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September 21, 2017

Spirit & Flesh’ Edgar Acero heads to the south fork of Long Island to observe the exotic curves of fine art and automobiles.

The Bridge, an event which combines an array of some of the fastest, most beautiful automobiles ever produced, combined with an exhibition of art from six major contemporary galleries, took place this weekend under the late-summer sunshine in Bridgehampton New York, which brought numerous Hamptonites, Manahattanites, fashionistas, and collectors of art and cars. This is the second year of what we think will be a perennial event in the red-hot Hamptons.
“I’ve always been interested in the interplay between the manufactured and the artisanal,” said Robert Rubin, who has owned the race circuit since 1981 and founded The Bridge golf club in 2002. “Growing the art element of the show is a logical next step. The clubhouse is filled with work by Prince, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, and others who mine this lode.”

The new art fair component was organized by Suzanne Butler, featuring six leading galleries including Marlborough Contemporary, David Zwirner, Karma, CANADA Gallery, David Kordansky Gallery, and Mitchell Innes & Nash. Arranged on the course’s 18th hole, galleries presented artwork within Lars Fisk designed doublewide shipping containers.

The main sponsor of the event was Richard Mille, who has been producing magnificent watches since 2002. His Company is renowned for its inspired application of cutting-edge technology alongside the centuries-old culture and traditions of fine watchmaking. Other partners include: Bell Helicopter, NetJets, McLaren, Pagani, KarmaAutomotive, Burgess, Uovo, Sherry-Lehman and Nicholas Brawer.

For automobile lovers, notable cars from this year’s event included a 1957 Jaguar XKSS, the first of sixteen built, a 1957 Porsche Speedster, originally raced by factory driver Lake Underwood and a veteran of the Bridgehampton Race Circuit, and a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette NART LeMAns race car, one of 17 Corvettes to have compete at LeMans. In addition, the line up included multiple Ford GT40s, Mercedes 300SLs, both gullwings and roadsters, and a 1976 Lamborghini Periscopo.

Attendees at The Bridge’s Saturday event included Swizz Beatz, Donna Karan and Gabby Karan de Felice, Flaviana Matata, Lyor Cohen, Andy Thomas, Robert Melville, David Fink, Roger and Wendy Ferris, Howard Lorber, Rob Melville, Howard Lutnick, Jeff Goldberger, Stuart Parr, Vito Schnabel, David Mugrabi, Christopher Pagani, Silke and Savas Tsititridis, Woody Boley, Joey Wolffer, Hilla Maranov, and Vladimir Voronchenko.