Parrish Art: Andy Warhol Foundation Grant Announced for Radical Seafaring






On View in Spring 2016, Radical Seafaring is a Survey of Projects on the Water by 25 Artists

unnamedSwoon (American, born 1977). Old Hickory, 2009. Mixed Media, 20’ x 20’ x 20’ Photo: Tod Seelie

The Parrish Art Museum has been awarded a $65,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of the exhibition Radical Seafaring, a survey of artists’ projects on the water, on view at the Museum from May 8 through July 24, 2016. The Museum was one of sixteen art institutions in New York State to receive a 2015 Warhol Foundation award, which was announced on June 5.

“I am very grateful to the Warhol Foundation, a longtime advocate for artists and freedom of expression, for encouraging and supporting Radical Seafaring, an exhibition that defines a new zone of creative practice in contemporary art,” stated Andrea Grover, exhibition curator and the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish.

“It is gratifying that the Andy Warhol Foundation recognizes and shares the Parrish Art Museum’s vision and excitement for this ambitious project as well as a publication,” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan. “We are proud to include the Foundation as a distinguished partner in our realization of this initiative.”

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987 in accordance with late artist’s request that his estate be used to establish a foundation “for the advancement of Visual Art.” The Foundation’s grant-making activity is focused on the creation, presentation, and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature.

According to Rachel Bers, Program Director of the Warhol Foundation, “The Foundation is very pleased to support Radical Seafaring, a timely gathering of important work from the last 50 years that not only gives a historical overview of a significant strand of artistic practice but demonstrates contemporary artists’ creative engagement with a pressing social, ecological, political and aesthetic concern of our time: our relationship to water.”

Radical Seafaring is a multidisciplinary exhibition, publication, and program initiative that will include two-dimensional works, sculptural objects, vessels, models, films, and videos, and on- and off-site commissions. Under Grover’s direction, Radical Seafaring will feature the work of 25 artists including Bas Jan Ader, Ant Farm, Chris Burden, Mare Liberum, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Robert Smithson, Simon Starling, and Swoon.

The exhibition begins with conceptual and performance art of the 1960s and ‘70s and extends to recent artistic research and site-specific works that involve relocating the studio, the laboratory, or the performance space to the water. Parallel to the exhibition, field activities created in collaboration with artists will connect to communities and the region’s history, opening the door for complex conversations on art, the environment, the development of coastal areas, and the long-term impact on life and the biosphere.

A fully illustrated, 186-page catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with essays by Grover, Sultan, Alexander Dumbadze, and other invited scholars and writers, and will include full bios and bibliographies of the participating artists.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Andy Warhol Foundation

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987. In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation is committed to the precept that the arts are essential to an open, enlightened democracy. It therefore seeks to advance an inclusive cultural dialogue by providing resources to organizations that support artists reflecting a diverse society and by affirming that freedom of artistic expression is fundamental to such a society and must be vigorously protected. To advance these values, grants are awarded to not-for-profit organizations in the United States and occasionally abroad under specific guidelines.


Radical Seafaring is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Generous support has also been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, an ADAA Foundation Curatorial Award and the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.


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