South Etna Montauk Gallery To Premiere With “Painting Is Painting’s Favorite Food: Art History As Mu… | The Arts

The village of Montauk, a famous artist community, will be welcoming a new gallery this summer. The South Etna Montauk, a new exhibition space created by Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann, will host their debut presentation Painting is Painting’s Favorite Food: Art History as a Muse from Thursday, July 16. The exhibition is curated by Alison M. Gingeras and will explore the various ways artists use art history as a central muse.

The exhibition includes works by Derrick Adams, Glenn Brown, Scott Covert, John Currin, Jesse Edwards, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Rachel Feinstein, Luis Flores, Doreen Garner, Clarity Haynes, Lyle Ashton Harris, Jane Kaplowitz, Karen Kilimnik, Dennis Kardon and Chris Oh Borna Sammak, Peter Saul, Sally Saul, Betty Tompkins, Piotr Uklański and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

“By disconnecting from physical access to the treasures we normally consider accessible in museums and galleries, this unprecedented period of limitation has made us more aware of how much we feed on art history as part of our regular visual and intellectual work at this inaugural exhibition in southern Etna Montauk – whose kilimnik-like Faux-Tudor facade is an expression of “architecture is architecture’s favorite food” – is an homage to our collective need for food from art and art history, “explained Gingeras.

The exhibition shows a range of strategies by artists who metabolize the past in their work. Some of the works on display embody art-historical associations, such as Doreen Garner’s body sculptures, which bring together the legacy of Harmony Hammond, Paul Thek and Alberto Burri. Clarity Haynes’ photorealistic depictions of the torso of queer women seem to inherit their compositional power and technical virtuosity from the work of Dominico Gnoli, while Hadi Fallahpisheh’s Untitled (Artist-Critic) photogram takes a liberty by telling an untitled drawing by Philip Guston.

The South Etna Montauk is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. Social distancing is followed as per recommended guidelines to ensure the health and safety of employees and visitors.

Southern Etna Montauk is located at 6 South Etna Avenue in Montauk. More information is available at

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