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Exploring the Purpose of Art

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Artist Chris Kelly in his studio. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Artist Chris Kelly in his studio. COURTESY THE ARTIST

authorStaff Writer on Sep 22, 2023

The Leiber Collection will host an artist reception for Chris Kelly on Saturday, October 7, at 4 p.m. as he discusses “The Purpose of Art.”

Art can be anything — from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to drip paintings to a banana taped to a wall. In our contemporary age, all subject matter is valid and any style or technique can be used. But what ties it all together? And why does it matter?

In this lecture, Kelly aims to explore and illuminate why art is a necessity — not just for artists, but for all of human culture. Intellectual discussion and Q&A will be part of the presentation.

Kelly was raised in East Hampton and studied painting and sculpture at Cornell University. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions.

“The hidden geometry of nature has been an ongoing source of inspiration for my work, most notably in the form of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Sequence,” he said. “With this new series of paintings and sculptures I have combined my interpretation of this geometry with my overall philosophy of art.”

The Leiber Collection is located at 446 Old Stone Highway in the East Hampton. For more information, visit leibercollection.org or call 631-329-3288.

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