Hamptons Summer Art Fairs: A Primer

Inside ArtHamptons
Inside ArtHamptons, Photo: Courtesy ArtHamptons

The Hamptons summer art scene will sizzle with three huge art fairs in mid-July. What once seemed like just a good idea has now become an annual summertime institution as ArtHamptons, Art Market and Art Southampton return to the East End, each time further perfecting the art of the fair experience.

Outside ArtHamptons
Outside ArtHamptons, Photo: Courtesy ArtHamptons


WHEN: July 10–13, 2014
Preview on July 10 benefits Guild Hall
WHERE: The Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark, 60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton

Now in its seventh year, ArtHamptons is back with an expanded pavilion to accommodate the growing number of visitors and exhibitors. ArtHamptons 2014 will be honoring Water Mill artist Jane Freilicher with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award and a 50-year retrospective (courtesy of Tibor de Nagy) on view at ArtHamptons. Robert Wilson, artist and Artistic Director of the Watermill Center, a performing arts laboratory, will receive the 2014 Arts Patron of the Year Award.

Special events, aside from the opening night Guild Hall benefit, will include the 22nd Annual Tea Dance, benefiting the Empire State Pride Agenda on July 12; the 7th Annual Young Presidents Organization/World Presidents Organization summer art party on July 12; the ArtHamptons Contemporary Home Tour on July 12; ArtPolo @ ArtHamptons on July 13, a customized polo demonstration in an adjacent field hosted by the Southampton Hunt and Polo Club; and the Museum Curators Weekend Retreat.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see artwork from over 80 galleries, representing 12 different countries—particularly Korea, as part of Korea Contemporary @ ArtHamptons, which will showcase 15 of Asia’s leading galleries. 2014 exhibitors include local galleries like Sag Harbor’s Monika Olko Gallery and Tulla Booth Gallery, as well as New York’s Island Weiss Gallery.

The elegant art café in the center of the Pavilion provides fairgoers and exhibitors with easy access to dining while still being able to keep an eye on the surrounding artwork (and people). There’s also the option to dine al fresco in the Sculpture Gardens, where large-scale works by the late Nova Mihai Popa, in their permanent location, are viewable alongside freshly brought-in sculpture.

Visit arthamptons.com for more information.

Art Market Hamptons
Art Market Hamptons, Photo: Courtesy Art Market Productions
Art Market Hamptons

WHEN: July 10–13
Preview on July 10 benefits LongHouse Reserve
WHERE: Bridgehampton Historical Society, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton

The fourth edition of Art Market Hamptons showcases a tightly focused selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, videos and installations by modern and contemporary international artists from galleries across the nation. With over 9,500 visitors last year, this year’s open-plan tent will be expanded. Setting Art Market apart from other fairs is that only 40 galleries will be presented, making for a more intimate viewing. The opening preview benefit for LongHouse Reserve will be hosted and curated by Norwood, with specialty beverages by Absolut and a lineup of live music. Norwood will also be designing and hosting this year’s VIP lounge.

Exhibitors have a strong local representation—with Eric Firestone Gallery of East Hampton, who will be showing the work of BÄST and Henry Chalfant, as well as returning galleries Kathryn Markel Fine Arts and Vered Gallery. New York’s Galerie Mourlot will feature original prints by Picasso and works by Adolph Gottlieb. Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects will be showing works by figurative expressionist Lester Johnson, and Center Street Studio is back again this year with a selection of contemporary prints.

Last year’s gourmet and specialty food trucks will be back by popular demand—this year features Roberta’s (the popular Bushwick brick oven pizza restaurant), Red Hook Lobster Pound and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream.

Partnerships have been expanded to include various arts organizations in New York, including the Asia Society, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Guggenheim Museum, International Center of Photography, Japan Society, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Whitney Contemporaries—so you can be sure there will be some exciting events and programs in conjunction with this year’s Art Market.

Visit artmarkethamptons.com for more information.

Art Southampton
The Art Southampton Pavilion
Art Southampton

WHEN: July 24–28
Preview on July 24 benefits the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital
WHERE: Art Southampton Pavilion, Southampton Elks Lodge, 605 County Road 39, Southampton

Art Southampton, presented by Art Miami, is an international contemporary and modern art fair, featuring a carefully selected group of more than 70 international art galleries with a strong focus on works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

GRAFF Diamonds, Maserati, Ruinart Champagne and Saunders & Associates will sponsor the VIP Preview, benefiting the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital. Conveniently located directly off Route 27A, on the sprawling estate property behind the Southampton Elks Lodge, the fair is easily accessible for both city dwellers and East Enders. The 100,000-square-foot Art Southampton pavilion offers a sculpture garden, an elegant VIP lounge and a café for visitors to relax and enjoy.

Exhibitors for 2014 include Galerie Terminus, Munich; Cube Gallery, London; Peter Marcelle Project, Southampton; Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York; Katharina Rich Perlow Fine Arts, New York; and Amy Li Gallery, Beijing (among many others).

This year, visitors will have the chance to participate in 1AN Art Symposium—a series of discussions given by industry experts on a range of topics, from “Succession Planning for Valuable Art” to “The Art of Appraising.” The symposium hosts multiple discussions on each day and is free for visitors. Visit art-southampton.com to see the full list and be sure to register to receive up-to-the-minute updates and news.

Visit art-southampton.com for more information.

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