Following the extraordinary success of its inaugural edition last summer, Art Southampton (presented by Art Miami), the premiere international contemporary and modern art fair and marketplace, will return at the height of the social and cultural season on Thursday through Monday.
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The first Art Southampton was a transformative event on the Hamptons' cultural landscape and will once again engage the community both socially and culturally and offer a discerning group of collectors the opportunity to acquire and enjoy the highest level of art in the Hamptons. This year with an outstanding roster of the world's most respected galleries and two special exhibitions: Warhol by Gallery Valentine and the New York Academy of Art Exhibition of famed alumni curated by internationally acclaimed artist Eric Fischl.
The following Hamptons galleries will support the fair: Gallery Valentine/East Hampton, McNeill Art Group/Southampton, Birnam Wood Galleries/East Hampton and the Peter Marcelle Gallery/Bridgehampton.
The fair will take place in a spectacular 100,000-square-foot pavilion on the grounds of the sprawling 18-acre Southampton Elks Lodge adjacent to the Southampton Golf Club. The fair will commence on Thursday evening with a highly anticipated exclusive opening-night VIP private preview for top international collectors, prominent Hampton figures in business, fashion, arts and media, benefiting Southampton Hospital.
There will also be a display and informal modeling of fabulous jewels from GRAFF Diamonds. Perrier-JouŽt is the exclusive champagne of the fair and will maintain an exclusive dedicated Perrier-JouŽt bar for the duration of the weekend.
Art Southampton will host an exhibition of Andy Warhol's work at the fair.† To accompany the exhibition, which will be organized by Gallery Valentine, there will be a VIP cocktail party and a discussion with several Andy Warhol experts, including Bob Colacello, former Interview editor and author of Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, Lana Jokel, renowned filmmaker and director of Andy Warhol; Ultra Violet, Factory Superstar and Christina Strassfield, chief curator at Guild Hall.
The New York Academy of Art will be partnering exclusively with Art Southampton. America's foremost narrative painter and Academy senior critic, Eric Fischl, will curate a special exhibition of works by famed, renowned Academy artists. The Academy will additionally host a VIP event at the Fair supported by a complimentary chartered bus out of New York City. Also on exhibition during Art Southampton will be the artwork of Ross School students and summer students in a curated exhibition.
Award winning LaGuardia Design will design the Art Southampton Sculpture Garden and main entrance of the pavilion. LaGuardia Design actively pursues an interest in how elements of the native landscape, existing topography, and neighboring influences help define the character of each site and look to unify the landscape into a cohesive link firmly connecting architecture and site.
Southampton Social Club is the official After Lounge of the fair. The Southampton Social Club will also showcase a curated exhibition from galleries participating in the fair.
Southampton Hospital is a principal beneficiary of Art Southampton.
For more information visit www.art-southampton.com.