Monday, July 13, 2020

Eastward, Ho! Even Art Is Leaving for the Hamptons

By Ted Loos
Rashid Johnson’s oil on cotton rag work “Untitled Anxious Red Drawing” (2020) hangs near the entrance to Rental Gallery. Karsten Moran for The New York Times
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — The art collectors were finally coming out of hiding here recently, albeit quietly and tentatively. The artists were, too. The lure? All of a sudden, they have a lot more gallery options lining the immaculate streets of this famously upscale summer town, a seemingly unexpected development in the middle of a pandemic. Since the beginning of June, five major art galleries have opened here: Pace, Skarstedt, Van de Weghe, Michael Werner and Sotheby’s, all arms of New York art powerhouses. [More]