4,000 Works by 500 Artists Represented by 77 Galleries from 10 Countries

For all of you art fans out there, the Mecca for the art world in the Hamptons is happening very soon. From July 7 through July 10 the fourth edition of ArtHamptons will return to Bridgehampton under a big, white, air-conditioned tent.

There will be 4,000 artworks and 500 artists represented at Arthamptons and International galleries will be from Israel, Korea, Japan, Greece, U.K. Canada, Spain, China, and Finland. Galleries will  from the U.S. include Abby M Taylor Fine Art, Arcadia Fine Arts, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Cernuda Arte, Danziger Projects, Eli Klein Gallery, Finch & Ada and Jackson Fine Art just to name a few.

This is a huge event, which drew nearly 10,000 visitors to check out the artwork on display. And this year there is something new, photography will play a big role at the event and its being dubbed photoHamptons which is the largest selection of fine art photography ever offered in the Hamptons. Photohamptons will include a dozen photography dealers.

The founder of ArtHamptons is Rick Friedman, and he strongly feels that the event has turned into a “must go” event in the Hamptons. “ArtHamptons has emerged as one the premier summer must-attend events,” said Rick Friedman, “Hamptonites and art lovers have come to appreciate and look forward to experiencing the selection of significant fine art in the dynamic global art marketplace that we create for four days. With the rebounding Hamptons economy, driven by record bonuses on Wall Street this year, we expect the level of serious art buying to exceed last year.” [expand]

There are some truly exciting artists that will be on display.

Waterhouse & Dodd will return with its stellar lineup of contemporary artists including Jean-Francois Rauzier, Jeremy Duncan, and Robi Walters. British artist Jonathan McCree’s new landscapes paintings that question ideas of what a landscape may consist of, and test our aesthetic, historical and theoretical ideals, will be shown by Northcote Gallery.

Abstract Expressionist painter Mary Abbott will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award that honors excellence in visual art. Now in her 90s, Abbott has created a powerful body of work in which she combines spontaneous, gestural brushwork with a highly creative use of color. She resides and maintains her studio in Southampton. Meet Mary Abbott on Saturday, July 9, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., in our Collector’s Lounge.

Legendary Hamptons artist Peter Dayton is using digital photography to create his iconic surfboard imagery on a 2012 VW Touareg produced especially for ArtHamptons 2011. Sponsored by Volkswagen and hosted by artnet. Peter Dayton’s other art works will be displayed in the Mark Borghi Fine Art booth.

Russell Simmons will receive the Art Patrons of the Year Award. Russell will sign copies of his new book “Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All” on July 9 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Opening Preview Party will be held on July 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, and the proceeds once again will go to LongHouse Reserve. Last year, the show’s opening drew 1,500 art collectors and guests from around the Hamptons, New York and beyond.

Celebrity spotting has become a sport at ArtHamptons as exhibitors had the pleasure of meeting “famous art lovers” including Kelsey Grammer, Joy Behar, Connie Chung, Rosanna Scotto, Jon Bon Jovi and Edward Albee.

You’re not going to want to miss this!

For tickets and information go to www.arthamptons.com. [/expand]

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