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Yue Minjun ‘Warriors’ Visit East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve

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Entering the LongHouse Reserve garden in East Hampton last month, The Observer was greeted by 25 identical bronze figures that smiled maniacally as they covered their ears and scrunched their eyes. Collectively titled Chinese Contemporary Warriors, they comprise a 2005 work by Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun and are the latest addition to the art-filled 16-acre arboretum. Read More

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East End? It’s Only Beginning! At Last, the Hamptons Is Attracting Edgy Art to Match Its Glitzy Collectors

Martos Gallery’s summer outpost in Bridgehampton. (Courtesy Martos Gallery)

A few weeks back, as the sky rained buckets on the East End of Long Island, a random sample of the New York art world was huddled inside a white tent in the expansive forested backyard of the Watermill Center for the institution’s summer benefit. It was mostly dealers, collectors and some artists, with a few obligatory celebrities thrown into the mix (Donna Karan, Jay McInerney, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, etc.). The party has always had a reputation as opulent, but the 19th annual benefit had done away with the more contrived dress codes of previous years (“Cuban chic” in 2003, “wild chic” in 2008) for a more directly artistic reference: “Pop,” according to the invitation. Read More

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Parrish Art Museum Sells Building for $2.9 M., Readying for Move to Water Mill [Updated]

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With the Parrish Art Museum on track to open in its new Herzog & de Meuron–designed home in Water Mill, N.Y., in November, its administrators are taking care of some housekeeping work in its longtime home of Southampton, N.Y. The Southampton Press reports that, at the end of April, the museum sold off a building for $2.875 million that had been used for education programs. Read More

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Southampton Plans David Rockwell–Designed Arts Pavilion

A rendering of the planned pavilion. (Courtesy Rockwell Group)

Southampton, N.Y., is set to lose one of its major art attractions this November, when the Parrish Art Museum moves to a new Herzog & de Meuron–designed building a few miles away, in Watermill, N.Y. But the village has been preparing for its move by planning a multi-use cultural center called the Southampton Center on the grounds of the old Parrish museum. Today ArtsBeat reports that David Rockwell has been tapped to design an open-air pavilion there. It is set to be completed by next summer. Read More

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Bob Nickas Curates Summer Show in Bridgehampton One Last Time

The ad for "Creature From the Blue Lagoon" in Artforum. (Courtesy Bob Nickas)

Bob Nickas, curator and Vice columnist extraordinaire, will be returning to Bridgehampton this July to organize the follow-up to last summer’s really great group show, the Bridgehampton Biennial. The show will run July 21 through Sept. 3 at the rented summer home of Chelsea dealer Jose Martos on the South Fork of Long Island. This is the third summer in a row that Mr. Nickas will be curating a show there (which made last summer’s “Biennial” label more than a little tongue-in-cheek), but it will also be the last. The house was sold recently. Read More