Buying Art at the Beach: What You Need to Know About the Hamptons’ Fair Scene

Photo by Adriel Reboh
Photo by Adriel Reboh

Source: Observer | June 24th, 2016

VIP Preview June 23; Gen. Admission June 24-26. 900 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton, N.Y. This summer marks Art Hamptons’ first under new owners Urban Expositions, who also oversee SOFA Chicago and Art Aspen. The fair was the region’s first. Not much has changed with Urban at the helm—around 70 percent of participating galleries are returning exhibitors—but there’s been a little tweaking, such as a new logo, website and a move to the last week of June from the second week in July.

Collectors who visit this first fair of the season will have the chance to do some select one-stop shopping. Since SOFA Chicago is widely known for its sculpture and design, organizers have infused Art Hamptons’ Modern and Contemporary offerings with a “juxtaposition of materials,” says Urban Expositions vice president Donna Davies, and alongside paintings and sculpture, there will also be works in ceramic and glass.

As for the fair’s programming, 2016 has a focus on Cuba. Three galleries from the Caribbean island will be participating for the first time—308 Art Contemporaneo, College Habana Gallery and Galeria Habana—and a panel on “Cuban Art Today” will discuss how politics have affected the island’s artistic community. And, lest we forget that we’re in the Hamptons, there will be a talk on the “Allure of the East End,” which has been a haven for artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner and Robert Rauschenberg.