Kelly Crow and Mary Lane have these sales in the Wall Street Journal:
- 303 Gallery sold two versions of Doug Aitken‘s $250,000 “Movie,”
- Regen Projects sold Doug Aitken‘s “More” for $250,000.
- Mitchell-Innes & Nash sold a Virginia Overton work for around $50,000
- Mayor Gallery sold a rotating “Mirror Object” assemblage (1966) by Christian Megert for $23,300
- Eva Scherr sold Jonathan Monk’s “Paul Together Alone with Each Other,” for $60,000.
- Galerie Löhrl sold Terry Fox’s $12,600 oval mirror from 1989 entitled “The Eye Is Not the Only Thing that Burns the Mind.”
Scott Reyburn has Howard Rachofsky’s ArtBasel buys:
- He’s just bought works by Italian postwar artists Mimmo Rotella and Mario Merz for $500,000 and $150,000 each. He’d also snapped up a 1954 abstract by the Japanese Gutai (“Embodiment”) group’s Kazuo Shiraga for about $300,000 from the London-based dealer David Juda.
Artspace has these “notable” sales:
- David Zwirner parted with a ’90s-era Luc Tuymans painting for $1.4 million and two more for $900,000 apiece,
- Pace sold an Adam Pendleton mirror painting for $65,000,
Judd Tully goes in for a second round at ArtBasel:
- Landau Fine Art: Rene Magritte, “Une peu de l’ame des bandits (a little of the spirit of bandits)” (1960), sold in the region of the $12.5-million asking price.
- Thomas Ammann Fine Art: Brice Marden‘s “Attendant 4 (Monk)” (1996-99) in the region of the $9-million asking price.
- Galerie St. Etienne: group of five black crayon paper studies by Egon Schiele sold for slightly under a million dollars; Oskar Kokoschka: “Portrait of Friedrich (Fritz) Wolff-Knize” (1927), which went in the high six-figures, and “Portrait of Annie Wolff-Knize” (1934-35), for slightly under $500,000
- Skarstedt Gallery: George Condo’s 85-by-80-inch figure painting, “Internal Space” (2005) for a million dollars; Cady Noland’s detritus-filled sculpture, “Chicken in a Basket” (1989), featuring a rubber chicken and plenty of empty and crumpled beer cans, for $425,000; and Thomas Schutte’s bronze head, “Wichte” (2006), from an edition of six plus two artist proofs, for $300,000. Albert Oehlen’s three-eyed, blurry image of face “Ich seh Dich II (Self portrait: Dreiauge)” (1983) snapped up at $500,000.
- Luhring Augustine: Albert Oehlen, “Untitled” (1988), sold in the region of the $950,000 asking price, as did a pale, rust-colored and patterned abstraction by Christopher Wool, “Untitled” (2001), which went for approximately $1.5 million.
- Hazlitt Holland-Hibber: Howard Hodgkin, “A small thing but my own” (1983-85), sold in the region of £400,000.
- Mnuchin Gallery: a 30-by-40-inch oil-on-vellum composition by Willem de Kooning, “Cross-Legged Figure” (1959), part of the artist’s “Roma” series, that sold in excess of $2 million.
Carol Vogel had these sales in The New York Times:
- Dominique Lévy: Picasso, “Tête d’Homme à la Pipe,” from 1971, hung prominently in her booth. Priced at $15 million, it had been sold by Thursday. Ms. Lévy is also in discussions with a collector to sell a 1959 untitled Barnett Newman drawing listed at $7 million.
- Lehmann Maupin: Mickalene Thomas, “Hair Portrait Series #10,” was snapped up for $55,000 just hours after the fair opened.
- Leslie Waddington: “Feasible Monument for a City Square: Hats Blowing in the Wind,” Priced at $700,000, it sold on Thursday.
- Paula Cooper Gallery: Claes Oldenberg, “Scissors Monument Cut-Out,” a watercolor of two halves of a pair of scissors, from 1967. It sold to a New York collector for $200,000.
