Art Southampton Brings Modern Art out East

Art Southampton’s 100,000 square foot pavilion pictured with the Sculpture Garden designed by LaGuardia Design. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Opening night attendees were able to relax between booths while indulging in cocktails in the VIP lounge. Kevin O’Leary’s Chardonnay, California was featured among other cocktails served. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Guests were served a vast array of beverages and hors d'oeuvres catered by Southampton Social Club. Finger foods ranged from teriyaki chicken “pops” to East End classics like mini lobster rolls. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Financial guru and Shark Tank host Kevin O’Leary presents his series Irreconcilable Images with Gallery Valentine. Proceeds from his collection benefit The Perry J. Cohen Foundation and Teenage Entrepreneurs. “These photographs all capture a series of conflicting forces dating back 40 years,” said O’Leary’s wife Linda on her husband’s passion for photography. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Represented by Jean Albano Gallery, artist Donna Rosenthal poses with her collections He Said, She Said, 2014-15 and Dress Quilt, 2013-15 made from vintage magazines and mixed paper. “I want to capture what a woman would think and how she’d feel when putting on this dress,” said Rosenthal of her inspiration for “Icing On The Cake”. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Opera Gallery exhibits artist Joe Black’s Made in China Series, 2015. The magnificent piece is composed of spray-painted toy soldiers on aluminum with resin coating. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Artist Yigal Ozeri pictured with “Untitled; Elizabeth, 2016” represented by Louis K. Meisel Gallery. A photorealist, Ozeri depicts women in nature while simultaneously portraying fantasy. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Galleria Ca’ d’Oro exhibits the work of Blue and Joy, the name under which Berlin-based duo Fabio La Fauci and Daniele Sigalot sign their work. After achieving world-renowned success for their aluminum “Paper Plane” installations, they’re celebrating ten years by creating new works to be exclusively shown in the United States. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
With experience as a graphic designer, artist Candice CMC sees the world through a pictorial lens. “Doggie Donuts, 2016”, presented by ARDT Gallery, captures Candice’s passion for depicting dual imagery. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Rademakers Gallery presents the philosophical work of Sebiha Demir, including “Hey!” (left) and “Reminiscing” from a limited edition three-piece set. Both sculptures are constructed from bullet shells used to kill animals given to Demir by the Dutch police force. image: chelsea d’ambrosio
Presented by the New York Academy of Art, artist Will Kurtz poses with works “Trash Can” and his construction of a raccoon using primarily newspaper. As a Harlem dweller who studies anatomy, Kurtz strives to capture live New York City moments in his sculptures. image: chelsea d’ambrosio

Art Southampton returned with its fifth installment on the grounds of Nova’s Ark Project Thursday night when distinguished collectors, artists, gallery owners and high-profile guests gathered for a VIP preview.

Even a massive white pavilion could not limit the fair’s exposition, as attendees were welcomed by Art Southampton’s outdoor Sculpture Garden designed by LaGuardia Design.

Inside, the art fair, which runs through Monday, brings innovative modern and contemporary art from more than 70 world-renowned galleries to Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill. Presented by  Art Miami, Art Southampton is filled with mixed media art, sculpture and photography from the Post War and Pop eras.

Noteworthy celebrity contributors include Brooke Shields, who co-curated The New York Academy of Art’s exhibition Call of the Wild, and Kevin O’Leary, with his very own contemporary photography exhibition Irreconcilable Images presented by Gallery Valentine.

Keynote presentations from leading curators, advisors and experts of the modern art world will complement ingenious displays over the fair’s five-day span.