Watermill’s 8 acres will be open for the public to freely experience 27-site specific installations and performances interspersed amongst outdoor sculptures and artifact, providing a unique opportunity for the Hamptons community to meet artists from more than 30 countries participating in The Watermill Center’s International Summer Arts Program. The resident artists spend 5-6 weeks at Watermill exploring and collaborating on new ideas and endeavors under the guidance of Artistic Director, Robert Wilson.
Curated by Noah Khoshbin, Portraits of Lady Gaga by Robert Wilson features 23 video portraits that will remain on view at The Watermill Center through September 14th. The GAGA Portraits were shot in October 2013 in London and premiered the following month as part of Robert Wilson’s exhibition “Living Rooms” at the Louvre Museum in Paris that marked an unprecedented collaboration between the world’s quintessential museum and the artist who, in the words of Louis Aragon, is “what we, from whom surrealism was born, dreamed would come after and go beyond us.” That exhibition marked the first time the Louvre collaborated so closely with a contemporary artist and pop culture icon. This exhibition at The Watermill Center marks the portraits’ U.S. Debut. The portraits are largely influenced by three master paintings from the Louvre’s permanent collection: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Portrait of Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière (1806), Jacques-Louis David’s famed painting The Death of Marat (1806), and Andrea Solari’s The Head of Saint John the Baptist (1507). Another portrait, Flying, does not derive from the Louvre’s collection but is contemporary in nature while rooted in the ancient Japanese rope bondage Shibari.
Discover Watermill Day 2014 is free and open to the public, August 10th, 3-6 pm, and sponsored by John Varvatos. A portion of proceeds from John Varvatos East Hamptons sales will support The Watermill Center’s International Summer Arts Program.