East End Art / by Raymond Merritt

Roy Lichtenstein,  Sunrise,  1965

Roy Lichtenstein, Sunrise, 1965

Just a few hours away from New York City, the Hamptons have long been a summer getaway spot for artists and other members of the art world. For those not invited to the celebrity-filled art galas out on Long Island's East End, Water Mill's Parish Art Museum and East Hampton's Guild Hall are providing summer art experiences for the masses.

The recently renovated Parish Art Museum boasts a phenomenal new exhibit of photographs by Andreas Gursky. Known for being the artist of the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction ($4.3 million at Christie's in 2011), Gursky creates some of the most unique photographs in the world, playing with color, scale, and form.

Andreas Gursky,  99 Cent,  1999

Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent, 1999

Just down the road from the Parish is Guild Hall in East Hampton. With free admission, and a show of legendary pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein's work, you'll want to continue your gallery tours before hitting the beach. Fittingly, the Guild Hall show is entitled, Between Sea and Sky, and presents Lichtenstein's exploration of land and seascapes, with his signature pop style still visible.