Founded in 1740, Southampton is the oldest of the Hamptons Villages. Filled with history (and money), Southampton has long been a mecca for artists. Today’s art scene in Southampton is a happy mix of art, design, history and culture.
Arthur T. Kalaher Fine Art
28E Job’s Lane, Southampton 631-204-0383
- Formerly (since 1979) specializing in American and English Furniture and 19th & 20th Century American Art, the gallery has evolved to encompass an eclectic mix of leading contemporary and traditional artists such as Andrew Hart Adler, Carolyn Beegan, Paton Miller, Rolph Scarlett, Joe Chierchio, Elizabeth Aline Colborne, and Thomas Cardone, as well as prized local works from the Peconic Bay Impressionists and it is the exclusive repository for the works of Nahum Tschacbasov.
- In tune with the trends, and showcasing work that is simply a step ahead, the gallery provides both aesthetic enjoyment and investment opportunities for the collector, as well as appraisals, high-quality custom framing, and painting conservation.
- Dan’s Papers (2013): Arthur T. Kalaher Presents Nahum Tschacbasov Retrospective
- HamptonsArtHub (2012): Hamptons Galleries Survive Sandy
- Hamptons.com (2011): Sag Harbor Gallery Owner Resurrects The Unremembered And Fosters Local Artists
- Long Island Exchange – Video (2010): TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Thomas Cardone at the Arthur T. Kalaher Art Gallery
Jeff Lincoln Collective Art and Design
200 North Sea Road, Southampton. 631-353-3445,
- Located in a restored 19th century former power station in Southampton, New York, Collective by Jeff Lincoln brings together art and design in a compelling gallery environment. Important and rare mid-century furniture are presented along with contemporary furniture and lighting.
- Highlighting the increasing fluidity between design and art, the Collective also exhibits work by important contemporary artists. The gallery’s unique presentation of art in conjunction with design continually probes the dialogue between the two as contemporary designers and artists dissolve the boundaries between these two worlds.
- Luxe Daily (2017): Art And Design Merge In Designer Jeff Lincoln’s Gallery
- Interior Design (2016): Jeff Lincoln Discusses Collective, His New Art and Design Gallery in the Hamptons
- Galerie Magazine (2016): Inside the Hamptons Buzziest Home Design Shop
- Wall Street International Magazine (2017): The Organic Impulse in Contemporary Art & Design
Mark Humphrey Gallery
10 Jagger Lane, Southampton (631) 283 3113
- The Mark Humphrey Gallery was established in 1980 as a purveyor of posters, prints, miscellaneous art objects and framing. Over the past 35 years, The Gallery has evolved into one of the most respected in the Hamptons. Mark Humphrey strives to provide clients with the opportunity to buy beautiful contemporary works of art that are also viable investments. In carrying artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Donald Baechler, Helen Frankenthaler, Ross Bleckner and many others, Mark shows some of the most successful artists of the last 50 years.
- A major part of the behind the scene activity is the art consulting business Mark has cultivated over the years. He has single-handedly provided the art for major corporations and law firms in New York, and many very large private residences in the Hamptons, working with designers, and privately with the clients. This is his favorite part of the business.
- 27East (2016): After 36 Years On Main Street, Mark Humphrey’s Namesake Gallery Now Calls Jagger Lane Home
MM Fine Art
4 North Main Street, Southampton 631-259-2274
- MM Fine Art specializes in contemporary and 20th century painting, sculpture, drawing and photography of emerging, established and blue chip artists. With a beautiful exhibition space, the gallery offers a vibrant year-round program, featuring solo and group exhibitions, as well as artist talks, demonstrations and panel discussions. In addition, Catherine McCormack & Andrew Marcelle, the Directors of the gallery, also offer advisory and appraisal services.
- HamptonsArtHub (2018): MM Fine Art Opens in Southampton with a Survey of Long Island Painters
- The East Hampton Star (2019): Ross Teachers Show Their Own Work at MM in Southampton
- Newsday (2018): Southampton gallery puts LI painters’ art on display
164 Mariner Drive, Southampton 631-287-2020
- It was Alfonso Ossorio’s dream to preserve his artwork and conifer arboretum which was hailed by experts as the eighth wonder of the horticultural world. When he died at the age of 74, after living 40 years at the magnificent estate – The Creeks – in East Hampton, Ossario also left behind a remarkable legacy of diaries, photographs, letters and other historic materials documenting a lifetime of artistic and cultural activity. Unable to keep Ossorio’s home and studio at the Creeks, his heir and life partner, Edward (Ted) F. Dragon, settled on a commercial warehouse in neighboring Southampton as the location to begin the preservation of Ossorio’s legacy.
