| June 6, 2017 | Culture
These five galleries should be on your can't-miss list this summer.
Grant Haffner, Mohawk Trail, 2017, at Roman Fine Art.
A notable newcomer to the East End art scene is Roman Fine Art, which opened last fall in the former home of Vered Gallery. “We are not your typical Hamptons gallery,” says director Damien Roman, who focuses on emerging and midcareer artists whose work is characterized by “bold visual statements.” On May 27, he debuts a solo exhibition of dreamy landscapes by painter Grant Haffner. Expect those colorful country roads and sunset-lit skies to look familiar: Haffner is a local who grew up in Springs. 66 Park Pl., East Hampton, 917-797-8931
Traditional art-making and craft techniques are distorted rather than perfected in a new show of works by Glen Baldridge and Elias Hansen. On view through June 11, the joint exhibit includes marbled paintings with camouflaged text (Baldridge) as well as an exuberant chandelier consisting of illuminated beakers, flasks, and other repurposed laboratory glassware (Hansen). For Halsey McKay co-owner Ryan Wallace, the artists’ work pulses with “the spirit of centuries of DIY ne’er-do-wells and highly skilled craftsmen alike.” 74 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 604-5770
More than six decades after a Look magazine assignment took photojournalist Tony Vaccaro to the home of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, his long-lost images of the couple and other East End artists (the de Koonings, Larry Rivers, Fairfield Porter) have returned to Springs- Fireplace Road. On view through July 29 at the Pollock-Krasner House, the 20 photos—shown here for the first time—include a previously unknown color portrait of Pollock. “Tony’s work reflects his sensitivity to each individual,” says director Helen Harrison. Vaccaro, still working at age 94, “doesn’t manipulate his subjects,” she explains. “He allows them to be themselves.” 830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, 324-4929
Brooklyn-based sculptor Benjamin Keating works at the intersection of art and objecthood. Tripoli Gallery kicks off the summer with an exhibition of 20 new works by the artist, on view through June 18, including “paintings” of aluminum and maquettes in gleaming cast bronze. Owner Tripoli Patterson lauds Keating’s “ability to capture and crystallize memories and time” through objects that are at once fresh and familiar. 30A Jobs Lane, Southampton, 377-3715
Guild Hall Museum opens its summer season on June 17 with an exhibition of photographs by Taryn Simon. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Innocence Project (a nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform), the show re-examines Simon’s first major photo series, which documents the stories of men and women convicted of crimes they did not commit. Notes Simon, “Photography’s ambiguity, beautiful in one context, can be devastating in another.” 158 Main St., East Hampton, 324-0806
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY (STONED TO DEATH); COURTESY OF ROMAN FINE ART (MOHAWK TRAIL)