Peter Marino's Art Collection Goes On Exhibition At Southampton Arts Center
100 works of art from the collection of Peter Marino, opens at the Southampton Arts Center on Friday, July 27, it will be unlike anything that’s been seen in Southampton Village for quite some time—if ever.
That’s because Mr. Marino’s world-class contemporary art collection contains work by many of the most important artists of the last half century. He has Warhols, Mapplethorpes, Lalannes, Hirsts, all of which will be on view in a show that is a scaled down version of “One Way: Peter Marino,” a major exhibition of the collector’s work shown at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami in 2014.
Mr. Marino, an architect who lives in Southampton, credits Simone Levinson, a co-chair of the Southampton Arts Center board of directors, for getting the whole idea for “Counterpoint” started.
“She’s interested in developing the cultural aspect of life in Southampton,” he said during a recent interview at his home. “I believe in that as a collector. This community is very sophisticated on many levels. I support the idea of any kind of cultural event here in Southampton.”
He added that when Samuel Parrish built the Southampton Arts Center building on Jobs Lane in the late 19th century to house his extensive art collection—it was the original home of the Parrish Art Museum—he did so because he felt it was important for Southampton to have high-quality cultural institutions in its midst.
Since the departure of the Parrish Art Museum to its new home in Water Mill more than five years ago, it has fallen to the Southampton Arts Center to carry on that mission in the space—and with this high-caliber exhibition, which runs through September 23, the arts center is doing just that.
Mr. Marino began collecting art in 1978, when Andy Warhol gave him artwork in exchange for a renovation project at his Upper East Side townhouse. That was 40 years ago, and in the decades since, The Peter Marino Collection has grown to include thousands of works, among them paintings and mixed media pieces by some of the most notable artists of our time.
When asked what he looks for when considering a piece for acquisition, Mr. Marino answered, “Visual, visual, visual. It has to be compelling on a visual level. It also has to have some heart—the element of truth. I think great art is all based on truth. Great art doesn’t get into artifice.”