It’s official! This past 4th of July celebration greeted the summer season of New York City’s art scene. Hordes of urbanites will trade in their metro cards for polo mallets as the Hamptons Art Fairs kick into full swing. Troupes of art aficionados will flock to this east-end mecca of white beaches and even whiter ensembles. The Hamptons Art Fairs are known for their trendy parties, trendier market swings, and art collectors who have a penchant for scooping up big ticket items at the drop of a well-coiffed hat. Opening this weekend are Art Hamptons and Art Market Hamptons followed by Art Southampton in late July. As most New Yorkers are avoiding the scorching city heat, we’ll be turning it up as red dots and auction paddles fly. Here’s our itinerary on things to come out east.
Art Market Hamptons [July 10-13] specializes in connecting art dealers with collectors. Their market friendly focus helps expand the platform of arts appreciation within the context of networking and investments. Located in Bridgehampton and produced by veteran dealers Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause, this fair is sure to contain the front runners of market friendly art investments.
Art Hamptons opening night, 2013; Courtesy ArtHamptons
ArtHamptons [July 10-13] is known for its boutique style exhibitions featuring the top galleries in post-war and contemporary art. This year, they’re hosting a line up of galleries, events & lectures culminating in their annual Art Polo game in a merger of all things art and affluence. Special events include a John Chamberlain Auction, Expert-Led Guided Tours and ArtKids -collaboration with Free Arts NYC- hosting special family friendly programming. And don’t forget the annual Hamptons Tea Dance on Saturday July 12th with none other than DJ Lady Bunny!
The Herzog & de Meuron designed Parrish Art Museum—a recent recipient of the “Best Museum” in Travel + Leisure's International Design Competition—is following the formula for art world acclaim. Along with exhibitions from the museum’s permanent collection and sculpture garden, this weekend will feature the museum’s Midsummer Party on Saturday, July 12th, and closing reception for Jennifer Bartlett’s History of the Universe. If you’re looking for an opportunity to stretch out after a long weekend at the fairs, the museum even offers a yoga class on Sundays.
Photo by Matthu Placek; Courtesy of Parrish Art Museum
Later on in July, Art Southampton [July 24-28] features 80 modern and contemporary art galleries from around the globe. With a preview benefitting the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital, this year's fair is estimated to attract over 16,000 collectors, curators, and professionals in the field of contemporary art.
The Watermill Center—a self-proclaimed laboratory for performance—is an exploratory research center for the creative disciplines including art, dance and theatre. On July 26th, the center will host its 21st annual summer benefit supporting the center's artist residency program which hosts 100 artists from over 30 nations each summer.
For ongoing exhibitions in the Hamptons area during July, one we’re looking forward to is Genieve Figgis’ Yes Captain, now on at Harper’s Books in East Hampton. This will mark the first public presentation of the Irish painter’s work in the U.S.
Established in 2012, the East Hampton Shed is exactly that. A shed in East Hampton, but one that shows a host of really great artists. Right now you can catch I Never Called You A Dream, a project by Hector Arce-Espasas and Lewis Teague Wright in the diminutive space.
Dan Flavin Institute, a Dia adaptation located in Bridgehampton and established in 1983, hosts nine permanent installations of Flavin’s work created between 1963 and 1981. The institute is housed in a converted firehouse originally built in 1908 and couldn’t be a more appropriate resting place for the infamous light artist.
Editor's Note: This article has been corrected; our previous figure for Art Southampton's attendance was incorrect and has been updated accordingly.
(Image on top: Art Market Hamptons 2013; Courtesy Art Hamptons)