7.31/ Sag Harbor Whaling Museum: Three Exhibits, Aug 5 / Sept 10

Three Exhibits

Opening Reception August 5th from 6pm to 8pm

Exhibits running from August 5th to September 10, from 10am to 5pm


Photo by Richard Doctorow.

Super Models! Curated by Richard Doctorow and Donald Sultan (also includes artwork inspired by the models)

Super Models will feature 15 ship and boat models from the collection of the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum – the most ever displayed at one time in our 80-year history.  Ranging in size from just 8 inches to over five feet in length, the show includes models of whale ships, steam boats, merchant ships, war ships and others. Many of the models are 19th century “sailor’s models” – models that were built on board ships by sailors in their spare time.

Exhibited along with the models are works by contemporary local artists, who have used the models as their inspiration to explore Long Island’s maritime heritage, and examine what these vessels might have meant to Sag Harbor’s citizens at a time when the village was home to the largest whaling fleet in New York State. Artists include C. Hjalmar “Cappy” Amundsen, Michael A. Butler, Vito DeVito, Terry Elkins, Jim Gingerich and Patton Miller.  All artworks are available for purchase; proceeds benefit The Museum.


Nantucket Sleigh Ride

Through the Spyglass: Turn of the Century Whaling – A Suite of Ten Etchings by Artist Vita DeVito – photo by Vito DeVito of his etching Nantucket Sleigh Ride.

The danger-laden voyages of whalers during the turn of the 19th century were legendary. This suite of ten etchings is a small sample of the varied lives these courageous men lead while hunting the largest animal on earth: the whale.

Etchings are created through an intricate process. A metal plate is engraved with an image and loaded with ink. Then, paper is applied, and pulled through an etching press to reveal an original piece of art. Each etching is then signed and numbered by the artist. The pieces in this series are limited to twelve artist proofs, with a regular run of 35. Once made, the etching plate is destroyed – eliminating any further production.

Prints are available for purchase, both individually and as a complete set.


The Steve Abramson Moby Dick Book & Print Collection (illustrations by Leroy Neiman, Preface by Jacques Cousteau).

The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is exhibiting the exquisite
folio-size limited edition of Moby Dick, published in 1975 by Water Mill resident, Steve Abramson.  This luxurious collector’s edition was limited to 1500 numbered copies, each signed by the pioneering oceanographer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and renowned artist, LeRoy Neiman. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 5th, with a reading of Captain Cousteau’s preface. The exhibit, which features the framed Neiman illustrations from the book, will continue through September 10th. The last remaining ten copies of this collector’s edition are available for purchase through The Museum during the exhibition.

LeRoy Neiman created thirteen illustrations, and Jacques Cousteau wrote the poetic preface for this very unique volume. Twelve of the illustrations, size 22” x 14”, were lithographed in five to eight color impressions, on a special material that does not absorb ink, giving these art prints exceptional density and brilliance.

The thirteenth illustration, appearing as the edition’s frontispiece, is a Neiman 27-color serigraph on handmade paper, and is hand-signed by Neiman. Captain Cousteau’s preface was reproduced in his own handwriting, and then was individually hand-signed by Cousteau.

For the text, five tons of lead type were set in Monotype hot metal and printed letterpress on special 100% cotton paper. The typeface is large 12-point Scotch Roman, an early nineteenth century design of considerable legibility and vigor, perfectly suited to the period of the story.

The 9-pound volume is hand-bound in rich brown morocco goat leather. The cover is decorated with a line rendering of Ahab, drawn by LeRoy Neiman and stamped in 24-karat gold.

LeRoy Neiman, whose work has been celebrated for capturing the excitement of sporting events and the whirl of celebrity life, considered illustrating Moby Dick a particular challenge: “Biblical in feeling, sacred in theme — only in this mood and way could I paint Moby Dick.”





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