Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0April 21, 2014

AIPAD 2014 Sales Report

AIPAD Photography Show New York 2014

AIPAD Released sales from this year’s show:

“It was a stunning exhibition of a wide range of photography, and the collectors were passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable,” said Kraige Block, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, who sold more than 20 works including a platinum print by Tina Modotti.

Robert Mann Gallery, New York, sold 20 works by Jeff Brouws, Julie Blackmon, Maroesjka Lavigne, and others, and commented on the great energy at the show. Terry Etherton, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, said the show was excellent and sold 22 works including a Frederick Sommer print for $40,000.

“The show has never looked better,” said Henry Feldstein of Henry Feldstein, Forest Hills, NY, who sold at least 20 prints by Weegee. “The look of the show was consistently high level. We saw many local collectors who are precious clients as well as people from across the U.S. and Europe,” said Richard Moore of Richard Moore Photographs, Oakland, CA, who sold 33 photographs including images by Ansel Adams.

“The show was very positive,” noted Hans Kraus of Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Inc. who sold albumen prints by Eugène Atget for $155,000 and Charles Marville for $30,000.

”It was an outstanding fair for us,” noted Bert Finger, PDNB Gallery, Dallas, who sold work by Elliott Erwitt, Stephen Shore, Nickolas Muray, and Earlie Hudnall Jr.

Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, sold work by Harry Callahan from $20,000 to $50,000.

Chuck Isaacs of Charles Isaacs Photographs, Inc., New York, said he sold work by Gustave Le Gray, Charles Marville, Eugène Atget, and Berenice Abbott.

Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna, sold a 1933 portrait of Meret Oppenheim by Man Ray for $45,000.

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, sold more than 20 prints by Vee Speers and work by Mona Kuhn as well as a number of others.

Martin Weinstein, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, said, “We had a very good fair and sold work by Annie Leibovitz, Vera Lutter, Alec Soth, and Gordon Parks.”

Bryce Wolkowitz, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, sold work by Edward Burtynsky and several other artists and noted, “The show was great.”

Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0April 10, 2014

Dallas Art Fair in 60 Seconds

Dallas Art Fair 2014

This video from Artinfo may just be too fast. (Click on image to see video.)


Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0April 10, 2014

Vernissage TV: Art Cologne 2014

Vernissage TV Art Cologne 2014

Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0April 04, 2014

A Look Around SP Arte 14

Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0April 01, 2014

Art Paris 2014 Sales Report by AMA

Art Paris 2014

Our friends at Art Media Agency filed this report from Art Paris:

The 3rd edition of Art Paris Art Fair fair gathered 140 international galleries from 20 different countries, presenting China as Guest of Honour in celebration of 50 years of Franco-Chinese relations. […] Given the fair’s increasingly international perspective (50% of galleries were foreign, in comparison with 43% last year), visitors came from far and wide; nevertheless, the overall results  showed that the vast majority of buyers were European, predominantly French. Sunday 30 March, the final day of the fair, was deemed to be the most successful day in terms of sales.

The fair saw an increase in attendance of 10%, welcoming 58,387 visitors — despite being a day shorter than last year’s edition. The vernissage saw 17,115 visitors pass through the fair’s aisles — a rise of 24%

China’s Guest-of-Honour status perhaps placed the greatest pressure on the “China Platform” to produce results. Generally, gallerists were very pleased:

  • IFA Gallery (Brussels/Shanghai) spoke of encouraging sales from the first day: all 3 works by artist Jiang Shanqing were sold, priced between €10, 000 and 25, 000 each. Overall, the gallery had much better results than last year.
  • M97 Gallery had some further interesting figures: all 5 artists represented by the gallery had at least one sale. Of these, Luo Dan was most popular — all 20 of his works at the stand were sold, ranging between €1,000 and 8, 000 each. As the gallery’s first exhibition in France, it proved to be a definite success.
  • Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong) was equally happy, whilst Gallery Xin Dong Cheng (Beijing) reported that it received a predominantly western audience.

After the launch of the “Promises” section in 2013, it lived up to its name in its 2nd edition:

  • Muriel Guépin Gallery (New York) sold 3 pieces by Keun Young Park and was particularly pleased to feature on the VIP tour.
  • Feizi Gallery (Brussels, Shanghai) had most success with lower-priced works by Ye Linghan.
  • ON/Gallery (Beijing) and Galerie E.G.P. (Paris/London) were equally satisfied with results.
  • Outside of sales figures, the general consensus amongst gallerists of the “Promises” section was that they gained a tremendous amount of exposure and, as a result, made several invaluable contacts. Galerie Charlot (Paris), Red Zone Galerie d’Arts Contemporains (Geneva), Jiali Gallery (Beijing) and Feizi Gallery (Brussels/Shanghai) all expressed a particular desire to return for next year’s edition of the fair.

