If you’re a seasoned art collector living in New York—we hear there are quite a few of them—you might want to think about taking a trip out of the city this weekend for the second annual artMRKT Hamptons, taking place from July 19-22 on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society in (you guessed it) the Hamptons. Unlike larger, more sprawling art fairs, artMRKT Hamptons is heavily curated, giving its visitors an intimate setting in which to discover (and, of course, buy) contemporary painting, photography, sculpture and more from 40 of the United States’ leading galleries. Among those showcasing their art this year are New York’s own Nancy Hoffman Gallery; Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.; Kathryn Markel Fine Arts and the Morgan Lehman Gallery.
Explains artMRKT Hamptons managing partner Jeffrey Wainhause, who launched the fair with director Max Fishko, “Our aim is to create an enjoyable experience for our clients and to make the Fair easily accessible. The Fair is centrally located in Bridgehampton near wonderful restaurants and shops, and the venue and layout of the fair enables the galleries and artists to be the true stars of the show.”
Certain to be an enjoyable experience in its own right is the Fair’s Evening Preview, taking place tomorrow, which will see attendees served summer barbeque courtesy of noted Brooklyn chef Leon Gunn. In the spirit of giving back to their community, proceeds from the Evening Preview will benefit the Hamptons’ own Parrish Art Museum.
Tickets are still available, so visit www.art-mrkt.com/hamptons if an art fair is just what the doctor ordered for this weekend. More information on its sister fairs, artMRKT San Francisco, Texas Contemporary and the soon-to-be-launched Miami Project, can be found at www.art-mrkt.com.