‘Artists Choose Artists’ Pairs Jurors’ Works With Works By Selected East End Artists


The third edition of the Parrish Art Museum’s biennial “Artists Choose Artists” exhibition, which displays the jurors’ artworks alongside works by selected artists, is on display now in Water Mill, and multiple opportunities to hear from and meet the artists are coming up.

The exhibition enlisted seven distinguished artists to act as jurors, each picking two East End artists from more than 200 submissions. The slate of 2016 jurors includes Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Donald Lipski, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Cindy Sherman and Leo Villareal.

“The jurors are all very accomplished, exciting artists and just to be in their company is a thrill,” said Ms. Barney, a photographer. The Rhode Island artist, who grew up summering in Southampton, hung two of her large-scale color portraits: “The Children’s Party” and “American Flag.”

Rather than choosing photographers, like herself, she selected two painters: Dinah Maxwell Smith and RJT Haynes. Ms. Smith’s works “Beach Picnic” and “Five Suits” and Mr. Haynes diptych “East & West” hang alongside Ms. Barney’s photographs, inviting comparison.

Ms. Barney explained that she chose these artists and their works because she saw similarities between their interests, and her own: “They’re narrative, they’re about people. There are human figures in the work, especially Dinah’s. The arrangement of the people is very much like mine—the clothes, the colors.” Formally and conceptually, the works have things in common with hers, she said, and “they just seemed like they go together.”

Though the works are paintings, she said they look like her photographs. She admitted that she tries her hand at painting, and Ms. Smith and Mr. Haynes paint they way she would like to paint.

“I don’t know if all the other artists did the same—had the same reasons to choose the artists they chose—but it all looked like that,” she said of viewing the exhibition.

The other selected East End artists are Garrett Chingery, Saskia Friedrich, Suzanne Anker, Ben Butler, Jackie Black, Marianne Weil, Anne Bae, Monica Banks, Bill Komoski, Toni Ross, Karin Waisman and Almond Zigmund.

“Artists Choose Artists” is on display through January 16. Three gallery talks presented by artists in the exhibition are planned in the next two months. Ms. Anker, Mr. Butler, Mr. Komoski and Ms. Ross will talk Friday, December 16. Ms. Banks, Mr. Chingery and Ms. Friedrich will take part Friday, January 6. Ms. Black, Ms. Weil and Ms. Zigmund will take part Friday, January 13. Admission to each talk is $10, $8 for seniors, or free for children, students and Parrish members. The programs start at 6 p.m.

Studio visits with many of the chosen artists are documented in a half-hour video available at parrishart.org.

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