Art Hamptons Edition

8 Must-See Hamptons Shows During the Second Half of the Summer

"Tony Cokes" (Installation View), 2023. Photography by Don Stahl. Image courtesy of the artist and the Dia Art Foundation.

"Tony Cokes"
Dia Bridgehampton

Known for his light- and text-based works that play on politics, mass media, and identity, Tony Cokes’s sprawling installation takes Dia Bridgehampton’s history as a former firehouse and Baptist church as its starting point. The artist projects texts from Dia’s archive on the walls of the first floor, awash in fluorescent colors reminiscent of the permanent Dan Flavin work installed upstairs. Cokes has also commandeered two 61-foot-tall electronic billboards, operated by the Shinnecock Indian Nation, both of which will broadcast his bright but oblique political missives intermittently throughout the exhibition. 

Tony Cokes" will be on view through May 2024 at Dia Bridgehampton.

David Kennedy Cutler, Ensemble (Study), 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Halsey McKay Gallery.

"David Kennedy Cutler and Monsieur Zohore"
Halsey McKay Gallery East Hampton

David Kennedy Cutler may be locally remembered for his 2018 show "Off Season," an installation and durational performance work in which he lived in Halsey McKay Gallery during the winter months. The artist will return to the gallery in August, at the height of this year’s summer season, for a joint multimedia exhibition with Ivorian-American artist Monsieur Zohore, who, like Cutler, is known for playful yet incisive critiques of social media and pop culture. Come September the vibe mellows, as Martha Tuttle’s tactile, minimalist paintings—crafted out of hand-dyed fabrics and tenderly stitched together into simple geometric forms—will usher in the welcome hush of fall. 

"David Kennedy Cutler and Monsieur Zohore" will be on view from August 5 through August 30, 2023, and “Martha Tuttle” will be on view from September 2 through October 16, 2023, both at Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton.

Mark Patiky, Lee Krasner at Work on Portrait in Green, 1969. Image courtesy of the photographer.

“Lee Krasner: Portrait in Green”
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center East Hampton

In 1969, Mark Patiky took the only known photographs of the inimitable Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner working on a painting in her studio. That painting was Portrait in Green, and it’s the centerpiece of this small but beautiful exhibition. The standout moments of the show—which includes related gouaches and other works on paper, also from 1969—are undoubtedly the candid color photographs of Krasner in the process of painting in her groundbreaking gestural style, which Patiky donated to the Pollock-Krasner House in 2003. The painting is on loan from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, courtesy of Kasmin Gallery.

Lee Krasner: Portrait in Green” will be on view from August 3 through October 29, 2023 at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton. 

Hyegyeong Choi, Dead Fountain, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

“Poetics of Falsification”
Harper's East Hampton

Sometimes the East End summer feels like a fever dream—a hot and hazy escape from the mundane that is as fleeting as it is fun. That sense of vibrant, ephemeral delirium is exactly what Harper’s latest group show feels like. "Poetics of Falsification" features works by seven rising-star female artists known for their flair for the fantastic. Hyegyeong Choi paints psychedelically Edenic landscapes filled with exuberant, plump bodies that defy rigid standards of beauty, while Michele Fletcher fashions an ambiguous, floating femininity with her fluid paintings of flora. Ji Woo Kim fabricates memories from family photos, blurring the line between reminiscence and fantasy. With additional works by Cece Philips, Chloe West, Anastasia Komar, and Lumin Wakoa, the show begs the question: What is real and what is imagined? 

Poetics of Falsification” will be on view from August 19 through September 27, 2023 at Harper’s in East Hampton. 

Katherine Bradford, Swimmers Walking in Surf, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Tripoli Gallery.

"American History"
Tripoli Gallery Wainscott

Featuring works by nine women artists including Sally Egbert, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, and Pat Steir, "American History" considers the historical weight of the East End art community through a contemporary, all-female lens. To cap off the season, "A Magical Day at Ditch," curated by Katherine Bernhardt, channels the best of the beach with works by Katherine Bradford, Jerry Wilkerson, and Deborah Caton, among others. 

American History” will be on view through August 14, 2023, and “A Magical Day at Ditch” will be on view from August 18 through September 18, 2023, both at Tripoli Gallery in Wainscott. 

Zanele Muholi, Kusile III, 2002 Cartwright, Cape Town, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery.

“Change Agents: Women Pioneers Shaping the Art World”
Southampton Arts Center

Featuring dozens of works on loan from the illustrious collections of Jane Holzer, Pamela Joyner, Christine Mack, Lisa Perry, Holly Peterson, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Neda Young, and the late Emily Fisher Landau, "Change Agents: Women Collectors Shaping the Art World" shines a spotlight on how a groundbreaking generation of women collectors are reshaping art history, from DeWoody’s dedication to showing under-recognized artists to Joyner’s label as “activist collector” for her focus on political works by Black artists. 

Change Agents: Women Pioneers Shaping the Art World” will be on view from July 22 through September 30, 2023 at Southampton Arts Center.