The Lisson Gallery sold these works:
Anish Kapoor Blind, 2013 Alabaster sculpture 800,000 GBP
A wall-based sculpture by Anish Kapoor 700,000 GBP
A work by Ai Weiwei 400,000 euros
Tony Cragg Points of View, 2007 280,000 euros
A sculpture by Tony Cragg 120,000 euros
Ryan Gander I is…(vii), 2013 85,000 GBP
Rodney Graham Inverted Drip Painting #56, 2012 Liquid acrylic on linen $80,000 USD
A painting by Carmen Herrera $90,000 USD
John Latham In Fact!, 1970 10,000 GBP
Art & Language The Impression of Liars’ Voices, 2009 45,000 GBP
Cory Arcangel Photoshop CS: 60 by 48 inches, 40,000 dollars
Tatsuo Miyajima Over Economy Yen 90000 2013 25,000 USD
A drawing by Juan Munoz 80,000 USD
The Alan Cristea gallery reports these sales:
Josef Albers Gray Instrumentation II, 1975 A set of 12 screenprints $110,000
Josef Albers A portfolio of five screenprints 35,000 CHF
Michael Craig-Martin 2 sets of 6 LED lightboxes, 2013 30,000 CHF each
Michael Craig Martin Soup Can, 2013 6,000 CHF
Tom Wesselmann Monica Nude with Cezanne, 1994 Screenprint Paper 102.2 x 145.4 cm 34,000 CHF
Tom Wesselmann Still life with Lillies and Mixed Fruit, 1998 13,500 CHF
Edmund de Waal Pillow book, 2013 Unique installation Undisclosed sum
Dexter Dalwood The Apartment (after Delacroix) IV, 2011 Screenprint on Somerset Enhanced Radiant White Satin 330 gsm paper 1,750 CHF
Richard Hamilton Swingeing London 67 – poster, 1967-8 Lithograph on paper 67,000 CHF
Jim Dine 6 lithographs from his series Ten Hand-Coloured Winter Tools II, 1973-89:Grips, Fork, Pipe Wrench, Scissors, Spoon, Tin Snips 8,800 CHF each
Julian Opie Evening Sun, 2013 9,000 CHF
Julian Opie 3 lenticular works from his series French Landscapes, 2013 9,000 CHF
Richard Woods Remnant number 7, 2013, 3,000 CHF
Christiane Baumgartner Out of the Blue, 2010 Woodcut 1,700 CHF
Judd Tully is recording the transactions in ArtBasel:
- Galerie Kamel Mennour as “Overlapping Figures,” a pair of bronze, plaster, and wood sculptures from 2011-12 by Venice Biennale Silver Lion winner Camille Henrot sold at €18,000 ($23,900) each, as did six of the nine limited-edition videos of “Grosse Fatigue,” the work that won the fair’s emerging art prize, selling at prices ranging from €30-50,000 ($39,800-66,400).
- Victoria Miro: Sarah Sze’s 48-inch-high “Standing Pile (Cairn)” (2013), a deceptively light sculpture in mixed media and concrete block, sold for $32,000.
- Massimo de Carlo, where a suite of five small canvases by Rudolf Stingel, “Untitled (Bolego)” (2006) sold to an American collector for approximately $2 million.
- Sadie Coles, Rudolf Stingel‘s “Untitled” self-portrait from 2012 — also sold for approximately $2 million.
- 303 Gallery: Valentin Carron’s “David,” sold for CH35,000 ($37,700)
- Zeno X, “Unfired Clay Figures” by Mark Manders (another Biennale participant, representing the Netherlands), sold for €140,000 ($185,900) while a small figurative painting by Michael Borremans, “The Well” (2013), depicting a man with his head face down, sold for €150,000 ($199,200).
- Blum & Poe: Yoshitomo Nara “Cloudy” (2006), for $250,000, as well as lesser-known works by several other Japanese artists connected with the avant-garde Mono-Ha group from the 1970s. These included Nobuo Sekine’s “Part of Nothingness” (1970/1994) for $150,000, and two works by Kishio Suga — “Fragments of Space” (1973) “Entirety of Corner” (1975) — which went for approximately $60,000 apiece. They also sold newly cast, incised abstract bronze sculptures by Mark Grotjahn, “Untitled (Sun, out of the shell standing flat SF2.a)” and “Untitled (Two Noses out of the shell standing flat SF.a)” for $175,000 each.
