Acquiring Exceptional Art in the Hamptons

When Art Southampton returns this July it will be the continuation of a dream that began long ago. Now in its third year, the art fair connects collectors to contemporary and modern art dealers. But this isn’t a typical art fair under a tent in a field, it’s a destination. Art Southampton takes place in a gleaming white pavilion thousands of square feet of carpeted and hardwood floors, air-conditioning and a VIP lounge that offers cocktails and gourmet treats.

Image: Art Southampton

Just as veteran art fair director and Roslyn native Nick Korniloff dreamed it would. Born in New York City, but raised on Long Island, Korniloff has called Florida home ever since graduating from Florida International University. When he took over Art Miami LLC in 2008 he quickly revitalized the 23-year-old Art Miami fair and began expanding. It was his dream to bring to a fair to the Hamptons.

“Many of the collectors in Miami asked us to a produce a show for the Hamptons that reflected the style of the people visiting the area,” Korniloff said. “This is the cultural event of the year.”

Dierk Maass, Shades of Dolpo, 2013, 180 x 120 cm, Galerie Anita Beckers

With attention to detail and carefully curated works Korniloff made Art Southampton into a destination. Last year some 12,000 art enthusiasts and collectors came to the fair from around the world. And by hiring all services locally including printers, electronics and landscapers, Art Southampton contributed more than $750,000 to the local economy.

Nicholas Korniloff, Partner & Director, Art Miami LLC – Erika Delgado Photography

The success of Art Miami and Art Southampton is also spreading to other cities. This year will be the inaugural year of Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco.

In Southampton this year’s number of participants includes 80 of the world’s most prestigious galleries and the artists to be shown include talents of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Warhol, Picasso, Chagall, Banksy and many more. A number of events will also take place throughout the weekend including a collaboration with One Art Nation for The Art Symposium, which will brings together industry experts to discuss a range of from the current structure of the art market to art appraisal. There will also be a cocktail reception for collectors and patrons to meet featured artists hosted by New York Academy of Art president David Kratz, a brunch the Maserati VIP lounge curated by Luxe Interiors + Design and designed by Mitchell Gold for the Parrish Art Museum Acquisition Committee and Mid-Summer Party Gala Chairs and much more. The full list of participating galleries, artists to be shown and events is available on the Art Southampton website.

Banksy, VIP Rat, Original Street Work From Glastonbury, England, 2005 Spray Paint on Foam Board, 40 x 32 In., Keszler Gallery

“It’s a very international show featuring investing quality art from the 20 and 21 century and emerging and cutting edge talent from well respected galleries from around the world,” Korniloff said.

If you go:
Art Southampton
Thursday, July 24 Platinum VIP 6pm – 7:30pM
Thursday, July 24 VIP Preview 7:30pm-10pm.
Friday, 12pm – 8pm,
Sat & Sun, 12pm-7pm
Mon, 12pm-5pm.
1 day pass $25
Multi-day pass,$40
Students 12-18 & Seniors, $15;
Children under 12 w/ adult, Free;
Groups of 10 or more $15.

Sibylle Springer Lot, 2012, Acrylic and leaf gold on canvas, 170 x 200 cm , Galerie Anita Beckers