Art Southampton

VIP COLLECTORS, DEALERS, ART ADVISORS AND DESIGNERS FLOCK TO THE HAMPTONS FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD EDITION OF ART SOUTHAMPTON

Premier Contemporary and Modern Art Fair Kicks Off with Elegant Platinum VIP Opening Showcasing Investment Quality Works from Over 80 International Galleries Benefitting Parrish Art Museum & Southampton Hospital

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – The third edition of Art Southampton, the leading international contemporary and modern art fair for acquiring investment quality works of art opened last night with huge success, where top collectors, curators, art advisors and influencers kicked off the weekend-long event. Taking place on the 18-acre estate behind the Southampton Elks Lodge, the Platinum VIP saw over 1,500 top collectors of the East End, and throughout the elegant evening, attendance exceeded last year’s VIP Preview of 4,200 guests.

Art Southampton returns at the height of the social and cultural season, and is most acclaimed for bringing a unique assortment of world class art complimented by leading luxury purveyors. The Platinum VIP Preview served as the first opportunity for established collectors to acquire desirable blue-chip and emerging artworks from international art galleries with a strong focus on the 20th and 21st centuries.

Abby M. Taylor who has well respected galleries in New York and Greenwich emphasized Art Southampton's Platinum VIP preview drew the most discerning collectors saying, “We come to this fair because we know that there are extremely sophisticated collectors here whom we would usually see in New York." Jess De La Hunty with UK's Other Criteria - founded by Damien Hirst - echoed her feeling by stating, "Art Southampton and its sister fair Art Miami are great fairs precisely because they draw a really educated audience who knows what they are looking at.

Unlike many art fair previews that become largely social events, Art Southampton's preview was decidedly different as most of the booths were filled with collectors inquiring about specific artists.

“There was overwhelming support of the arts and a heightened energy at last night’s Platinum VIP Preview, “ said Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Southampton. “We saw a huge turnout of top international collectors, museum curators, advisers and notables from the art community and are thrilled to have them here to enjoy the finest works of art in an elegant environment. I feel honored to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of galleries, sponsors, partners, artists and guests who made this such a successful evening.”