Hans Van de Bovenkamp opens a studio for a collective exhibition
In the summer of 2021, Dan’s papers and the Louis K. Meisel Gallery has launched a SculptTour, an exciting new way to see the work of artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp through the Hamptons. In the summer of 2022, there is still a unique new way to appreciate his work: The Gallery @ Hans Van de Bovenkamp Studio.
For the first time, Van de Bovenkamp, known worldwide for his contemporary abstract sculptures, opens his studio in Sagaponack to visitors to discover not only his own sculptures, paintings and works on paper, but also the work of three others. artists who are well established and respected in the Hamptons: Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Paton Miller and the late Charles Waller.
This first organized art exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, August 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view until September 6 by appointment.
“I came up with this concept and Hans liked the idea,” says Geralyne Lewandowski, the series’ curator/producer who has worked with Van de Bovenkamp for two decades now. “I thought it was a pretty strong group to start with, and everyone seems to be on board with that.”
Brody-Lederman’s mixed media work fuses engaging images with expressive words to convey unique messages, and this thought-provoking art has earned him a place in the public collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Miller’s work is steeped in his personal life experiences and thrilling adventures, encapsulating the drama and comedy of the human condition.
Finally, Waller created folkloric and artful assemblages from vintage objects and antiques from his travels, and the shock of his untimely death in 2021 still reverberates through the artistic community.
For this first exhibition, Lewandowski has curated approximately eight pieces to represent each of the three guest artists, with each group designed around a personal theme that best represents the respective artist.
These will be placed throughout the studio space alongside more than two dozen works by Van de Bovenkamp, which extend outside to the 7-acre sculpture gardens.
“The concept is that it’s a studio instead of a gallery, so in terms of the artwork on show, it’s going to be a bit raw,” says Lewandowski, explaining that what the studio lacks in gallery lighting, this makes with plenty of space to display the pieces prominently.
She adds that the purpose of the show is to “strengthen our sense of community by bringing together artists, appreciators and connoisseurs”.
By inviting each of the artist’s followers to the opening reception, Lewandowski hopes that connections will be made and that an artist’s fans will discuss a love for the other works on display.
Throughout the exhibition, a portion of the proceeds from the art sale, along with 50% of the proceeds from the sale of Van de Bovenkamp’s latest book, will be donated to Maureen’s Haven, a non-profit organization which feeds, clothes, shelters and otherwise supports the homeless in the East End. population.
Other donation methods, such as a silent auction and a donation jar, should be confirmed for the opening reception.
“Maureen’s Haven was chosen because 40% of the East End’s homeless are women, and unlike animal rescue groups (of which the area has several), it is the only homeless organization -Suffolk County Shelter. A message that I think should be promoted,” Lewandowski said. “We believe in the cause and they are very receptive to working with us.”
If this first exhibition is a success, Lewandowski wishes to continue the series with rotating artists to present and non-profit associations. With reception RSVPs pouring in, the chance of a strong turnout seems likely.
“They are definitely getting a gift to be able to come here and see what’s going on here,” Lewandowski says of those planning to attend the exhibit.
To RSVP for the opening reception on August 26 or to schedule an appointment at the gallery, email [email protected]. Galerie @ Hans Van de Bovenkamp Studio is located at 93 Merchants Path, Sagaponack.