Source: The Independent

An Art Fair To Remember

by Carey London

July 12, 2006

Art dealers, buyers, collectors, makers and enthusiasts alike will have a space to explore and celebrate all mediums of this creative world at the Scope Hamptons Summer Art Weekend 2006, an art fair that will commence on Thursday and conclude on Sunday.

Exhibitions aside, the four-day affair will involve a packed schedule of programs, special events, performances and film screenings.

The focal point of the event, however, will be the more than 60 international “emerging and established” galleries showcasing their collections at East Hampton Studios, Scope’s new 20,000 square foot, Wainscott location.

Local participants include Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton, Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill, McNeill Art Group in Southampton, Williams gallery in East Hampton, on Shelter Island, and the Fireplace Project, an Edsel Williams gallery in East Hampton.

Exhibits include the Perpetual Art Machine, an interactive multimedia and research project; Cinema-scope, a digital video installation, featuring cutting-edge and progressive new media and video art; Bootlegs, with inexpensive copies of art by today’s contemporary artists for sale; and The Queen Bee Snake Bar and Tea Room, a setting replicating a bar frequently seen in Vietnam, while critiquing the United States’ involvement in the war in Iraq.

Performances at Scope range from interactive and thought-provoking to humorous with “by my word: a dictionary of words to believe in,” “Bodysite” and “My Kid Could’ve Done That!”

A number of benefits are also sprinkled throughout the weekend, starting with a Collector Sneak-Preview Benefit on Thursday for the Retreat, a not for profit that provides supportive services to victims of domestic violence. On Friday, collectors and museum patrons will convene for a benefit for Guild Hall, Music Festival of the Hamptons and the Parrish Art Museum, and at the same time, a benefit will be held at Pink Elephant in Southampton to support Scope’s beneficiaries. A silent auction benefit featuring artwork donated by exhibitors and the local community will take place on Sunday.

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