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Connie Fox: The Sammy’s Beach Series

January 16, 2021 - April 11, 2021

Connie Fox
Sammy’s Beach IV,
2009
Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 66 in.
Lent by the Artist

Connie Fox: The Sammy’s Beach Series is the first comprehensive presentation of this body of work to take place on Long Island. The exhibition brings together a dozen abstract paintings and a group of related drawings in charcoal, ink, and acrylic on paper that Fox created in response to Sammy’s Beach in Northwest Harbor, East Hampton. Fox began visiting the tidal bay beach, located between Gardiner’s Bay and Three Mile Harbor, soon after moving to Long Island in the late 1970s. Over the next thirty years she frequented the beach to walk, sit, and swim. Created between 2007 and 2014, the series is a remarkable recent achievement by an artist whose work spans seven decades. Connie Fox: The Sammy’s Beach Series explores the relation of Fox’s abstractions to her experiences of the beach, and considers the shifting vocabulary of shapes, lines, colors, and textures that unites the varied series.

Connie Fox was born in Fowler, Colorado in 1925. In 1954, she graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she studied with painter Elaine de Kooning. She relocated to Long Island, where she continues to live and work, at the suggestion of De Kooning and artist Robert Dash. Fox’s work is included in many museum collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Brooklyn Museum, NY; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA. She received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2013.

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