Courtesy: Michelle Taurig
ART SOUTHAMPTON’S THIRD EDITION ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL CROWDS, TOUTS RECORD-BREAKING ATTENDANCE AND BRINGS NEW VITALITY TO EAST END’S ART SCENE
Over 21,000 Collectors, Art Advisers, Curators and Influencers Flock to Premier Contemporary Art Fair
SIGNIFICANT SALES OF MAJOR ARTISTS RECORDED AS PRIVATE AND INSTITUTIONAL BUYERS ACQUIRE ESTABLISHED ARTISTS AND DISCOVER NEW TALENT
Art Southampton July 24 – 28, 2014, the leading international contemporary and modern art fair for acquiring investment quality 20th and 21st century art, presented by Art Miami, drew a record 21,000 thousand collectors, art enthusiasts, curators and influencers to its luminous 100,000 square-foot pavilion over a five-day course. The Platinum VIP Preview benefitting the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital drew over 1,500 top collectors, cultural leaders and philanthropists of the East End and attendance exceeded last year’s VIP Preview of 4,200 guests throughout the remainder of the evening.
More than eighty international galleries representing over 660 artists from 43 countries showcased a versatile array of works including paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design, video art, indoor and outdoor sculptures.
Sales of artworks were recorded within the first moments of the Platinum VIP Preview opening, setting the tone for the remainder of the evening, as champagne flowed at the Ruinart Champagne Bar in the Maserati VIP Lounge curated by Luxe Interiors + Design (designed by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams), and catered by Southampton Social Club, and as statuesque models adorned in magnificent GRAFF jewels strolled through the aisles amidst GRAFF diamond-filled vitrines.
Collectors and well known prominent art advisors showed keen interest and acquired quality works by mid-career and emerging artists as well as blue chip works by Motherwell, Wesselman, Lichtenstein, Frankenthaler, Warhol, Sam Francis, Doug & Mike Starn, Richard Diebenkorn, Theodoros Stamos and other artists.
“We were extremely pleased with the turnout of collectors to the fair this year. Galleries reported significant multiple sales in all price ranges with a concentration of sales being achieved in the mid five figures. Monday proved to be a very strong day for acquisitions and many dealers confirmed that they had serious interest on important works and positive follow up to complete at the conclusion of the fair,” said Nick Korniloff Director of Art Southampton. “We look forward to returning to the Hampton's in 2015.”
Dealers reported important five- and six-figure sales throughout the weekend, right to the fair closing and expressed optimism about artworks on hold noting that many collectors planned to make decisions shortly after the warm July weekend.