Two Art Fairs Launch Today

Both fairs will open with V.I.P. previews this evening
Kathryn Markel at last year’s Market Art + Design fair Jennifer Landes Photos

The other two shoes — er, art fairs — will drop this weekend, with Art Southampton returning to the grounds of Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton and Market Art + Design pitching its tent at the Bridgehampton Museum. Both fairs will open with V.I.P. previews this evening. Market Art + Design will close on Sunday at 6 p.m., while Art South­ampton will run through Monday at 6.

Among the special programs at Art South­ampton is “Call of the Wild,” an exhibition organized by Brooke Shields and David Kratz, president of the New York Academy of Arts. The show will include paintings, prints, and sculpture by alumni addressing the animal kingdom and the natural world. 

The fair will also include nine talks and panel discussions on topics ranging from “Artists in the Hamptons” to “Navigating Risk in the Contemporary Art Market.” Participating East End Galleries are the ARDT Gallery, Counterpoint Contemporary Fine Art, Gallery Valentine, the Keszler Gallery, the McNeill Art Group, and the Peter Marcelle Project.

Market Art + Design showcases galleries featuring modern and contemporary American art as well as object-oriented dealers and designers from around the world. 

Special projects will feature Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, emigrants from the Philippines to Australia in 2006, who address themes of displacement, change, memory, and community; Rachel Urkowitz, whose work is inspired by a summer residency at Monet’s gardens in Giverny; an interactive iridescent sculpture by Robin Kang, and a visit to the Bridgehampton studio of Hector Leo­nardi. Local participants are Avikzer Roman, Lawrence Fine Art, the Monika Olko Gallery, and the Peter Marcelle Project.