East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve Celebrates 28th Season Opening

LongHouse Reserve is excited to open its 28th season with Rites of Spring on Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. The gardens will be filled with spectacular displays of flowering trees and showy daffodils that over 30 years have multiplied by hundreds of thousands. The daffodils are now augmented with great swaths of tulips and other spring blooms making this a season not to be missed. New art has been installed for the 2019 season and includes extraordinary works by Wendell Castle, Jun Kaneko, Joseph Walsh, Young Jae Lee, and Will Ryman. LongHouse founder, Jack Lenor Larsen, noted textile designer, author and collector, created LongHouse Reserve on colonial farmland at the edge of East Hampton’s Northwest Woods and opened it to the public in 1992. This unique outdoor museum and arboreta is one of the most popular cultural destinations on the East End of Long Island.

Making his debut at LongHouse Reserve is Will Ryman who has created a towering, site-specific “Rose” installation on the LongHouse Pyramid Plateau. Stemming from the artist’s internationally acclaimed exhibition, The Roses, 2011 on Park Avenue in New York City, Will Ryman’s monochrome red rose LongHouse 6, 2019 embodies a duality located in the cultural significance assigned to this flower. This romanticized symbol of beauty and perfection is at odds with the sculpture’s exaggerated size, hand worked quality, and the missing petals it has shed around its base. This duality, frequently at stake in Ryman’s work, reveals the imperfect and temporary nature of all things.

Jun Kaneko’s “Dango” 1996, a gift to LongHouse from the Judith and Gerson Leiber Foundation will take center stage in the Edward Albee Amphitheater and a magnificent bronze bench by Wendell Castle will invite visitors to relax in the gardens. Rites of Spring will also premiere “Vessels”, an exhibition of stunning ceramics by noted artist Young Jae Lee. Joseph Walsh, the brilliant furniture designer from Cork, Ireland, has created a site-specific wall shelf for LongHouse, “Enignum Shelf XXXVI” that highlights his mastery of curvilinear forms.

The artwork will be on view from April 27 through October 5, 2019.

LongHouse Reserve  is located at 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton 11937.

About the Artists:

Wendell Castle (1932-2018)

For over four decades, Wendell Castle created unique pieces of handmade sculpture and furniture. Since the outset of his career, Castle consistently challenged the traditional boundaries of functional design and established himself as the father of the American studio furniture movement. Castle was renowned for his superb craftsmanship, his whimsically organic forms and his development of original techniques for shaping solid, stack-laminated wood. His iconic masterpieces in wood and in technicolor gel-coated fiberglass from the late 1960s and 1970s are fast becoming some of the most important and coveted examples of 20th century design.

Castle was born in Kansas and received a BFA from the University of Kansas in Industrial Design and an MFA in sculpture. He then moved to Rochester, New York to teach at the School of American Craftsmen and established a permanent studio in the area. He also served as head of the woodworking department at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Castle’s numerous awards include a 1994 ‘Visionaries of the American Craft Movement’ award sponsored by the American Craft Museum and a 1997 Gold Medal from the American Craft Council. In 2007 he received the Modernism Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brooklyn Museum. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, amongst others. His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums including The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Detroit Art Institute.

Young Jae Lee

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Young Jae Lee has spent most of her life working and living in Essen, Germany. During the early 1970s, Lee received practical ceramics training with German potters and by 1978, she had set up her own atelier near Heidelberg. She has been the Director of Keramische Werkstatt Margaretenhöhe GmbH, in Essen, Germany since 1987.

Robert Wilson, founder of the Watermill Center, is a supporter of Lee and LongHouse Reserve founder, Jack Lenor Larsen, has invited Wilson to LH to talk about Lee’s work on a date in early August (TBA).

Will Ryman

Will Ryman’s work reveals the imperfect and temporary nature of all things. Ryman lives and works in New York City and in Amagansett, New York. In 2020 the artist’s work will be featured in an exhibition at The Fields at Art Omi in Ghent, N.Y. Ryman’s prior public arts projects include: Will Ryman: La Villette, Parc de La Villette, Paris (2018); Cadillac, College for Creative Studies, Detroit (2017); Bird, Flatiron Plaza, New York (2013); The Roses, Park Avenue, New York (2011). Will Ryman’s work has been exhibited at numerous museums and sculpture gardens worldwide including MoMA PS1, the New Orleans Museum of Art and The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, amongst many others.

Joseph Walsh

Born in 1979, Walsh is a self-taught Irish furniture maker and designer. He was born in County Cork and founded his studio and workshop in 1999. Walsh is rapidly earning an international reputation for his sweeping curvilinear forms in ash which challenge technical boundaries, but whose conceptual ideas are firmly rooted in nature. Walsh has created a site-specific wall shelf for LongHouse, “Enignum Shelf XXXVI” 2019.

About LongHouse Reserve

LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all forms. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life. LongHouseReserve is a 16-acre sculpture museum and garden located in East Hampton, NY. In addition to new works on loan by the above mentioned artists, LongHouse Reserve’s permanent collection features pieces designed by prominent artists including Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning amongst others.

In May and June LongHouse Reserve is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM and, other days by appointment. In July and August, LongHouse will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. LongHouse is always closed on Sundays. Admission is $15, and $10 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with student ID.

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