Art Hamptons Edition

How Richard Prince Jump-Started Gallerist Harper Levine's Career

Harper-Levine, Joel-Mesler, Maryam-Eisler
Harper Levine and Joel Mesler at Harper’s East Hampton where Nick Lowe’s “Scattered,” pictured above right, is on view through July 12. Photography by Maryam Eisler.

For years, Harper Levine's success was tied to his outsider relationship with the art world. His cultish East Hampton bookstore evolved into a gallery almost by accident, and even as it became a buzzy destination for beach-bound New Yorkers, the spot never felt commercial or institutional. His was a gallery that embodied all the laid-back elegance of its East End location—and people loved it for that reason.

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