Art Hamptons and Art Southampton, two major art fairs that take place on Long Island’s East End, have suspended their 2017 seasons. Art Hamptons—owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which also produces Art Aspen, Houston Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, and the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair in Chicago—nixed its season in February. The fair organizers cited market conditions and the need to focus on other events as the reason for the cancellations.
“After five years, the event needed to be bigger and the market didn’t support that,” Nick Korniloff, director of Art Southampton, told the New York Times. “After June it’s vacation time, and collectors can be in only so many places and the same is true for galleries. There are a lot of social distractions in the Hamptons, and collectors aren’t always in a buying mood.”
Rick Friedman, founder of Art Hamptons, which he sold to Urban Expositions in 2015, said, “One show in the Hamptons can work, but three is too many.” The Market Art + Design fair will return to the Hamptons in July. Featuring close to seventy exhibitors, its seventh edition will be held in Bridgehampton from July 6 to July 9.