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Art Southamptonís Maiden Exhibition A Huge Success!

Originally Posted: July 29, 2012

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Steve Bernstein, Pamela Cohen, Mayor Mark Epley, Nick Korniloff,Bob Chaloner and Brenda Simons at the opening night preview party ribbon cutting at Art Southampton. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

Southampton- It is a rainy weekend, but that is not the reason to make a trip to Art Southampton's first foray in the Hamptons, go because it is simply a brilliantly designed and executed exhibition of modern and contemporary art.

Art Southampton, created by the folks who gave us the hugely successful and prestigious Art Miami, is taking place on the fairgrounds of the Southampton Elks Lodge in a massive 75,000 square foot tent. The opening night preview party drew over 3,000 guests to a VIP reception that included a ribbon cutting officially opening the fair and the presentation of a $10,000 check to Southampton Hospital.

Hamptons artist Eric Fischl's new sculpture was absolutely stunning. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

With 50 of the world's most respected galleries, many Hamptons' local artists are featured in the exhibition including Eric Fischl whose new sculptures in glass were stunning. All the objects d'art at Art Southampton are wildly eclectic and beautifully presented, we did not find a booth that did not appeal in some aspect.

The VIP lounge is large and comfy and with it located dead center in the tent it served as a perfect oasis for tired feet and thirsty opening night patrons who enjoyed complimentary cocktails from Bootlegger 21 Vodka, Southampton Wine and VOSS water. The hors d'oeuvres, passed both in the VIP lounge and throughout the exhibition, were simply out of this world.

The Art Southampton Preview Party also featured the premiere of "HEAARTBEAT," a documentary which takes an incisive look at the late renowned sculptor and Shelter Island resident John Chamberlain by his step-daughter filmmaker Alexandra Fairweather. Several of Chamberlain's sculptures are on exhibition at the fair as well. 100% of the revenue generated from ticket sales to the premiere benefited the Ross School Chamberlain-Fairweather Scholarship Fund for the Arts.

Maserati: the automobile as art! (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

Among the many sponsors and partners supporting Art Southampton was Maserati of North America and their dealerships on Long Island and Manhattan. Not uncommon to the Hamptons, they had a model on display and it truly was the automobile as art!

On Friday, internationally acclaimed director, choreographer and Watermill Center Founder Robert Wilson hosted a VIP Reception as a kick-off to this summer's Watermill Center Gala and to benefit the Watermill Center/Chamberlain Residency Grant Fund.

Congratulations to all who made Art Southampton a success, particularly Edward Callaghan and John Wegorzewski of Alchimia Marking & Public Relations that did a superb job with publicity and the press. Opening at noon daily, Art Southampton will run through Monday, July 30.

Over 3,000 guests attended Art Southampton's opening night preview party. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)


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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline


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