Inaugural Art Southampton to Host Watermill Center Summer Bash Kick-off to Launch The Watermill Center/John Chamberlain Residency Fund July 27
June 20, 2012
(Long Island, N.Y.) Art Southampton presented by Art Miami will host a very special evening to benefit The Watermill Center, located in Watermill, New York. On Friday, July 27, internationally acclaimed director and Watermill Center Founder Robert Wilson will host a VIP reception followed by a screening of “HEAARTBEAT” a documentary on world renowned artist John Chamberlain (photo left) created by his step-daughter Alexandra Fairweather. The screening will help launch the Watermill Center/John Chamberlain Residency Fund to benefit the Center’s year-round Artist Residency Program, which provides a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop their work.
Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum will speak about John Chamberlain’s life and work. Davidson curated the acclaimed John Chamberlain retrospective which was recently exhibited at the Guggenheim this past spring. She will also speak at the VIP Preview Reception on July26.
By documenting Chamberlain’s artistic process and intentions, the film reveals his desire to go out into the world and create art that makes your ‘heart beat’. ‘HEAARTBEAT’ captures the man that the public has not seen before: Chamberlain as a father, a husband, and a friend. As he battles health issues, Chamberlain fervently works to complete sculptures that will leave his mark on the world. In conclusion, the movie asserts that art’s true value comes from the presentation of ‘unprecedented information’ and ‘the experience of self-discovery’.
International friends and local supporters of The Watermill Center who are attending its famed gala –The 19th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit “The Big Bang,” once again bringing together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design and society, and featuring a tribute exhibition of works by Mike Kelley: 1954-2012, will be able to kick off their weekend in grand style in the VIP Lounge at Art Southampton.
The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:00pm for all Watermill Center Summer Bash supporters. At 6:30 pm there will be the special screening of “HEAARTBEAT”. Seating is limited to the first 40 generous donors at the price of $500 per ticket with 100% of the proceeds going directly to The Watermill Center/Chamberlain Residency Grant Fund. Of special interest to collectors and fans of the artist will be the display of a number of Chamberlain’s works by the prestigious Gallery Valentine.
The Inaugural edition of Art Southampton presented by Art Miami will take place July 26-30 on the Elks Lodge fairgrounds 605 County Road 39, Southampton. For more information on Art Southampton and to purchase admission to the Heaartbeat Screening please visit www.art-southampton.com
The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities completed in 2006 on the Long Island, NY site of a former Western Union communication research facility. Founded by theatre and visual artist Robert Wilson as a place for young and emerging artists to work, learn, create, and grow with each other, Watermill integrates performing arts practice with resources from the humanities, research from the sciences, and inspiration from the visual arts. Their annual summer gala is always one of the most anticipated parties of the season. Guests can purchase individual tickets and tables at http://watermillcenter.org/benefit, or by contacting Diana Aceti at 631.726.4628.
International galleries participating include Allan Stone Gallery, New York, Antoine Helwaser Gallery, New York. Arcature, Miami, Gallery Valentine, Easthampton &Bridgehampton, Ascaso Gallery, Miami, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, UK Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd, New York, David Findlay Jr. Gallery, New York, De Buck Gallery, New York, Dean Project, New York, Dillon Gallery ,New York, Dorfman Projects, New York, Edelman Arts, New York, The Elkon Gallery, Inc., New York, Galerie Forsblom, Finland, Galerie Terminus, Germany, Hackelbury Fine Art, UK, Hexton Gallery, Chicago, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, Jenkins Johnson, New York, Jerald Melberg, New York, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, McNeill Art Group, Southampton, Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Canada, Now Contemporary Art, New York, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, New York, Waterhouse & Dodd, New York, Westwood Gallery,New York, Witzenhausen, Amsterdam and many others. Please visit www.art-southampton.com for a full list of participating galleries.
Artists’ works to be shown include Milton Avery, C. Berg, Ross Bleckner, Fernando Botero, John Chamberlain, John Clement, Hans Cotter, Eric Fischl, Andrew Grima, Hans Hoffman, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Roy Lichtenstein, Li Liong, Jane Manus, Eugenio Merino, Robert Motherwell, Jeff Muhs, Harumi Nakashima, Louise Nevelson, Julian Opie, Alfonso Ossorio, Tony Oursler, Pablo Picasso, Larry Poons, Gerhard Richter, Larry Rivers, Jesus Rafael Soto, Theodoros Stamos, Donald Sultan, Norman Bluhm, Luis Tomasello, Victor Vaserely, Bernar Venet, Andy Warhol and many more.
Art Miami is known worldwide for its luxurious presentations and Art Southampton will showcase the same high quality presentation while providing an intimate look at some of the most important works at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement. The elegantly appointed Pavilion will offer amenities for all guests, a unique ambience and design that is unrivaled by any other art fair in the Hamptons including a professionally designed VIP Lounge and curated indoor & outdoor projects.
The stellar Host Committee for Art Southampton includes numerous prominent East End collectors, philanthropists and cultural leaders including Ted & Ruth Baum, Jean & Martin Shafiroff, Audrey &Martin Gruss, Seren & Michael Shvo, Gary & Katherine Andreassen, Jason& Haley Binn, Pamela Willoughby, Henry Buhl, Sharon Bush, Carolyn Kendall Buchter, Laura O’Reilly, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Judy & Rod Gilbert, Sherry Dobbin & Marc Fasanella, Michaela & Stephan Keszler, Nicole Miller, Chris Wragge, Brenda Simmons, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Mayor Mark Epley and more.
VIP Preview – For VIP Card Holders & Members of the Press
- Thursday, July 26, 6pm- 10pm
Fair Hours/General Admission
- Friday, July 27, 12pm - 10pm
- Saturday, July 28, 12pm - 10pm
- Sunday, July 29, 12pm - 8pm
- Monday, July 30, 12pm - 8pm
*Days and Times Subject to Change
One day fair pass - $15; Multi-day fair pass - $30; Students- 12-18years and Seniors - $10; Children under 12 years w/ adult - Free Groups 10 or more -$10
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