de Kooning & Friends


Cool Blues, Charcoal and Pastel on Paper, 24" x 18"

Works by Mary Montes

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Closing Reception:  Friday, May 19th, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Featuring two brand new pieces created just for this night!

Artist Mary Montes' solo exhibition titled "de Kooning and Friends" is a passionate display of her abstract expressionistic figures of the New York School during the mid-late 20th century. An ever present inspiration to many of today's contemporary painters, these icons of the New York art scene that were instrumental in securing the American aesthetic's bold and energetic vibe, such as Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Costantino Nivola & Bob Rauschenberg are portrayed in her recent work fittingly shown at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum. 

Her work has been exhibited in the Lowe Art Museum,  College of Arts and Science at Miami University, Andy Gato Galleries,  Museum of Contempory Art (North Miami), and private art shows in Miami Beach as well as Spectrum Art Fair during Art Basel week. Montes is currently represented by Quogue Gallery in Quogue, NY, as well as Micheal Findlay Gallery and will participate in a group show curated by Peter Marcelle in June 2017. 

Mary Montes' abstract expressionistic figures of notables from the art world: Willem deKooning, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Leo Castelli & Bob Rauschenberg are fittingly appropriate for the historic venue of the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. In addition to the focus on de Kooning, she intends to include works of the woman with this circle of artists, some of which were artists themselves, i.e., Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Ruth Klinsmann. Other subjects of the show include dealers such as Leo Castelli and friends of the New York school painters  who spent time living and working in Long Island's East End.

This exhibit is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor M. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council Inc.

Media coverage...

Sag Harbor Express - "Interpreting “de Kooning and Friends” at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum"

East Hampton Star - "The Art Scene"

The Independent - "de Kooning and Friends: A Tribute To The Past"

Hamptons.com - "Artist Mary Montes Curated Exhibit To Commemorate Contemporary Painters"

artnet - "Mary Montes: de Kooning and Friends"