By Katie Higgins
July 25, 2014

When the city heads to the beach, the art—and Artsy—follow.

Art happenings are hot in the Hamptons this July and August, from gallery openings to art fairs, benefit auctions, and museum exhibitions. Team members at Artsy, the art collecting and education resource, share their must-see shows on the East End and some of their favorite summer memories so far.

Gordon Austin couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning: swinging by the Golden Pear for a cappuccino on his way to Art Market Hamptons, the young international art fair in Bridgehampton that just completed its fourth season. He writes, “Ian Ingram’s massive and highly-detailed oil-and-wire-on-panel paintings at 101/exhibit blew me out of my flip-flops”.

Specialist Lara Bjork got her art history fix at the Pollock-Krasner House—the preserved home and studio of famous artist couple Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner—in East Hampton. “It was like visiting an artist studio in a time capsule. Seeing the splatters from Pollock’s floor paintings and the outlines from Krasner’s canvases on the walls was truly an experience that I will remember forever.”

Just north of East Hampton, The Fireplace Project--a converted garage-cum-contemporary art gallery--put on “a rotation of stellar shows this summer, such as an exhibition of self-portraits by Lola Schnabel alongside portraits of Lola painted by her father Julian Schnabel,” writes specialist Elena Soboleva. “The cedar-shingled space was founded by the art adviser Edsel Williams, who’s known for authoring ‘The Early Work of Cindy Sherman.” The Fireplace Project also guests curates exhibitions at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, where artist Daniel Arsham is doing a summer residency.

“One of the biggest art parties of the summer was the Midsummer gala at the Parrish Art Museum,” writes head of communications Michelle Finocchi. “It celebrated the opening of Maya Lin’s monumental installation for Platform, the Museum’s artist-driven series which featured Josephine Meckseper last summer.”

This weekend, the team is heading out for another glitzy summer gala, the Watermill Center Summer Benefit--featuring installations and performances over eight and a half acres of ground--and Art Southampton, the modern and contemporary fair.

See you out East--or back in the city in September!