Monday, September 2, 2013


Tripoli Gallery in Southampton is currently featuring a group exhibition entitled Water. Tripoli Patterson curates a combination of artwork spanning generations proving that great art knows no era. A William Merritt Chase hangs beautifully near works by Nathalie Shepherd. A painting by Billy Sullivan, his dog "Red" running on the beach, directs your eye to the beautiful crystal sculpture by Maya Lin.
Maya Lin, Blue Wave, 2013 Crystal 1 1/2 x 14 x 14 1/2 inches
Edition of 12
photo by Kerry Ryan McFate from here
Red on the Run by Billy Sullivan
2012, Oil on Linen, 30" x 42" photo from here
Maya Lin's crystal sculpture Blue Wave is an intimate piece reminiscent of the monumental Storm King Wavefield located at the Storm King Art Center. A photo of the Storm King Wavefield from the New York Times article below. The Blue Wave is one of a rare Edition of 12.
Storm King Wavefield by Maya Lin photo and article here.
Water is the exhibition's theme
The Shower by Darias Yektai, 41 3/4" x 32 1/2 "
oil and gesso on canvas and board, 2008
photo from here
Los la Butte (Tidewater Series) Keith Sonnier (1994)
Mixed media, neon, found objects
Stephan Bondell
Bathing Beauty in the City of New York and Waxed Up
by Nathalie Shepherd (2013)
Oil on Canvas 10" x 8 " and 18" x 24"
William Merritt Chase
White Sands by Darius Yektai (2013) 12 1/4" x 18 1/2"
Oil and spray enamel on paper
Wind Chop I - IV by James de Pasquale
Acrylic on Canvas and Denril (2008)
closer look at Wind Chop (photo from here)
Untitled Lola Montes Schnabel (2006)
Silkscreen and Xerox transfer on Japanese paper 23 3/8" x 27 7/17"
Beach by Fairfield Porter (c.1974)
Oil on Canvas 13 3/4" x 13 1/2"
Parrish Art Museum
Smoking Ships at Sea by Thomas Moran (1907)
Watercolor and Pencil on paper
23 1/2 "x 19 1/2"
Lola Montes Schnabel's painting is untitled which leaves the viewer unprompted as to what she sees. It could have been the proximity of Moran's painting but, I see a ship engulfed by wind and flames on a stormy sea. To me, both Schnabel and Moran's works evoke an atmosphere similar to J.M. Turner's striking painting from 1840. Turner's painting Slave Ship, depicts an unthinkable and horrible event through the medium of paint. Water as a place of danger. 
Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On)
J.M. Turner (1840) Oil on Canvas 35 3/4" x 48 1/4"
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Matisse Patterson creates mixed media pieces inspired by and including artifacts found at local bodies of water. Mecox incorporates a sampling of water and sand from Mecox Bay.
Mecox by Matisse Patterson (2013)
Mixed Media 12" x 5 1/2"
Sting Ray by Willem de Kooning (1971)
Lithograph on Suzuki paper 51 1/2" x 37"
private collection
Water as sustainer of life.
Starfish by Marsden Hartley (c.1938)
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"
Tripoli Patterson did a phenomenal job curating this collection of pivotal artists from the 19th to the 21st century. I enjoyed seeing pieces that I had never seen before by artists that I was familiar with as well as discovering the work of talented new artists. The show runs until September 9th. For more information:
30A Jobs Lane in Southampton, NY 11968
Tripoli Patterson
we are inspired by it
we love it
we fear it
we require it to live

Tripoli Gallery is donating 10% of sale proceeds to Whole World Water.
this afternoon
the light on the pool surface
thinking of Maya Lin's Blue Wave 

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