Art Hamptons: Opening Night Photos

One of the only things I love more than a good art show is all the friends that it brings. Opening night at Art Hamptons on Thursday, June 23, was no exception. So many wonderful people. So much terrific art. Happy.

Pre-Weekend Hot Picks June 23-25


Boy oh boy is it ever busy! I say this every single week and then the next week even more things get crammed onto the ol’ calendar. To borrow from the Beastie Boys, I think there will be no sleep ’til Brooklyn, or at least until after the Allure of the East End Arts Panel I’m participating in on Sunday at Art Hamptons. Other panelists include Christina Strassfield of Guild Hall and Helen Harrison of the Pollock-Krasner House. The moderator is Pat Rogers from Hamptons Art Hub. It will be super fun but man am I ever out of my league here with these seriously heavy hitters. Thank goodness they are all so fantastic!

Of course the big art event kicks off tomorrow night, that’s Thursday, June 23, with a preview, whose proceeds will benefit LongHouse Reserve, and runs through Sunday, June 26. Need to know more? Click here for a preview article I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

Here are a few of the other program highlights for this year’s show.


What else is happening? What else ISN’T happening is the better question. Here are a few fun things that are of interest, including a Hinckley Experience sea trial in Sag Harbor courtesy The Hamptonite ClubGarnet Hill and Hamptons Beachouse book signing with Jefferson Hayman in Bridgehampton, a “30 Squared” art exhibit at the Water Mill Museum, “The Magic of Russia” dance extraordinaire with Barynya at the Southampton Cultural Center, “The Hamptons” book signing with Michael Clinton at the Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton and Todd Merrell open studio in Southampton. But wait, I’ll post more tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. Cheers until then.

Hamptons Art News

"Flotsam and Robin's Island From National" by Paton Miller.

“Flotsam and Robin’s Island From National” by Paton Miller.

Isn’t it exciting that we are only TWO days away from the first day of spring. Hip, hip hooray! And, as if that’s not enough to celebrate, I’ve got some good stuff here today for art aficionados.

* On Friday, March 20–the actual day we’ve all been looking forward to during this long, cold winter–Jules Feiffer will be at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill for a “Kill My Mother” Conversation and Book Signing at 6 p.m. During his chat with Parrish Director Terrie Sultan, the award-winning artist (and recent Guild Hall honoree as well) will talk about his latest graphic novel. A book signing will follow. follows the discussion. You can buy a copy of the book online at beforehand and pick it up at the museum shop on Friday. While you’re there, be sure to check out the new exhibits by Feiffer, Joe Zucker and Madoo’s late great Robert Dash. I’ve been in twice already since they started hanging them. Fascinating work!

* If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, check out Paton Miller’s new exhibit at Gallery Z in Beverly Hills. Those who know and love the real deal also know that it’s worth the trip. For more info on this wonderful artist and all-around great guy, check out his site at

* Looking ahead, be sure to mark your calendars for ArtHamptons, which will be held during the July 4 weekend, and for the first time, on the grounds of a private residence on the corner of Scuttle Hole Road and Lumber Lane. I’m wondering if it’s at the $60 million Three Ponds Farm site, now for sale and listed with Sotheby’s? That place would certainly complement the art. I was there two summers ago, interviewing a cookbook author. It was magnificent.

Opening night is Thursday, July 2, and the eighth annual fine art fair will continue through July 5. Special events this year will include a fete for the new “Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art + Nature” book and The Art of the Cocktail reception on Friday, July 2, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award Reception for Guild Hall’s Ruth Appelhoff (Yay for you Ruth!!!) on Sunday, July 5. Learn more at

* Whilst on the subject of Guid Hall, remember that online registration is now available for the 77th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition. This is truly one of my favorites, especially as it’s the first place I ever sold one of my photographs, and is a can’t-miss for some of the best and brightest of our local arts scene.
This year’s judge is Marla Prather of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Deadline for inclusion is April 20, and drop off dates will be April 24 and 25. More to come on this later. In the meantime, check out the details at

Arts Fair Shakeup: Art Southampton Moving to Nova’s Ark in 2015, Displacing ArtHamptons

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.

ArtHamptons Extravaganza Never Disappoints

It seemed as if everybody in the world was at ArtHamptons last night. All photos by Dawn Watson

It seemed as if everybody in the world was at ArtHamptons last night. All photos (except the ones I’m in) by Dawn Watson

Boy oh boy was ArtHamptons ever a mad crush last night; in the very best way! It felt like three hours of hanging out with 5,000 of my best friends. Awesome.
Highlights of the night, of which there were MANY, included the spectacle that is Kevin Berlin as he paraded around his white swans on Rollerblades (man that guy can sure whip a crowd into a frenzy!); the Selfie Spot and all that accompanied it at Karyn Mannix’s booth; the HC&G VIP area where it seemed like everyone I know was hanging out and looking fabulous (bonus–Pamela Eldridge turned the camera lens and snapped pix of us photographers–Richard Lewin, Lisa Tamburini and I–funsies); tasting some Swedish Culinary Summer fare with Andy Reice and John Maroney; the lavender-infused champagne and roaming around with some of my favorite gals (thanks Dorothy Frankel and Martha Belesis for putting up with me as I misbehaved); and oh yeah, the ART!
The only regrets that I have are that I didn’t get a chance to connect/spend enough time with many favorites (sorry Michelle Trauring, you know how I am on a mission), that I missed Moby, there’s a ton of artwork that I need to further explore, and that I stayed so long that I completely missed Art Market’s opener. Rats. Hopefully I can make up for most of those things as the weekend progresses.
I’ll caption the photos later but wanted to get something up right away.

