Sunday, November 18, 2012

The New Parrish Art Museum

Last weekend we had a chance to visit the reopened Parrish Art Museum in its new home on Montauk Highway in Watermill. It exceeded all of my expectations. Soaring space, plenty of natural light and the wonderful paintings from the permanent collection on view! The old location in downtown Southampton was very special and lovely, but there wasn't enough space to hold special exhibitions and also show their collection. It was difficult parting with that space, but now they can curate both. The Herzog and de Meuron designed barn-like building looks huge, but perfect in the former farm field setting. After going through Hurricane Sandy and a Nor'easter the weeks before its opening, I'm sure the everyone involved was breathing a sigh of relief and celebrating that all went very well!
NY Times Review here
The museum is to the east of Duckwalk Wineries and across from the farm stand that has the huge pumpkin picking field. We attempted a visit on Sunday, but the parking lot was filled and cars were overflowing onto the side of the highway in both directions. Hurray! All of these people for a museum opening. A success! When we visited on Monday, Veteran's Day, it was perfection. Just inside the entrance is the check in desk, gift shop and cafe with the galleries branching off to the east.
Entry area
Cafe
Museum Store
 Soaring space and wonderful natural light. 
A great place to linger and enjoy the artwork.
There was a show on for Malcolm Morley 

Synthetic History, 1996 & Fallen Hero, 1997 by Malcolm Morley
The huge painting, "White Poppies with Flocked Centers 2002" by Donald Sultan reminded me of the Warhol we saw at ArtHamptons here
White Poppies with Flocked Centers by Donald Sultan
Loved this piece by Eric Fischl

Scarsdale, 1986 by Eric Fischl
There was a beautiful Robert Henri pastel on paper in the hall gallery.
At the Place of the Three Trees, 1918 by Robert Henri
There is finally a gallery dedicated to the museum's collection of paintings by William Merritt Chase. I was excited to finally see, "The Bayberry Bush" in person, one of the artists' most famous depictions of East End summer life.
The Bayberry Bush, ca. 1895 by William Merritt Chase 
Another beautiful piece by Merritt Chase that I had never seen:
Portrait of a Girl in Red Embroidered Jacket, ca. 1896 by William Merritt Chase
The museum's collection of paintings by Fairfield Porter now also have a gallery of their own.
Lizzie with Wild Roses, 1960 by Fairfield Porter
The famous painting of Porter's wife,  Anne is of course on display.
Anne in a Striped Dress, 1967 by Fairfield Porter

The gallery "American Views: Artists at Home and Abroad" features landscape paintings in the museum collection. Inspiring works by local artists of local scenes. Here are a just a few examples:
Entrance to Peconic Bay, 1902 by Edith Prellwitz

Scallop Boats, Peconic (ca.1910) by Irving Ramsey Wiles
Seeing Cikovsky's painting was like greeting an old friend.
The Inlet to Wooley Pond, 1945 by Nicolai Cikovsky

Three Trees in a Landscape with Water in the Foreground, 1992 by Jane Wilson
The Parrish Art Museum is open every day of the week except Tuesday. The museum is free on Wednesday and open until 8:00 pm on Friday night if you'd like to have a date night. They open at 11:00 am. See here for more details. I promise you will be impressed. 


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