Horses galloped on one side, valet parkers deposited cars on the other at the preview last night of ArtHamptons.
Navigating the activity were actor Cheech Marin, architect Richard Meier, filmmaker Albert Maysles and an assortment of tanned children and large dogs.
The art fair in Bridgehampton features 79 dealers who have traveled to the New York beach resort from Provincetown, Paris, San Francisco and London. It runs through Sunday in an enclosed tent at Nova’s Art Project on a parcel of land displaying sculptures by Nova Mihai Popa.
The fair’s tent is a highly evolved structure (read air-conditioned), with a VIP Lounge and concession stand. In front of the entrance, 8-year-old Lulu Peters splattered paint onto a canvas lying on the ground.
“I studied Jackson Pollock in kindergarten,” said Lulu, a student at the Brearley School. “I definitely like splatter paint and drawing animals.”
Inside, an Australian shepherd named Trixie jumped for a treat as her owner, Dan Rizzie, stood by one of his paintings, a mix of polka dots and swatches of vintage floral wallpaper at the Peter Marcelle Gallery booth.
A poodle named Stella spent some time at the Throckmorton Fine Art’s booth.
“It’s a fun fair to do,” said exhibitor James Danziger, standing near a photograph of a leopard by Karen Knorr.
From Santa Fe
Terrie Sultan, director of the Parrish Art Museum, looked at Esteban Vicente paintings brought by Yares Art Projects of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“He features strongly in our collection,” Sultan said of the New York School artist who had a home and studio in Bridgehampton.
Another artist’s painting, of a woman with a bubble above her head reading “Hello Mr. Lichtenstein,” drew inquiries.
“It’s by Eran Shakine, an Israeli artist,” said Lior Yahel, of Zemack Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. It is part of “Sunny Side Up,” his series humorously paying tribute to cultural figures, in this case pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, who lived in Southampton.
Beach-lover-friendly works included a collaged surfboard by Peter Tunney, exhibited by Samuel Owen Gallery of Greenwich, Connecticut.
There were Milton Averys and Eric Fischls too.
Plenty of work did not have a direct connection to this tony enclave of sea, sand and light.
Simon Burton posed by his painting of the climbing roses outside his London studio at the Arch 402 Gallery booth.
Liu Bolin’s photographs of whimsically camouflaged designers Jean-Paul Gaultier and Alber Elbaz were up at the booth of Eli Klein Fine Art of New York.
“Every year I do very well out here,” said Klein, the gallery’s owner. “I just saw a client who has spent more than $100,000 with me. It was my first time meeting her. In New York, people often don’t have the time to come to the gallery to look at art.”
Klein acknowledged the commercial aspect of the fair. “You’re not going to see a pile of bricks or a bunch of sunflower seeds on the floor here,” he said.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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