The Dan Flavin Art Institute, Dia Center for the Arts, Bridgehampton, will continue its summer season with an exhibition of sculpture by Manuel Neri, which begins August 1. Neri, a well-known and influential member of the Bay Area Figurative School which included David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, has focused on the human figure since the 1950s. This exhibition will include eight sculptures, in Carrara marble, bronze or his favorite material, plaster, which he often gouges and then splashes or paints with pigment.,br>
In Neri's sculptures the figure undergoes a continuing metamorphosis, sometimes acquiring definition then losing it again; assuming an uncanny sense of flesh-and-blood presence only to be ruthlessly obliterated, hacked away. Henry Geldzahler writes that Neri marries "the Graeco-Roman canon of beauty in its post-Rodin fragmented mode to the stylistic imperative of abstract expressionism as it was seen in the Bay Area in the nineteen fifties."
Three elaborate works on paper will also be on exhibit. While Neri has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, the most recent show being a retrospective of his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1989, many of the works on view here have not yet been seen on the East Coast. A catalogue with an essay by Henry Geldzahler will be available at the gallery.
The exhibition will continue through September 19, 1993. The gallery is located on Corwith Avenue near Main Street in Bridgehampton, New York. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 6 pm. Admission is free.
In the second floor gallery a long-term installation of works in fluorescent light by Dan Flavin will be on view. The installation, planned by Flavin for the Bridgehampton space, includes nine works from 1971-81.
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