CURRENT

SEA SHOW

Dates

July 30 – August 28, 2022

Opening reception: Saturday, July 30, 4-7 pm

 

Location

22 Winter Street

Edgartown

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Winter Street Gallery is pleased to present Sea Show, an exhibition featuring 25 artists addressing themes around the ocean. For centuries a fertile source of inspiration to artists, the sea and its environs are newly animated in fresh and unexpected ways by the artworks presented. On view from July 30 to August 28, the exhibition is accompanied by a new essay by Reilly Davidson, an excerpt of which follows below:

Artists have wrestled with seascapes since antiquity, though there was a notable uptick in popularity during the Dutch Golden Age. Painters of this era sought to announce the region’s newfound trading powers alongside exploring the subject’s technical potential. Depictions of the sea subsequently came to represent the beauty of nature, time, tranquility, freedom, narrative accounts, and the like. However, as styles shift, so does the subject. The genre has waxed and waned avant-garde sentiment in more recent years, as its history has been challenged by abstract and conceptual artists alike. 

Sea Show presents a myriad of image-makers assembled in order to reconcile the past, present, and future of maritime painting. Here, disparate parts combine to create a succinct vision of the seascape. 

The considerable range of artists on view have been called upon to uphold the seascape genre’s durability and favorable prospects. Collisions between mediums and ranging interests elicit new patterns of dialogue between multigenerational image-makers. A firm mutualism is established by way of context, as Martha’s Vineyard provides a chance interaction between these works and a real coastal topography.

Gertrude Abercrombie, Ana Benaroya, Dike Blair, Katherine Bradford, Ann Craven, Carroll Dunham, Louis Eisner, Jane Freilicher, Maureen Gallace, Elizabeth Jaeger, Merlin James, Allison Katz, Robert Longo, Sam McKinniss, Alina Perez, Loïc Raguénès, Kenny Rivero, Wilhelm Sasnal, Dash Snow, Tabboo!, Rachel Eulena Williams, Nicole Wittenberg, Joseph E. Yoakum, Coco Young, Jack Yuen

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SELECTED WORKS

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Gertrude Abercrombie
Untitled, 1956
Oil on masonite
3 × 3 1/2 in (7.6 × 8.9 cm)

 

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Joseph E. Yoakum
Lake Ferth of Fourth Eastern Ireland. WE, n.d. 
Colored pencil and ballpoint pen on paper
12 × 18 in (30.5 × 45.7 cm)

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Nicole Wittenberg
Cradle Cove, 2022
Oil on canvas
48 × 60 in (121.9 × 152.4 cm)

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Maureen Gallace
October wave, 2022
Acrylic on paper
10 × 13 in (25.4 × 33 cm) 

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Merlin James
Demosthenes, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
15 3/4 × 16 in (40 × 40.6 cm)

Alina Perez
Under the Sea, 2022 
Charcoal and pastel on paper 
12 × 18 in (30.5 × 45.7 cm)

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Tabboo!
Suddenly Last Summer, 2021
Acrylic on paper
22 1/4 × 29 7/8 in (56.5 × 75.9 cm) 

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Elizabeth Jaeger
Fish Stand (3), 2021
Hand-blown glass, copper, blackened steel 
58 × 30 × 10 in (147.3 × 76.2 × 25.4 cm)