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July 15-31, 2008


EDITOR'S LETTER

Art is Subjective

I would not attempt to do a commentary on the state of affairs in the art world. What we have done this issue is give you a taste of how artists and people in this arena live and work. Personally, I consider anyone who is creative in any fashion to be an artist.

A true artist, Caio Fonseca grew up living and breathing art—and to this day, remains firmly planted in the art world with studios in East Hampton, Manhattan and Pietrasanta, Italy. He opened up his East Hampton studio to us and in August, Fonseca will be here for one of his first summers in a long time as The Drawing Room features his work from August 14-September 29.

Artist Howard Lazar and his wife Heidi Banks also share with us the artist studio they added to their Hariri + Hariri house—part of the architecturally-oriented subdivision of The Houses of Sagaponac. Sisters Gisue and Mojgan Hariri did a seamless design for the studio. We include images of the exterior of the original house so you can see the entire compound,

Some artists will only allow us to feature their studios and not go inside their living spaces, but gallery owners seem to be more open to having visitors see their home and part of their collections. Such is the case with Southampton gallery owner Stephan Keszler and his collector wife Michaela. This entrepreneurial couple and their family have turned their passion for the Hamptons into a full-time reality. Instead of just summering here, they moved here permanently from Germany, and today they are a welcome fixture in the community and the art world. You'll understand why the gallery is so welcoming when you see how special their home is.

Originally, artist Bryan Hunt might have been reluctant to let us peak inside his world, but he graciously acquiesced, enabling us to capture his very special place, both photographically and in sharing his evolution to date. We also got to live amongst his sculptures for a day. They come to life on his magical property.

When I think of the transformed firehouse and grounds on the Bell Estate in Amagansett that designer John Stedila created and calls home, I think of another type of art. His passion for design and for gardening is evident in every aspect of this treasured compound. You will see John's work along with his partner in Stedila Design, Tim Button, in this year's Idea House. We have our gala opening on July 25, benefitting the Peconic Land Trust and remain open to the public through August 24. It is truly an artful transformation.

Barbara L. Dixon
Editorial Director
barbara.dixon@hcandg.com

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