Reimagining Values of “The Academy”


By Joan Baum


There’s nothing academic about the “academy,” the exhibit that for the last couple of years has been the season opener at Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor.

But in using a word which resonates as a centuries-old art training institute or masters society dedicated to realistic painting with certain ideas about color, composition, subject matter and technique, gallery owner Romany Kramoris not only signals her commitment to the arts scene — her gallery a salon where painters can be exhibited and critiqued — she also playfully suggests that realistic artists need not adhere to formal principles of classical art in order to differentiate themselves from the reigning culture of abstraction.

For many visitors to the Hamptons, the East End is still Jackson Pollock/Willem de Kooning country, and many local artists who favor landscape painting have a hard sell,

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