Ann Madonia Antiques in Southampton is currently showing a collection of Nicolai Cikovsky paintings. The collection includes Long Island landscapes as well as the portrait, Woman in Red.
In 1942, Cikovsky visited the North Sea area of Southampton, Long Island, at the inviation of Russian-born painter David Burliuk. Attracted to the region, which had been a haven for artists since the late nineteenth century, he began spending his summers there, creating landscapes and beach scenes in oil, watercolor and tempura. He moved to Southampton permanently in the late 1970s, residing in a cottage on Wooley Pond. In his Long Island pictures, Cikovsky took greater interest in color and lights, as painter Raphael Soyer observed: "For me it was wonderful to watch Nick Cikovsky paint the white beaches, the ponds, the potato fields of Long Island. He loves moving clouds, shimmering sunlight on rippling water, and the multi-colored flowers in his own garden... If one could consider painting as poetry, then Nicolai Cikovsky may be called the poet of Long Island." Not surprisingly, Cikovsky's later work set an example for a number of Long Island painters, among them Jane Freilicher and Fairfield Porter. - from Spanierman Gallery biography here
Woman in Red by Nicolai Cikovsky c1961
Susan Madonia is planning to host a special event with an art historian to speak about Cikovsky and the Hampton Bays Art Group which consisted of David Burliuk, Raphael Soyers, Milton Avery, George Constant, Arshile Gorky and others. (via here) I will post details on the new Painting the Hamptons Facebook page when I receive them.
Ann Madonia Antiques
36 Jobs Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
It was rainy weekend here. Perfect weather for a gallery visit, browse in the shops or tea at home with a good book. I am reading the very interesting "The Value of Art" by Michael Findlay.
What were you up to?