HAMPTONS.-SCOPEs triumphant return from July 26-29 to the East End was hailed by critics, collectors and exhibitors as SCOPE Hamptons again presented a view of the art world available nowhere else. As local and international collectors gathered to view the 60 international and local Exhibitors, SCOPE Hamptons 2007 continued to give back to the community while continuing to be emerging trailblazers of innovation and propellers of change.
In beach and formal attire, collectors and critics swarmed the benefit on July 26thBeth DeWoody bought a Yuliya Lanina from ADA Gallery (Richmond) and a Reinaldo Sanguino from DEAN PROJECT (New York); Janet Oh (Seoul) relished in great sales as loyal SCOPE collectors, such as Jerome Stern bought Zadouk Ben-Davids jewel-like tree sculptures. Returning SCOPE favorites, such as Mike Weiss (New York), Galerie Andreas Binder (Munich), and klinkhammerprojects (Dusseldorf), were joined by powerhouses, such as Fredric Snitzer (Miami) and Mendes Bahia (Sao Paolo) to the admiration of Jennifer McSweeney, BobColacello, Mary Boone and John Barman.
The local art scene rallied behind SCOPE to truly make it the Hamptons Weekend of Art. Featured gallery Salomon Contemporary (East Hampton) was mobbed by such collectors as Phil and Shelley Aarons, Doug and Sheri Oliver. Art luminaries later supported the local Hamptons art scene at Luis Gispert and Jeffrey Reed's 'Stereomongrel' screening at the Salomon Contemporary Warehouse. To show their support, Eileen and Richard Ekstract hosted a reception at the Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Idea House and a Collector brunch on Sunday at their home.
The buying frenzy continued in New Yorks CREATIVETIME and ARTINGENERALs booths, two of SCOPE Foundation grant recipients. Galerie Brigitte Schenk (Cologne) sold her keystone paintinga large Marilyn Manson--for $80,000 on the first day.
The fun continued outside, as exhibitors passed through Natalie Lanese installation to CREATIVETIMEs spiked lemonade stand and Socrates Sculpture Park SCOPE kids. Led by Socrates artists over three sessions daily, these creative and inspirational projects introduced fundamental and contemporary art-making techniques while incorporating a variety of art materials and media. On Sunday, Collectors, Exhibitors, and artists breathlessly watched the SCOPE regatta, as children from all over the world and the Shinnecock Nation, Hayground school handcrafted boats and raced them.
Scopes continued mission is to turn viewers into users. Founded in 2002, Scope gives a view of the contemporary art-world available nowhere else. Scope international art fairs present up-and-coming dealers, curators, and artists, alongside museum quality programming.