ART AT­TACK

MAR ET ART + DE­SIGN RE­TURNS WITH A MUST-SEE MIX OF WORK FROM EMERG­ING, ES­TAB­LISHED, AND HIGHLY ES­TEEMED ARTISTS. BY STEPHANIE MURG

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Mar­ket Art + De­sign re­turns with a must-see mix of work from emerg­ing, es­tab­lished, and es­teemed artists.

The sev­enth edi­tion of the art fair Mar­ket Art + De­sign, run­ning from July 6 to 9 at the Bridge­hamp­ton Mu­seum, in­cludes a pro­gram of live music, but the vis­ual jazz of Larry Rivers is what vis­i­tors will en­counter first. The Los An­ge­les gallery 101/Ex­hibit has se­cured a prime front booth, which it’s de­vot­ing to the 50-year Southamp­ton res­i­dent and his ex­u­ber­ant im­pro­vi­sa­tions: a shapeshift­ing anti-style that Rivers once de­scribed as “the mix­ture of grand art and ab­sur­dity.”

Be­tween those two poles, great art fairs flour­ish. Mar­ket Art + De­sign—launched in 2010 as ARTMRKT Hamp­tons and op­er­ated by Max Fishko and Jef­frey Wain­hause’s Art Mar­ket Pro­duc­tions—em­braces that mix, show­cas­ing mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary work along with a se­lec­tion of de­sign, rang­ing from Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern fur­ni­ture to es­tate jew­elry. This year, more than 60 ex­hibitors will fill two pavil­ions set up be­tween the bustling cen­ter of Bridge­hamp­ton and its placid potato fields.

“We’re very ex­cited to be the long­est-run­ning fair out East,” says di­rec­tor Kelly Free­man, who has added some first-time par­tic­i­pants—such as the Paris-based Nil Gallery, Brook­lyn’s Space 776, and Aureus

MORE THAN 60 EX­HIBITORS WILL FILL TWO PAVIL­IONS SET UP BE­TWEEN THE BUSTLING CEN­TER OF BRIDGE­HAMP­TON AND ITS PLACID POTATO FIELDS.

Con­tem­po­rary, a col­lec­tive from Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land—to beloved lo­cals like Vered Gallery, Lawrence Fine Art, and RJD Gallery. “We like to think of our­selves as a sin­gle stop for a va­ri­ety of ac­qui­si­tions—and a great place to get a sense of what’s hap­pen­ing in the art mar­ket.”

“The fair feels like a true com­mu­nity event, where we get to spend time with lo­cal art lovers,” says Ce­leste Kauf­man of Bridge­hamp­ton’s Kathryn Markel Fine Arts. The gallery is bring­ing Deb­o­rah Zlot­sky’s vi­brant ab­strac­tions, which were in­spired by a garage-sale pur­chase of striped 1970s bed­sheets. Ac­cord­ing to the artist, “The rich col­ors and repet­i­tive pat­terns trig­gered a synes­thetic re­sponse, re­call­ing my ear­li­est memories of space, light, and move- ment, and a child­hood when sleep came eas­ily.”

Stun­ning vis­tas will be on view both inside and out­side the tents. Sun­daram Tagore Gallery is show­cas­ing Ja­panese painter Hiroshi Senju, best known for his water­fall and cliff images. “Senju com­bines tra­di­tional Ja­panese tech­niques with his unique min­i­mal­ist vis­ual lan­guage,” ex­plains Tagore. “He is deeply im­mersed in ecol­ogy and the ven­er­a­tion of nat­u­ral won­ders.”

Soho’s Cas­tor Gallery adds a lo­cal touch with Andy Ger­shon’s photographs of Hamp­tons beaches. “The idea be­hind these is to fo­cus on the ran­dom beauty that waves cre­ate,” ex­plains gallery di­rec­tor Justin dedemko.

Help­ing vis­i­tors sa­vor the splashy images will be new con­ces­sion­aire Coco & Co., purveyor of “re­fresh­ing drink­ing co­conuts.” “They travel around the coun­try to all our fairs and have be­come a fan fa­vorite,” says Free­man. “They add a trop­i­cal el­e­ment to the show.” Rivers would surely ap­prove. Bridge­hamp­ton Mu­seum, 2368 Mon­tauk Hwy., Bridge­hamp­ton; art­mar­kethamp­tons.com

right: Pryce Lee, TBT, 2016, Cas­tor Gallery. be­low: Sarah Irvin, March, 2017, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.

top: Dana Old­fa­ther, Rasp­ber­ries 1, 2015, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts. above: Andy Ger­shon, Un­ti­tled (Hamp­tons), 2016, Cas­tor Gallery. left: Deb­o­rah Zlot­sky, Na­ture giveth, taketh, etc., 2017, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.

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