June 8, 2012 in About Us
223 Hampton Road
Southampton, NY 11968
The Hamptons Expo Group has emerged as one of the fastest growing fine art fair organizers in America. Their “boutique” shows feature prominent galleries offering the finest in post-war and contemporary art. Headquartered in Southampton, New York, the Hamptons Expo Group created and produces ArtAspen, ArtHamptons, San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Houston Fine Art Fair and Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair – Palm Springs Convention Center, February 17-19, 2012
SF Fine Art Fair – Ft. Mason Center, San Francisco, May 17-20, 2012
ArtHamptons – Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark, Bridgehampton, July 13-15, 2012
ArtAspen - Aspen Ice Garden, August 2-5, 2012
Houston Fine Art Fair – Reliant Park, September 13-16, 2012
Hamptons Expo Group Leadership
Rick Friedman, President
Rick Friedman is one of America’s most successful media entrepreneurs during the past two decades. During the 90′s Mr. Friedman pioneered advanced software technology through his many magazines, journals, books, expos and conferences. Founding SIGS Publications in his basement with just a thousand dollars, it grew to become one of the fastest growing businesses in the nation in the mid-late 90′s, with offices in the UK, Germany, France and Australia. SIGS became a thought-leader company for some 200,000 programmers in over 100 countries. After successfully selling SIGS in 1999, Mr. Friedman focused his attention on a new emerging technology, digital video and visual effects. Soon his NY and LA based Digital Video Shows became “the” industry event and he was able to acquire in 2003, Hollywood’s venerable filmmaker trade show, ShowBiz Expo (formerly owned by Variety ) Over 20,000 filmmakers and 250 sponsors – including Avid, Apple, Panavision, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and Kodak – supported his shows in NY, LA, and Chicago.
Mr Friedman, is a colorful entrepreneur whose earlier diverse range of ventures includes creating the 80′s syndicated TV show ” Dance Fever ” (original MC), producing and directing 80+ theatrical shows, musical concerts, and cabaret shows.. and also owning the USA Women’s Volleyball Team in 1985.
Over the past 5 years, Rick Friedman has become a serious collector of 20th Century American art, with an emphasis in Abstract Expressionism. Having acquired over 125 museum-level paintings during this period, he frequently loans his artworks to exhibitions and museum shows and has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine. With his current foray into the art fair business , Rick matches his passion for art, his many contacts in the art world, his experience as one of the nation’s most successful event producers, with his ability to create successful dynamic marketplaces for buyers and sellers.
His entrepreneurial achievements led CNN to create a segment on his life and he is a member of the World Presidents Organization.