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Klaus Kertess shares new book at Parrish Art Museum

Klaus Kertess, noted curator, art historian, gallerist, and

Klaus Kertess, noted curator, art historian, gallerist, and writer, at the opening of American Still Life in October 2010 at the Parrish Art Museum. Credit: Ginger Propper

Just as language translators make foreign tongues understandable, so, too, do art curators in molding cohesive exhibitions of disparate works. Of the numerous entities in the art world, Klaus Kertess has been a fixture – not only as a curator, but as an art historian, gallerist and writer.

You can meet him Saturday, as Kertess discusses his new book “Seen, Written: Selected Essays” (Gregory R. Miller & Co.) at the Parrish Art Museum.

The book collects Kertess’ work over the past 30 years, including essays on Joan Mitchell, John Chamberlain, Vija Celmins, Matthew Ritchie, Chris Ofili and Agnes Martin. Each essay is accompanied by full-color reproductions of the artists’ works.

Kertess will lead a power-point illustrated discussion of his book, focusing on two essays inspired by curating past exhibitions – “Marin in Oil” and “Sea Change” – at the Parrish Art Museum. A book signing will follow the talk.

An influential leader in the art world for more than 40 years, Kertess founded the Bykert Gallery in 1966. There, he represented artists such as Ralph Humphrey, Brice Marden, Chuck Close and Dorothea Rockburne. In 1995, Kertess curated the Whitney Biennial and is now an honorary trustee at the Parrish.

So, why go?

“If you’re interested in recent and contemporary art, Klaus Kertess is one of the top writers in the field,” says Mark Segal, the museum’s public relations manager. “His insights are always interesting and informed.”

WHEN/WHERE 6 p.m. Saturday at Parrish Art Museum, 25 Job's Lane, Southampton.
COST $10 (nonmembers), free (members)
INFO 631-283-2118 or

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