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July 25, 2012

Art Southampton Debuts in the Hamptons

By Erin Schumaker | Art

Art Southampton Debuts in the Hamptons
Rhythme by Sonia Dalaunay / Nikpla Rukaj Gallery, Toronto

Long Island heats up this summer with the first ever Art Southampton, a four-day contemporary art fair presented by Art Miami, its heavyweight sister fair. The new installment will feature at least 50 international galleries—from New York to Germany—and works by the likes of Columbian figurative artist Fernando Botero, installation artist Kaarina Kaikkonen and pop-art phenomenon Roy Lichtenstein.

Modeled after Art Miami, Art Southampton takes place in an elegant 75,000-square-foot pavilion with a true floor (no need to leave the heels at home) set on 18 acres of fairgrounds. An invitation-only VIP preview and ribbon cutting kick off the festivities on July 26, followed by the premiere of HEAARTBEAT, Alexandra Fairweather’s documentary about her stepfather, sculptor John Chamberlain, who passed away last December. Fairweather’s film focuses on Chamberlain’s desire to create art “that makes your heart beat,” and offers insight into the personal side of the man, who was primarily known for his crushed and twisted stainless-steel sculptures made from automotive metal. The documentary will show again on the evening of July 27. July 27–30; Art Southampton Pavilion, Southampton Elks Lodge, 605 County Rd. 39; 631-488-4584; art-southampton.com.