I ran into a gallery owner friend last night while grabbing a slice at Conca D’oro in Sag Harbor and he told me that there’s going to be a BIG change coming this summer during arts fair time in July. Turns out that the upstart Art Southampton has taken over Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton, which has of late been home to venerable ArtHamptons. To make it even more interesting, Art Southampton will also compete directly with the older art event during the exact same time this coming summer.
It will be the fourth year for Art Southampton, which has been held at the Southampton Elks Lodge for the past three years. I’m not sure where Rick Friedman’s 8-year-old ArtHamptons, which began in 2008 and has been at Nova’s Ark since 2012, will go yet but will keep investigating. As of this morning, the ArtHamptons website still had Nova’s Ark listed as its locale for the July 9 through July 12 fair. Ah, the plot thickens. I’m quite interested to see what happens next.
The change-of-locale news was broken by artnet News on December 5. The site calls Art Southampton “the largest and most high-end of the Hamptons fairs.” On its website, ArtHamptons proclaims itself to be “the official fine art fair of the Hamptons.” Lest we forget, there’s also Art Market Hamptons, formerly ArtMRKT, another newbie that’s been around for the last couple of years. That fair, which aims to draw collectors of more emerging artists, will also be held during the same period in July 2015. Art Market Hamptons will stay put at Bridgehampton Historical Society grounds.
I’m guessing that this isn’t the last we’ll hear of the competing art fairs. I’ll keep you posted.