East-End Adventures: Inside the Hamptons Art World

The long holiday weekend featured exhibitions at galleries, museums—and record attendance at Art Hamptons

A beach-themed Marjorie Strider artwork at the Lawrence Fine booth of Art Hamptons.(Courtesy Lawrence Fine Art via Artsy)
The exterior of ArtHamptons on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton, opening night. (Photo by APeers)
A Joan Mitchell painting marking her show at Stable Gallery; She exhibited at the famous gallery from 1953-1966. (Photo by APeers)
Artist Bob Tabor's oversized and gleaming equine images sold well.
Manifold Editions at ArtHamptons offered Damien Hirsts, both butterfly and skull.
An ArtHamptons reveler poses by the art. (Photo by Adriel Reboh)
Popular sculptor Mia Fonssagrives-Solow co-hosted a party with Whitewall magazine and pioneering Hamptons dealer Eric Firestone.
Mia Fonssagrives-Solow's works displayed at her East Hampton farm. (Photo by Emily Rubin)
'Robot Pendant,' by the artist, at the Gagosian Shop.
Mia Fonssagrives-Solow's early sculptures; She is now working larger-scale. (Photo by Emily Rubin)
The Parrish Art Museum. It's annual gala will be held Saturday, July 11. (Photo by APeers)
A Tara Donavan sculpture on view at the Parrish. Photo by APeers
A marvelous Robert Gober at the Parrish Museum. (Photo by APeers)
At Ruschmeyer's in Montauk, Canadian artist-in-residence Jason Dussalt unveiled his mosaic-bedecked surfboards. (Courtesy: Ruschmeyer's of Montauk)
A David Datuna flag was prominently displayed at the fair; a similar work by the artist was shown at Lincoln Center late last year.


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BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY — You knew something was up at ArtHamptons when the valet parkers were overwhelmed on Day One, pointing frantically when spaces became available for the next shiny Lexus to slide in.

AH Fair, the first of three contemporary-art fairs that will be held in the Hamptons this summer, kicked off last weekend with what it reported as record attendance—12,000 visitors in four days. Opening night, it greeted the large crowd of invitees in expensive sundresses and Italian sunglasses that it had optimistically dubbed “Black Card VIPs” with caviar, rum tastings and booths of contemporary art from 17 countries.

By and large, painting and, to a lesser degree, sculpture trumped photography at the fair (with some exceptions), both in the space given over to it and the sales of it. Those dealers who prospered included veteran SoHo gallerist June Kelly, selling works by Stan Brodsky and Claudia DeMonte.

The next day, Whitewall Magazine had a party to celebrate its summer issue at the East Hampton farm of sculptor, jewelry designer and Gagosian artist Mia Fonssagrives-Solow. (She’s moving into larger-scale, gleaming fiberglass sculptures these days, she noted excitedly.) East End dealer Eric Firestone co-hosted.

Saturday, July 4, the Parrish Art Museum opened Tara Donovan’s sculpture show of Slinkys. Sunday, Ruschmeyer’s, the summer-camp inspired hotel all the way East in Montauk, celebrated the surfboard mosaics of artist-in-residence—now that’s a job—Jason Dussalt.

The highlight? Just maybe Southampton’s old-fashioned, flag-waving small town Independence Day Parade.

Check the slideshow for a look at what went on where.



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