Kevin Berlin: "Fresh Tomatoes!" | July 14 -17 | Hamptons Fine Art Fair | Mark Miller Gallery



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Kevin Berlin: "Fresh Tomatoes!" | July 14 -17 | Hamptons Fine Art Fair | Mark Miller Gallery

JULY 14-17, 2022

THE BASTILLE DAY VERNISSAGE - JULY 14 BENEFITING GUILD HALL

SOUTHAMPTON FAIRGROUNDS


Thursday, July 14, 2022, 4PM – 9:30PM

Friday, July 15, 2022, 12PM – 8PM

Saturday, July 16, 2022, 11AM – 6PM

Sunday, July 17, 2022, 11AM – 6PM


Southampton Fairgrounds

605 County Rd 39

Southampton, NY 11968


WELCOME TO KEVIN BERLIN: "FRESH TOMATOES!" It's a great Summer in the Hamptons for farm stands. It’s also a great Summer for tomatoes! What’s a Hamptons kitchen without tomatoes? Stock up! Sicilian, heirloom, organic . . . we got ‘em! Free local recipes! On the vine or on the wall. Presented by Mark Miller Gallery, VIP Pavilion, Booth 408B.


While Kevin Berlin is perhaps best known for oil paintings and monumental bronze sculptures, "Fresh Tomatoes!” has a spontaneity and directness that can't be achieved any other way. Varieties of Italian tomatoes found at Hamptons Fine Art Fair include San Marzano, Sicilian Ciliegino and Florence's own Fiorentino tomatoes. In addition, the collection includes "Mini-Pizza," "Nutella," and a few other surprises. www.kevinberlin.com @kevinberlin (instagram)


Kevin Berlin is an international artist best known for painting, sculpture, and performance. Berlin currently lives in Southampton, New York and Florence, Italy. Berlin's works are found in collections including Kim Basinger, Luciano Pavarotti, Bill and Hillary Clinton, President George W. Bush, Quincy Jones, Buzz Aldrin, Henry Buhl, Barton G., HRH Princesse Antonella de Orleans-Bourbon, and National YoungArts Foundation. Berlin’s recent exhibitions include solo shows in New York, Miami, Shanghai, London and The Hague.


Hamptons Fine Art Fair welcomes art lovers from all over the world to Southampton Fairgrounds in the beautiful East End of Long Island, New York, annually in July. Over 80 international art galleries showcase their most important 20th and 21st century art, all for immediate acquisition. hamptonsfineartfair.com


Mark Miller Gallery is a contemporary art gallery on Lower East Side of Manhattan, dedicated to showcasing emerging and established artists since 1998. markmillergallery.com



"To me each tomato is a miracle. Each tomato is a new world.” - Kevin Berlin



An Interview with Kevin Berlin

By Baronesse Louise von Duesterlohe

Hamptons Fine Art Fair, July 2022


Kevin Berlin’s “Fresh Tomatoes!” follows the Renaissance tradition of painting from life as the basis for expression and the development of ideas. While most of us are inspired to eat Italy’s famous tomatoes, the Artist was inspired to paint them.

While Kevin Berlin is perhaps best known for oil paintings and monumental bronze sculptures, "Fresh Tomatoes!” has a spontaneity and directness that can't be achieved any other way. Varieties of Italian tomatoes found at Hamptons Fine Art Fair include San Marzano, Sicilian Ciliegino and Florence's own Fiorentino tomatoes. In addition, the collection includes "Mini-Pizza," "Nutella," and a few other surprises.


Baronesse Louise Von Duesterlohe: When did you paint your first tomato? Kevin Berlin: Two weeks after the tragedy of 9/11 I found myself in Florence, Italy setting up a studio above the historic Sant’Ambrogio market. At the time I was inspired by the icons of Italian culture and it was then that I gave tomatoes the more serious consideration that they deserve. So, 20 years ago.


BLVD: What do you love about tomatoes?


KB: Big question. The color red, of course. The extraordinary individual shape and form. As a sculptor I imagine each tomato on a monumental scale and appreciate that no two tomatoes are alike. The taste of an Italian salsa di pomodoro; which has been perfected over, what some say, is a period of five hundred years... Perhaps what I love the most is the pleasant feeling that each tomato brings. And that alone is enough.

BLVD: Do you ever get bored painting a tomato? KB: No. Impossible. To me each tomato is a miracle. Each tomato is a new world. Each time I paint a tomato, I imagine I have never seen one before. As if each tomato went back to the beginning of time. That is the secret.

www.kevinberlin.com

@kevinberlin (instagram)

Kevin Berlin, "Tomato Dream"

Gouache, handout paper, pencil signed, 9 x 10.5 in., (framed), 2022.

Kevin Berlin, "Nutella with Tomato "

Gouache, handout paper, pencil signed, 9 x 10.5 in., (framed), 2022.

Kevin Berlin, "Pomodoro a Grappolo"

Gouache, handout paper, pencil signed, 9 x 10.5 in., (framed), 2022.