International Contemporary & Modern Art Fair

July 23 - 27, 2015

 
Courtesy: Michelle Taurig
 


The third edition of Art Southampton, the leading international contemporary and modern art fair for acquiring investment quality works of art opened with huge success, where top collectors, curators, art advisors and influencers kicked off the weekend-long event. Taking place on the 18-acre estate behind the Southampton Elks Lodge, the Platinum VIP saw over 1,500 top collectors of the East End, and throughout the elegant evening, attendance exceeded last year’s VIP Preview of 4,200 guests.

Art Southampton returns at the height of the social and cultural season, and is most acclaimed for bringing a unique assortment of world class art complimented by leading luxury purveyors. The Platinum VIP Preview served as the first opportunity for established collectors to acquire desirable blue-chip  and emerging artworks from international art galleries with a strong focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection of works highlights a variety of media including paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design, video art, sculpture and indoor and outdoor curated projects.

“The opening was well attended and spirited. We saw strong interest in many works by vintage names in abstract expressionism, such as Sam Francis, Robert Motherwell, and Joseph Conrad,” commented Hollis Taggart, owner of the eponymous gallery.  By the end of the evening,  Taggart had recorded  a sale of an Allan D’ Arcangelo work entitled “Aspen” 1967 for over six figures.

Abby M. Taylor who has well respected galleries in New York and Greenwich emphasized Art Southampton's Platinum VIP preview drew the most discerning collectors saying, “We come to this fair because we know that there are extremely sophisticated collectors here whom we would usually see in New York. Not only do they know Calder but they also know who Richard Pousette - Dart is,” referencing the abstract expressionist and founder of the New York School.

Jess De La Hunty with UK's Other Criteria  - founded by Damien Hirst - echoed her feeling by stating,  "Art Southampton and its sister fair Art Miami are great fairs precisely because they draw a really educated audience who knows what they are looking at. For example, the collectors in attendance tonight know all about Don Brown and come here specifically to purchase his work.”

New to Art Southampton this year is Catinca Tabacaru Gallery from New York's Lower East Side and known for its international roster of young, emerging, and established artists.  Director of Sales Lauren Licata was extraordinarily impressed with the fair and delighted to report,  "We sold three works and have many on hold.”

Unlike many art fair previews that become largely social events, Art Southampton's preview was decidedly different as most of the booths were filled with collectors inquiring about specific artists.

There were far less "Sunday strollers" and more serious collectors in search of their next acquisition. Many of the exhibiting works were purchased and placed on reserve throughout the VIP opening.

“There was overwhelming support of the arts and a heightened energy at last night’s Platinum VIP Preview, “ said Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Southampton. “We saw a huge turnout of top international collectors, museum curators, advisers and notables from the art community and are thrilled to have them here to enjoy  the finest works of art  in an elegant environment. I feel honored to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of galleries, sponsors, partners, artists and guests who made this such a successful evening.”

The extensive 100,000 square-foot pavilion was filled with VIP guests viewing works by more than 660 artists from over 43 countries. Champagne was flowing at the Ruinart  Champagne Bar in the Maserati VIP Lounge curated by Luxe Interiors + Design and designed by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. Collectors mingled, enjoyed flutes of Ruinart Champagne, nibbled on lobster rolls and salmon bites, catered by Southampton Social Club. Guests admired the stunning GRAFF diamond-filled vitrines as statuesque models adorned in magnificent GRAFF jewels strolled though the aisles.



Art Southampton presented by Art Miami - the premiere International Contemporary & Modern Art Fair and marketplace for acquiring the finest works of art available in the Hampton's. The fair will feature a carefully selected group of 70-75 international art galleries, with a strong focus on primary artists and select secondary market works. An advisory committee will be in place to assist in the vetting of gallery programs ensuring that the quality of art will be on par with the excellence of Art Miami allowing collectors, institutions, curators and art advisors to buy with confidence.

The 75,000 square foot Art Southampton Pavilion will also showcase a professionally designed VIP Lounge, curated indoor and outdoor projects and will be located on the sprawling 18-acre estate property behind the Southampton Elks Lodge and adjacent to Mercedes Benz of Southampton located directly off of Route 27 A.

The Pavilion will offer amenities for all guests, a unique ambience and design that is unrivaled by any other art fair in Hampton's. The proximity of the Art Southampton Pavilion will provide ample parking and convenient access for residents and collectors living on Long Island, the greater New York area and the tri-state area who visit the Hampton's frequently during the summer.

Download the 2012 Exhibitor Application Form
Applications must be submitted no later than: May 18, 2012

For more information, please contact Nick Korniloff at nkorniloff@art-miami.com .