The first fair out of the gate this season is the debut edition of art fair guru Rick Friedman’s Hamptons Contemporary Home Design Expo at the Southampton Elks Fairgrounds (605 County Road 39) on June 3-5, 2016. The fair will bring international interior/exterior-design/décor to the Hamptons. Well known as the founder of Art Hamptons, the Expo is a departure for Friedman who sold Art Hamptons to Urban Expositions in 2015. His new venture, held in an ambitious 45,000 square foot pavilion, will showcase Friedman’s vision for a fair that goes “beyond the art on the walls” and celebrates every aspect of interior and exterior luxury home décor & design, from interior decorators, luxury furniture and appliance manufacturers to one-of-a-kind design artisans; from state-of-the-art pool and landscape designers to home theater experts.
The Opening Night Preview of Hamptons Contemporary on June 3rd, hosted by Architectural Digest, will benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF). Sylvester & Co. will be partnering with Pointed Leaf Press to bring in world-renowned authors in design and architecture for special book signing events that will continue throughout the fair at their booth. Designer Mark Zeff will be signing copies of his lavishly illustrated monograph BLACKBARN at Hamptons Contemporary on June 4th and 5th, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days. The book celebrates Zeff’s seminal project, BLACKBARN, a barn-inspired Hamptons home that has been over thirty years in the making.
Next up is 9-year old Art Hamptons with new branding, a swanky new estate location and ‘open flow’ architectural floorplan. Now owned and produced by Urban Expositions of Atlanta, GA., the fair was acquired in 2015. Urban Expositions is no stranger to the regional fair scene, already producing Art Aspen, Houston Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, and the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago.
The fair, which specializes in Modern and Contemporary Art, is the self-proclaimed ‘original fine art fair of the Hamptons’. This year the fair spotlight on Cuban art from a number of galleries including Galeria Habana (Cuba), RJD (Sag Harbor), Emmanuel Fremin (New York) and Fernando Luis Alvarez (CT). The fair will be held from June 23-26 on the private estate grounds of Maria and Kenneth Fishel at 900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. The Gala on June 23rd will benefit LongHouse Reserve of East Hampton and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The inaugural Host Committee will be co-chaired by Jack Lenor Larsen, internationally regarded textile designer, author, collector and one of the world’s foremost advocates of traditional and contemporary crafts.
Art Southampton, veteran fair organizer Nick Korniloff’s (Art Miami) contemporary and modern art fair, will celebrate its fifth installment on the grounds of Nova’s Ark Project in its 100,000 square foot pavilion at 60 Millstone Road in Bridgehampton, from July 7th – 11th, 2016. The fair’s strength lies in modern and contemporary works from iconic artists and the emerging, mid-career, Post War and Pop eras. Some of the East End’s most prolific artists – past and present – are shown here, including Perry Burns, Eric Fischl, Raymond Hendler, Jeff Muhs, Charlotte Park, Susan Vecsey and Esteban Vicente.
The annual fair is known for celebrity following, and this year a few have even joined the effort. Brooke Shields will co-curate The New York Academy of Art exhibition, Call of the Wild, with Academy President David Kratz. The show will feature paintings and sculptures by Academy alumni, which focus on the natural world and the animal kingdom.
The fair kicks off with a VIP Preview Party benefitting the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital on Thursday evening. Shark Tank host Kevin O’Leary will be on hand opening night to introduce his contemporary photography exhibition Irreconcilable Images, presented by Gallery Valentine of East Hampton. Sales of O’Leary’s photographs in the curated installation will benefit the Perry J. Cohen Foundation and aspiring Teenage Entrepreneurs.
Market Art + Design, the fair formerly known as artMRKT Hamptons, has evolved to fully embrace “design” as a collecting category alongside its fine art offerings. It is intentionally the most compact of the four Hamptons fairs, featuring roughly forty galleries. Considered a hipper affair catering to a younger audience, Market Art + Design’s smaller number of galleries largely represent emerging and mid-career artists.
The fair runs from July 7 – 10, 2016 at The Bridgehampton Museum located at 2368 Montauk Highway. OPENING NIGHT Market Art + Design Preview: Thursday July 7, 2016, 6:00pm to 10:00pm