OPEN­ING CEREMONY

THE TODD MER­RILL GALLERY IS BACK FOR A THIRD SOUTHAMP­TON SEA­SON.

Hamptons Magazine - - Contents - BY JULIE EARLE LEVINE

The Todd Mer­rill Gallery is back for a third Southamp­ton sea­son.

Todd Mer­rill will re­open his name­sake sum­mer Southamp­ton gallery with a ground­break­ing ex­hi­bi­tion pair­ing two con­tem­po­rary pain­ters—knox Martin, 94, and his pro­tégé, Ezra Co­hen—for the first time.

Martin’s works, of­ten sim­ple shapes in com­plex com­po­si­tions, have been shown in more than 40 mu­seum col­lec­tions in the US and in­ter­na­tion­ally. “Knox Martin is a leg­end, and one of the few re­main­ing New York School Ex­pres­sion­ists, [a group] that also in­cluded Jack­son Pol­lock of East Hamp­ton,” says Mer­rill. “His work is be­ing ex­hib­ited along with that of his cel­e­brated younger pro­tégé, Ezra Co­hen, who is an ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ist in the same style as Knox, but a much younger gen­er­a­tion, which makes it very in­ter­est­ing.”

Co­hen, 24, stud­ied un­der Martin at the Art Stu­dents League of New York, where Martin came into his own in the 1940s. Co­hen is known for his large, vi­brant ab­stract paint­ings. “He has been dipped into Ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ism and has re­tained some of this, but there is def­i­nitely a very ‘now’ feel­ing to his work,” says Mer­rill.

The gallery, housed in the orig­i­nal Bergdorf Good­man sum­mer store from the 1920s, will also house New York de­signer Chris Rucker’s large-scale sculp­tural works, in­clud­ing out­door fur­ni­ture made of folded steel, in bril­liant pow­der-coated col­ors, for loung­ing by the pool or gar­den. 11 S. Main St., Southamp­ton, 631-259-3601; tod­dmer­rill­stu­dio.com

Chair: Chris Rucker, Pow­der Coated Steel High Chair, 2017; light: Chris Rucker, Steel Pen­dant Light, 2017; paint­ing: Ezra Co­hen, 9, 2017

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