Wrapping up its fourth and largest edition yet, Art Southampton, the leading international contemporary and modern art fair for acquiring investment-quality 20th- and 21st-century works of art, presented by Art-Miami, drew a record 21,000 collectors, art enthusiasts, curators, and art lovers to the world-renowned pastoral grounds of Nova’s Ark Project.
Attendees resoundingly noted the distinguished array of contemporary artworks and installations, paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design, video art, and indoor and outdoor sculptures showcased by more than 80 international galleries at the fair.
Sales began almost immediately after the fair opened its doors to the exclusive two-tiered VIP Private Preview, which benefited the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital and set the tone for both the evening and the fair’s five-day duration.
“We were so pleased to work in concert with Art Southampton this year, with a great exchange of ideas and resources that makes everyone’s experience richer,” said Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Art Museum.
Upon arriving, guests were treated to the eye-catching large-scale contemporary art sculpture fields of the Nova’s Ark Project—the backdrop of this year’s new, and based on attendees’ accolades, extraordinarily beautiful fair location. From there, guests walked through the equally stunning sculpture garden designed by LaGuardia Design and supported by Summerhill Landscapes, featuring works by Paul Oberst (Banded Poles/Long Island Four), David Hayes (Totem, Group),Boaz Vaadia (Baraq with Cat), Sam Tufnell (Power Gnomes), Heiner Meyer (Garden Kelly), Hamilton Aguiar (It’s a Girl!) Tuki Moses (Off) and others, with Cracking Art Group’s florescent pink, larger-than-life Giant Rabbit drawing hundreds of selfies.
During the exclusive preview, guests enjoyed Ruinart champagne and hors d’oeuvres provided by the Southampton Social Club while admiring the stunning display of precious jewels exhibited by sponsor Graff Diamonds. Christie’s International Real Estate played host to local and visiting East Enders with an impressive selection of exclusive Hamptons and other international properties available.
Red dots quickly appeared beneath many works, as collectors and well-known prominent art advisors snapped up blue-chip works by the likes of Lichtenstein, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Stella, and many others as well as contemporary stars that included Hirst, Tomaselli, Kevin Berlin, and street artist Banksy. Emerging artists featured Rubem Robierb, Julian Lennon (son of the late John Lennon), Bernie Taupin, and Banksy buddy “Mr. Brainwash,” and many more also were in high demand, as were works by local artists Eric Fischl, Jeff Muhs, Eric Dever, and Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, among others.
“We were extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and excitement that lead up to and continued throughout this year’s fair,” said Art Southampton Director Nick Korniloff. “From this year’s location to the galleries represented to the breadth and depth of the contemporary works available, the feedback we received was resoundingly positive. We are excited to return to the East End next year with even more cutting-edge works on offer.”
Dealers reported a flurry of five- and six-figure sales throughout the weekend, right through to the fair’s closing on Monday, and expressed optimism about artworks on hold, observing that many collectors planned to follow up post-fair. Dealers also noted numerous commissions confirmed by artists such as Vadim Dolgov and Anna Razumovskaya, presented by Hazelton Fine Art Galleries, and Lluis Barba, presented by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery.