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Remembering Long Point: A Panel Discussion with Varujan Boghosian and Member-Artists
In conjunction with the exhibition, Long Point: An Artists' Place,
curated by Mary E. Abell, Ph.D., four of the founding artist members
will discuss their experiences over the 21 years that they were members
of the prominent, cooperative gallery (1977- 1998)
Join Varujan Boghosian, Carmen Cicero, Edward Giobbi and Paul Resika for a panel discussion on the renowned gallery.
Point was founded by, run by and subsidized by the gallery's
member-artists. They curated and hung their own shows, planned the
openings, designed the announcements cards, organized parties, and hired
a director to maintain gallery hours and handle organizational
responsibilities. Regular meetings kept everyone abreast of gallery
business. Historically, Long Point is important because of the
reputation of its artists, its longevity, and its positive impact on
the Provincetown art scene. It is particularly renowned for the harmony
and camaraderie among its members.
Join the distinguished critic John Yau for a gallery
on Motherwell's work and life. John Yau is a poet, fiction writer,
critic, editor, and publisher of Black Square Editions, an award winning
press, which has published poetry, fiction, criticism, and
translations. His latest books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns
(Distributed Art Publishers 2008), Egyptian Sonnets
(Rain Taxi, 2012), and Further Adventures in Monochrome
(Copper Canyon Press, 2012). After being the longtime Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2007- 2011), he left to start the online journal Hyperallergic Weekend, where he frequently posts his essays. Recently, he contributed an essay to
Robert Motherwell: Open (21 Publishing, 2010). He teaches at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) and lives in New York.
year marks the 70th anniversary of Robert Motherwell's first visit to
Provincetown and the 50th anniversary of the creation of his Beside the Sea series, based on his experiences living and working overlooking Provincetown's bay and tidal flats.
In celebration of these milestones, PAAM will present the landmark exhibition, Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea,
curated by Lise Motherwell and Daniel Ranalli; the exhibition features
rare work created by the artist in his Provincetown studio during the
summer of 1962 until his death in 1991. This is the first major
exhibition of Motherwell's work on Cape Cod and provides a
neverbefore-seen look at many pieces held in private collections.
Opening Fri. Aug. 10, 2012, 6-8 pm, on exhibit until Oct. 31
Robert Callahan established himself as a leader in the world of miniatures early on in his career. Fashioning one inch scale reproductions of period furniture and accessories his work was featured in numerous publications including LIFE magazine. Recognized by collectors and museums for his precise detail, his work was added to many collections around the world. Roberts recent work pays homage to those early years by painting miniature landscapes of Cape Cod on antique ivory piano keys. Using scrimshaw, the traditional maritime art form, Robert creates fine details in the work. He then painstakingly watercolors the sky, seas and sands of the lower cape that he calls home. Each work is unique as the grain in the ivory reflects thru the paint. These miniature works of art draw the observer in to them to take a closer look, just as the Cape draws us to it.
is pleased to announce the fourth exhibition in our fifth season
featuring a duo show with recent paintings by Erik Laffer and Luanne
Erik Laffer continues to amaze viewer with the colors and designs in
oil on canvas. Erik Laffer, the seventh of eight children, was born
in Smithtown, New York, in 1982. At the age of three, his family
moved to a small town in upstate New York, where he lived until he
was 14. The family moved again, to Delmar, a suburb of Albany, New
York, and Erik has been moving ever since.
my nomadic background, it’s almost natural that I’ve come to
express myself—rather look to shape my identity and better
understand myself—in maps. While my early landscapes and figurative
works were influenced by the rural environment I grew up in, as well
as the feelings of isolation I felt as a child with a learning
disability, the representational abstracts that make up my current
Cartography Series are not so much a study of emotion, as my earliest
works were, but more of a logical and experimental exploration of
where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I hope to be tomorrow.”
goal with the Cartography paintings is to, as J.B. Harley writes,
“redescribe the world,” or at least the small world of Erik
Laffer. And just as there is a language of map making, there is style
and body of symbols in my paintings that define the landscape of each
work and identify my struggle to understand self, family, home, and
culture: boats, clocks, buildings, bridges, anatomy, arrows, and,
among many others, lines, color, and texture.”
