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August 12, 2008updated Feb 08, 2013

SCOPE Sets Elite Traveler Art Fair In The Hamptons

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

EAST HAMPTON, NY—Returning for its fourth year to the East End, SCOPE Hamptons transformed the 25,000 square-foot East Hampton Studios into a top art fair coinciding during the same weekend of the 15th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit.

With a month long pre-event schedule and auxiliary receptions during the fair, SCOPE has become a part the summer art scene in East Hampton. Local and international art enthusiasts attended events at the Elie Tahari store in East Hampton, the Montauk Yacht Club, Salomon Contemporary, HC&G Idea House, and The Surf Lodge.

According to the company, Thursday’s FirstView proved the biggest turnout to date for the Hamptons event. Benefiting from SCOPE’s mandate of “Art Fair as Resource,” SCOPE Foundation’s first edition of the Collector Mentorship Auction received an overwhelming response during the opening night launch. Silent bids began rolling in for the SCOPE Foundation’s roster of prominent collectors: Melva Bucksbaum, Bonnie Clearwater, Bob Colacello, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Eileen and Richard Ekstract, John Friedman, Raymond Learsy, Arnold Lehman, Kim Levin, Adam Lindemann, Enrique Norten, Dennis Oppenheim, Lowell Pettit, Nancy Seltzer, Richard Stewart, Terrie Sultan, Rob Teeters, Jed Walentas, and Rick Wester.

Saturday saw an influx of young collectors from the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Core Club and the Guggenheim Museum all bidding for an hour of their favorite collector’s time to be redeemed within one year of the auction. This unique event was designed to provide invaluable networking and educational opportunities for beginning collectors while promoting the philanthropic mission of the SCOPE Foundation. Dedicated to supporting the international emerging artistic community, the auction’s proceeds benefited The Girl Project and The Arctic Circle project.

New and returning galleries enjoying this refreshing summer fair stated making excellent sales and contacts. Pared down from previous years with 38 international established and emerging contemporary galleries, the boutique aspect of this year’s SCOPE Hamptons lent to a more intimate environment.

Ben Davis of reports, “Scope Hamptons is — a well-engineered piece of summer entertainment, a refreshing snack in a generally overcrowded calendar of fairs…dealers said that they would recommend the fair or go back.”

The Hamptons is a frequent summer travel destination for elite travelers who use private jets and helicopters to get to their weekend houses.

LONDON—Building on the success of its international art fair program, SCOPE Art Fair is proud to announce the return of its fourth SCOPE London art fair, October 16-19, 2008. Situated directly across from Regents Park, SCOPE London’s world-class, 40,000 sq-ft exhibition hall is within walking distance of Frieze. SCOPE London 08 will present its most international fair focusing on emerging galleries from all over the world. SCOPE’s 65 international exhibitors will uphold its unique tradition of one-person and thematic group shows, bringing visitors a real-time international survey of the emerging contemporary art world.

For more information and future fairs, please visit

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