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ArtHamptons 2012 Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Tribute To ’Pollock At 100’, Cheech Marin to Receive Arts Patron of the Year Award

Originally Posted: July 02, 2012

Jackson Pollock Studio Floor (Photo: Gary Mamay)

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 (60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton, NY) from July 13 to 15, 2012. The grand exhibition will showcase more than 4,000 post-war and contemporary works, 400 respected artists, 75 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 and enjoy a private birthday bash hosted by Hamptons.com and Duck Walk Vineyards on Friday, July 13.

Arts Patron of the Year Cheech Marin (Courtesy Photo)

Mr. Marin 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 at the booth ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.

This year, iconic pop artist Peter Max has created a 6-portrait installation of Jackson Pollock, employing the same drip-style of the late artist. One of the portraits will be auctioned off during the "Pollock at 100" benefit event on Friday, with proceeds from the sale go to the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center.

Also 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. In addition, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's nephew Jason McCoy will be exhibiting the work of Pollock and Krasner.

On Friday, photographer Lisa Jack will unveil her now famous photo installation, "Barack Obama: The Freshman +1" for the first time on the East Coast at the Mark Borghi Fine Arts booth. And on Sunday afternoon, legendary photographer Michael Childers will be recognized as the Honorary Guest Photographer sponsored by the Hamptons Film Festival. His work "Icons & Legends" features such luminaries as Natalie Wood, Andy Warhol, Paul Newman, David Hockney and more and will be exhibited by the Michael Lord Gallery.

Meet media mogul, and ArtHamptons 2011 Arts Patron of the Year, Russell Simmons, as he discusses how his Rush Foundation for the Arts provides more than 2,000 underprivileged children each year with access to the arts. USA Today calls Russell Simmons "one of the 25 most influential People of the past 25 years." Learn how you can participate in his spectacular 13th annual "Art for Life- Living in Color" upcoming gala, one of the Hampton's premiere charity events.

Before he was Mr. President, Barack Obama was a college kid who posed for his friend, Lisa Jack. A collection of these images will debut at ArtHamptons. (Courtesy Photo)

Since its inception, ArtHamptons has garnered a reputation for excellence and continues to grow in scale and prestige. Housed within the impressive modular building, fairgoers will enjoy an enormous selection of artworks as well as special attractions. 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 and Sunday.

"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 longest running art houses in America, ACA Gallery, Alicia David Contemporary Art, Woolff Gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Quantum Contemporary Art, Galerie Roccia and Eli Klein 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.

ArtHamptons has assembled a prestigious lineup of participating museums and institutions; The Museum of Modern Art will be hosting an onsite reception for its many "Young Associates" and will join the Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Nassau Museum, Heckschar Museum of Art, Guild Hall, Cooper-Hewitt- Design Museum, and the NYC Ballet in offering tickets to their patrons and members.

Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $40 three-day pass; $100 three-day pass and ticket to opening night benefit gala. For more visit www.arthamptons.com.

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