Hamptons Scene: Eric Fischl, de Montebello at Art Fairs

Last night on the East End of Long Island two art fairs opened and Hamptons Magazine’s Samantha Yanks hosted “A Ladies Night Out.”

There were a few guys around: artist Adam Stennett settled into his “Artist Survival Shack” at the artMRKT Hamptons fair in downtown Bridgehampton.

At the other fair, ArtHamptons, also in Bridgehampton, Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was spotted with his wife. Also with spouses were Marc Korman and Greg Hodes, agents at William Morris Endeavor.

In the middle of the tent, Eric Fischl signed copies of his memoir, “Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas,” while up front, Richard Prince alumnus Tom Dash mingled in front of his 1950s pin-up girl and painted toy guns, at Mark Borghi Fine Art’s booth.

The same booth, where Whispering Angel rose was poured, featured Carole Feuerman sculptures of women and girls in bathing suits and swim caps, arms dappled with water drops.

“I love that she’s focused on women,” said Lois Robbins, an actress who owns several pieces, including a woman in a yoga pose titled “Balance.” “It’s very calming and very real.”

Art dealer Mark Borghi was constantly squiring guests to meet the artists.

“The market here has been strong since last summer,” Borghi said. “Especially in the Hamptons, the art market rides the stock market. If the Dow is high, they’re happy and they buy.”


The fair this year attracted many first-time exhibitors, among them: Rex-Livingston Projects of Sydney, with beautifully colored, luminous natural forms by Dorryce Rock; and New York-based Shin Gallery, drawing guests in with a canvas of melted synthetic fabric by Hyon Gyon Park, and Susan Teller Gallery, showing a William Baziotes painting for $125,000.

Barbara Goldsmith, a fierce advocate for persecuted writers, came out to see a special exhibition by her late friend Larry Rivers, who would have turned 90 in August. She said a gem in his archive at New York University is 12 years of correspondence with poet Frank O’Hara.

Both art fairs run through Sunday.

(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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