ArtHamptons Lets It All Hang Out

by Adam Bertrand · July 10, 2008

    ramm paintingThe eastern end of Long Island has long been renowned as an artist enclave, but while its galleries and museums house shows and collections of a caliber far beyond that of typical small towns, until now its art shows have been decidedly absent from the international scene. ArtHamptons, open Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society, is uniting pieces from over 55 galleries and 1,000 controversial and celebrated artists past and present under four tents.

    In addition to admiring (or lusting after) Pollack, Matisse, or Miro, ticket holders will be able to attend a series of talks, panel discussions, auctions (one for a Warhol lithograph) and parties benefiting local institutions such as the Pollock-Krasner House and the East End Hospice. If you're interested in any period of art after 1880, or you think you might me, definitely check this out. A day pass to the fairgrounds is $20, while $300 will buy you and a friend an all-included Golden Passport.

    Below, a calendar of events

    DAILY July 11 – 13

    noon - 6 p.m. ARTHAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FINE ART FAIR 1880 to Present

    Bridgehampton Historical Society grounds, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY

    THURSDAY, JULY 10 6- 9 p.m OPENING GALA/COLLECTOR’S PREVIEW Benefit party for American Heart Association $125 at the door. Honoring artist and printmaker Will Barnet. ArtHamptons and Artnet present the artist with a Lifetime Achievement Award. An original, signed, Will Barnet lithograph is auctioned. Sponsors: Art & Auction Magazine as well as

    FRIDAY, JULY 11 Noon – 2 p.m. THE NEW YORK SUN Media Party. By invitation.

    1 -2 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION: “THE PASSION FOR POSSESSION: HAMPTONS COLLECTORS ON COLLECTING” Helen A. Harrison, director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center moderates a panel discussion including Ron Delsener, Henry Buhl, Larry Dubin, and Michael Senft. Book-signing by Helen Harrison, author of “Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach.”

    4 -6 p.m, BOOK SIGNING BY DAN RATTINER Dan reads from his collection of short stories entitled, "In the Hamptons." Dan's Papers hosts the advertiser party.

    6 p.m. SILENT AUCTION RESULT A rare Lee Krasner serigraph goes to the highest bidder.

    6 -9 p.m. THE BATTERS BOX BENEFIT COCKTAIL PARTY Celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Writers-Artists Softball game that benefits East End Hospice. $25 at the door. Alumni and present day participants in the Annual Game celebrate. Hosted by The Art Newspaper.

    SATURDAY, JULY 12 1 -2 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION: WHY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT ART? Painter and sculptor Audrey Flack moderates a heated panel discussion of art world luminaries: artist April Gornik; David Brigham, Director, Pennsylvania Academy of Art; and curator Klaus Kertess.

    AUCTION: “The Hartley Elegies,” a renowned lithograph by Robert Indiana, donated by Verve Gallery, is offered for auction and the proceeds go to the Relocation Fund of the local NPR affiliate, WLIU-Radio.

    2 – 3 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION: USING THE INTERNET TO BUILD YOUR COLLECTION Moderated by Miriam Tucker, Partner, Rago Arts + Auctions Center with panelist Bill Fine, President, Artnet Worldwide and Julian Ellison, President of Sponsored by

    3:30- 4 p.m. TALK: THE IMPORTANCE OF LARRY RIVERS: PRELUDE TO THE GUILD HALL SHOW Presented by Christina Strassfield, Curator, Guild Hall, East Hampton. There is a Silent Auction of a Larry Rivers print benefiting Guild Hall, donated and held at the John Stoke Editions booth, noon-6 p.m.

    5 – 6 p.m, BOOK-SIGNING: WALTER IOOSS Meet legendary sports photographer Walter Iooss as he signs his book new book, “Athlete.” Sponsored by Peter Fetterman Gallery.

    6 – 9 p.m. THE ART OF LIFE PARTY $100 per person. Benefit party for Southampton Hospital Emergency Department. Tickets at door. Features a silent auction of an Andy Warhol lithograph donated by DJT Fine Art. Sponsored by ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) as well as Artnet, The NY Observer,, PLUM-TV, Hamptons Magazine WLIU-Radio.

    SUNDAY, JULY 13 Noon - 4 p.m. ARTHAMPTONS CELEBRATES BRIDGEHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY Cocktail fundraiser and silent auction supports the Restoration and Preservation of the Nathaniel Rogers Mansion. All proceeds taken at the door on Sunday donated to Bridgehampton Historical Society.


    Presented by Ray Waterhouse, Chairman of Fine Art Brokers, London, Paris and New York. All show attendees are welcome


    A pastel donated by the Gerald Melberg Gallery is auctioned, and the proceeds, in combination with the day's door are donated to Bridgehampton Historical Society.

    EVENTS ARE UPDATED DAILY. For a complete list of events, participating galleries, and photos of artwork on auction, go to:

    [Image via KG Media]