Showtime June 2012

Vered Contemporary

After more than three decades selling modern and contemporary masters, Vered Gallery in East Hampton has opened Vered Contemporary, a new component of their existing space, focused on emerging and mid-career artists. The venture’s debut exhibition, Art on the Edge 2012, is a survey of new contemporary art, featuring an exciting roster of talent, including Esao Andrews, Ray Caesar, Kris Kuksi, Elektra KB, Francesco Lo Castro, Steven Klein, Adam Handler, James Roper, Nathan Spoor, Shawn Huckins, Jeremy Earhart, Lu Cong, Jessica Lichtenstein and East End painters Grant Haffner and Peter Buchman. The provocative collection spans a wide variety of media and subject, from three-dimensional anime babes to fabric collage and mixed media sculpture. Few shows, if any, on the South Fork will be quite like this. Gallery owners Vered and Janet Lehr have appointed Damien Roman to helm the new project, which also features a large online component.

Vered Contemporary, 68 Park Place, East Hampton.
(631) 324-3303,

imageLittle Giant

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County is displaying Holocaust art in Ludovit Feld, the Little Giant: Artist, Rescuer, and Auschwitz Survivor through June 30. This premier American exhibition of work by Feld, a Slovakian artist who was enslaved by Nazi “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele at Auschwitz and used for medical experiments because he was a dwarf. Among the work on view for the first time in America is a collection of 12 never-before-seen drawings, including one of only two existing pieces drawn during Feld’s short time in the ghetto. The artist is credited with saving several children from Mengele before the Soviet Army finally liberated him in early 1945.

Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, 100 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove.
(516) 571-8040,

oliver peterson

Oliver Peterson, Associate Editor, writes and helps drive the visual arts coverage at Pulse. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in writing from Southampton College. He is an accomplished painter based on the East End of LI, where he lives with his wife and two dogs.