A view from artMRKT Hamptons 2012.

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - Technically, June’s Art Basel is the last major stop on the round-the-world art fair circuit before autumn. And a lot of people are taking a break and saying: Phew.

But for those who spend their weekends in the Hamptons, there are two fairly low-key summertime fairs coming up July 11-14: ArtHamptons and artMRKT Hamptons. The events are not affiliated, but the organizers of the latter fair used to run the former one, and clearly everyone understands that by having the fairs on the same weekend, they create a critical mass for collectors and browsers.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the comparison between the fairs, which both take place in Bridgehampton.

Elizabeth Murray’s Cracking Cup, 1998. Among the works being shown at ArtHamptons.


The basics

ArtHamptons: Founded 2008, 70+ galleries, takes place in Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark

artMRKT Hamptons: Founded 2011, 40 galleries, takes places on the grounds of Bridgehampton Historical Society


Representative galleries

ArtHamptons: Jim Kemper Fine Art (New York); Newberry Fine Art (Boston); Wally Findlay Galleries (Palm Beach)

artMRKT Hamptons: Tally Beck (New York); Lennon Weinberg (New York); 101/Exhibit (Los Angeles)

Darius Yektai’s Untitled. Among the works being exhibited at artMRKT Hamptons.

Charitable benefits

ArtHamptons: The opening night benefits Guild Hall in East Hampton

artMRKT Hamptons: The Parrish Art Museum gets a portion of the proceeds, and there’s also a benefit for the local art center and sculpture garden LongHouse Reserve


Larry Rivers’ Final Portrait of Joe Hirshhorn, 1981. Among the works being exhibited by Tibor de Nagy at ArtHamptons.

Unexpected bonus feature

ArtHamptons: Tony- and Pulitizer-winning playwright Edward Albee will be feted for his career and contributions to East End culture at several events

artMRKT Hamptons: Adam Stennett will be doing a 96-hour test run of his Artist Survival Shack, previewing his month-long installation/endurance performance coming later this summer

Attempt to be cool

ArtHamptons: Schoolhouse Projects presents “Bushwick Bohemia,” a group show meant to evoke Brooklyn’s cutting edge

artMRKT Hamptons: Gourmet food trucks on hand, including Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream