The Church’s First Exhibition of 2024





January 14th – February 25th, 2024

Opening Saturday, January 13th, 6:00 – 7:30pm 

The exhibition will run from January 14th– February 25th, 2024


Robert Longo. Cindy, 2002. Max, 2002. B&W Lithographs, 46 x 30 in.

Collection of Denise Lefrak. © 2023 Robert Longo / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In embarking on a show about printmaking, we identified three specific organizing criteria for this exhibition. First, that the artist spent time on the South Fork in some notable way. Second, that the artwork is the culmination of a relationship between the printer(s) and the artist. Third, that the resulting work is of exceptional quality, showcasing either the capabilities of the medium, the characteristics of works for which the artist is known, or both.

The 27 objects selected display the rich diversity of traditional printmaking methods and approaches as well as the unique properties of the medium. Curated by Samuel Havens, The Church’s Workshop and Residency Manager and a printmaker in his own right, the show explores the collaborative nature of printmaking and demonstrates how artists, printers, and the press can achieve results that surpass the individual expertise of those involved. Havens did extensive research into the printers involved to highlight their expertise and essential role in the making of these objects, as well as their roles in the East End community of artists and art making.

Artists to be featured include stalwarts like Elaine de KooningConnie FoxRoy LichtensteinRobert Motherwell, and Alfonso Ossorio; those with surprising ties to the East End like Hale WoodruffRomare BeardenJames Rosenquist, and Jasper Johns; artists with pivotal roles in the advancement of the medium like Abraham Rattner and Dan Welden; and other discoveries and surprises.

Of the exhibition, Havens said: “As a printmaker, I know the magic of the press and I am excited to share this exhibition that celebrates the medium. The works in this show continue The Church’s characteristic way of exploring and examining the bounty of the East End within the global context of contemporary art.”

The full list of artists is as follows: Romare Bearden, Nanette Carter, Robert Dash, Elaine de Kooning, Eric Fischl, Dan Flavin, Connie Fox, April Gornik, Grace Hartigan, Mary Heilmann, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Fay Lansner, Gerson Leiber, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Robert Motherwell, Alfonso Ossorio, Ellen Peckham, Jackson Pollock, Abraham Rattner, Dan Rizzie, James Rosenquist, Esteban Vicente, Dan Welden, and Hale Woodruff.

We are indebted to our fellow institutions, artists, friends, and collectors in the area who have lent works from their exceptional collections to this exhibition: Guild Hall of East Hampton, The Parrish Art Museum, ULAE – Universal Limited Arts Edition in Bay Shore, Dan Welden & Hamptons Editions, Ltd., The Madoo Conservancy, Nanette Carter, Alexandre & Lori Chemla, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Denise Lefrak, Dan Rizzie, and Lyn and E. T. Williams, Jr. 


The Church was established in 2019 by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Housed in a deconsecrated 19th-century church, its doors were opened in April 2021. Our mission is to foster creativity and to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village. The East End represents an exceptional artistic legacy, spanning the practices of indigenous art of several centuries ago, Abstract Expressionists of the mid-20th Century, and the many celebrated writers, makers, musicians, and visual artists of the recent past and current moment. Core programming includes visual art exhibitions, concerts and events, educational programming, workshops, lectures, and an artist’s residency.

The Church   

48 Madison Street   

Sag Harbor, NY 11963 




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