The newly rethought “ArtDesign” platform thoroughly picked up in comparison with previous years, proving that design definitely has a place in the world of contemporary art:

  • Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique (Paris) recorded excellent sales figures, confirming that it plans to attend next year’s edition of the fair. Pieces sold ranged between €2,600 and 20,000.
  • Galerie Armel Soyer (Paris) also emphasised its desire to participate in Art Paris Art Fair 2015, due to its success this year. Of notable importance was the sale of Miroir Froissé #2 (2008), by Mathias Kiss, which sold for €30,000.
  • Acabas (Paris) sold three quarters of its stand and also received several orders.

Overall results from galleries who had previously participated in the fair are as follows:

  • A2Z Art Gallery (Ivry-sur-Seine) recorded the fair as its best ever participation.
  • Galerie Claude Lemand (Paris) also had great success: almost all works exhibited — ranging from €10,000 to 300,000 — were sold, with in the region of 5 sales at more than €50,000. Shafic Abboud was notably popular.
  • Galerie Oniris•Florent Paumelle (Rennes) achieved the best sales figures from a fair in 9 years. It sold 5 works by François Morellet, at €50,000 each. Moreover, the gallery noticed truly exceptional interest on the part of collectors.
  • Galerie Vieille du Temple (Paris) recorded the highest sales figures in 7 years, 70% of which were new clients. It sold 40 pieces, each between €1,000 and €25,000.
  • Galerie Zürcher (Paris/New York) revealed its sale of two works by Marc Desgrandchamps, priced between €30,000 and 40,000 each. The gallery also highlighted the important establishment of new contacts during the fair.
  • J. P. Ritsch-Fisch Galerie (Strasburg) confirmed several new clients, among which were 3 new important collectors. Works sold ranged between €1,500 and 75,000.  Michel Nedjar (whose works were sold at under €5,000 each) had particular success.
  • Galerie Christian Berst (Paris) recorded the sale of a rare piece by Eugene von Bruenchenhein —sold for €26,000 — among others.
  • Among notable sales for Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris/Brussels) was Anthony Caro’s sculpture entitled Roll Up (2010).
  • 313 Art Project (Seoul) confirmed it was happy overall but disappointed with results of South-Korean artist Atta Kim. Although the artist sparked a lot of interest, sales were not high, potentially due to the lack of previous exposure in Europe.
  • La Galerie Particulière / Galerie Foucher-Biousse (Paris) sold a Kate Mccgwire sculpture for €60,000.
  • Louise Alexander Gallery (Puerto Cervo) was satisfied with sales, with works sold ranging between €9,000 and 30,000.
  • Helene Bailly Gallery (Paris) sold a Zhang Ding work for €12,000 and also highlighted the introduction of new contacts.
  • Priska Pasquer (Cologne) spoke of the success the gallery had with sales of limited edition, affordable prints by Rudolf Bonvie (over 50 sold).
  • All of the works presented on at galleries Paris-Beijing and Claude Bernard were sold.

Newcomers to the fair obtained the following figures:

  • Un-Spaced (Paris) was very pleased with 30.5% of buyers being new clients. It had an overall turnover of €40,000.
  • Galerie Loft (Paris) was also satisfied, selling works between €2,000 and 80,000 euros. Among its highest-selling works was Qiu Zhijie’s Tattoo 2 (1994), said to have sold somewhere between €20 – 30,000.
  • Galerie Françoise Besson (Lyon) sold 16 pieces, on top of receiving several orders.
  • Galerie Françoise Livinec (Paris, Huelgoat) sold 31 works overall, ranging between €400 and 25, 000. 80% were new clients.
  • Adler Subhashok Gallery (Bangkok) sold, among other works, 9 versions of Manit Sriwanichpoom’s Pink Man.
  • In Camera Galerie (Paris) noted that the work of Russian photographer, Evgenia Arbugaeva, had the most success. The gallery is looking forward to potential sales in the coming weeks.

