The Hamptons Museums and Galleries
Dan Flavin Art Institute
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.
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 show, on view through July, showcases colorful, expansive works by Michael Boyd.
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 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.
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.
Karma Gallery & Books
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.
133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton
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.
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.
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.
Silas Marder (Closed)
120 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton
Silas Marder Gallery (located in an open-air and still-very-raw-wood barn) projects movies for all comers on Friday nights in a series called, appropriately, "Films on the Haywall." Curator Tucker Marder’s taste is eclectic but spot-on, as he plays everything from The Muppet Movie to Grizzly Man to Cool Hand Luke. Get there early enough to see the exhibition of Ryan McGinness’s sculptures and paintings, inspired by surf and skate culture.
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