The Parrish Art Museum presents the fourth of five talks by artists whose work is on view in Artists Choose Artists, the Museum’s juried exhibition that celebrates the artists of the East End and the dynamic relationships that unite the area’s creative community. Margaret Garrett (selected by Allan Wexler), Ronald Reed (selected by Alexis Rockman) and Mark William Wilson (selected by Lucien Smith) will discuss their work in the Lichtenstein Theater on Friday, January 24, at 6pm. Artists Choose Artists, which encourages fellowship among today’s expanded, multi-generational network of artists and demonstrates the diversity of contemporary creative practice, is on view through February 23, 2020.

“It’s wonderful to hear from all the East End artists in this exhibition and learn more about their creative process, including this group who works in very different media, from painting and sculpture to video and performance,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects who organized the exhibition.

MARGARET GARRETT’s (American, b. 1965) art practice is largely influenced by her background as a dancer. Her paintings and videos engage with the same compositional elements—linear movement, shape, rhythm, and the unfolding of contrapuntal patterns, as manifested in her new single channel video In My World II (2019), a solo dance set to Jacob Collier’s take on the Beach Boys’ song In My Room; and her large-scale painting Rhythm at Dusk (2019). Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, she began studying dance as a child and was a member of professional dance companies through her teenage and early adult years. Garrett’s work is included in the collections of the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall Museum on the East End of Long Island. The artist lives and works on Shelter Island, NY.

RONALD REED (American, b. 1969) is a painter, sculptor, and architect who explores the intersections and relationships between built and natural environments, contemplated design and irrational design, and their influences on the body politic and contemporary history. Reed’s five mixed-media sculptures dating from 2016, including BOY MEETS GIRL which combines a book, horseshoe crab shell, and jar covered in crimson acrylic and mounted on board, address these dichotomies. Born in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, he studied fine arts at Boise State University and architecture at the University of Idaho, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1993. Reed lived and worked in New York from 1996 to 2018, at which time he relocated with his family to Sag Harbor.

MARK WILLIAM WILSON (Australian, b. 1959) studied semiotics and photography at the Sydney College of the Arts before permanently relocating to the U.S. in 1982. He had a transcendent experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when he encountered Lucas Cranach’s The Judgment of Paris, which, for him, references the coalescence of the natural world, humanity, and the divine in its depiction of three unclothed goddesses in a natural setting. WILSON’s oil paintings on view—Stacked #1 (after Chase) (2018), Shinnecock redux (2019), and Idle Hours (2019); and  works on paper, Way home (2018) and The Past Sure is Tense (2018–depart from the landscapes and natural scenes of East End 19th century American Impressionist William Merritt Chase, taking them into the present through more abstract images. Born in Tamworth, Australia, and raised in Sydney, Wilson currently lives in Springs and works in a former potato barn in East Hampton.




$12 | Free for Members and Students


January 10

TALK: Artists Irina Alimanestianu, Scott Bluedorn, Janet Culbertson,

with Juror Lillian Ball and Ecologist Carl Safina


January 24

TALK: Artists Margaret Garrett, Ronald Reed, Mark Willliam Wilson


February 21

TALK: Artists Mary Boochever, Anne Seelbach, Dan Welden


Artists Choose Artists exhibition is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of the Robert Lehman Foundation; The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Jacqueline Brody; Herman Goldman Foundation; Linda and Gregory Fischbach, and Fred Schmeltzer.


Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America. Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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