Sales Report: Art Paris Art Fair 2014 (Art Media Agency)

Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0March 30, 2014

Drawing Discoveries at an Old Master Fair in Paris

Fra Bartolomeo

Scott Reyburn reports from the Old Master drawings jamboree, Salon du Dessin:

This year, the best included an early 16th-century black chalk study of a kneeling Mary Magdalene by the Florentine High Renaissance artist Fra Bartolomeo. The drawing, a preparatory sketch for an altarpiece still in situ in the church of San Marco in Florence, had been in an English private collection since 1980. It was sold by the London-based dealers Bellinger-Colnaghi to a European collector for just over $1 million during the early hours of the Salon.

An early 19th-century Eugène Delacroix pen-and-ink study of cats’ heads and a male figure was another early sale, bought by a Swiss collector for 28,000 euros, or $38,550, at the booth of the Paris-based dealer Nathalie Motte Masselink, one of 39 dealers exhibiting at the fair.

“The people who come here are just passionate about drawings,” said Ms. Motte Masselink, who named the French movie star Alain Delon among the field’s varied enthusiasts. “There aren’t limits between those who collect contemporary and those who collect Old Masters. And with drawings, you can still make discoveries.”

To prove the point, the Paris dealership Talabardon & Gautier offered a pen-and-ink drawing of St. Paul and other figures, which it had recently identified as the work of the 17th-century artist Anthony van Dyck. Bought at a regional French auction eight months ago, the study was sold to an American museum for €250,000.

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Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0March 24, 2014

Art Dubai Sales Report


Georgina Adam has her report on Art Dubai:

“Candy Garden” (2013) by the Portuguese Joana Vasconcelos sold for €70,000 to a local expatriate, and a photograph by Valérie Belin, “Pieris Japonica” (2013), went for €30,000 to a European collector, both from Nathalie Obadia’s stand. A work by the artist duo Gert and Uwe Tobias went to a Saudi Arabian collector for $38,000 (with Rodolphe Janssen of Brussels), and Marian Goodman sold two paintings by the German-born painter Sabine Moritz (prices between €10,000 and €20,000).

Artnet provides early sales from Art Dubai last week:

Grovesnor Gallery sold Winter Blue (1968), a minimal sculpture by Rasheed Araeen for around US$60,0000

Agial Art Gallery sold a 1952 bronze sculpture by Michel Basbous for between US$20,000-30,000

Tunisian Galerie El-Marsa sold five pictures by Algerian painter Baya to collectors from the US and the UAE.

Dubai’s Third Line reported strong sales, including a black-and-white picture made with beads embroidered on canvas, The Great Escape (2014) by Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri. It went to a European collector for US$200,000

London’s Pilar Corrias sold a new painting, Ink Splatter (2013), by the rising star Tala Madani for US$80,000 to a known collector from Europe.

Bouchra Khalili also fared well. Two of her photographs from the Lost Boats series sold at the booth of her Paris dealer Galerie Polaris for US$7,650 and $6,250 respectively.

Galleria Continua, which has outposts in San Gimignano, Beijing, and Le Moulin Ste Marie, reported several sales, including works by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Mona Hatoum.

Paris’s Galerie Nathalie Obadia sold a sculpture by Portuguese Joana Vasconcelos, Candy Garden (2013) for around €70,000 (US$97,450).

Chicago painter Sam Moyer attracted much attention at the booth of the Belgian Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, with Untitled, 2014 selling for €12,000 (US$16,706).

Paradise Row noted much enthusiasm for the works of the Royal College of Art graduate Majed Aslam. Two of his painterly erased printouts, priced at £2,500 (US$4,150) each, sold during the opening.

Selma Feriani was delighted to report the sales of two pieces by the Lebanese Pascal Hachem (US$4,000-6,000 range)

The Art Market: Art crowd gather by the Gulf (Financial Times)

Art Dubai Opens With Steady Sales, Mostly Under $100,000 (Artnet News)

Art Fairs, General
Marion Maneker0March 17, 2014

TEFAF Sales Report 2014

Bernardo Stozzi, Supper at Emmaus

Colin Gleadell nabbed a few sales:

Richard Green from London achieved the top early sale to a private collector, with Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s brilliant satire, The Peasant Lawyer, whose subject is shown knee-deep in lucrative documents before a queue of peasants bearing gifts, which had an asking price of £2.75 million.

