Hamptons Art: Past & Present

A slice of Hamptons art is on view at Guild Hall in East Hampton. But catch it quick —the exhibition is on view through January 17, 2010.

ac.qui.si.tions is an array of art that recently became part of the museum’s permanent collection. The sprawling show brings past and present together and lovingly meanders through the spectrum. All are recent addition to Guild Hall’s collection.

Thirty-five artists are represented. The art was created from 1925 (by painter James Britton) to 2008 (by photographer and painter David Gamble).


There’s plenty of landscapes and abstract art—both genres are favorites of Hamptons artists. So are artists with reputations.

Famous artists show up as muse or maker of art. Robert Motherwell, Hans Namuth, Fairfield Porter and Ibram Lassaw all have artwork on display.

Depicted in photographs are Chuck Close (by Linda Alpern), Andy Warhol (by David Gamble) and Roy Lichtenstein (by Laurie Lambrecht). Actress Elizabeth Taylor makes an appearance, courtesy of artist Howard Kanovitz.

The show doesn’t stall on the expected or rely on star power. Emerging and established each have their place in ac.qui.si.tions. Artists include Claus Hoie, Helen Hoie, Stephanie Brody Lederman, Peter Dayton, Jim Dine, Jimmy Ernst, Cornelia Foss, William King, Cynthia Knott, David Slivka and Darius Yektai.

When the exhibition closes, the artwork has a chance to travel in exhibitions around the country courtesy of the East Hampton museum.

Guild Hall is open Friday through Sunday through the winter. For information, visit http://www.guildhall.org.

pat rogers

Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.