museum exhibit celebrates relationships among East End Artists

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Dinah Maxwell Smith, “FIVE SUITS REDUX,” 2016. Oil on canvas. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

If you’re an emerging artist, there’s probably no better compliment than being selected by a heavy-hitter in the field to have your work shown in a major museum.

That’s exactly what the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Artists Choose Artists exhibition is all about. The juried show is open to artists working in all media and living on the East End of Long Island. Seven distinguished artists serve as jurors, each selecting two artists for the exhibition from nearly 200 submissions. The show, which encourages fellowship among today’s multi-generational network of artists, also includes the work of the jurors.

The third iteration of the Artists Choose Artists exhibition opens this weekend at the Parrish with seven jurors, 14 selected artists, and two receptions. The first is a cocktail reception on Saturday, October 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The members reception follows on Sunday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a breakfast buffet. Both receptions with include a brief program featuring a screening of video clips from selected artist studio visits, and the opportunity to speak with artists, jurors, and curators in the galleries.

The exhibition will remain on display from Sunday, October 30 through January 16.

The 2016 Artists Choose Artists jurors are: Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Donald Lipski, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Cindy Sherman, Leo Villareal. The artists they have selected are: Dinah Maxwell Smith and RJT Haynes (by Tina Barney), Garrett Chingery and Saskia Friedrich (by Lynda Benglis), Suzanne Anker and Ben Butler (by Donald Lipski), Shelter Island’s Jackie Black and Marianne Weil (by Tony Oursler), Anne Bae and Monica Banks (by Jorge Pardo), Bill Komoski and Toni Ross (by Cindy Sherman), and Karin Waisman and Almond Zigmund (by Leo Villareal).

In addition to the work on view in the galleries, Parrish curators Corinne Erni and Alicia Longwell made visits to selected artists’ studios that were recorded on video. Those videos will be compiled into a film that will be presented at the opening receptions and available for viewing on the museum’s Vimeo page.

“Artists Choose Artists is not only a wonderful survey of the richness and diversity of artistic talent on the East End,” said  Erni, “but a great means to nurture relationships between artists who are at different stages of their career.”

Five of the artists participating in the exhibition — Suzanne Anker, Monica Banks, Ben Butler, Saskia Friedrich, and Karin Waisman — will also lead workshops as part of the museum’s annual Artist-in-Residence program. Through the Parrish Art Museum’s partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations, nearly 350 East End students will visit the exhibition, meet the artists, learn about their artistic practices, and make art that will be displayed in the Parrish’s 2017 Student Exhibition.

Gallery talks by the artists will be held at the museum from November 2016 through January 2017. On Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m., artists featured in the exhibition lead gallery talks. The program will be repeated on Friday, December 16 at 6 p.m.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Call (631) 283-2118. Visit parrishart.org for more information.