The Hamptons Guide
NYC’s playground seems to change almost as much as the city itself. Every summer brings a brand-new group of shops, restaurants, and workout studios to the crowds that descend on this bucolic strip of coast. We spent the winter and spring combing through all the new outposts to find the places we’re most excited about—whether it’s SoulAnnex classes in a converted barn in Bridgehampton or the lobster rolls and wood-fired pizzas at the reinvented East Hampton favorite Moby’s. We’re also happy to be back this year with another goop pop-up, this time in Sag Harbor, where we’ve filled a classic bayside cottage with a summer-themed range of fashion, home, and beauty items to try—though we’d love you to come by just to hang out in the backyard garden. Summer is finally here, and it’s brought with it all the places we spent the winter dreaming about.
Longhouse133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton | 631.329.3568
Textile designer and Hamptons fixture Jack Lenor Larsen opened the Longhouse as a place to share his eclectic collection of art and artifacts. It's best known for a fantastic sculpture garden that, in addition to an imaginative landscaping layout, displays works from the likes of Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Kiki Smith, Sol LeWitt, and Yoko Ono.
Guild Hall158 Main St., East Hampton | 631.324.0806
Thanks to a full theater program in addition to an exhibition space, Guild Hall is a Hamptons institution. Their June and July exhibition with Taryn Simon, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Innocence Project, is the highlight of the summer calendar. Later in the summer, they're doing exhibitions of Jackson Pollack and Richard Avendon.
Eric Firestone Gallery4 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.604.2386
Eric Firestone, who's been a gallerist in the Hamptons since 2010, is known for a great balance of emerging and established artists—meaning you almost always see work you already like, but come away with a few new names to keep track of. The current show, on view through July, showcases colorful, expansive works by Michael Boyd.
Parrish Art Museum279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill | 631.283.2118
Set in a Herzog & de Meuron-designed building that references the area's rural architecture (it's very barn-like) and surrounded by manicured fields, the Parrish Art Museum is a great afternoon outing. This season's exhibition: John Graham mind-bending modernist portraits.
Halsey McKay Gallery79 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.604.5770
This airy gallery has lined up two exhibitions per time slot this summer, so you can see Colby Bird's sculptural works alongside Sheree Hovsepian's sculptures and photographs. Later in the summer, Kianja Strobert's emotive paintings will show next to Brie Ruai's stunning (and usually colorful) clay sculptures, which actually hang from the wall. Up right now: Alex Dodge's bright, cheeky oil paintings and a two-person show that features Glen Baldridge and Elias Hansen.
Dan Flavin Art InstituteCorwith Ave., Bridgehampton | 631.537.1476
Dan Flavin was a mainstay of the community of artists that flocked to the Hamptons in the summers, and so it's fitting that there's a space here devoted to his works. This renovated firehouse (which has been stewarded by the Dia Art Foundation for its entire existence) has a permanent exhibition of Flavin's fluorescent light works on the top floor and a space for temporary exhibitions on the first floor.
Pollock Krasner House & Study Center830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton | 631.324.4929
Once shared by Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, this small homestead from 1879 is now a National Historic Landmark. Here you'll see many artifacts from their life, including everything that was still in the house when Krasner died, as well as a studio where you can see Pollock’s process documented across the paint-splattered floor. Open Thursdays through Saturday for 1-hour guided tours, by reservation only.
The Fireplace Project851 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton | 631.324.4666
Located directly across from the Pollock-Krasner House, The Fireplace Project is housed in a former garage that's been beautifully reappointed for its current use. Last year, they debuted a new group-show exhibition style that displayed a huge volume of work, hung salon-style, at approachable prices (compared to other East Hampton galleries, of course)—a tradition they're continuing this year with 9999, on display through July 9. Later in the summer, they'll be featuring solo shows from Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe and Justin Aidan. Even if you're not in the market for some new artwork, stop by for the free Friday night Pollock-Krasner lecture series, which is now in its second season.
Karma Gallery & Books249 Main St., Amagansett | 631.267.7728
This is the second outpost for the Brendan Dugan-helmed gallery-slash-bookstore; the original is tucked into an unassuming storefront on Great Jones street in NYC. Here, the focus is almost entirely on contemporary art in both the exhibition space and shop, which specializes in the kind of books you're unlikely to find anywhere else.
Tripoli Gallery30A Jobs Ln., Southampton | 631. 377. 3715
The young surfer-turned-gallerist Tripoli Patterson grew up in the Hamptons, so he's just as well-networked here as many of the area's longtime gallerists. He also seems to bring in bigger and bigger names with each show: This year, his big group show includes Yevgeniya Baras, Katherine Bradford, Quentin Curry, Jonathan Rajewski, and Claude Viallat.
Market Art + DesignThe Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton
Sixty-five contemporary art galleries from around the world (including New York's Absolut Art, London's Kahn gallery, and Paris's Nil gallery) are setting up temporary outposts on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum for this four-day art fair (running July 5 to 8 only), the biggest in the Hamptons. In addition to exploring work that spans over 55,000 square feet of exhibition space, ticket holders can sit in on furniture and design presentations and break for Aperol spritzes and fresh oysters, served on site.