A woman in a sparkly top glared disapprovingly as I pulled a Hyundai Elantra rental car into a space between a Maserati and an Escalade at the Art Southampton fair late Saturday afternoon. In front of the entrance was a colorful troll sculpture by the artist Sam Tufnell. To my left were about 25 young men in helmets playing polo, this being the Hamptons, after all. Inside, I saw works by Picasso and El Anatsui before driving over to Mecox Farm for Market Art + Design, which was held alongside a beautiful bay. There were Robert Bradford sculptures crafted from stuffed animals situated around the fair, as well as sketches by author Dave Eggers, and embroidery by Sophia Narrett.
Before walking into the Parrish Museum Midsummer Party, I stopped into a winery further down the road. A camera crew was set up inside, filming a VH1 reality show. By the register, I was asked to sign a release form for appearing in the background of said reality show. I collected my change and headed to the Parrish Museum. A mix of artists, collectors, entertainers, and philanthropists chatted and enjoyed the perfect weather, congregating around expensive vintage cars that were parked on the grassy area outside of the museum because a local car dealer called Grand Prix Café sponsored the event. Thinking of my Hyundai, I felt slightly out of place. This feeling was briefly compounded as I headed for the door to make my exit and a woman pointed at my Hawaiian print dress and said, “Hey, that’s my dress!” I looked up, worried and confused, and then realized that my secondhand store find by Nicole Miller from ten years earlier had been spotted by Nicole Miller herself. Surely this happens to people all the time out here.
ALL PHOTOS, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED: KATHERINE MCMAHON