Harper’s East Hampton celebrates 25 years with group exhibit
Harper’s East Hampton owner Harper Levine celebrates his 25th anniversary of showcasing exciting artwork and rare books with a new group art exhibit, 25 years, which features the many artists who have collaborated with him in shows throughout his career. The exhibit opened on Memorial Day weekend and will remain on view through Wednesday, June 22.
It all started here with Harper’s Books, now Harper’s East Hampton, at 87 Newtown Lane, where he started showing art under the encouragement of artist Richard Prince, his friend who is also featured on the show.
Levine spent decades as a bookseller and came to art from a different angle, allowing artists to experiment and have fun without worrying too much about market potential. The 25 years group show celebrates his unique perspective and first major admiration for the artists who made his gallery “a global under-the-radar powerhouse of art” according to City & Country magazine.
25 years features works by artists such as Genieve Figgs, Marcus Brutus, Rashid Johnson, Joel Mesler, Frederic Tuten, Mark Grotjahn, Christopher Wool, Mary Heilmann and others.
Figgis, an Irish artist, brings color and macabre imagery to the gallery. Brutus, who recently had a solo show at Levine’s NYC gallery, is well-connected through collaborations with other galleries and brands such as streetwear company Kith. Johnson contributes to post-noir conceptual art and Mesler approaches universal themes through a filtered perspective.
Tuten, a novelist, has also collaborated with Levine in the past, as well as with Grotjahn. Artist, a painter based in Los Angeles. Wool, focuses on post-conceptual ideas, while Heilmann, who is also featured, focuses more on contemporary concepts through paintings, ceramics and furniture.
Additional Artists Featured 25 years include Young-Il Ahn, Derek Aylward, Eva Beresin, Deborah Brown, Brian Calvin, Alejandro Cardenas, Jonathan Casella, Claire Colette, Mairikke Dau, Rob Davis, Danielle De Jesus, Austin Eddy, Alannah Farrell, Nicasio Fernandez, Dan Flanagan, Eliot Greenwald, Salomón Huerta, Elizabeth Huey, Keith Jackson, Max Jansons, Michael Kagan, Scott Kahn, Susumu Kamijo, Ho Jae Kim, Matthew King, Stacy Leigh, Spencer Lewis, Tanya Ling, Charles Ly, JJ Manford, Eddie Martinez, Allie McGhee , Lizbeth Mitty, Angel Otero, Enoc Perez, Joani Tremblay, Lumin Wakoa, Austyn Weiner, Chloe Wise and Guy Yanai.
Levine founded Harper’s Books in 1997, taking over the Newtown Lane spot that originally housed Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, another space featuring rare books and art. The gallery and bookstore remain a cultural center of the East End.
HARPER GALLERY LOCATIONS
It has additional locations in New York and Los Angeles, including its flagship, Harper’s Chelsea 512, at 512 West 22nd Street; Harper’s Chelsea 534, at 534 West 22nd Street; Harper Apartment, Downtown at 51 East 74th Street, Buzzer 2X; and Harper’s Los Angeles at 8115 Melrose Avenue.
Harper’s East Hampton is located at 87 Newtown Lane in East Hampton and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Call 631-324-1131 to reach the East Hampton Gallery, or visit harpersgallery.com for information on all of Harper Levine’s galleries and rare books and artifacts for sale.