- The warehouse was retrofitted as a lofty gallery space where visitors could come to experience the depth of Ossorio’s lifetime of work. In 2016 the foundation began a capital campaign to customize the space to house the permanent collection, and is envisioned to feature, finally, an arboretum setting befitting Ossorio’s aesthetic arrangement of trees and sculpture. It will serve as a new cultural destination for the region, joining other iconic artist foundations and cultural centers in the East End. An arts study center is planned as well which will partner the Ossorio Foundation with a major art teaching museum from an institution of higher learning.
- The East Hampton Star (2018): Alfonso Ossorio: A Personal Perspective on His Art and Influence
- Tasty Safari (2014): Solving the Puzzle of Alfonso Ossorio and ‘The Angry Christ’ Mural
- Hamptons.com (2018): Interview: Mike Solomon on Alfonsio Ossorio, The Creeks, and More
- The New York Times (1990): Alfonso Ossorio, 74, Artist and Patron of the Arts (Obituary)
- For the best gossip on Ossorio, Dragon and their remarkable life in East Hampton, read Philistines at the Hedgerows by Steven Gaines!
Southampton Cultural Center
25 Pond Lane, Southampton 631-287-4377
- Southampton Cultural Center (SCC), is a non-profit organization, combining art, education, dance, music and theatre to engage and nourish the entire community with the arts. Established in 1985, SCC serves all East End residents and visitors by providing a variety of programming including classes, art exhibitions and live performances for children and adults at affordable prices.
- The Gallery features solo, group, and juried art exhibitions, featuring local and international artists with themes that resonate in the Hamptons.
- Dan’s Papers (2018): ‘The 7th Circle’ Opens at Southampton Cultural Center on March 31
- East End Beacon (2017): Opening for East End Arts Invitational Art Exhibition: “State of Grace” at Southampton Cultural Center
- Patch (2011): Four Different Views of Abstract Art Displayed in Southampton Cultural Center Exhibition
Southampton Arts Center
25 Job’s Lane, Southampton 631-283-0967
- Southampton Arts Center’s mission is to serve the East End community as a hub for arts and culture while preserving the iconic building and grounds of 25 Jobs Lane for future generations.
- After taking over the former home of the Parrish Art Museum, SAC has become a hub for arts and culture on the East End. In 2017, the center drew 40,000 visitors, showed six exhibitions (including a portraiture show called “About Face” and another focusing on photography by Michael Halsband), and produced more than 200 events ranging from drawing workshops to jazz nights.
- ‘SAC is a totally vibrant place for the arts & the artists who make it. The current exhibition, TAKEOVER: Artists in Residence is a breath of fresh air & it was only further enhanced by the Thurs nite musical performance/art of Ryder Cooley & Hazel. Ryder & Hazel’s work is in the vein of the dark carnival & European cabaret — a unique voice that should not be missed. Can’t wait to get back there.’ Ric Kallaher on Facebook
- The Independent (2019): Artists Take Over Southampton Arts Center
- 27East (2018): Peter Marino’s Art Collection Goes On Exhibition At Southampton Arts Center
- Dan’s Papers (2015): Video: ‘East End Collected’ Opens at Southampton Arts Center
- Dan’s Papers (2015): Southampton Arts Center: A Celebration of Art and Family
30 Jobs Ln, Southampton 631-377-3715
- Since 2005, Sag Harbor native and surfer, Tripoli Patterson, has organized, produced and curated contemporary art shows in various innovative locations around the East End of Long Island and New York City. In 2009 he opened Tripoli Gallery Southampton, to serve as a dynamic platform for artistic dialogue between local and international artists and the East End community.
- Trip believes that each exhibition he curates acts as a frozen moment of those artists’ history – recorded, preserved, and globalized into perpetuity.
- East Hampton Star (2017): Yung Jake: From the Screen to the Wall
- East Hampton Star (2016): At Tripoli, Disparate Parts Become a Whole
- YouTube (2014): CI Speaks with Tripoli Gallery Owner Tripoli Patterson (Video)
- The New York Times (2012): Sharks? In Southampton?
Southampton African American Museum (SAAM)
245 North Sea Road, Southampton
- The Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) began in 2005 under the name The East End African American Museum and Center for Excellence. The single story building, affectionately called “The Barbershop,” is currently under renovation and is expected to open in fall of 2019. It was a local gathering place for area African Americans from the 1940s until its closing. For the past 13 years, the museum has led a virtual existence, presenting film festivals, plays, student art exhibitions, live music, and a variety of other programs related to African-American history and culture at various East End venues.
- 27East (2018): Groundbreaking Held at Future Site of the Southampton African American Museum
- East Hampton Star (2018): ‘The Beginning of the Beginning’ at Southampton African American Museum
- Dan’s Papers (2012): Southampton’s African American Museum
- The Independent (2018): A Walk Down Memory Lane with Randy Conques
So check out what’s happening in the Southampton Art Scene in the not too distant future, wear your finest designer surfer rags and bring your checkbook – you must need a piece or two to spiff up your new beach shack (or your Soho Loft)!
See you soon,