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ArtMRKT Hamptons Opens: Collectors Start Your Engines

Submitted by on July 20, 2012 – 7:50 am2 Comments

Eric Firestone of the Firestone Gallery

Gallery Owner Eric Firestone

ArtMRKT Hamptons running from July 19 – 22nd at the Bridgehampton Historical Society brings a fresh mix of contemporary and modern art from 40 leading galleries across the U.S. from local favorites like the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton to the Peter Mendenhall Gallery from Los Angeles.

For viewers of every taste, the array of media includes painting, sculpture, drawings, photography, video, and installation.  And for the buyer, numerous options at affordable prices.  Although one woman was heard telling her daughter on the phone to her father, “Don’t tell him how much I just spent!”

Lisa Frazar and Nicole McElroy

Lisa Frazar and Nicole McElroy

Top New York City interior designer Lisa Frazar was scouting for pieces for her clients.  She commented, “I like the price points of this up and coming fair.”  Her honed eye, however, caught a small treasure, a Gerhard Richter painting for $395,000.  Robert Casterline of MW Galleries noted, “We acquired this Richter a year ago before his prices went out of control.  This is the most affordable of his works on canvas.  Most of his bigger pieces are in the $3 to 5 million range.  It’s great in the Hamptons to see historically important work.”  He then led us to a 1964 de Kooning featuring two women, a rarity.  Casterline also pointed out that they advise clients in terms of art as an investment.  He described the categories of emerging, mid career, and investment.

Steve Haweeli

Steve Haweeli

A local emerging artist Steve Haweeli at the Karyn Mannix Contemporary Gallery said that it is still the natural beauty of the East End which inspires his canvases.  He described the magical 3:48pm moment in the afternoon driving into Montauk over the hill to see the ocean emerge in the sparkling sun.  He creates paintings which you are allowed to touch to feel the texture of the different layers of blue to create the wave effect.

work from Jordan Eagles

work from Jordan Eagles

You may be a bit more squeamish about touching the plexiglass paintings of Jordan Eagles at the Patrajdas Gallery which are made from real blood.  Before you True Blood devotees get all excited, it’s not human.  Eagles mixes blood with acrylic, resin and copper to create, “Relics from what was once living, embodying transformation, regeneration, and an allegory of death to life.”

WPIX Debra Alfarone and Dan Wall

WPIX Debra Alfarone and Dan Wall

Part of the life affirming fun is the people watching at the event as well.  Everyone from prominent collectors to artists to socialites and media stars were strolling around on opening night.  We spotted WPIX  Channel 11’s Emmy nominated Debra Alfarone with Dan Wall.

Alix Smith Through Imitation 1

Alix Smith Through Imitation 1

ArtMRKT also is reaching out to the local community and has put up online auctions MRKTworks where people can bid on donated art work, and the proceeds of the sales will benefit local charities.  For example animal lovers can bid on Alix Smith’s Digital-C Print “Through Imitation 1” to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter.

www.art-mrkt.com/Hamptons

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