“Are you going to the Hamptons this weekend?” Pack your bags, we are heading for the East End: the slew of seaside communities and the one-stop-shop for a social summer in New York. Between the elite Hamptons Classic, and the inaugural fair of the season, Art Hamptons, alas! summer has arrived. The sun is out, humidity is raging, and the bustling NYC streets have been ghosted for an oasis of dunes, vintage cars, extravagant parties, and some good old relaxation. Don’t know where to start? We have compiled an insider guide to serve as your summer beach bible.
The Jitney and the LIRR have been the crowd favorites, but now, the sky highway has opened up for Uber Copter and a new service, Blade, which includes catered snacks by Dean & Deluca, and a whopping one way ticket of $495.
New & Now:
To kick off the season, Jue Lan, a new club, gallery and Chinese restaurant just opened and is making a big splash. With history rooted in the avant-gardes in Shanghai, the restaurant brings you a taste of underground culture. The art-club theme comes alive in the backroom, where the Barn-Gruin Gallery opened May 27 with a photo exhibition, “Punks, Poets and Provocateurs,” by Marcia Resnick and also featuring neon works by Anthony Haden-Guests disperse around the club.
Museums & Galleries:
Apart from the trifecta of Hamptons Art Fairs, the local museums and galleries do not disappoint.
Halsey McKay Gallery has made a name for innovative contemporary art from emerging and mid-career artists. This summer, catch a glimpse of Timothy Bergstrom, and a provocatively intriguing group show called SHAPES, starting at the beginning of August.
Crush Curatorial is an artist run curatorial project in Amagansett, the tranquil town has a loud voice to be heard.
Guild Hall an East Hampton museum, features “Peter Beard: Last Word From Paradise,” from June 18-31st, and it is the the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States in 15 years!
The Parrish Art Museum is must see this season! Through July 24 you can catch “Radical Seafaring” and starting on July 31, three NY painters, Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl and David Salle, come together for a great show. Don’t forget your heels because the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Midsummer Party is on July 9th, and our calendars are already marked.
Invite-only “Shark Attack Sounds” at the Surf Lodge in Montauk is the annual beach party, hosted by the photographer and founder of Milk Studios, Ben Wattsand Mazdack Rassi. Invited? Get ready for the snapchats and Instagrams of models and celebrities.