Skarstedt Gallery Opens New Space in East Hampton with KAWS, Condo, Kruger and More
Skarstedt Gallery recently opened a new gallery space located in East Hampton at 66 Newtown Lane, near the town's gallery district with a group showcase that was originally planned for their Art Basel, Switzerland presentation. The 1,500 square foot space opened on June 17 with an inaugural exhibition that including works by heavyweights George Condo, Willem de Kooning, Eric Fischl, KAWS, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Rebecca Warren and Christopher Wool.
Following the global shifts with the pandemic, and especially in the NY area, Skarstedt Gallery's East Hampton showroom is hoping to be a place for clients to come in and experience artworks firsthand, in person, again. Open to the public, the new space works with a 10-person-at-a-time capacity rule in place, and all guests must wear the face mask, which can be provided by the gallery should guests arrive without.
The presentation includes Under the Earth, the latest work by David Salle, which depicts a stylized Edenic scene in which man and woman are portrayed in a moment of confrontation, standing in contrasting postures (seen above). With Picasso-esque abstractions drawn below the surface, also on a separate panel, the artist accentuates the tension between the two environments. Matching the yellow and orange hues, a classic piece by Willem de Kooning from 1986, likely painted at his East Hampton studio/home, is displayed on the wall opposite. The showcase also includes a large tondo titled NTY by KAWS from 2018, a recent painting Like Explaining the End of the World to a Dog by Eric Fischl, as well as classic examples by Barbara Kruger, Frank Auerbach, Martin Kippenberger and Richard Prince, to name a few. —Sasha Bogojev
In addition to Skarstedt Gallery's East Hampton gallery, the London gallery has planned to reopen to the public and the New York gallery is slated to reopen by-appointment later this summer. For visitors worldwide, the gallery will continue virtually activating in its online Viewing Room https://skarstedt.viewingrooms.com/viewing-room/, where a new work by select artists will be unveiled every month.