• Sheila Isham (American, born 1927) Cosmic Flight, 1987. Oil on linen. 78 x 84 inches. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Gift of the artist, 2011.6

  • Ati Maier (German, born 1962) More, 2004. Ink and woodstain on paper. 24 x 48 inches. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, Gift of Carlo Bronzini Vender.

  • Installation view of Parrish Perspectives: New Works in Context. Photo: Alana Mercurio

  • Installation view of Parrish Perspectives: New Works in Context. Bob Knox (American, born 1953) "Jitterbug", 2007. Photo: Alana Mercurio

Parrish Perspectives
New Works in Context

March 12–April 23, 2017


Parrish Perspectives: New Works in Context showcases a selection of more than 70 works from the more than 300 acquired by the Museum since the opening of the Water Mill building in 2012.

The exhibition features work on view at the Parrish for the first time by established collection artists and  artists new to the collection.  New Works in Context reflects the curatorial decision-making involved in the process of building a collection, reveals the depth and breadth of new acquisitions to the Museum within the context of its ever-growing collection of more than 3,000 works dating from 1833 to today, and demonstrates the Museum’s commitment to bringing together works that enhance the appreciation of art and the artist’s practice. New Works in Context is organized into four themes: Representing AbstractionHumor and Irony, Horizon Lines, and Face to Face. 

New Works in Context also reveals the generosity of the many donors who understand the value of sharing great art with the community. Cynthia Nadelman recently gifted to the Museum a remarkable group of 15 small plaster figures by her grandfather Elie Nadelman as a tribute to curator Klaus Kertess, who had a long association with the Parrish and championed Nadelman’s work. Small works in the Parrish collection by sculptors Bill King and Costantino Nivola complement and give context to the Nadelman gift. Also on view are paintings and photographs by Friedel Dzubas, Jane Freilicher, Linsday Morris, Theodore Stamos, Jane Wilson, and others.