Contemporary Art Hits The Hamptons This Weekend

The opening night preview began with a ribbon cutting ceremony and warm welcome from owners of the estate Kenneth and Maria Fishel, accompanied by their children, Melissa and Bradley. image: chelsea d'ambrosio
East Meadow raised Michael Alfano pictured with his philosophical sculptures exhibited by Artblend. Alfano accredits his inspiration to the Albert Einstein quote: “Curiosity has its own reason for existing”. His bronze sculpture “We Two Together” portrays a man and woman whose alignment forms a lager face within the negative space, signifying their union. image: elizabeth cantwell
Kaiser Suidan’s ceramic jacks installation, represented by Next Step Studio & Gallery, was the hit of the fair for Suidan’s vibrant color combinations, intricate patterns and lightweight design. image: elizabeth cantwell
Artist Adel Gorgy poses with his works “Marilyn Persona – Traces of Warhol” and “Sonnet for Love – Traces of Pollock and de Kooning” represented by Able Fine Art NY Gallery. Gorgy prides himself on having the guts to “abstract abstraction”, transforming the works of famous pop artists into his own interpretations. image: elizabeth cantwell
The “Best Booth” award went to Collage Habana, an art gallery located in the heart of Havana City, for Carlos Quintana’s oil paintings including pictured “Dina Leyendo”, 2016. image: elizabeth cantwell
Bruce Lowrie of Bruce Lowrie Gallery posing with works by pop iconoclast and mixed media artist Nelson De La Nuez including “Chanel No 5”, “High Maintenance”, “Take the Money and Run” and “Wall Street Panic”. image: elizabeth cantwell
Painter Christiaan Lieverse is famous for his incorporation of texture into female portraits. Represented by Villa Del Arte, the gallery won the “Best Artwork” award for Liverse’s acrylic paintings on antique carpets capturing strong, feminine character, as depicted by this work entitled “Phalea”. image: elizabeth cantwell
Victor Spinelli posing with his paintings of antique poker chips from Chip Series exhibited by SPiN Galleries. Each chip is created using acrylic and oil paints on wood covered by canvas. He hopes his series evokes nostalgia like his own for older casino staples. image: elizabeth cantwell

The ninth edition of ArtHamptons is in full swing, bringing 56 exhibitors of contemporary and modern art from all over the world under one tent in Bridgehampton. Media, artists, gallery owners and VIP guests flocked to the private estate of Kenneth and Maria Fishel Thursday, June 23 for a special preview of the longest running art show in the Hamptons.

Opening night festivities commenced with a ribbon cutting ceremony. VIP guests were then invited to explore each of the booths while sipping on cocktails and indulging in unlimited Tate’s cookies among other hors d’oeuvres.

The festival is the first under Urban Exposition, the same group that manages SOFA Chicago and Art Aspen, but the artwork remains as diverse as it is breathtaking. Exhibited pieces from international and local galleries alike span mediums, ranging from large-scale sculptures to mixed-media paintings and photographs.

ArtHamptons will produce a series of programming to complement the art, including talks, signings, panel discussions and receptions. Outside the private estate grounds of Kenneth and Maria Fishel, sitting seamlessly between busy Main Street and green farmland, is a scenic summer backdrop for the fair, which runs through Sunday.