Record Sales & Attendance at 5th Annual ArtHamptons

SOUTHAMPTON, NY - July 2012 - This summer’s Hamptons economy appears to have made a significant rebound, that is if attendance, enthusiasm and sales at ArtHamptons are any indicator.  Droves of art lovers poured through the lavish 45,000 square foot modular museum-like building that housed ArtHamptons for it's 5th installation, held for the first time at Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark in Bridghehampton, NY.  The Opening Night Preview Party, which benefited East Hamptons’s LongHouse Reserve, even surpassed show organizer’s expectations and an ebullient 3,100 art cognoscenti attended, sipping wine and as they surveyed the art work on the dramatic 12 foot high walls.  
 
Attendance remained strong with a steady flow of enthusiastic fairgoers throughout the weekend. Typically, the Opening Preview Party draws some of the Hamptons’ most beautiful people, and this year was no different and the “pretty people” had a chance to drip paint Pollock-style, as they entered the affair. Once in the lobby entrance, fairgoers walked over a replica of the now famous Jackson Pollock drip paint stained art studio floor.

By July 15, a record 11,650 enthusiastic art lovers had visited ArtHamptons over the 3 and half days, up 20% from last year with actual, and projected, art sales generated from the 80 participating dealers in the millions.
 
Attendees were amazed as they drove up the winding driveway to reach the spectacular 95 acre Sculpture Fields at Nova’s Ark, featuring stables, polo matches, grass pastures as far as the eye can see and a dramatic sculpture park. The art fair showcased $200 million in important post-war and contemporary for acquisition,  all in a soaring glass-lobbied Pavilion - a block long. ‘“Many fairgoers were buzzing that they thought they were entering some private magical art kingdom as they drove up to the field," says Rick Friedman, Executive Director of ArtHamptons. "I cannot imagine a more relaxed yet luxurious setting for an international fair anywhere in America; the sunsets were breathtaking and were only outdone by the spectacular art offerings featured within."
 
Participating art galleries reported selling a wide range of blue chip masters, mid-career, and up and comers. Paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures sold.  A vibrant surge of last minute art collectors on late Sunday afternoon added to the weekend’s frenetic art selling pace. 

A portion of the reported sales at ArtHamptons were:
 
ACA Galleries: Marlene Tseng Yu and others;
Big Eye Gallery: 5 Bartur and Wade, Blasie Chatelain;
Center Space Gallery: Alex Cao;
Cynthia Corbet Gallery: Luis Barba, Klari Reis;
Danziger Projects: Karen Knorr, Chris Levine, Andy Warhol snapshots;
element 6 arts:  Juginder Lamba;
Eli Klein Fine Art: Several Lui Bolin photographs and Zhang Gong, totaling over $200,000 in sales;
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery: 2 Thomas Barbery, Drew Tal;
Evan Lurie Gallery: Alexi Torres;
Madison Gallery: Luc Leestemaker;
Mark Borghi Fine Art: 6 Ed Moses paintings, 10 Lisa Jack photos of President Obama;  
McNeill Art Group: Jeff Muhs;
Modernbook Gallery: 2 Tom Chambers, Ryan Bush and David Imlay;
Peter Marcelle Gallery/Gerald Peters Gallery: Several Eric Fischl art works, Peter Christian Vincent;
Portico New York: Rolph Scarlett, John Anderson;
Retrospect Galleries: Sold 36 paintings - Rob Tucker, Alberto Sanchez and Ross Tamlin;
Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery: Zachary Thorn and a Andrea Kowch;
Thomas Paul Fine Art curated by Cheech Marin: Ricardo Ruiz, Carlos Donjuan. Margaret Garcia;
Throckmorton Fine Art: Lucian Clergue, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo photos;
Universal Limited Arts Edition: Robert Rauschenberg;
Vicky David Gallery: 3 Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures, Arne Quinze;
Villa del Arte Galleries: 6 Fernando Alday, 8 Marc Harrold;
Woolff Gallery: 5 Valeria Nascimento, 4 Joanne Tinker; 
Yares Art Projects: Milton Avery.
 
Other significant events throughout the weekend included:
 
The much anticipated Pollock at 100: A Centennial Celebration with a tribute to Pollock performance of My Verono, created and performed by Kristian Verono.
The packed Russell Simmons kick-off of his Art For Life party, hosted by the Hamptons Social Network.
The 1,500 guests that attended the Empire State Pride Agenda Hamptons Tea Dance at ArtHamptons.
Three hundred guests at Cheech’s Birthday Bash, hosted by Hamptons.com.
The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary painter Ed Moses.
The Arts Patron of the Year to performer/Chicano art collector Cheech Marin.
The Guest Photographer of the Year to MichaelChilders.
 
ArtHamptons is produced by the Hamptons Expo Group. Other events include SF Fine Art Fair, ArtAspen, Houston Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.
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