11.25/ Parrish Art: The Permanent Collection — Materiality and Process, thru October 30, 2017

Parrish Name # C 20914


Leon Polk Smith (American, 1906–1996), “Edge of Black“, 1959. Oil on canvas. 68 x 48 inches (oval). Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y. Gift of the Leon Polk Smith Foundation-Trust, 1999.6

The Permanent Collection: Materiality and Process

November 4, 2016 to October 30, 2017

Since opening the new building in Water Mill in November, 2012, the Parrish has celebrated its anniversary by presenting a new installation of the permanent collection—a practice that affords multiple opportunities to reimagine the Museum’s 3,000 diverse holdings in painting, sculpture, and works on paper including photography. These exhibitions provide a contemporary lens through which to view art works from the collection that are brought together in a new and unexpected context. This fifth installation, Materiality and Process, explores materials and the hand of the artist, bringing substance and gesture to the fore through a series of thematic mini-exhibitions introduced in the Esteban Vicente Foundation Gallery with Truth to Materials

The works here have diverse characteristics but one common aspect–enthusiastic use of tactile materials and willing revelation of the physical process of art making. Truth to Materials features important new acquisitions including works by Josh Tonsfeldt and Kim MacConnel. Tonsfeldt’s sculpture Untitled, made with alligator hide, wood, acrylic, and glass, invites viewers to walk around, contemplate, and piece together the strategically placed sensual materials designed to evoke memory. For Jingle, MacConnel paints an unprimed fabric that is cut into strips and sewn together to create a large wall hanging in jumpy Matisse-like patterns and colors. Truth to Materials features iconic works from the Parrish collection such as Alan Shields’s  Devil, Devil Love, where painting is taken off the wall and canvas off the stretcher. Louise Nevelson’s Untitled, with intricately cut pieces and found objects, transcends space and transforms the viewer’s perception of art. 

The Permanent Collection 2017 installation is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Maren Otto, and the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation.


Kim MacConnel (American, born 1946), “Jingle“, 1980. Acrylic on cotton 103 x 108 inches. Parrish Art Museum Gift of Anonymous donor.

Parrish Name # C 20914



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