Photo Flash: Art and Design Lovers Flock to Hagins & Mortimer Showing in Southampton Village
Hamptons tastemakers with a keen eye for excellent design and fine art flocked to the newly launched venture of acclaimed interior designer Elizabeth Hagins and noted artist, art advisor & collector Richard Mortimer, Hagins & Mortimer Design at 9 Windmill Lane in Southampton Village. The draw was an exclusive salon style showing of the works of two well known painters - artists Christopher Milne and William Pagano. The exhibition was set in the midst of important 20th Century furniture and lighting. The show will continue through Monday, August 18. Milne's and Pagano's works can be seen Thursday through Mondayfrom 12 to 6 and Sunday, 12 to 5. BroadwayWorld has photos from the launch below!
Hagins & Mortimer Design celebrates the glorious diversity of 20th century design, spanning the decades from the 1920s to the present. Hagins & Mortimer Design features furniture that runs the style gamut from Art Deco to 1970s Brutalism. The design gallery features luminaries of 20th century design such as T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Karl Springer, Paul McCobb, and Grosfeld House, among others. Lighting is another important part of the mix, and Murano glass from Barovier and Toso, Arteluce, Gio Ponti, and Mazzega are also featured as well as the firm's own custom upholstered pieces. Hagins & Mortimer Design offers interior design and art consultations by appointment.
Among the style-setters admiring the tableaux were philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Janice & Stuart Becker, Gary & Katherine Andreassen, Joanna Mincarelli, NancyJane & Jeffrey Loewy, Elliot Epstein, Vincent & Maria Pascal, Patricia Veneziano, MaryEllen Winston, Gary & Katherine Andreassen, Raven Solomon, Charles Bamberry, Jennifer Becker-Pollet & husband Adam Pollet, Chris Green & Maria Boafo and artist William Pagano.
Christopher Milne is a New York-based artist whose formal approach to art making is primarily concerned with painting. The nuanced underpinnings of his work are conceptually driven and through a decidedly self-aware use of artifice, Milne's work touches on themes of identity, superficiality, idealization and fantasy. He earned a Bachelor's degree at NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University) in Fine Arts and Art History, has mounted two solo exhibitions, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times: How to Spend It, ARTLOG as well as other publications and has been placed in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Recently, he was a visiting artist at NYU Steinhardt School's Fine Art graduate program. Milne lives and works in New York City and Water Mill, New York.
William Pagano is a New York based artist whose work explores architecture and its primary structural components, including volume, scale and light. Pagano earned a BA in art education from C.W. Post College and a MA in Art, from Long Island University. After 32 years in art education, Pagano has reestablished his studio practice. In 2013, Pagano had a solo exhibition with Sara Nightingale Gallery and has been included in numerous group shows including artMRKT Hamptons 2013. His work was also featured in the 2013 Hamptons Designer Showhouse. Pagano lives and works in New York City and Water Mill, New York.
This is not the first time the pair has shown together. Both artists participated in the critically acclaimed Beth Rudin De Woodycurated, "Think Pink" group exhibition at Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach several years ago which include both established artists such Lee Krasner, Marilyn Minter, Louise Bourgeois, Pipilotti Rist, Mary Heilmann as well as emerging artists such as Milne and Pagano.
A common thread between the two artists is their fascination with the complex decade of the 1960s. They individually approach this time period with very different subject matter and style. Both artists cite their childhood memories and early experiences as important influences. Pagano's work considers the power and importance of architecture in post WWII America. Milne's work is informed by the colorful, madcap prosperity of the era. But amid the overt joy and perfection, the paintings convey subliminal themes of disquietude, isolation, and vapidness.
Milne's and Pagano's works can be seen Thursday through Monday from 12 to 6 and Sunday, 12 to 5. Hagins Mortimer Design is located at 9 Windmill Lane, Southampton, NY 11968, 631-488-4310. For more information, visit www.haginsmortimerdesign.com.
Photo Credit: John Wegorzewski
Christopher Milne, Blue-Chip-Betty-hr, Oil on canvas, 2009
Christopher Milne-Jack-Jill, oil on canvas, 2009
William Pagano, oil on canvas, 24 x 32 Modern House Series Untitled 18, 2011
Richard Mortimer, Jean Shafiroff, Elizabeth Hagins
Raven Solomon, Edward Callaghan, MaryEllen Winston
Artist William Pagano
MaryEllen Winston, Patricia Venziano, Elliot Epstein
Maria & Vincent Pascal
Jennifer Becker-Pollet & Adam Pollet
Stuart & Janice Becker
Interior designer Elizabeth Hagins & artist William Pagano
Elliot Epstein, Richard Mortimer, Maria Boafo, Chris Green
Janice Becker, NancyJane & Jeffrey Loewy