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SUMMER ART SCENE
HITS THE HAMPTONS
 
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As the global art scene settles into its summer vacation, those very same vacationers are being lured by an assortment of art events, especially in the section of Long Island known as "The Hamptons." Herewith, a selection for just the first few weeks of July 2011.

* ArtHamptons, July 7-10, 2011, brings about 80 galleries to a custom-built pavilion in Sayre Park in Bridgehampton, N.Y. Participants include Bernaducci Meisel, Bill Hodges, Catherine Edelman, Danziger Projects, Eli Klein, Eric Firestone, June Kelly, Kinz + Tillou, Mark Borghi, Throckmorton and Waterhouse & Dodd. General admission is $15.

The special opening preview party, held on the evening of July 7, is $100 per person. The event benefits LongHouse Reserve, the art-and-nature conservancy in East Hampton.

As viewers of this website might notice, Artnet is a sponsor of the fair, and is offering a free one-day pass to the event as a promotion mounted in collaboration with Volkswagen.

The Volkswagen promotion is a rather spectacular one, if we do say so ourselves. Celebrated surf artist Peter Dayton, who exhibited his surfboard-painting-objects at Salon 94 Freemans in New York in 2008, has now customized a black VW Touareg -- the car company's new midsized SUV -- with full woody surfboard stripe decals on the sides, hood, roof and bumpers of the auto.

As a special touch, the artist has added his own surfboard-style logo to the car hood, reading "Dayton." "It sounds racy," the artist admitted, noting the sound-alike link to Daytona, the Florida motorsports resort.

The car is being unveiled at ArtHamptons on July 7, and remains on view during the run of the fair.

* artMRKT Hamptons, July 14-17, 2011, debuts at the Bridgehampton Historical Society Grounds with more than 35 galleries. Participants include Mark Borghi, Forum, Nancy Hoffman, Like the Spice, LTMH, Kathryn Markel, Meulenstein and Fredric Snitzer. Admission is $15.

The preview party on the evening of July 14 benefits Southampton Hospital. Tickets are $100.

ArtMRKT Hamptons follows hot on the heels of ArtHamptons, suggesting that the so-called battle between fair organizer Rick Friedman (ArtHamptons) and his former deputy, Max Fishko (artMRKT), continues apace. At least the two fairs aren't taking place at the same time.

* Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party, July 9, 2011, is the museum's final fund-raising gala held at its classic Southampton facility before it moves next summer to its modern new building designed by Herzog & De Meuron in Bridgehampton.

In addition to dinner and dancing (catering by Glorious Food, DJ music by Tom Finn), the event includes a viewing of "In My Mind's Eye," the first-ever retrospective of works by Dorothea Rockburne.

Co-chairs of the event include Dorothy Lichtenstein, Adam Sender and Porsche Cars North America. Tickets to the gala -- and the event is "always a sell-out" -- start at $1,000; admission to the "After 10" party is $150.

* The 2011 Bridgehampton Biennial, July 9-Sept. 5, 2011, organized by notable freelance curator Bob Nickas, brings works by 38 artists to an 1860 farmhouse in Bridgehampton, under the auspices of Martos Gallery in New York. Artists in the show -- and many of the works are new, made expressly for the exhibition -- range from John Armleder and Barry X Ball to Mai-Thu Perret and Dan Walsh. Nickas admits that the portentous title of the exhibition is done “just for the fun of it,” and “is meant as a playful nod to the large-scale international events that continue to multiply.” The show opens at 112 Sagaponack Road in Bridgehampton on July 9, 2011, 2-8 pm.

* Uncommon Ground II, June 8-Sept. 11, 2011, brings 18 outdoor sculptures by 11 contemporary artists to the Bridge Gardens at 256 Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton. The annual show, which had its debut last summer, is organized by C Fine Art, founded by Artnet's own gallery specialist Cheryl Sokolow, in partnership with the Peconic Land Trust.

Participating artists include Kevin Barrett, John Van Alstine and Isobel Folb Sokolow, who all took part in the 2010 exhibition. New to this year's roster are Alexander Krivosheiw, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Norman Mooney, Herbert Mehler, Zoetrope Design Studio, Michael Enn Sirvet, Peter Rosenthal and Lila Katzen.

Although the sculpture is already on view, a special opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 23, 2011, 6-8 pm.


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