Vacation fair season kicks off with ArtHamptons

Favored vacation destination of New York’s rich and famous, the Hamptons provides a well-moneyed audience for international art dealers. The 8th edition of ArtHamptons, which took place from July 2 through 5, broke all records this year, celebrating its greatest commercial success, as well as highest-ever visitor numbers. Over the three days, 12,000 attended the fair.
Stahl House V, Andy Burgess

Having relocated to the waterside town of Bridgehampton, ArtHamptons attracts local and international galleries, whilst Tesla was present exhibiting their latest models within the main tent. Among the exhibitors, Sim Smith Gallery, London, presented pieces by Bradley Wood, Jonathan McCree, Donna Ruff, Pam Glew as well as Carla Groppi; Cynthia Corbett Gallery showcased work by Andy Burgess, whose paintings of luxury villas blended in well with the backdrop to the fair;  Rele gallery, Lagos, Nigeria, attracted visitor attention with Victor Ehikhamenor’s perforated paper pieces; whilst  Eyestorm London exhibited pieces by Henrik Simonsen, Lucie Bennett and Rock and Nick Parker.

Left: Carla Groppi After Atget (88) Nénuphars 2 (2015) ; Right: Lucie Bennett, Damson Fling

Key events during the fair included a VIP preview of the exhibition “Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky”, organized by the GuildHall and sponsored by Larry Gagosian, as well as the awards ceremony for Ruth S. Appelhoff, Director of the Guildhall, who accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to conferences on the subject of “Undervalued Sectors of The Art Market” and “Planning Around your Art Collection as an Asset.”

According to Eyesin, notable sales included several editions by Alex G. Cao at Center Space, New York; a Marlene Rose cast glass sculpture and a box wall sculpture by Janet Sherman at Ai Bo Gallery of Rye, New York; and a large-scale sculpture by Doug Thielscher at McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco.