ArtHamptons Fine Art Fair

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - May 11, 2012 -- The 5th annual edition of ArtHamptons, the summer's premiere international fine art fair, will premiere at its new location at Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark at 60 Millstone Rd. in Bridgehampton, NY, from July 12th to 15th, 2012.  The grand exhibition will showcase more than 4,000 post-war and contemporary works, 400 respected artists, 70 renowned galleries, and dealers from 10 different countries.

The theme this year is Pollock at 100: a Centennial Celebration and will pay tribute to the iconic local artist Jackson Pollock and his immense contributions to the art world.  In addition, renowned actor, comedian, director, and author Cheech Marin, best known as half of the hilarious duo Cheech & Chong, will be presented with the Arts Patron of the Year Award.

Mr. Marin, who is currently starring in the new CBS comedy Rob!, owns the largest private collection of Chicano works in the United States.  He will be at the Thomas Paul Fine Art booth each day to discuss the genre that captures the social, political and religious life of Mexican-Americans, his own critically acclaimed traveling exhibitions, and his unerring passion and support for what he calls "Art of the New Americas." Mr. Marin will introduce works by some of his favorite new artists, including Carlos Donjuan and Ricardo Ruiz, with prices for works at the booth ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.

Since its inception, ArtHamptons has garnered a reputation for excellence and continues to grow in scale and prestige.  Housed within the impressive 40,000 square foot modular building, fairgoers will enjoy an enormous selection of artworks as well as special attractions.  Prominently on display will be the painting by actor Ed Harris that appeared in his movie Pollock, a replica of the artist's paint splattered studio floor, and rare historical photography and memorabilia.   Visitors at the agriculture reserve are also invited to explore the 95 areas of sculpture gardens, which include a polo field where the Southampton Polo Club will play a match on Saturday.

"The Hamptons has always had a rich and vibrant tradition as a Mecca for the creation and collection of art, dating back to the turn of the century," explains Rick Friedman, President and CEO of Hamptons Expo Group.  "There are currently 3,000 artists on the East End of Long Island, 2 major museums, and hundreds of top collectors and art patrons. ArtHamptons is a celebration of that great tradition."
 
Vicky David Gallery and Babcock Gallery, two of the oldest art houses in America, ACA Gallery, Alicia David Contemporary Art, Woolff  Gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Quantum Contemporary Art, Galerie Roccia,  Eli Klein Fine Art and Mark Borghi Fine Art are just a few of the names hosting booths this year.  Works will be available for purchase and prices will run from $1,000 to $1 million.
 
Tickets: $25 one day pass; $40 three day pass; $100 three day pass and ticket to opening night benefit gala. For further info or tickets, call (631) 283-5055 or log on to www.arthamptons.com.
 
Schedule, Special Events & Benefits

Thursday, July 12 2012, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Opening Preview Patron Party to benefit LongHouse Reserve
??Thursday, July 12 2012, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
VIP Opening Night Reception to benefit LongHouse Reserve.??
Friday, July 13, 11 AM - 6 PM - Benefiting Guild Hall.??Friday, July 13, 6 PM -8 PM
Pollock at 100 - A Centennial Celebration to benefit the Pollock-Kranser House and Study Center.
Saturday, July 14, 11 AM - 6 PM - Benefiting the East End Hospice??
Saturday, July 14, 4 PM - 8 PM - Benefiting Empire State Pride Agenda.????Sunday, July 15, 11am - 6pm, To Be Announced
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