Jurors: Laurie Anderson, Judith Hudson, Mel Kendrick, David Salle, Ned Smyth, Keith Sonnier, and Robert Wilson
Artists Choose Artists is the Parrish Art Museum’s ongoing, juried exhibition that celebrates artists on the East End and the dynamic relationships uniting the area’s creative community. For this exhibition, seven distinguished East End artists served as jurors, each making two selections from 300 online submissions and subsequent studio visits. A reflection of the region’s unique heritage as an artist colony, Artists Choose Artists initiates introductions and fellowship among today’s expanded, multi-generational network of artists. Video interviews with each artist demonstrate the diversity of contemporary practice and the evolving, yet interconnected history of artists on the East End.
The exhibition is comprised of work by the seven jurors and fourteen artists as follows:
Laurie Anderson with Elizabeth Dow and Mary McCormick
Judith Hudson with Don Christensen and Christine Sciulli
Mel Kendrick with Elise Ansel and Eva Faye
David Salle with Carol Hayes and Virva Hinnemo
Ned Smyth with Koichiro Kurita and Rick Liss
Keith Sonnier with Rossa Cole and Brian Gaman
Robert Wilson with Tucker Marder and Ezra Thompson.
To watch interviews with the selected artists in their studios, click here.
About the Jurors
Laurie Anderson emerged in downtown New York in the 1970s—a period of expression in opposition to political, economical, and social conventions—performing and exhibiting her works in alternative art settings. Over the course of thirty years, Anderson has distinguished herself as a multifaceted artist who addresses life, politics, social issues, and technology through her use of spoken word and storytelling. In her theatrical performance, she integrates projected film and video, photography, graphics, sculpture, and electronic and instrumental music.
Judith Hudson works in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, and books. Recent series of paintings and drawings include “Sex Advice Drawings” and works with visual references to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hudson received a BFA from University of Colorado and MFA from California College of Art, University of California at Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited widely including at The Drawing Center, MoMA PS1, The New Museum, Kansas City Art Museum, and is in the permanent collection of the Parrish Art Museum. She currently lives and works in Manhattan and Amagansett, New York.
Mel Kendrick is known primarily for his sculptural work in wood, bronze, rubber, paper, and, most recently, cast concrete. Kendrick's work reflects a deep fascination with process, space, and geometry, and can be found in numerous permanent collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Storm King Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
David Salle grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He received his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia where he studied with John Baldessari. Salle, who has worked in many disciplines including film and theater, is widely known for his paintings that incorporate both cinematic tropes and theatrical ones. Solo shows of Salle’s art have been organized by the Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and Waddington Galleries in London, among others. Salle lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, New York.
Sculptor Ned Smyth started showing at 112 Greene Street in New York in the early 70s. Known for his site-specific public commissions, Smyth’s sculptural works have ranged in materials from cast concrete and bronze to found stones and twigs. His work has been exhibited at MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, P.S. 1, and The Venice Biennale, among others. Since 1976, Smyth has created over 40 large-scale public installations for sites such as Battery Park City, New York, and World Park, Philadelphia. Smyth lives and works in Shelter Island, New York.
Keith Sonnier was a pioneer of using light in sculpture in the 1960s. Sonnier studied art and anthropology at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and then spent a period of time painting in Paris. Upon his return to the United States, he attended Rutgers University and then moved to New York. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974 and NEA grants in 1975 and 1981. His exhibitions include Stedlijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre George Pomidou, Paris, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, and P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York. Sonnier lives and maintains a studio in Bridgehampton, New York.
Since the late 1960s, Robert Wilson's productions have decisively shaped the look of theater and opera through his signature use of light, his investigations into the structure of a simple movement, and the classical rigor of his scenic and furniture design. Each summer Wilson decamps to the Watermill Center, a laboratory for the arts and humanities in eastern Long Island. The Watermill Center brings together students and experienced professionals in a multi-disciplinary environment dedicated to creative collaboration. Wilson's numerous awards and honors include an Obie award for direction, the Golden Lion for sculpture from the Venice Biennale, the 3rd Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the Premio Europa award from Taormina Arte, two Guggenheim Fellowship awards, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship award, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.