The Hamptons Museums and Galleries
26 Ardsley Rd., Southampton
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.
Karma Gallery & Books (Closed)
249 Main St., Amagansett
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.
The Fireplace Project
851 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton
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.
Pollock Krasner House & Study Center
830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton
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.
Dan Flavin Art Institute
23 Corwith Ave., Bridgehampton
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.
Halsey McKay Gallery
79 Newtown Ln., East Hampton
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.
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
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.
Eric Firestone Gallery
4 Newtown Ln., East Hampton
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 group show, on view through June, showcases figurative work by artists like Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Emma Amos, Will Barnet, and many more.
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller (Closed)
87 Newtown Ln., East Hampton
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is the resident purveyor of first-edition books, manuscripts, and other printed material—and they've teamed up with Tripoli Patterson, the young surfer-turned-gallerist, who opened his second location (the first is in Southampton) on the first floor of Horowitz's Newton Lane location.
158 Main St., East Hampton
Thanks to a full theater program in addition to an exhibition space, Guild Hall is a Hamptons institution. Their June and July exhibition with Tony Oursler is the highlight of the summer calendar. Later in the summer, they're doing an exhibition of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.
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