“Who knew there were so many people in the Hamptons on a Thursday night?” said Ramona Singer, arriving at the opening night of ArtHamptons in Bridgehampton, yesterday. “I had no clue that it would be so big this year. And I was afraid it might be hot in the tents. But, guess what? They have the air conditioning pumped in. It’s really comfortable.”
“It looks like we have over 1,500 people,” said Rick Friedman, who created the Hamptons International art fair three years ago. “This is probably the greatest art opening ever in the Hamptons and it’s the greatest event of the summer. The prices range from as little as $2,000 to $2 million for the masters. There are 70,000 artworks and 300 million dollars worth of paintings, sculptures, drawings, works on paper, prints, photography -- and glass. So, there’s something for everybody.”
We saw lots Rauchenberg, De Kooning, Pollack, Motherwell, Lichtenstein, Stella, Calder and more. Spokesperson Andrea Gurvitz said: "A conscious decision was made to focus on Post War art, which has proven to be what the ArtHamptons collector wants."
Singer, there with girlfriends, spent a lot of time looking at a more contemporary $16,000 Klari Reis abstract painting on aluminum. Was she thinking of bringing home a little surprise for Mario?
ArtHamptons is open Friday through Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM, , at Sayre Park, 154 Snake Hollow Rd.
Cindy Lou Wakefield, Rick Friedman, Ramona Singer