The Hamptons beautiful landscape has drawn an unprecedented number of iconic 20th Century American artists through the generations such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning & Andy Warhol, who all worked and lived there. As a result the area has some of the best arts destinations outside of New York City and is well worth a day visit. I have listed a few of my favorites.
Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center
830 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 1 - 5pm, May through October.
Family Art Workshops – Saturdays 10 – 11:30am
In 1945 Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner moved to East Hampton from New York City. The property is now a museum and you can tour the studio (a small barn behind the house) where they produced some of their most famous abstract paintings.
One of Pollock's most famous paintings titled "Convergence" was painted in 1952 and is now in the collection of the Albright Knox Museum. Remnants of the paint used to create this work are still visible today on the floor of Pollock's studio.
The main house is small and modest with most of the original furnishings including Pollock's record and book collection.
133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Hours: April 30 – October 8, Wednesday & Saturday 2-5pm
June 29 – September 3 also open Thursday & Friday.
A beautiful outdoor sculpture garden featuring 60 artists from Dale Chihuly to Sol Lewitt and Willem de Kooning among others.
Dan Flavin Art Institute
Corwith Avenue, Bridgehampton, NY
Hours: May – October, Thursday – Sunday 12-6pm, November – April, Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm
A permanent installation of Dan Flavin’s work from 1963-1981. He was a pioneer in the use of fluorescent light and is considered a cornerstone of Minimalism. This small museum is a real gem not to be missed.
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976
Hours: Wednesday – Monday, 10am – 5pm, Fridays until 8pm
Selections from the permanent collection of over 3,000 works, by many of the most note-worthy contemporary art artists who called the Hamptons home, are on view in beautiful skylit galleries. The museum also curates several special exhibitions a year featuring some of the best artists working today.