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BY Sahar Khan | August 8, 2017 | Feature Features

Take a look at more nuanced works from art-world stalwarts.
“Splash Series No. V” by Bob Tabor at Chase Edwards Gallery.

Richard Avedon, the defining photographer of American style in the last half of the 20th century, gets the star treatment at Guild Hall with Avedon’s America, a wide-ranging look at the artist’s opus of culture, style and beauty icons across 50 years. In this selection of black-and-white photographs, “The Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution” are decked in gowns and sashes in a group portrait; China Machado, the first nonwhite model to appear on the cover of a major American magazine, strikes a pose; National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. holds a clipboard full of notes; and a grainy close-up of Malcolm X nonetheless clearly captures his zeal. But Avedon didn’t train his eye only on those with power. His interest in diversity and the ordinary man is represented by an image of Larry Wright, aka Blue Cloud, a slaughterhouse worker in Omaha, Neb., splattered in blood and kitted out in knives—a representative of American power at its most primal level. Through Oct. 9, 158 Main St., East Hampton

It’s hard to believe that within Jackson Pollock’s immediately recognizable oeuvre, there are still little-known works. Jackson Pollock: The Graphic Work, also on view at Guild Hall, introduces pieces that encompass printmaking techniques with which Pollock experimented from 1943 through the early ’50s in his East Hampton studio. The show includes black-and-white intaglios and small-scale silkscreens. All, save one, are abstract. Some experts claim left-leaning activist artists influenced Pollock’s work, including his silkscreens, a subversive critique of the era’s political strife that captures a more nuanced portrayal of the zeitgeist in which he worked. Through Oct. 9, 158 Main St., East Hampton

The Chase Edwards Gallery jumps into summer with Splash, an exhibit featuring new photography from Lynn Savarese and Bob Tabor that encapsulates the sheer ferocity and life-enhancing joy of water. Shot in the Hamptons and around the world, the photos, some as large as 40 feet high and 72 feet wide, range from close-ups of frothing waves to glassy surfaces softly rippling with sun-kissed undulations and the abstract beauty of water splashing onto a plate. Given our beach culture, the show is a timely study of nature’s most powerful—and summer’s most blissful—element. Through Aug. 26, 2462 Main St., Bridgehampton

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