A Fair To Remember

This summer’s much anticipated Art Southampton, the East End’s premier contemporary and modern art fair, is scheduled to open for the fourth consecutive year with a sophisticated VIP Preview event on the evening of July 9 (the fair continues through Monday July 13). The fair’s new location is on the expansive, established grounds of Nova’s Ark Project—where the vision of founder Nova Mihai Popa will be beautifully complemented by the high quality of the thousands of contemporary and modern art works on display. Art Southampton, known as the leading art fair in the Hamptons, has a distinguished variety of disciplines, mediums, and pricing of quality art works on exhibit for acquisition.

The opening night VIP Preview benefits the Parrish Art Museum and the Southampton Hospital, and is sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate and GRAFF Diamonds, which certainly will add considerable sparkle. Ruinart Champagne will provide the bubbly for the prominent collectors, curators, art advisors, architects, designers and decorators, and illustrious guests at this exclusive event. This is a unique opportunity to acquire the finest blue chip works of art from emerging, mid-career, cutting edge artists, as well as works from Post War and Pop eras, with an additional focus on design and functional art. Not surprisingly, the fair also will highlight some of the East End’s most prolific artists from past and present.

The five-day event showcases truly spectacular works of art from around the world, including galleries from Paris, Berlin, London, Seoul, Brussels, Bogota, Barcelona, Stuttgart, Munich, South Korea, Basel, Toronto, Amsterdam, and Quebec, among others; as well the United States, including Miami, Palm Beach, Atlanta, Chicago, Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, and New York. The fair also provides a robust programming schedule, including receptions with artists, book signings, and a daily art symposium sponsored by One Art Nation that brings together leading opinion leaders and art industry experts to speak on a wide range of topics covering everything from artist spotlights to panel discussions on contemporary art market trends. Last year’s Art Southampton fair set a new standard in luxury presentations and attracted a record 21,000-plus art enthusiasts who visited the luminous, fully air conditioned 100,000-square-foot pavilion. This year’s edition of the fair, by all reports, will be the best yet.

Obviously, there is great interest from the prominent neighboring seasonal community, known for its celebrated collectors and art patrons, but the fair has also become the favorite Hamptons destination for numerous museum and young collector groups, including Whitney Contemporaries, MoMA Junior Associates, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum’s Young Collectors Council, and members of the Museum of Art and Design. Additional vitality and keen interest will no doubt come from selected groups such as the Brooklyn Museum, Jewish Museum, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, East End Arts Council, Miami Art Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, Norton Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and Princeton Art Museum, among many others.

Art Southampton is directed by Nick Korniloff and is organized and produced by the Art Miami team, which owns and operates Art Miami, now in its 26th year. Art Miami is the number one attended fair in America, second globally, and runs annually each December during Art Week Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach.