Lawrence Fine Art will showcase work by Daniel LaRue Johnson, Paul Resika, Howard Schatz, Amaranth Ehrenhalt and others at the upcoming Market Art and Design, July 6-9, in Bridgehampton. This is the gallery's second year presenting at the fair.
"We are proud and pleased to be presenting such strong artists to the collecting public in the Hamptons," said Gallery Director Howard Shapiro. "Game on."
African-American artist Daniel LaRue Johnson is known for his politically charged collages and sculpture, as well as for his hard-edge geometric abstractions. His work will appear in the upcoming Tate Modern exhibition "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" which opens July 12. Although he and his wife the artist Virginia Jarmillo have lived in New York for many years, he is closely associated with Los Angeles’s African American artist movement of the mid-20th century, which developed as a response to the country’s social, political, and economic changes.
"This is an opportunity for collectors in the Hamptons to become acquainted with a significant figure in the world of African-American artists and the world of art in general," said Shapiro.
The gallery will also present work by noted art photographer Howard Schatz. Schatz's work was included in the 2016 Brooklyn Museum exhibition "Who Shot Sports." Schatz has devoted his life to exploring aspects of vision, first as a retinal specialist and then, beginning in his late 40s, as a professional photographer. He has published more than 25 books and is the recipient of numerous awards.
"Dark Houses" is an iconic work by Paul Resika that the gallery will exhibit during the fair. A student of Hans Hofmann, his later work is known for its reductive qualities, that is, a focus on color and volume to tell the story with nothing extraneous added.
Finally, the gallery will show select sculpture and paintings by Amaranth Ehrenhalt. Ehrenhalt's work was part of an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum in 2016 that focused on the "Women of Abstract Expressionism."
"Amaranth's work is a living example of why the story of the post-WWII painters is still incomplete. Too many women were excluded in the first round of the telling, but not in the second round," said Shapiro.