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By Lauren Epstein | June 17, 2016 | Culture
Crush Curatorial turns its gaze on the abstract work of Hamptons-based artists in a new exhibit.
Taro Suzuki United, 2016.
A thriving art scene has taken root and grown out East as artists have discovered inspiration in the local scenery, as well as larger spaces in which to work than cramped New York City studios. The movement has helped establish the Hamptons as a cultural hub all its own, rather than a mere extension of the New York scene. In celebration, Crush Curatorial— an artist-run project in Amagansett founded by Karen Hesse Flatow— presents “Territory,” an exhibition of work by abstract artists with ties to the East End. “Most of the artists in ‘Territory’ live out East or split their time between the Hamptons and New York City,” says Henry Brown, an abstract painter who curated the exhibit with Flatow and fellow painter Li Trincere. “The work represents abstract-art practices that are relevant today and the long-standing influence both geographic locations have had on each other.” With work from more than 20 artists covering a wide range of abstraction, “Territory” is a dynamic collection that practically sends energy pulsating through the walls of the renovated potato barn it’s displayed in. Pieces like Amanda Church’s vibrant Untitled Interaction (which Brown says “straddles the edge between abstraction and representation”) and Almond Zigmund’s geometric Block Print I (“a combination of both physical and illusionistic space”) not only excite and impress; they also provide ample evidence of the formidable caliber of art being created in the Hamptons. On display June 18–19 and June 25–26 from noon to 6 pm, 68A Schellinger Road, Amagansett
photography Courtesy of the artist