Brisk sales to collectors from Europe, the United Kingdom, South America, and the United States on the first day of FIAC.
The preview day started strongly with three new Billy Childish paintings selling within the first hour of the fair for €15,000-25,000 Euros each.
Korean artist Do Ho Suh‘s thread drawing Facing Myself (2014) sold for a range of $8,000-15,000 USD, and a fabric light switch from his New York apartment Specimen Series (2013), sold for a range of $10,000-20,000 USD. Suh’s fabric sculpture of his entire New York apartment is currently featured at The Contemporary Austin in Texas, which runs through January 11, 2015.
Two untitled multimedia works from 2010 and 2012 by Roberto Cuoghi, who recently joined Lehmann Maupin, sold for ranges of €35,000-45,000 Euros, and €30,000-40,000 Euros, respectively. A solo exhibition featuring Coughi’s work recently opened at Le Consortium in Dijon, France.
Kader Attia‘s Reenactment #2 (2014), an oud created from a helmet from the French colonial army, sold in the range of €30,000-40,000 Euros. Attia’s first solo gallery show with Lehmann Maupin in New York, titled Show your injuries, opens November 8th. The artist will also be featured in a solo exhibition at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, opening October 25th.
Alex Prager‘s film Sunday (2010), part of an edition of 3 which comes in a box set with an archival pigment print and film poster, sold between $15,000-25,000 USD. Prager has a major solo museum show opening November 14th at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia.
Two new untitled oil skin paintings by Puerto Rican artist Angel Otero, both from 2014, sold in the range of $10,000-20,000 USD. The artist will have a solo show at the Dallas Contemporary in 2015.
Tracey Emin‘s watercolor on paper, Sex 16 25-11-07 Sydney (2007), sold in the range of 10,000-20,000 GBP. Emin will open a major solo exhibition at the Leopold Museum in Vienna in Spring 2015.
We’ve had a good start at FIAC’s new satellite fair – Officielle (Eleven Rivington, Stand A18) in Paris. The Oct. 21 preview turnout was very well attended; and Officielle opening between the end of Frieze in London, and a day ahead of FIAC at Grand Palais meant there were plenty a great collectors already in Paris to attend the preview.
We sold 8 works by NY-based Mika Tajima, priced $12,000 – $28,000 during the first hours of preview, to French, Russian, and American collectors.
Tilton Gallery sold Luca Dellaverson’s seven resin-and-mirrored-glass works within four hours of the opening at €6,000 each ($7,600).
Elizabeth Dee sold two large paintings by the Belgian collective Leo Gabin, reminiscent of Robert Rauschenberg’s work, were also snapped up in the first four hours. They were priced between $20,000 and $30,000.
Jocelyn Wolff, the same thing happened with Francisco Tropa. The works included Terra Platonica, made of 24 oil-pastel-on-sommelier drawings, which sold for €17,000 ($21,500).
Laura Bartlett is showing British artist Lydia Gifford. The majority of her works (paintings and a sculpture) made of wood, cotton, oil paint, gesso, and nails, were sold, priced between £3,500 and £15,000 ($5,600–$24,000).
Spruth Magers sold several works by Louise Lawler, including Gallery 6 (2010/12) priced at $60,000, to an American collector. Two untitled Thea Djordjadze works from 2014 went for $28,000 and $12,000, also to Americans. And several pieces by current art world darling Analia Saban were sold on a range from $11,000–40,000.
Victoria Miro capitalized particularly well on the trend, creating three solo-shows in as many rooms within their floor space of Yayoi Kusama, Idris Khan, and Secundino Hernandez. By Thursday afternoon, sales director Elke Seebauer reported that the booth was almost entirely sold out, Kusamas having sold from $160,000–400,000, Hernandezes for up to £30,000, and Khans for between £12,500–115,000.
Michael Werner: Director Harry Scrymgeour said greatest interest had been paid to works by Gianni Piacentino, several of which sold on a range from €150,000–300,000. Further sales of works by Markus Lüpertz, Per Kirkeby, A.R. Penck, Enrico David, and Aaron Curry rounded out a bang-up opening day for the gallery.