Carol Vogel adds two Old Master sales to the tally:

“The Supper at Emmaus,” by the Italian Baroque painter Bernardo Strozzi, was snapped up on Saturday by an unidentified collector said to be American. Otto Naumann, the New York dealer, admits he took a risk when he bought the painting at Christie’s in London in December for $1.5 million. “I knew it was reckless, kind of suicidal,” Mr. Naumann said. “The painting was so dark, it looked as though it had been in a fire. There were two layers of varnish with dirt trapped in between them.” Yet if it cleaned well, Mr. Naumann said, he knew he’d have a winner on his hands. The London restorer Henry Gentle spent months removing the grime and varnish and discovered a highly detailed scene of Jesus at a table breaking bread. The asking price was $3.5 million.

a still life from 1638 by the Dutch master Pieter Claesz of a crisply painted glass beaker, a plate of herring, bread and a pack of cards at Haboldt & Company, the Paris dealer. Bob Haboldt, the gallery’s founder, said he discovered the painting in a private French collection. The asking price was $3.8 million, and the painting sold to an unidentified American collector Friday.


Calder 2-2-6

Calder 2-2-6


Judd Tully has early sales from TEFAF:

Robilant + Voena: Agostino Bonalumi’s massive, shaped abstraction “Rosso,” from 1967, sold to a Swiss collector for around €1 million. The same collector also snapped up Enrico Castellani, “Superficie Bianca,” from 1965, sold in the region of the €1.8 million asking price. A third Italian post-war work, Paolo Scheggi, “Intersuperficie curva Bianca,” from 1966, also sold at approximately €230,000.

Galerie Odermatt-Vedovi: Alexander Calder, “Black 2-2-6,” from 1965, sold to a European collector in the region of the $2.6 million asking price, and a petite Lucio Fontana ink on card drawing sold for around €50,000, according to dealer Paolo Vedovi, who said the Fontana “was going to a private plane.”

Arnet’s Colline Millard prowled the fair floor for these sales:

Marlborough: Frank Auerbach painting, Figure Seated on a Bed from 1969 (asking price: £180,000), a fetching head sculpture with butterflies by Manolo Valdés, Luna (2012), priced at €230,000 (US$319,383), as well as a stunning Kurt Schwitters collage, Für Hartmann (1922), priced at €280,000 (US$388,958).

Tomasso Brothers sold a Roman janiform herm, which sold for €275,000 (US$381,000) to a European collector.

Weiss Gallery: Madeleine Le Clerc (1570-72) by François Clouet, one of the artist’s rare surviving works. The asking price was US$1 million. The piece has gone to an American collection.

Bowman Sculpture:Auguste Rodin, selling the Vase of the Titans (1877) for £280,000 (US$465,360).

Van de Weghe Fine Art: sold a Pablo Picasso drawing, Tête Couronnée (1960), for US$485,000 to a European collector

ArtFix Daily had a clutch of sales to report:

An extraordinary parcel-gilt ostrich ewer by Marx Weinold with its basin by Johann Mittnacht I, Augsburg, c. 1690, attracted a buy from Metropolitan Museum of Art at the stand of J. Kugel Antiquaires.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books sold a pair of 17th c. globes from Willem Blaue. A private collector purchased them to go on view at the Rijksmuseum.

In the popular Asian art category, a drum stand with coiling snakes, from the Warring States Period, sold to a private European collector from Vanderven Oriental Art. The asking price was 2.5 million euros.

Among the many paintings sold was a Lucas Cranach, titled “Lucretia”, c. 1537-1540, from Weiss Gallery, with a price tag of 2 million euros.

A Carlo Bugatti chair, made in Turin in 1902, with a asking price of 350,000 euros was sold by Galerie Ulrich Fiedler to a German museum.

Market News: Going Dutch (Telegraph)

Art World’s Cream Rises at Maastricht (NY Times)

TEFAF Reports Confident Market, Strong Sales (Art Fix Daily)

TEFAF 2014 (Artnet News)

Report: Early Action at TEFAF Opening (Blouin Artinfo)

Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0March 12, 2014

TEFAF Opens Tomorrow

van Dyck, George Villiers and Lady Katherine Manners as Adonis and Venus

TEFAF opens tomorrow in Maastricht with the Vernissage. The fair organizers have put together a nice little cheat sheet of of highlights you can read through here…TEFAF Highlights Above is a van Dyck on the David Koester Gallery’s stand and below are a van Gogh and Léger on the Dickinson stand. Just two of the many extraordinary exhibitors.

Van Gogh, Moulin de la Galette Leger, Etude pour Les Disques

Art Fairs
Marion Maneker0March 09, 2014

Vernissage TV: ADAA Art Show

ADAA Art Show 314

The 26th edition of the Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), features curated solo, two-person, and thematic exhibitions by 72 of the USA’s leading art dealers. The Art Show takes place March 5 through March 9, 2014 at the historic Park Avenue Armory. This video provides you with a walkthrough on the occasion of the Gala Preview on Tuesday, March 4.