by Paul Laster
The second edition of artMRKT Hamptons opened last night to a lively crowd of summering art enthusiasts on the grounds of theBridgehampton Historical Society in the heart of the Hamptons. More than 40 exhibitors from across the United States presented a wide range of colorful contemporary art in a variety of mediums.
“We launched artMRKT Hamptons in July of last year,” managing partner Max Fishko, who co-founded the fair with Jeffrey Wainhause in 2011, told us at the opening. artMRKT Productions has since expanded to three other locations, with artMRKT San Francisco, Texas Contemporary, and Miami Projects premiering this year. “We try to tailor each fair to its particular market,” Fishko added, “and we listen to the dealers and collectors to figure out what we should be doing.”
“We’re really happy with the galleries we brought out to artMRKT Hamptons this time,” concluded Fishko. “We’ve increased the quotient of New York galleries with a strong showing from Chelsea and the Lower East Side and people are responding to it. We’re bringing some of the best elements of Manhattan to the Hamptons.”
artMRKT Hamptons continues through July 22, 2012. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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