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Hand-Picked: Selections from the Buhl Collection

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Start Date: May 1, 2017
End Date: May 29, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: 25 Jobs Lane Southampton, NY 11968

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 Saturday, June 3, 2017 through July 23

Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane
Southampton, NY  11968

Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane in the heart of Southampton Village, is delighted to announce the first summer exhibition, “Hand-Picked: Selections from the Buhl Collection”, curated by Henry Buhl and Ryan Russo, opening on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  The exhibition will be on view through July 23, and will include an opening reception for the public on Saturday, June 3 from 5-7 PM and aGallery Tour with Henry Buhl on Sunday, June 4 at noon.


Hand-Picked is an exhibition of 111 photographs and 33 sculptures devoted to the subject of hands, all from Henry M. Buhl’s collection. The Buhl Collection began in October 1993 with Henry Buhl’s purchase of Alfred Stieglitz’s photograph of Georgia O’Keeffe’s hands entitled Hands and Thimble, 1920. Inspired by this iconic picture, his collection developed around the theme of hands and grew to include over 1,100 photographs encompassing the history of the medium at its height and currently over 150 hand sculptures.


“I’m so very excited to exhibit both my sculpture and photography collection together at the Southampton Arts Center. It gives me additional pleasure presenting it to a community that I have been a part of for many years and I hope it gives equal enjoyment to all those who visit the exhibition.” says Henry Buhl.


Encompassing the history of photography, The Buhl Collection has works dating from 1840 to the present, and includes the most recognized masters of the medium as well as lesser-known and emerging artists. Partly because of the metaphorical theme of the collection – hands – and the commitment to represent as many artistic styles as possible, the collection has come to be regarded as a unique example of the vast spectrum of 19th and 20th century photographic art. More recently, Mr. Buhl has been concentrating his collecting on sculpture and has already accumulated a significant variety of the medium consistent with the same theme.


From June – September of 2004, a major exhibition of photographs from The Buhl Collection entitled Speaking With Hands was on view at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The exhibition then went on an international tour from 2005-2007 to venues including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, and finally to Russia where it was shown at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Guggenheim published a catalogue including 174 images from the collection. In 2008, an exhibition of both photography and sculpture entitled A Show of Hands was shown at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida and most recently, from 2009 – 2011 an exhibition of approximately 150 works from the collection toured Asia with shows at museums in Korea, Taiwan, and Macao.


Along with being an art collector, Henry Buhl is also an active philanthropist. In 1992, he founded the not-for-profit organization, Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) in New York City, which provides job training and placement for homeless men and women.


*Full exhibition checklists attached. Images available on request.



Curated by Henry Buhl and Ryan Russo

On View June 3 through July 23, 2017

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3 | 5-7 PM


Gallery Hours:

Thursday to SundayNoon to 6 PM. Admission is FREE.


“Hand-Picked” Gallery Tour with Henry Buhl

Sunday, June 4 | 12 PM | FREE


This exhibition is made possible, in part, thanks to generosity of The Buhl Foundation.


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