Art Southampton opened yesterday on the east end with a VIP preview benefiting the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital. It is the fourth edition of the fair, showcasing work from over 80 regional, national, and international galleries.
Just before the opening event, we caught up with gallerist Gregoire Vogelsang of Belgian Vogelsang Gallery, who is participating in the show for the first time. This summer, Vogelsang Gallery is present at two art fairs in the Hamptons: Art Southhampton and Art Hamptons.
Vogelsang is part of a new generation of promising gallerists in the international art scene. With his gallery based in Brussels in a 3000 square foot modern building, he also has a strong presence in New York with recurring pop-up exhibitions in Chelsea. Art has always been a part of his life, starting at the age of 15, he entered the business waxing furniture in an antiques shop in San Francisco. Gradually his passion for contemporary art evolved, leading to the launch of his own gallery in January 2011.
A fixture in the art market international circuit, Vogelsang Gallery promotes its artists through exhibitions and art fairs around the world in cities such as Miami, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore. ”I really like what I am seeing happening with the international new reality of the art market. Art Fairs open up buying art to so many people who wouldn’t have seen it otherwise,“ said Vogelsang.
During the Hamptons fairs, his gallery showcases works from Belgian artists like Helene Dawans, Florence Pirlot, Mi-KL, and Jerome Jasinski alongside rising international artists such as Gregory Watin, Lucia Engstrom, Alain Richard, Daniela Ribeiro, Claudia Meyer, and Kevin Berlin. At Art Southampton this weekend there will be four large works by Frank Stella and two photos from David LaChapelle. One in particular, Jesus Is My Homeboy Foot Wash, was the cornerstone work for LaChapelle’s recent retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Lima.
At his booth we’re also excited to see the work of Marcel Ceupens, a digital painter. Vogelsang told us he first draws the work on his iPad and then transfers it to the very refined hahnemuhle paper. “The results are spectacular,” he said. Ceupens striking work is on view at Art Southampton through Monday, July 13.