By: Jenna Curry
Once a remote, picturesque haven for artists from Childe Hassam to Jackson Pollock, the Hamptons are now more likely to host collectors and well-heeled summer vacationers. In 2008 entrepreneur Rick Friedman organized the area’s first international fine art fair, ArtHamptons, which he describes as “a (casual) situation where a lot of the big buyers are walking around in sneakers and tennis clothes.”
Returning to Long Island’s East End for its second edition on July 10–12, ArtHamptons will assemble some 50 dealers of 20th- and 21st-century painting, photography, sculpture and more at the Bridgehampton Historical Society. “The Hamptons is the only place in the world that you can sell Motherwell, De Kooning and Warhol in a potato field,” Friedman says.
Hirschl & Adler Modern of New York will showcase works by contemporary realists such as Alexander Creswell, as well as paintings by modern masters such as Mark Rothko and Andrew Wyeth (who died this past January at the age of 91). The gallery’s booth will offer works priced between $1,800 and $225,000.
Throckmorton Fine Art of New York plans on featuring photographs by Jonathan Singer, Edward Weston and Tina Modotti, as well as Asian sculpture such as a limestone head and upper torso of the Buddha, from the Northern Qi Dynasty (550–577), priced at $75,000.
The ArtHamptons Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to landscape artist Jane Wilson, who is represented by DC Moore Gallery in New York. The gallery will offer some of Wilson’s more recent paintings, which were inspired by the luminous sky, sea and land of the Hamptons. Other participants include Forum Gallery of New York, Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, with galleries in New York and East Hampton, and Wendt Gallery of Laguna Beach, Calif.
In its 2008 debut the ArtHamptons fair generated $20 million in sales, and Friedman has similar expectations for this year. “The right picture at the right price will sell,” he says. “We’re working to have something for everybody.” To accommodate newer collectors, for example, the fair will offer more photography, both vintage and contemporary, as well as smaller works on paper. According to Friedman, some galleries will also offer masterpieces in the $3–4 million range.
PLUS: ANTIQUING IN THE HAMPTONS
After (or before) the fair, antiques enthusiasts should be able to make some finds at the following local dealers’ shops:
The American Wing, Bridgehampton
Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, East Hampton
Georgica Creek Antiques, East Hampton
John Salibello Antiques, Bridgehampton
Laurin Copen Antiques, Bridgehampton
Linda & Howard Stein Antiques, Bridgehampton
Morgan MacWhinnie, Southhampton