It’s a quiet time in Chelsea, but the summer art parties are in full swing. The biggest of them all is the Watermill Center’s annual benefit. The Hamptons also sees the debut of Art Southampton with a VIP party hosted by ARTLOG and the Whitney Contemporaries. This is also a great time for an affordable art shopping spree at David Zwirner’s annual Pop-Up Bookstore and the Soloway Bazaar. For those feeling laid back, Snoop Dogg plays Doggystyle in its entirety at a full-fledged weekend music festival, which mixes well with the Art of Rap exhibition at Art Now NY in Chelsea. For more things to do this summer, check out our Summer Art Guide.
Image: Mike Kelley, Kandors, 2000/2007–2011. Courtesy of Jablonka Galerie.
1. Party in the Hamptons with Artlog and the Whitney Contemporaries
Art Southampton Pavillion, July 27, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
The Art Southampton fair makes its debut July 26-30, and Artlog is hosting a VIP party with the Whitney Contemporaries to celebrate the opening.
2. The Art of Rap
Art Now NY, July 26 through September 8
Randall’s Island, July 28-29
The Art of Rap: Remixed & Mastered at ArtNowNY in Chelsea shows photographs and a documentary film about the influence of hip-hop. The new Catalpa music festival boasts art lnstallations, a silent disco tent, and an eclectic mix of big names like The Black Keys and Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle in its entirety).
3. The Party of the Summer
Watermill Center, July 28, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
The Watermill Center’s annual benefit is the best Hamptons party of the season, taking place across eight acres of installations and performances. Guests will also preview the Watermill Center’s exhibition Mike Kelley: 1954-2012.
4. Summer Art Spree
David Zwirner Gallery, July 25, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Soloway, July 28, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Check out these summer deals: hit up the David Zwirner pop-up bookstore for offers on signed artist catalogues and other memorabilia, or visit the Soloway Bazaar, featuring artwork, clothing, and more.
5. Movie Night!
Friday is the last day to see provocative Spanish artist Santiago Sierra’s feature-length film NO, Global Tour at Team Gallery. Sierra’s strident critiques of exploitation and global capitalism couldn’t be more relevant. Also on Friday, Brooklyn Bowl hosts an official film screening of SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS!, which captures the legendary final performance of LCD Soundsystem.
6. From Opera to Krautrock
July 25 marks the start of the Metropolitan Opera’s summer recital series. Over the next few weeks, six performances will take place in the parks of all five boroughs. Starting this Friday, Audio Visual Arts plays sixty continuous hours of music by the prolific and influential Conrad Schnitzler of Krautrock bands Tangerine Dream and Kluster—no repeats for the entire weekend.
7. And yet more scintillating summer group shows:
Klompching Gallery, July 25 through August 18
Yancey Richardson Gallery, July 12 through August 24
31 Women in Art Photography
Hasted Kraeutler July 20 through August 17
frosch&portmann, July 26 through August 19
Japanese Artists 60
Noho Gallery, July 24 through August 11