Below, you will find some featured articles and press releases.
On a crisp fall day, there’s nothing better than taking a ride to the North Fork. Or even better yet, stopping off to see an art exhibit while you’re there. Last week’s Art Commentary featured galleries in Greenport; this time, it’s nearby Jamesport.
North Fork resident and longtime artist Hector deCordova (who has exhibited in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica, besides the United States) has mounted a lovely and comprehensive show at the historic Barn Gallery on the grounds of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn…Read more
Hamptons Art Hub: September 17, 2011: Perspectives of Abstraction
Abstract art has a special place on the East End of Long Island. A range of abstraction was given its due in the exhibition, “Abstractions,” held at the deCordova Studio & Gallery.
The group show featured art by Eric Ernst, Barbara Bilotta, Colin Goldberg and Mike Maas. All are Long Island artists.
“It’s really a powerful show,” said Hector deCordova, the gallery director and an abstract artist. “Simultaneously, each individual artwork looks welcoming but they also relate to one another and create chance encounters with art.”
The exhibition was designed to make abstraction friendlier for those who find non-representational art unnerving. A talk held in August at Brecknock Hall in Greenport also helped quell uneasiness. Read article >
The Suffolk Times: September 3, 2011: Life and Times: Artful approaches to a tough art market
In the art world, when the going gets tough, the tough get creative. Art dealers, the first to be affected during an economic downturn, know that now is the time to show resilience. During this particularly difficult recession, they’ve reinvented how they do business, hoping that art buyers will return in full force when jobs do.
“We’ve considered changing our way of operating,” says Hector deCordova, who runs deCordova Studio and Gallery in Greenport with his wife, Joyce. “We usually get a good mix of people — older folks and the 30- to 40-somethings. But this year they seem intimidated about walking into a large show, because they don’t intend to buy. Some act apologetically, as if walking in is an intrusion.” Read article >
An effective combination of abstraction and figures makes up the season opener at Greenport’s deCordova Studio and Gallery. We must add that non-realistic styles prove effective as well. While Impressionism, Surrealism and Expressionism are present, the artists use them in subtle and sensitive ways. And there are surprises in store for the viewer when Gordon Gagliano and Hector deCordova offer us images we haven’t seen before…. Read more >>
Long Island Pulse Magazine: 5th Annual Artist VIP List: Hector deCordova: (July 31, 2010) “Long before becoming a pioneer in the Greenport art movement with his wife, deCordova was a well-established, self-made man and self-taught artist. The connection between earlier craftsmanship and later artistic efforts is organic: deCordova is drawn to nature’s materials tactually….” Read more >>
Reflections On The East End Art Scene: 2008-2009: (Janurary 2, 2009) “Diamonds are forever, and so is fine art,” says artist and Greenport gallery owner Hector deCordova, but while the diamond may be an extremely stable element (carbon), art is competing these days against a most unstable element – the economy. In an effort to assess the situation with an eye toward eliciting thoughts on how best the East End art community might position itself in the New Year, Hamptons.com asked a number of artists and gallery owners to comment on 2008 and make specific suggestions for 2009…” Read more >>
Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc. (July 22, 2008): The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc., in conjunction with the Town of Huntington, the Nassau County Museum of Art, and Suffolk County Community College are all pleased to present: Embracing Our Differences 2008. This outdoor art exhibition features compelling expressions by Long Island artists. Our distinguished panel of curators has met and reviewed the submissions for Embracing Our Differences 2008, and they have put together an excellent exhibit. The curators were: Hector deCordova, an artist and owner of deCordova Galleries in Greenport…Read more >>
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Hamptons Online (October 25, 2007): “Art for the Cure” The Southampton Artists Association opened their fall show, a visually stunning exhibition, “Abstract & Surrealism” at the Southampton Cultural Center on Friday evening. Over a dozen artists contributed works large and small for a great display of local talent….Also a big hit was artist Hector de Cordova’s homage to the film “Tootsie”, an almost life size Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie complete with the perfect birdie perch big hoop earrings! Read more >>
Dan’s Papers (August 3, 2007): “This Will Knock Your Smocks Off” According to the prestigious National Art Education Association (www.naeareston. org), “Art is a language of visual images that everyone must learn to read. In art classes, we make visual images and we study images. Increasingly, these images affect our needs, our daily behavior, our hopes, our opinions and our ultimate ideals.”
Hector deCordova, artist and founder of The deCordova Studio and Gallery in Greenport, comes from a strong art educational background as a former student of the High School of Music & Art, Parsons School of Design/Interior Architect and Art Students League. Leaving behind a successful career in interior design, deCordova has devoted the past fifteen years to painting. Aside from his personal artistic endeavors, deCordova shares his life’s passion with both children and adults as an art educator. Primarily instructing on the East End through BOCES, the Parrish Art Museum and the Art Barge, deCordova commences his summer teachings for the Children’s Art Project. Read more >>