ArtHamptons, the longest running art fair of the Hamptons, opened its 8th edition in its new location on private estate grounds in Bridgehampton. With nearly 3,000 VIP attendees, ArtHamptons is positioned as the first major cultural event of the summer and an exciting enhancement to visitors’ 4th of July weekend plans. The remainder of the weekend shows no signs of slowing down, with the fair’s ticketed events selling out in far in advance.
Kicking off with an exclusive First Look event to benefit Guild Hall and Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, hosted by Maria and Kenneth Fishel, a number of prominent members of the community were spotted in attendance, including Executive Director of Guild Hall Ruth Appelhof and Jill and Bobby Zarin. Executive Director of ArtHamptons Rick Friedman recognized Samuel Waxman, M.D. in a short ceremony, presenting the doctor with $10,000 in recognition of his achievements as Founder and CEO of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
Guests explored the 40,000 sq. ft. tented pavilion showcasing 67 international exhibitors presenting Post-War Modern and contemporary art as they enjoyed hor d’oeuvres by Cheffe Colette of The Inn Spot on the Bay, complimentary wine by Sequoia Grove, and cocktails by Tito’s Vodka. On-site, Tesla Motors representatives showcased the 2015 Model S P85D. Exhibitors reported high optimism for the weekend with numerous connections made and a number of sales confirmed. Local galleries reported success, with karyn mannix contemporary of Easthampton selling pieces by British street artist, Dom, Sean Sullivan and T.Wat., and Quogue Gallery selling a large Janice Mehlman photograph. Center Space of New York, NY sold several editions by Alex G. Cao; LIFE Gallery of New York, NY sold a Marwane Pallas piece; and Ai Bo Gallery of Rye, NY sold a Marlene Rose cast glass piece and Janet Sherman’s box wall sculptures.
The McLoughlin Gallery of San Francisco, CA sold a large Doug Thielscher sculpture; Christopher Martin Gallery of Aspen, CO sold Christopher H. Martin limited edition works to New York collectors; and Thomas Paul Fine Art of Woodland Hills, CA reported holds on works by Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Elaine De Kooning.
ArtHamptons is produced by the Hamptons Expo Group of Southampton, NY. HEG also produces ArtAspen, Houston Fine Art Fair and Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. In total, over 50,000 motivated art lovers and enthusiasts from across the nation attend their fairs, annually. The company was founded 9 years ago by art collector Rick Friedman with the concept of bringing the thrill and excitement of a major international art fair to affluent regional markets, where attendees can conveniently make art acquisition decisions near their residences.
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