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Jun 1, 2017 6:02 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Neither Art Hamptons Nor Art Southampton Will Return In 2017

The 2016 Art Hamptons ribbon cutting.
Jun 6, 2017 10:38 AM

Two major Hamptons fine art fairs are not returning in 2017: Art Hamptons and Art Southampton.

The official website of Art Hamptons announces that the 2017 fair is postponed. A call to Art Miami, which puts on Art Southampton, confirmed that fair is also not scheduled for summer 2017.

Joan Dyer, the senior vice president of marketing for Georgia-based Urban Expositions, which owns Art Hamptons, said in an email this week that the decision to not hold Art Hamptons in 2017 was made in late 2016. She said the decision was based on a crowded Hamptons market and a desire to focus on other art fairs, such as Art Aspen, Art Palm Springs, SOFA Chicago and FORM Miami.

Come fall, Urban Expositions will evaluate whether to bring back Art Hamptons in 2018, Ms. Dyer said.

Rick Friedman, the founder of Hamptons Expo Group, put on the inaugural Art Hamptons in Bridgehampton in 2008. In September 2015, Urban Exhibitions acquired the fair and Hamptons Expo Group’s entire event portfolio, which also included Art Aspen, Houston Fine Art Fair and Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.

The ninth annual Art Hamptons last year was the first under the new ownership. It was held the weekend before Fourth of July weekend with more than 50 exhibitors at Maria and Kenneth Fishel’s private property on Lumber Lane.

The fifth annual Art Southampton last year took place at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill the weekend after Fourth of July weekend. Art Miami Executive Vice President Nick Korniloff could not be reached for comment this week.

One major competing art fair is expected to return this summer: Market Art + Design is scheduled for July 6 to 9 on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum.

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