Find secondary-market Warhol prints and John Chamberlain sculptures with ease at East Hampton’s new Gallery Valentine, an offshoot of a Palm Beach gallery. For newer work, go to the year-old Eric Firestone Gallery, which shows contemporary art and photography with a focus on pop culture, street art, and graphic works. This summer, the gallery commissioned Ryan McGinness and Shepard Fairey, among others, to paint U.S. Air Force nose-cones that gallery-owner Firestone gathered from the Arizona desert.
Head away from the center of town to LOCAL 87, a new gallery by established book-and-art dealers Glenn Horowitz and John McWhinnie, whose two other locations are down the road. McWhinnie runs the space, which showcases established Hamptons artists (Matthew Satz, Nick Weber, Jamison Ellis, and Peter Dayton) alongside international-caliber artists he represents in his Upper East Side location, such as Richard Prince. Browse the artist catalogues McWhinnie publishes and don’t miss the collectible porn section in back, which features first volumes of late-’60s erotica magazines Sugar and Psychedelic.
Stop into the summer-season space Halsey Mckay Gallery a few doors down. It was opened in May by curator Hilary Schaffner and painter Ryan Wallace; the two are showing installations, mixed-media work, and more by edgy, emerging artists, many from Brooklyn. They’re also trying to cultivate a community: See if you can swing an invite to their monthly artist dinners celebrating openings held in area homes and cooked by Wallace’s wife, who’s a chef at raw foods restaurant The Juicy Naam in Sag Harbor.