Hamptons Art Fairs Arrive in July

Pat Rogers, publisher and managing editor of Hamptons Art Hub, talks with Tang about the 2015 season art fairs. For more art fair news, reviews, and coverage of the art scene in the Hamptons, New York and South Florida, visit www.HamptonsArtHub.com

                    Art Market Hamptons 2013. Photo by Tom Kochie Courtesy of Hamptons Art Hub. 

                    Art Market Hamptons 2013. Photo by Tom Kochie Courtesy of Hamptons Art Hub. 

July is the height of the Hamptons season for sun, fun, gala benefits, art and culture. For 2015, the art fairs arrive earlier than usual. All three roll out in the first two weeks of July with the first touching down on the July 4th weekend. Get your scorecard out—all three have shuffled to create a new playing field for 2015. Another difference is all three fairs now take place in Bridgehampton.

First out of the gate is ArtHamptons, held this year on July 4th weekend on a private estate in the Lumber Lane Reserve in Bridgehampton. ArtHamptons is known for throwing splashy events and this year is no exception. The Opening Night Preview is slated on July 2 and benefits Guild Hall and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

 ArtHamptons embraces the holiday (and Hamptons art history) with two special events: “Brunch with Jackson Pollock” (aligned with Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art + Nature by Robyn Lea) and a special Texas smoked barbecue and American Spirits craft distillery party: “The Artrageous Fourth @ ArtHamptons.”

Art Hamptons is the longest running Hamptons Art Fair. Expect to find around 80 Galleries from 14 countries for its eigth edition. With it's move from Nova's Ark Project to a private estate, it's sure to be an upscale affair. ArtHamptons will be held July 2-5, 2015. www.arthamptons.com

Art Market Hamptons has changed its name and location and has shifted its focus to connect more closely with the Hamptons. The 2015 fair adds design to its fine art offerings and has a new name: Market Art + Design. Formerly held at the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s grounds, the fair is moving this year to Fairfield Farm at Mecox in Bridgehampton.

Fairfield Farm is known as much for its beauty as for the rows of corn that are cut into a sprawling maze each October. To signify the fair's stronger ties to the East End, the new beneficiary for the opening preview party is Peconic Land Trust.

The list of exhibiting galleries and designers is due to be released in June. In fine art, anticipate a mix of contemporary art presented by U.S. galleries. Market Art + Design will be held July 9 – 12, 2015. http://artmarkethamptons.com/.

Art Southampton has changed its location and dates. For the first time, the fair won’t have a unique time slot and will coincide with Market Art + Design. Art Southampton will also no longer be in Southampton. Find it instead at Nova's Ark Project in Bridgehampton (the former site of Art Hamptons).

The final lineup is in process, but expect to find numerous galleries from New York, the Hamptons and elsewhere presenting modern and contemporary art. The fair is produced by Art Miami, which has a stellar reputation for presenting upscale fairs with art worth collecting. The preview benefits the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.

 Art Southampton will be held from July 9 – 13, 2015. http://www.art-southampton.com/