One of the area’s premier art fairs, Market Art + Design returns with a trove of exceptional works destined for the homes of the East End’s most discriminating collectors.
If you peeled the colors from a painter’s palette, rendered them in three dimensions, enlarged them to the size of beach balls, and stacked them in precarious-looking towers, you would have something resembling the monumental Annie Morris sculptures that are bound to delight visitors to Market Art + Design. The London-based Morris, represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art, is just one of the hundreds of artists to discover at this year’s sixth edition of the fair. “The confluence of art and design is very timely, for the entire art world, and this [demonstrates] our ability to do it on a smaller scale,” says Kelly Freeman, director of Market Art + Design, which last year debuted a design component along with a new name (the fair was formerly known as Art Market Hamptons).
“Hamptons-based collectors are looking for an experience that they can bring home with them, whether that’s in the form of a wonderful maker-designed object or a painting on canvas.” Offering myriad options will be some 50 exhibitors, including Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Tally Beck Contemporary, Joseph Gross Gallery, and the Southampton-based Peter Marcelle Project, which is joining forces with New York’s distinguished Forum Gallery to present the nature-inspired abstractions of painter Brian Rutenberg. The Mindy Solomon Gallery, a returning exhibitor, will focus on design with lusciously textured ceramics by Linda Lopez, while newcomer Walker Waugh Art will show recent paintings by Hector Leonardi, a Bridgehampton-based abstract artist who, at 86 years old, is prime for rediscovery.
The Hole, a Lower Manhattan must-stop on the contemporary artmap, is devoting its space to the “pour paintings” of New York artist Holton Rower. “Showing at Market Art + Design is a nice way to engage with many of our collectors during the summer season,” says Raymond Bulman, director of The Hole. “We’re able to show complex and ambitious artworks, like Holton’s pours, that also have visual resonance with nature and the East End.”
For Jane Eckert of Pine Plains, New York’s Eckert Fine Art, Market Art + Design is “fresh and fun, not your run-of-the-mill fair.” She is bringing a variety of works, from an Andrew Wyeth watercolor to contemporary paintings by Eric Forstmann. Look for one piece in particular—Robert Rauschenberg’s Birthday Drawing (1994), complete with a beachy crab—to be snapped up swiftly. Other appetites can be quenched by the Brooklyn restaurant Fort Defiance, which has signed on to offer fairgoers a menu of creative beverages, local oysters, and charcuterie. “We strive for a festive environment,” says Freeman. “People can stop in for cocktails and oysters—and art!” Market Art + Design takes place July 7–10 at the Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton.