Saturday, September 15, 2018
The Creeks: Epicenter of the 1950s Hamptons Art Community
Lecture by artist Mike Solomon, Ossorio Foundation founding director
Hosted by Sheila Rogers
Aerial view of The Creeks
Alfonso Ossorio—artist, collector, and heir to a Philippine sugar fortune—expanded the consciousness of the East End arts community in its heyday, through his genius for the avant-garde. With his long-term partner Ted Dragon, they lived a storied life at The Creeks, their 57-acre estate on Georgica Pond. Their home became a mid-century center of the modern arts community which included Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning, and many others. Join us for this discussion with artist Mike Solomon, the leading expert on Ossorio and his one time studio assistant.
An art exhibit by the event speaker, “Mike Solomon: Variations,” will open at the same time and will be on view through October 12, in the Tom Twomey Gallery, adjacent to the to Baldwin Family Lecture Room. The exhibit will feature more than a dozen paintings and works on paper using non-traditional media such as resin and polyester films. Solomon’s work explores pattern, decoration and chance using three different compositional formats: plaid, cross-hatch, and Bokehs, which appropriate a photographic technique.
MIKE SOLOMON Mike Solomon has helped many artists and estates on the East End organize and preserve their art legacies. Solomon was the founding director of the Ossorio Foundation, and is the leading expert on Alfonso Ossorio. While maintaining his own career as an artist, he writes and lectures on various aspects of art and artists. His work is in many distinguished collections including Guild Hall Museum, the Parrish Art Museum, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Richard Meier, Pricilla Rattazzi, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Dan Flavin Jr. and Edward Albee. Solomon maintains studios on the North Fork and in Sarasota, Florida.