The premiere of the Hamptons Fine Art Fair from September 2nd to 5th has achieved and exceeded its goal of being the elite and high-profile fair that the Hamptonites have been looking for for years. Over 5,000 enthusiastic art enthusiasts toured the four ornate buildings on the grounds of event co-producer Southampton Arts Center (SAC), which is located in the heart of Southampton Village.
The producers brought the thrill of an international art fair to Jobs Lane by redesigning the historic building, first built by Samuel Parrish, and the exhibition space by building three air-conditioned pavilions (DeKooning, Pollock) and a VIP lounge with one Outdoor sculpture extended park with 30 important works to a small “Art Basel” in the Hamptons. A portion of the proceeds went to SAC and its mission of community building through the arts.
HFAF founder and producer Rick Friedman has reinvented his previous art fair, ArtHamptons, which he sold to a London-based organizer after 10 successful years bringing affordable art to the East End. This new art fair company serves an upscale, narrower, sophisticated and upscale sector of the affluent art-buying region of the Hamptons. The Labor Day weekend debut provided an important opportunity as many homeowners recently moved to the Hamptons during the Covid-19 pandemic and are viewing a strictly curated selection of key 20th century art.
“It was an honor to work with the Southampton Arts Center,” said Friedman. “Together we have created the perfect setting for our guests to experience intoxicating art acquisition. The fair was the right size, was easy to see and manageable and enabled the guests to have meaningful conversations with dealers in an elegant and relaxed setting. A large selection of genres, media and epochs, from Rembrandt to Kaws. There was a strong burning, pent-up interest in such a local art fair and a?
“The Southampton Arts Center is committed to community building through the arts,” said Tom Dunn, Executive Director of SAC. “As the anchor of Southampton’s thriving cultural district, I am delighted that this nationally recognized art fair is fueling our local economy. Art galleries, auction houses, other cultural nonprofits, and private museums – all serve our beloved communities.”
The fair presented 50 physical galleries from around the world and is also the first and only art fair in the country to present a 3D virtual reality version to global viewers both in person and online, presenting a total of 70 galleries to the public. This unique approach will be on display through November 30, 2021. Artworks started at $ 10,000, some over $ 1 million. 400 artists were represented with more than $ 100 million in art for immediate purchase.
The event also featured panel discussions with renowned speakers on topics such as A Passion for Possession, Collectors and Collecting, and A Passion for Art Philanthropy, Donors on Donating. On September 3, Dr. Harvey Manes from Westhampton Beach named Art Collector of the Year 2021. On September 4th, East Hampton artist Audrey Flack, 90, received the Lifetime Achievement Award 2021.
The organizers created a festive and luxurious setting as nationally renowned musicians performed at the entrance of the SAC and on the open-air stage, lecturers led fair tours with free wine and food trucks served lunch and dinner outdoors.
There were lots of red dots throughout the fair as hundreds of works of art found new homes in the Hamptons. Multiple galleries send artwork to neighboring properties for exclusive viewing at home. The sale is still ongoing and many acquisitions are discreet.
The main sponsors of the HFAF include Pincus Plastic Surgery, Sponsor of the Pollock Pavilion, Hamptons Poster Xchange, Sponsor of the VIP Lounge, Aline Wealth Management, Hamptons Boutique Medicine and Dr. Harvey Manes. Wine sponsors like Hamptons Water, Mengler Family Wines, Nicole Miller Wines and Ozymandias wines. Hint served as the official wine sponsor of the HFAF.
Announced sales at the end of the fair
- Hollis Taggart Galleries – Audrey Flack Paintings (6)
- ABA Gallery – Edward Bekkerman (4), David Burliuk (3), Alexandra Exter, Konstantin Gorbatov
- Andrei Art Gallery – Dennis Protsouk, Andri Protsouk
- Bill Lowe Gallery – Robert Rauschenberg, Herbert Creecy,
- Black & White Gallery – Shimon Okshteyn (4)
- Blond Contemporary – Alexander Calder, Nicholas Party, Paul Pfeiffer, Lucian Smith
- Blueprint Gallery – Brenda Bogart, Elizabeth Thomas, Arienne Lepretre. Rachel Doniger, Stephanie Strange
- Carlton Fine Arts – Linjie Deng (4)
- Corridor Contemporary – Donald Sultan (2) Kenny Scharf, Alex Katz,
- Galerie D’Orsay – Pablo Picasso, Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern
- Green River Stone – Rare Fossils (8)
- Lawrence Fine Art – Cleve Gray
- Maune Contemporary – Mr. Brainwash, Orit Fuchs, Alex Katz, Esteban Ocampo-Giraldo, Julie Torres
- Gallery Moberg – Conn Ryder (2) Daniela Schweinsberg (2)
- Morton Contemporary Gallery – Tyler Sean (5), Adam Handler, Juan Miquel Palacios
- Octavia Art Gallery – Ryoko Endo,
- Onessimo Fine Art – Alex Bernstein, Punk Me Tener, Paul Nagy, Freddy Villami
- Quogue Gallery – Patricia Udell, Sam Glankoff
- Roland Auctions – Tony Rosenthal Sculpture
- Roman Fine Art – Jeff Mehs (sculpture)
- Saphira & Ventura Gallery – Keith Haring (2) John Paul Duray, Philippe de Kran, painting and NFT.
- Shima Shanti Gallery – Shima Shanti (5)
- Son Gallery – Jeff Robb (2)
- Tambaran Gallery – Kyng He (3)
- Taylor Graham – Carl Holty (4)
- Walker Fine Art – several works by MC Escher, sculptures by Anton Bakker (5) plus jewelry
- The Wild Horses of Stable Island Gallery – Roberto Dutesco
- Willoughby Art – Barnett Suskind
HFAF was produced by Show-Hamptons in association with the Southampton Arts Center.