Alan Shields (American, 1944–2005), Devil, Devil, Love, 1970. Cotton belting, acrylic, thread, beads, and wood, 96 x 194 inches. Parrish Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Carney Fund 2007.15.
Five and Forward
Permanent Collection Installation
November 10, 2017 to October 31, 2018

This November marks the fifth anniversary of the
Parrish in its Herzog & de Meuron-designed building
in Water Mill. To celebrate this milestone, the annual
reinstallation of the Parrish permanent collection
presents a closer look at artists whose work
represents the ongoing legacy of artists of the East End.

Individual galleries will be dedicated
to two of those artists: Abstract Expressionist James
Brooks (1906–1992), and Alan Shields (1944–2005),
whose work reflects a bold reversal of conventional
painting traditions.

Recently, the Museum was entrusted with the most
significant collection of works by Brooks and
Charlotte Park by the James and Charlotte Brooks
Foundation. Twenty paintings on view by Brooks, a
key figure in modern American art who lived on the
East End for decades, illustrate his embrace of
experimentation and risk. Alan Shields: A Stitch in
Time provides insight into the artist’s life-long
engagement with textile and the needle arts, and
illustrates how his impetus to take painting down
from the wall and the stretcher liberated his artistic

In a new initiative, the Museum invited
internationally renowned artist Rashid Johnson to
act as guest curator to mine the Parrish permanent
collection and create a special installation from his
unique perspective.

The Permanent Collection 2018 installation is made possible,
in part, by the generous support of Maren Otto, and the Joseph
and Sylvia Slifka Foundation.
The Museum acknowledges The Coby Foundation for their
support of the exhibition and catalogue for Alan Shields: A Stitch
in Time. Parrish programs are made possible, in part, by the
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by
the property taxpayers from the Southampton School District
and the Tuckahoe Common School District