Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today's Groupon to artMRKT Hamptons, which takes place from Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17 at the Bridgehampton Historical Society in Bridgehampton. Choose between the following options:
• For $15, you get two one-day passes, each valid for admission on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (a $30 advanced value; a $40 value at the door).
• For $50, you get one Preview Party Ticket, valid for admission on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with access to the VIP lounge (a $100 advanced value, a $110 value at the door). This option also includes admission to Thursday's Southampton Hospital Benefit Preview Party from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and VIP Preview Party from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
artMRKT pulls at the eye-strings of art aficionados with 33 exhibiting galleries showcasing historically significant and contemporary art from around the world. Guests can peruse art-speckled spaces to join fellow aesthetic appreciators in discussions about the cultural relevance of Blame Elaine by Jason Bard Yarmosky or spend hours staring at DOG by Jason Shawn Alexander until it backs down and meows like a cat.
Opt for the VIP pass to gain admission to the VIP preview party Thursday, July 14 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., which includes a first look at the galleries, admission to the fair, and access to the VIP Lounge throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the opening night preview will benefit Southampton Hospital, a health care hub that has served the area for nearly a century. Weekend-long entry to the VIP lounge will make ticket holders feel like Hollywood stars or refined criminal masterminds.
Though it built its fame as a rough-and-tumble oil town, Houston has one of the largest, most vibrant art scenes of any city in America. As the city's most prominent contemporary art shows, Texas Contemporary puts these refined tastes on display for the fifth year in a row. The 2014 edition welcomed more than 15,000 collectors and art fans, who searched for striking pieces curated by dealers from around the country. This year's show looks to exceed those record-setting numbers, with expanded dates and a new location at the George R. Brown Convention Center. In addition to tapping into the global art market, this year's show also features plenty of local flavor, too; exhibitors include mainstays of the Houston gallery scene, such as Inman Gallery, Cardoza Fine Art, and David Shelton Gallery. 2015 also brings a partnership with The Mexican Consulate in Houston's Department of Cultural Affairs for The Other Mexico, a program which displays and deepens the decades-long connection between the art worlds of Houston and Mexico City.