Market Art + Design Gets Bigger and Better

By Stephanie Murg | July 4, 2018 | Culture

With a new focus on makers, Market Art + Design expands in Bridgehampton.

dean-west-palm-springs-iv.jpg"Palm Springs IV" (2018) by Dean West

Bringing together fine art and design under one pristine 50,000-square-foot tent, the eighth edition of Market Art + Design offers something for everyone. The fair, which opens with a Thursday evening VIP preview and runs through Sunday, July 8, at the Bridgehampton Museum, has expanded to some 75 exhibiting galleries featuring works ranging from modern and contemporary masters to emerging talents, along with a design section spotlighting maker-made furniture and objects. “More and more, people are coming out to the Hamptons for a cultural experience, not just fun in the sun,” says fair director Kelly Freeman, citing local gems such as the Parrish Art Museum (the beneficiary partner of the fair’s opening night festivities). “Institutions like the Parrish are teaching people that the Hamptons can be a destination to see top contemporary and modern art, not just an echo of what’s going on in the city.”

marilyn.jpg"Marylin l'envoutante" (2017) by Virginie Schroeder

The fair’s exhibitor roster is rich in East End galleries, including Lawrence Fine Art, Peter Marcelle Project, Janet Lehr and Quogue Gallery. Southampton’s Tripoli Gallery will be making its first appearance, devoting its booth to a solo show of “emoji portraits” by Los Angeles-based artist Yung Jake. “This series of digital paintings is a very immersive one,” says gallery owner Tripoli Patterson, “inviting viewers to look closer to reveal the story inside the individual being depicted—like a painting done with thousands of little words.”

East Hampton’s Roman Fine Art, back for its sixth Market, is showing a high-energy mix of contemporary works by the likes of Michael Dweck, Lizzie Gill, Grant Haffner and the Kaplan Twins. The gallery will also debut new works by Australian-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Dean West. “He creates impossibly perfect tableaux,” says gallery director Damien A. Roman. “Utilizing a keen eye for dramatic composition and postproduction software, West renders highly detailed photographs that viewers often mistake for paintings.”

beach-02.jpg"Beach 02" (2018) by Natan Elkanovich

The fair’s design section is curated by interior designer Wesley Moon, who worked directly with many of the featured studios. “The focus on highlighting ‘makers’ is unique and affords us the ability to promote this incredible talent directly to the Hamptons art- and design-collecting community,” he explains. “And the makers will actually be present, so visitors can hear firsthand about their creations and products.”

An international design component, presented in collaboration with Ventura Projects, will focus on Danish design, with pieces placed throughout the fair. Adds Patterson, “Because Market Art + Design has combined its forces with the design world, it now engages a much wider audience than just about any of the other fairs.”

July 5-8, The Bridgehampton Museum, 2386 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631.537.1088, artmarkethamptons.com



Photography by: “PALM SPRINGS IV” PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND DAMIEN ROMAN FINE ART; “BEACH 02” PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND CONTEMPOP; “MARYLIN
L’ENVOUTANTE” PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND ARTÊRIA GALLERY