The east end has long been a refuge for artists and creative individuals seeking inspiration from our natural landscapes. During the month of July, The Hamptons once again hosted the 6th annual ArtHamptons 3rd annual artMRKT Hamptons and the 2nd annual Art Southampton Art Fairs, all of which collectively brought together global galleries, local artists and avid art enthusiasts looking for their next favorite piece.
ArtHamptons kicked off its 6th edition with a three day fair the weekend of July 11-14. Notable for specializing in post-war and contemporary art, the event maintained its reputation of remaining the fine art buying event of the philanthropic social season. Founded and directed by Rick Friedman, the opening night benefited the Guild Hall with following nights benefiting the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and the East End Hospice. ArtHamptons also hosted the Empire State Pride Agenda’s 21st Hamptons Tea Dance and a reception for the Houston Museum of African Culture.
Samuel Owen Gallery – Art Hamptons
The Art Café at ArtHamptons, satisfied the culinary palettes of local tastemakers with fare options presented by Cheffe Colette of The Inn Spot. The pavilion housed booths from 78 national to international dealers spanning from 11 countries with 2,500 pieces from 350 distinguished artists. Visiting guests where instantly captured with an array of public installations and massive sculptures, which surrounded the grounds, at The Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark.
ArtMRKT Hamptons has quickly garnished the titled of the hippest art event on the east end. Focused solely on Contemporary and Modern Art, this fair added instant visual edge to its temporary surroundings at the Bridgehampton Historical Society. Co-founded by Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause,the fair took place the weekend of July 11-14 with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Parrish Art Museum. ArtMRKT Hamptons opening night preview benefited the LongHouse Reserve, which was immediately followed by an opening night party hosted by Norwood with drinks provided by ABSOLUT.
Jordan Faye Contemporary – artMRKT Hamptons
Guests where immediately taken with exterior installations that addressed depicted social and contemporary issues. Once inside, 39 exhibitors helped to visually expand the minds of visiting eyes with pieces that explored elements of culture and modern life. ArtMRKT Hamptons included space for a luxe lounge to reflect on inspirational pieces while its terrace café was filled with beloved New York food trucks, Rickshaw Dumplings, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, Montaco and Rubirosa.
Art Southampton, took place the final weekend of July 25-29, with a private VIP Preview on July 25th to benefit the South Hampton Hospital. Presented by Art Miami, this international contemporary and modern art fair featured work from 85 international galleries with a focus on pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries. The event took place on an 18-acre private estate, which neighbored the Southampton Elks Lodge and Southampton Golf Club.
Gallery Valentine – Art Southampton
The massive 100,000-square-foot pavilion provided ample space for carefully curated collections, scheduled book signings and guest lounge. The fair also held a private cocktail receptions as well as a special exhibition and panel discussion on the work of former Montauk Resident, Andy Warhol. Luxury sponsors provided the lounge with enhanced amenities along with a café catered by neighboring favorite Southampton Social Club