Witkowski’s art is strongly influenced by the shore and woodlands
of outer Cape Cod, Maine, and Nova Scotia. Her ‘research
sketchbook’ consists of documentary photography and video of
environmental installations Luanne creates as references for her
mixed and multi-media works in painting, photography, and video
projection. Prismatic refraction, reflection, projection and
mirroring/doubling are all used as strategies for creating a
perceptual and spiritual relationship with Place as locus for
recognition of and solace for the self. This traditional American
approach to the identification of the individual with landscape is
enlarged by a desire to discover and contact the particular
indwelling essence or energy of a particular place. The energy of
place is directly expressed in living ecosystems of plants and
animals. Growth and interdependent activity are found in an infinite
variety. The fragile systems of beauty and power that exist in the
natural world are accessible through the creative process of
perception and felt by us when we allow ourselves to relax and use
our five senses.
intuitively to create abstract contemplative pieces that are rooted
in and extracted from landscape and experience, Luanne’s work is
process-driven, using traditional and nontraditional materials.
Luanne incorporates the very elements that influence and inspire
–clay, pigment, chemistry, technology– engaging her to embrace
the impact, to understand, to mingle the place in the piece and piece
in the place.
E Witkowski is a studio and environmental installation artist and
Wellfleet & Provincetown, MA) with works in collections
throughout the United
and abroad. She offers Basic Training Workshops for Artists and
Creative People publicly and produced large scale environmental
installations in Wellfleet & Provincetown MA; Deer Isle, ME; and
Ingonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
is the Communication Design Studio Manager at Massachusetts College
of Art and Design, a faculty member of the Critical & Creative
Thinking (CCT) graduate program at the University of Massachusetts,
Boston, and an internet entrepreneur and business owner. The artist
received a BFA from MassArt and an MA from the University
ofMassachusetts. In 2010 she received a Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Lifetime of Arts and Commercial Achievement Recognition.
Robert Motherwell: Beside the Seaat
Provincetown Art Association and Museum is first major exhibition of
the artist's work on Cape Cod, and offers glimpse of rarely
seen work created in Motherwell's
On view at PAAM July 20-September 30 with a free opening reception on Friday, July 20 from 8-10pm
Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is thrilled to present
an exhibition of work by Robert Motherwell this summer, July
20-September 30, 2012. Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea,
curated by Lise Motherwell and Daniel Ranalli, will present rare work
created by the artist in his Provincetown studio during the summer of
2012 is a milestone
year as it marks the 70th anniversary of the artist's first visit to
Provincetown, Massachusetts and the 50th anniversary of the creation of
his Beside the Sea series, based on his experiences living in
the small outer Cape Cod town. This is the first major exhibition of
Motherwell's work on Cape Cod and provides a never before-seen look at
many pieces held in private collections.
The art of Robert
Motherwell has national and international significance and is included
in the collections of numerous national and international institutions
as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of
American Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National d'art Moderne in
Paris, France; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Tate
Modern in London, England; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina
Sofia in Madrid, Spain; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC;
Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and numerous private collections.
Distinguished critic John Yau writes in his essay Beside the Sea: Robert Motherwell in Provincetown
how Motherwell drew direct inspiration for this series from what he
observed from his sea-side studio on Commercial Street in Provincetown.
To illustrate, he points to a conversation Motherwell had with art
historian H. H. Arnason:
years my summer studio has been directly on the bay in Provincetown on
Cape Cod. There is a 900-foot tidal flat, and, just as one can play
ball games at low tide, at high tide the sea in a high wind breaks against
bulkhead in violent spray. In the Beside the Sea Series, I made the
painted spray with such physical force that the strong rag paper split,
and it was only when I found rag paper laminated with glue in five layers
that the surface could take the full force of my shoulder, arm, hand,
and brush without splitting. One might say that the true way to 'imitate'
nature is to employ its own processes."
PAAM will be offering
several public programs to accompany this significant exhibition with
lectures by Jack Flam, president of the Dedalus Foundation which was
founded by Robert Motherwell to foster public understanding of modern
art and Modernism; John Yau, art critic and author of the distinguished
essay Beside the Sea: Robert Motherwell in Provincetown; and Catherine Mosley, artist and Motherwell's Master Printmaker from 1978-1991.
Exhibiting concurrently with the Motherwell show is Long Point: An Artists' Place,
curated by Mary E. Abell and featuring the work of numerous artists
from the legendary co-op gallery, including Motherwell himself who was
one of the founders in 1977.
The opening reception for Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea
is Friday, July 20 from 8-10pm and is free and open to the public. This
exhibition is on display from July 20-September 30, 2012.