Kate Taylor sidles through Pier 92 encountering Latin American Modernism and Asher Edelman dining in style:
- Latin American modernism has been gaining ground in recent years, propelled by the interest of collectors such as Patricia Cisneros and Estrellita Brodsky. The Sicardi Gallery from Houston filled its booth with shimmering Op-Art and “Kinetic” works by artists such as Jesus Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Luis Tomasello. Its only major sale so far was a delicate wire sculpture by the Venezuelan artist Gego, which sold for $195,000.
- The lunch options at the cafe set up on Pier 92 were slim, but dealer Asher Edelman was eating in style: His chef brought in lunch for the gallery staff and laid down a cloth and silverware on the table at the center of Edelman’s booth. When he was done eating, Edelman said that the fair was going well: He’d made some sales, he said, declining to elaborate. “This is my first fair,” he said. “I really came here to introduce the gallery to people and show who we are.” Edelman, a former corporate raider, became an art dealer in 2002.