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16 Jul

Art Hamptons

ArtHamptons, which recently celebrated its fifth year, has emerged as one of the premier contemporary art. This year amongst 70 plus international galleries, there are also many New York based galleries present, among them the Emmanuel Gallery.  Held in the nature preserve of Bridgehampton's Nova's Ark and run by the Hamptons Expo Group (HEG), ArtHamptons 2012 took place July 13 through July 15 and included a centennial celebration to honor Jackson Pollock, who created his pivotal work in an East Hampton homestead gifted to him by Peggy Guggenheim.


ArtHamptons has been called a microcosm of the New York art scene; glamorous crowds flock in eager to buy and see the world’s preeminent modern and contemporary art. This year, Manhattan-based galleries Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, the Arcadia Gallery and ACA Gallery once again showcased medias in sculpture, painting and photography.

The Emmanuel Fremin Gallery exhibited for the fourth consecutive year. Specializing in contemporary photography, sculpture and video installations, the gallery brought along pieces by photomontage artist Thomas Babèy, who was featured in the premier issue of 25A Magazine, photographs by Young Sam Kim and Thomas Mastromatteo, and works by sculptor Ted Lawson.


“After a very successful show in the city, we were excited to present the works of Korean born artist Young Sam Kim for the very first time at ArtHamptons," said gallery owner Emmanuel Fremin. "Kim’s work is so powerful and moving that he was exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art immediately upon graduation from the School of Visual Arts.”


From its outstanding group of realists, Arcadia Gallery brought a selection of paintings from its show titled “Sur-Realists” that included works by Craig Elliott, Danny Galieote.  Assistant Director Michael Sincavage noted that the title can be misleading, that the artists in this particular group are stretching the boundaries of realism. "Realist painting is alive and well, and more than ready to grow in new directions."


According to Arcadia Gallery's Assistant Director Michael Sincavage*, there was a distinct nod to experimental techniques, themes, stylization and concepts. "They are pushing the boundaries in a genre that has become pigeonholed by tradition. This show was an invitation to contemporary realist painters to follow suit, and a big 'thank you' to the painters that already are," said Sincavage, adding, " … Realist painting is alive, well, and more than ready to grow in new directions.”


ACA Galleries (American Contemporary Artists) has a long connection with the Hamptons, where owners and directors Jeffrey and Dorian Bergen met on a lazy summer holiday many years ago. The gallery has been in the family for four generations and, from its inception, had a key role to the progress and recognition of American contemporary male and female artists. This year, ACA brought the sensuous sculptures of Anita Huffington and the glowing paintings of Leon Berkowitz to ArtHamptons.


Huffington’s work is often steeped in Greek mythology and draws its power form the primal forces of nature. She works in stone or wood and casts directly off the original sculptures. On exhibiting in the Hamptons, Huffington recalled a summer long ago when she stayed with the de Koonings: “It stirs up unforgettable memories of times spent, and vital experiences in Elaine and Bill de Kooning's studios in East Hampton," Huffington said. "Their steadfast commitment to the making of art, which never ceases in all artists true to their calling and their own unique, chosen path was an inspiration to me. The encouragement, example, and generosity of spirit they shared with me, made all the difference.”


By creating ArtHamptons, HEG has solidified the Hamptons as a vortex for contemporary art.  The gorgeous location and the relaxed, almost casual atmosphere of the fair makes it unique in the world.  I hope that the few pieces I brought to you in this article can give you a taste of the existing and brilliant work exhibited in this unique venue.  If you are a collector or simply enjoy art, this is an event that cannot be missed.

For more information about ArtHamptons, visit www.arthamptons.com.




Triennale by Giuseppe Mastromotteo 

was especially commissioned for the Triennale Design 

Museum in Milano, the red T is the logo of the museum.


Color & Form Installation, paintings by Leon Berkowitz with Dark Moon by Anita Huffington.


1  Purple Spiral by Ted Lawson, epoxy resin sculpture

2  Up Green by Leon Berkowitz, oil on Canvas (80"x 60")

3  Strictly Business: by Danny Galieote, oil on canvas (40"x40") 

4  Blast-from-the-Past by Thomas Babèy, photomontage

5  Dark Moon by Anita Huffington in bronze (22"x8"x6") Edition of 9

6  Arm Eye by Giuseppe Mastromatteo

7  Zip Lock Babe by Thomas Babèy, photomontage


ACA Galleries

529 West 20t Street - 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011

212.206.8080 | www.acagalleries.com


Arcadia Gallery – SoHo 

51 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013 

212.965.1387 |  www.arcadiafinearts.com


Emmanuel Fremin Gallery 

547 West 27th Street – Suite 508, New York, NY 10001

212.279.8555 | 646.245.3240 


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