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Art Hamptons
Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark, Millstone Rd., Watermill, NY 11976
July 14, 2013 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Champagne and Cocktails with Young Collectors in the Hamptons.
by Max Nesterak

One of the biggest challenges young collectors face is figuring out what they like. It takes seeing a lot of art.

Bringing dozens of galleries and hundreds of artists together from around the world to one spot, ArtHamptons is a good way to escape the city for the weekend and see what’s out on the art market. An open bar doesn’t hurt either. The Young Collectors Fete (by invitation only) offered an opportunity for young buyers to come together to watch a game of Polo over champagne and cocktails, while afterwards young buyers could take guided tours of the exhibits to help them learn more about the art they were interested in. We caught up with a few of these young Manhattanites to find out what inspires them, what’s in their collection, and what they might acquire at the fairs.


Latayla Edwards, 27, The Whitney Contemporaries

 Latayla Edwards; photo by the author.

What was your latest acquisition?

I bought two. One from Takashi Murakami. He’s from Japan, very funky. At the same time I bought a Keith Haring, one of his sparky dogs. That was a big deal; I had to go to London for that.

Have you seen anything here that you’re thinking about collecting?

Not yet! We just got here an hour ago and wanted to watch the Polo event, but we’ll be looking around after. 

What drives your decision making in selecting a piece?

Emotion. It’s emotion. It’s how I’m feeling at the time. If I want dark art, I buy dark art. If I want happy art, I buy happy art. It just depends.


Nicole Koelle (right), 29, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Apollo Circle  


What was your latest acquisition?

I don’t own any. I’m a new collector, so I’m looking around today and seeing what’s out there.

Have you seen anything today?

There are these beautiful horse prints that I’m thinking about.

Why start collecting art?

I started going to art museums when I was in college and that’s where my appreciation really began. I think from there you learn your tastes, what you like, what you don’t like. Naturally, it grows from there that you want to have something of your own.



J.J. Watson, Not important, Sotheby’s Auction House Preferred Group


What was your latest acquisition?

It was a plywood cutout of a mermaid by Z. Behl. She’s a local artist in Manhattan in TriBeCa. 

How do you decide what to buy?

It has to go with its surroundings, whether it’s the house out here or the house in the city. I like nautical art – water, the ocean, boats.  

Have you seen anything here that you are thinking about buying?

I didn’t get a chance to look at everything, but there are definitely things that I’m interested in.




  Dave Rosner & Dolores Suarez, We’ll keep the ages out of this, The Whitney Contemporaries


What were your latest acquisions?

DS: It was a Picasso print.

DR: I bought a big gouache and paint combo from an artist called Chet Urban.

How do you decide what to buy?

DS: The first thing is visual attraction. You’ve got to like it.

Are you thinking about buying anything here?

DS: Definitely, this print right behind us.

DR: I’m always looking at Alexander Calder stuff . . .




Max Nesterak


More from ArtHamptons:


Two sheep greet all vistors at the entrance to the Sculpture Fields at Nova's Ark in Bridgehampton.

Artist, Musician, and Filmmaker Larry Rivers's iconic "Legs" marked the entrance to the 50,000 sq/ft indoor pavilion.

Inside ArtHamptons.

Fairgoer looks on Belgian Artist Joel Moens's 2013 Adoration Bleu.

David Joel, Executive Director of the Larry Rivers Foundation, curated an exhibition of selected fashion artworks by the late "Godfather of Pop Art." Presented in conjunction with the Tibor de Nagy Gallery.



Painter, sculptor, and activist Faith Ringgold asks "What would America be like without 400 years of Black History?" in the VIP room at ArtHamptons. Ringgold was honored as one of ArtHamptons' 2013 Life Achievement Honorees.
Brooke with Beachball by Sculptor Carole Feuerman.

Legendary Gay Icon Lady Bunny DJ's the annual Hamptons Tea Dance organized by the LGBT Rights Group Empire State Pride Agenda. 
Polo at the Southampton Hunt & Polo club adjacent to the ArtHamptons Pavilion. 

Young art lovers watch the polo match at the Young Collector's Fete.


All photos by Max Nesterak.


(image at top: Larry Rivers, Untitled (Last Fashion), 2002, Oil on Canvas; at ArtHamptons, 2013.)

Posted by Max Nesterak on 7/17/13 | tags: collectors Art Hamptons

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