Lisson Gallery: a large Anish Kapoor for between £800,000–900,000. Carmen Herrera‘s Dos Mundos (2010) was also quickly snapped up for approximately $200,000.
According to the Quotidien de L’Art, Pinault snapped up a total of 37 works on Wednesday morning, a remarkably large glass sculpture by Roni Horn from Hauser & Wirth’s solo presentation of the artist rumored to be among them.
FIAC is the Art Fair Europe Wants (artnet News)
Plenty of smaller shows were also held during Fiac: one is Chambres à Part, run by art adviser Laurence Dreyfus and featuring works from dealers or ones she’d bought herself. Here again François Pinault was active, buying an installation/sculpture “Arbitrary Embodiment” (2013) by the Los Angeles artist Sean Raspet (around €18,000) from her show, while a Saudi collector fell for Sheila Hick’s pile of sparkly cushions (“Trésors Nomades”, 2014, sold for €140,000).
All’s fair in Fiac week (FT.com)
Scott Reyburn, International New York Times
FIAC included some older rarities, like an oversized 1971 “matchbook” sculpture titled “Saffa” by the French artist Raymond Hains, which was sold for €200,000 by the Berlin and Paris dealer Max Hetzler.
The New York dealer Van De Weghe, unfazed by blips in the auction market for Gerhard Richter, quickly found a buyer for Mr. Richter’s four-foot-high 1985 “Untitled (S78-1),” priced at $2.8 million. A much larger 2001 Christopher Wool silkscreen ink-on-linen abstract, also “Untitled,” was among more than a dozen early sales at the booth of the London dealer Simon Lee. That work was priced between $3 million and $3.5 million. […]
Marc Desgrandchamps of Lyon, France, whose 2014 oil-on-canvas of curtains blowing through an open window, “o.T.,” was sold for €42,000 by Galerie Eigen+Art. […]
Berlin gallerist Isabella Bortolozzi. Wu Tsang’s LED light and Swarovski crystal “dress” sculpture, inspired, he said, by local transgender communities, was being offered in an edition of three, plus one in situ in a mirrored installation. At least one of the editioned pieces, priced at €30,000 to €45,000, sold at the preview.
M+B in Los Angeles was one of the most successful dealers at the previous evening’s packed private view of (Off)icielle, which mostly had lower price points.
Half a dozen of Dwyer Kilcollin’s chair and vase sculptures, made out of solidified sand, sold out, priced from $3,500 to $7,000 each. Mr. Pinault was identified by several dealers as the buyer of a “flying carpet,” made from a drone and a Muslim prayer mat, by the Corsican artist Moussa Sarr. It was priced at €40,000 at the booth of the Paris dealers Martine and Thibault de la Châtre.
As Frieze Fair Closes, FIAC in Paris Draws the Art Crowd (NYTimes.com)
Three works’ of Anish Kapoor were sold for over two million.
FIAC 2014: a beautiful public success (Le Figaro)
Kavi Gupta, whose Chicago- and Berlin-based galleries had a booth at (Off)icialle, sold two paintings by Brooklyn, New York-based Angel Otero for $20,000 each to “a French oligarch who shall remain unnamed,” Gupta said.
“I feel like I’m having a real dialogue with collectors,” said Andrea Rosen, whose Andrea Rosen Gallery is based in New York. “The energy in Paris is dynamic. They’re leisurely here and they really enjoy looking at art.” Her booth sold a number of works by David Altmejd, who has a show at the Musee DâArt Moderne in Paris, for prices that ranged from $40,000 to $240,000.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac of Paris and Salzburg within the first hours of the VIP opening sold a 1978 Georg Baselitz abstract painting “Portrait und Flasche” for 2 million euros ($2.5 million).
Van de Weghe Fine Art, […] an Andy Warhol work for $650,000.
Skarstedt Gallery of New York and London sold a 2001 mixed media work by Kelley, “Memory Ware Flat No. 10,” that uses everyday objects and detritus such as buttons, beads, pin badges, mirrors and shells.
At the booth of David Zwirner a red and white polka dot pumpkin sculpture by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama sold for $600,000.
Pinault Buys 37 Works at Paris Art Fair as Richter Sells (Businessweek)