Tedium and irritation can infuse a visit to any art fair, induced not only by row after row of white-walled, halogen-flooded booths installed with artwork of inconsistent quality, but the often repetitious nature of works on view. This year's edition of artMRKT Hamptons is again small enough that it does not tire the viewer out and it offers several highlights scattered throughout the show, made primarily by emerging and mid-career artists.

These attractions come in the form of innovative, special artwork and cohesive, thoughtful installations of multiple artists, both sufficient to maintain one's interest during an entire visit. The following are some of my choices, several of them rooted to the East End (confirming that we do not need to go very far to see great art year round!).

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Collages and assemblages by Greg Lamarche at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York.

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Artwork by Greg Lamarche at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York.

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Oil on panel paintings by Damian Stamer at Freight + Volume, New York.

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Artwork by Damian Stamer at Freight + Volume, New York.

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Oil on panel paintings by James Stroud at Galerie Mourlot (New York)

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Photographs by Katherine Newbegin at Lesley Heller Workspace (who also presents the work of two part-time East End artists, Drew Shiflett and Daniel Wiener) (New York).

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New work by Eric Dever at Sara Nightingale (Water Mill, NY).

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Found object assemblages by Rossa Cole at Neoteric (Amagansett, NY).

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Collage works by Cecil Touchon at Timothy Yarger Fine Art, (Beverly Hills).

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Three picks for appealing, cohesive hangs with compelling work:
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Eric Firestone Gallery, presenting work by John Messinger (photography) and Mia Fonssagrives-Solow (sculpture), Tseng Kwong Chi (photography) (East Hampton, NY).

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Mark Humphrey Gallery presenting paintings by Mark Humphrey and Elwood Howell. (Southampton, NY).

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Red Truck Gallery presenting work by Chris Antieau (textile/embroidery), Bryan Cunningham (painting), Jason Houchen (sculpture), Ian Berry (denim wall assemblage), Jason D'Aquino (miniatures) (New Orleans).

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Red Truck Gallery presenting work by Chris Antieau (textile/embroidery), Bryan Cunningham (painting), Jason Houchen (sculpture), Ian Berry (denim wall assemblage), Jason D'Aquino (miniatures) (New Orleans).

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BASIC FACTS:  ArtMRKT Hamptons will remain open through July 14, 2013 on the grounds of The Bridgehampton Historical Society, 2368 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. Parking is free. www.art-mrkt.com/hamptons.

RELATED: "Art Review: Outdoor Installations at the Hamptons Art Fairs" by Gabrielle Selz. Published July 14, 2013.

"In Pictures: Outdoor Installations at the Hamptons Art Fairs." by Pat Rogers. Published July 14, 2013.

"Critic's Picks" Abstraction Strong at artMRKT Hamptons 2013" by Mike Solomon. Published July 14, 2013.

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