This Weekend – Ya Gotta Have Art – Ya Have to Have Art!


Story By: Edward Callaghan

Marilyn Minter's Chewing At Hamberg Kennedy Gallery

Brand spanking new on Jobs Lane in Southampton is the Summer Salon of blue chip art advisers Hamburg Kennedy Gallery who have staked out a prime property to share the works of the world’s leading photographers and contemporary artists with the Summer Colony community. Founded by Marla Hamburg Kennedy, HK Photographs is a private art advisory service with over 30 years of expertise in the Contemporary & Photographic Arts of the 20th & 21st centuries. Maintaining a broad inventory of vintage photography and contemporary works of art with particular emphasis in the Post War Period, Hamburg Kennedy Photographs provides a personal confidential service to clients worldwide with market savvy advice and guidance.

They offer a highly individualized approach to advising both the novice and seasoned collector on buying blue chip and emerging painting, sculpture, works on paper and photography and with strong ideals of trust and friendship we enjoy long term relationships with our clients.

Their strong relationships with a vast network of domestic and international artists, dealers and auction houses allow us access to highly sought-after works of art. Since they do not function as a gallery representing artists per se, we offer unbiased advice based on individual clients needs and interests. They operate our business like a private art salon, and work out of a rooftop penthouse in New York's Murray Hill area. They are open to the public by appointment, 7 days a week.


Andy Wahol's Marilyn

Good news for Hamptons’ collectors they are strictly a buyer's broker and not a primary gallery; we work for you - the client and not the seller. They assist in art acquisition and conduct all negotiations on your behalf saving you time and money at no additional cost. The current exhibition features major works by such coveted photographers and artists as Massimo Vitali, Damian Hirst, Andy Warhol, Candida Hoffer, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Sally Mann, David LaChappelle, Eric Cahan, Alex McLean, Michael Eastman & many more.


The big daddy event, however, is the tree year old ArtHamptons, one of the highlights of The Hamptons summer season July 9-11, 2010ArtHamptons has established itself as one of the top new art fairs in America. You can expect to see a mesmerizing display of post-war and contemporary art, presented by a renowned lineup of international galleries. It’s all assembled in a museum-like setting. There are important art pieces for every budget and level of art collector. It’s all here for you, from paintings, works on paper and printed editions to photography, art glass, ceramics and sculpture. Founded by veteran show producer, Rick Friedman, the show features dazzling displays of 90 top-tier galleries from 7 countries and 40 cities with a vetted selection of 7,000 art works offered for sale housed in a spectacular 50,000 sq ft. “modular museum”- the largest tent structure ever built on the East End. This year ArtHamptons moved to Sayre Park’s 5 bucolic acres. The site is located between Bridgehampton Commons and the Hamptons Classic field, just 1 block north of Montauk Highway on Snake Hollow Rd in Bridgehampton.

The special preview on ---- sponsored by Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Magazine benefits East Hampton’s Long House Reserve. Throughout the weekend, there many very hip private receptions hosted by Hamptons Magazine, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Dan’s Papers, and Pulse Magazine

Honoring excellence in the visual arts, The 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is painter and printmaker Donald Sultan in recognition of his 30 remarkable years of combining simplified imagery and complex techniques in reinventing the still life.


On Saturday July 10 from 6 pm to 9pm, it will be cupcakes and champagne at Tiffany & Co’ posh East Hampton sore for a special exhibition” Gems of the Hamptons: The Art of Conserved Land” , photographs and paintings by the artists of Plein Air Peconic -photographers Tom Steele, Kathryn Szoka, and Ellen Watson; and painters Casey Chalem Anderson, Susan D’Alessio, Aubrey Grainger, Gail Kern, Gordon Matheson, Michele Margit, Joanne Rosko and Eileen Dawn Skretch.

The artists of Plein Air Peconic donate a portion of all sales to the Peconic Land Trust for land protection and stewardship programs any of the works on view will be never before exhibited photographs and paintings of the artist’s favorite inspirational sites conserved by the Peconic Land Trust.


The parties and clubbing will continue unabated but for the serious Hamptons visitor – read big $$$ - this weekend it’s all about art. Not that there aren’t a dozen gallery shows opening every week but this weekend the major players will be strutting their stuff looking to help buyers fill that bare wall space with a Warhol or a Botero for that sprawling lawn.

The venerable Artists Alliance of East Hampton will be holding its annual Artists Studio Tour now entering its 25th year. Voted “Best of the Best Art Event in the Hamptons” by Dan's Papers, The Artist Studio Tours are an exclusive opportunity to visit the studios, homes and gardens of established and emerging artists in the Hamptons. It is a unique opportunity to be up close and personal with artists in their studios and have the opportunity to purchase original works of art directly from the source from the source.

The Artists Alliance of East Hampton was formed in 1984 as the Jimmy Ernst Artists Alliance by close friends of Jimmy Ernst, the internationally acclaimed abstract painter. It was formed in memory of Jimmy Ernst to carry on his vision of an artists’ community.

Among the over 40 artists throwing open the doors to their studios and private homes are such established artists as internationally famed sculptor Phyllis Hammond, the husband and wife team of Rosalind Brenner and Michael Cardacino, Nicole Bigar, Mark Perry, Scott Partlow, Joseph Stella, Philippe Cheng, Frank Sofo and Jim & Jan Hayden.

The dates for the 2010 Studio Tour are today and tomorrow. $50 per person gets you a map and pops you on the guest list of all the studios involved. Make a weekend of it and visit one of the wineries or picnic on the beach in between heady doses of art. Tickets are available at numerous locations. A complete list is available online at