The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages
formerly The Museums at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY
Long Island: Morning, Noon & Night
July 21 - September 16, 2001
A new exhibition featuring Long Island artists who have captured special qualities of light in their paintings opens on July 21 at The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages. Long Island: Morning, Noon & Night presents 50 original works by 33 local landscape artists. Organized by art historian Ronald G. Pisano (1948-2000) prior to his death, this exhibition is being presented in his memory in the main gallery of the art museum where it will remain on view through September 16, 2001.
Recognizing artistic interpretation of the full spectrum of light on Long Island, Long Island: Morning, Noon & Night showcases local artists who have painted early morning, twilight and night scenes. In his curatorial statement, Pisano notes that "The works represented have often been overlooked by curators and collectors in search of more popular landscapes drenched in sunshine." He further observes that the quality of light on Long Island is impacted by "specific atmospheric effects that contribute to the different aspects of light so evident in coastal regions. Local artists have effectively captured these effects in their work. " (left: Graham Nickson, Winter Light Sunrise, 2000, watercolor, 22 x 30 inches)
The exhibition begins with a morning theme. Among artists represented are Graham Nickson, Early Morning; Bruce Lieberman, Early Morning Sunflower for Ron (2000); and Leo Revi, Rescue Dory. Artists presenting an afternoon theme include Christian White, Box Hill in Snow #2 (1995); Wendy Prellwitz, In the Rows (2000) and Simon Parkes, Cranberry Hole Road, Ammagansett, mid-day (1999). Night is captured in a painting by Pat Ralph entitled Heading West (1998) and in Cedars in Moonlight (2001) by Janet Culbertson. Other artists include Don Resnick, Along the Shore - Night Fall (2000) and Paul Georges, Poxabog Twilight (1975). (left: Christian White, Sunset Over Nissequogue, 1996, oil on linen)
The leading art historian of landscape paintings on Long Island, Pisano wrote several books and curated many exhibitions dealing with the subject matter. According to William Ayres, The Long Island Museum's Director of Collections and Interpretation, "Ron Pisano's love of art and his respect for artists in the region will never be forgotten by the many artists whose work he championed. Long Island: Morning, Noon & Night, his last exhibition, will further inform museum-goers of his special insight into the depth and diversity of contemporary landscape painting on Long Island." (left: Bruce Lieberman, Early Morning Sunflower for Ron, 2000)
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