Let’s Get Our ART On!

"Tuning Fields" by Margaret Garrett, will be on view at Art Market Hamptons, Booth 503.

“Tuning Fields” by Margaret Garrett will be on view at Art Market Hamptons, Booth 503.

If there ever was a weekend for art lovers, it’s this one. There are three noteworthy art exhibit arenas opening up tonight–the stalwart ArtHamptons, newcomer Art Market and an upstart Pleasurists pop-up.

ArtHamptons, which will present the work from 87 venerable galleries, will open its doors tonight at Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton tonight and will remain on view through July 13.
Here’s the schedule of events:

Thursday, July 10
* BLACK CARD ‘First Look’, 5pm – 7pm
Black Card Holders Only
* Opening Night Preview benefits Guild Hall, 7pm – 9:30pm
Black Card and VIP Pass Holders Only
* HC&G Artists & Collectors VIP Party, 5pm – 8pm
By Invitation Only

Jane Freilicher, “Near the Sea: A Sixty Year Retrospective”
Thursday, July 10 – Sunday, July 13
Open to all Ticket Holders

Friday, July 11

* Moby 3:30-4:30pm
Meet renowned musician and photographer Moby, in interview with Aperture Foundation Senior Editor Denise Wolff + book signing to follow.
* LA ROC 2:30-3pm
Artist Spotlight: Legendary street artist LA ROC at Lawrence Fine Art booth 417
* Jules Feiffer 5-5:30pm
Artist Spotlight: Popular cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Jean Albano Gallery booth 204

Saturday, July 12
* Tom Dash 12, 12-12:30pm
Artist Spotlight: Hot local artist Tom Dash, Mark Borghi Fine Art booth 300
* Jane Freilicher 1-3pm
Meet Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Jane Freilicher at artist retrospective booth 401
* Robert Wilson 4:30-5:30
Meet artist, choreographer & director Robert Wilson, 2014 Arts Patron of the Year interviewed by The Art Newspaper’s Brook Mason.
* Managing Your Art Collection panel 2-3pm
Sit in on the panel, Managing Your Art Collection as an Asset, presented by VIP Sponsor US Trust.
* salute 5-7pm
Toast the celebrity fueled 10th Anniversary Celebration. Join us as we recognize and salute Executive Editor /Publisher Nicole B. Brewer and the team for their decade of intelligent editorial coverage of the Hamptons art and Cultural scene.

Sunday, July 13
* Art Kids @ Art Hamptons presented by Free Arts NYC 10:00am – 11:30am
* 11:30am – 12:00pm Guided Tour of Art Hamptons
Open to all Ticket Holders.
* Art Polo 12pm – 1pm
Customized polo demonstration hosted by the Southampton Hunt and Polo Club for fairgoers and Museum Young Collectors from NYC’s arts institutions, benefits the Southampton Arts Center
* ArtKids @ ArtHamptons 10;30-noon
Get excited about the first-ever ArtKids @ ArtHamptons event presented by Free Arts NYC with a morning of family art exploration.
Open to all Ticket Holders

Art Market Hamptons returns, and will be held at the Bridgehampton Historical Society from Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 14.

And lastly, artists Ben Moon and William Quigley, aka The Pleasurists, will be raising money for the Wounded Warriors’ Soldier Ride during a “Sip to the Soldiers” event. The “Mash – Up Society” fundraiser will be held on Friday, July 11, at Quigley’s studio on Schenck’s Alley in East Hampton at Skrapper Studios and will feature performances by DJ Monikkr and RockStarlet Bella Saona and actor/comedian Andy Dick. Additionally, the work of local fledgling painter Alex George McCue will be debuted at the exhibit.

Ultra Violet: Goodbye to a Legend


Ultra Violet lives up to her name at ArtHamptons. Photo by Dawn Watson

Ultra Violet lives up to her name at ArtHamptons. Photo by Dawn Watson

Last Saturday, June 14, Isabelle Collin Dufresne, known the world over as “Ultra Violet” died. She was 78.
Born on September 6 1935, in La Tronche, France, the Andy Warhol muse and Factory regular appeared in 18 films. Her first was Warhol’s “The Life of Juanita Castro,” when she was still using her given name. Her Ultra Violet alter ego was first credited in Warhol’s “I, a Man” in 1967, her second film. She also appeared in “Midnight Cowboy,” “Cleopatra,” “Taking Off” and “An Unmarried Woman.” Her final movie credit was in 1994’s “Blackout,” directed by Paulita Sedgwick, cousin of Edie Sedgwick, another Factory regular.
The colorfully named artist had an equally colorful life. In her 20s, she was a lover of Salvador Dalí’s. She met Warhol through him, when the couple was having tea at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. Other loves included Rudolf Nureyev, Ed Ruscha and Milos Forman. Famous acquaintances included: John Graham, John Chamberlain, Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marc Chagall, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. She chronicled her exploits in the 1988 memoir “Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years With Andy Warhol.”
I was fortunate enough to meet Ultra Violet twice at two different ArtHamptons events. The first time was with her friend, the writer, actor and bohemian Taylor Mead. The second time she was solo. She was kind and gracious both times. I was in awe.

Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead. Photo by Dawn Watson

Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead. Photo by Dawn Watson