- Galerie Crousel: a fragment from Danh Vo’s “We the People (Detail)” (2011-13), sold for €65,000.
- Cheim & Read: Joan Mitchell, “Untitled” (1956), for $6 million, went to a French couple, while “Untitled” (1965), was sold to a Polish foundation for $2 million; also sold Sean Scully’s “Wall of Light Pink Orange” (2012), featuring rectangle- and square-shaped wedges of color, for $700,000, and Gada Amer’s “Black-RFGA” (2013), for $250,000, to a Mexican collector. Scully’s huge painting, featured nearby at Art Unlimited and priced at $1.5 million, had two museum reserves, according to Cheim.
- Mark Bradford’s “Dusty Knees” (2013), sold for approximately $725,000. Three works by the fast-rising Chicago-bred artist Theaster Gates also found buyers, including the menacing “Shine Study 1” (2013) which went for $135,000. Alberto Mugrabi bought a larger work off the dealer’s iPad for approximately $240,000.
- Dominique Levy, Frank Stella suite of six 12-by-12-inch paintings from 1961, collectively titled “Six Benjamin Moore paintings,” which took above $6 million; and a 2013 painting by Pierre Soulages for €500,000 ($664,100).
- Nahmad Gallery: three Fontana paintings for between $2 million and $6 million; and Alexander Calder’s “Sumac” (1961) for approximately $10 million.
From a collector prowling the aisles:
- McKee Gallery has sold a Vija Celmins oil painting Night Sky for $4m.
- Nahmad Gallery sold two small Calders, one for $750k
- John Currin at Sadie Coles
- Yves Klein for 2.8m$ at Gmurzynska
- Rosenquist at Thaddeus Ropac for 2m$.
Scott Reyburn reports these sales:
- Helly Nahmad sold Calder’s 1961 red mobile “Sumac,” priced at $12 million, to an unidentified client. Two white slashed canvases by Lucio Fontana, both marked at $2.5 million.
- Dominique Levy sold the 1966 Robert Ryman canvas, “Untitled, or The Painting of the Mysterious Shadow,” for more than $7 million. a reserve on a blue and orange 1992 “Abstraktes Bild” by Gerhard Richter, priced at $20 million.
- Three works by U.S artist Rudolf Stingel priced at $2 million sold — at Massimo De Carlo, Sadie Coles and at Gagosian: a larger abstract bought by Montreal collector Francois Odermatt.
- Hauser & Wirth sold the 2013 work “Hairy Bottom,” priced at $725,000, by the U.S. painter Mark Bradford; Cheim & Read found a Swiss buyer for a 1956 “Untitled” canvas by the France-based Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell, marked at $6 million.
- Galerie Gmurzynska sold Yves Klein “F 38,” with the asking price of $2.8 million, and Joan Miro’s “Composition,” with an asking price of $1.6 million.
- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac sold the 1977 painting “Terrarium” by James Rosenquist for $2 million.
The Art Newspaper chose to focus on abstract works:
- 303 Gallery: two large 2013 works by the gallery’s recently recruited artist Jacob Kassay, which were bought together by a European private collector, and six ceramic works by Nick Mauss, which sold for $23,000 each
- Sean Kelly: Callum Innes’s Untitled, 2013, a large oil and shellac canvas, which sold to a private US collector for £50,000
- Casey Kaplan: Garth Weiser, whose Sedaka, 2013, sold for $55,000 to a private US collector within half an hour of the fair’s opening.
- Galerie Nordenhake Paul Fägerskiöld, Untitled (Yellow), 2013, €25,000, which sold to a private German museum.
- Sperone Westwater Emil Lukas’s thread-painting diptych panels Curtain East and Curtain West, 2013, which sold for $65,000
Art Basel: Mirrors, Mirrors on the Walls (WSJ)
Now’s Best Time to Buy Art, Collector Rachofsky Says (Bloomberg)
ArtBasel Sales Confirm a Rocket Fueled Market (Artspace)
BASEL REPORT: Massive Sales of Magritte, Marden, and More (Artinfo)
At ArtBasel, an Unslaked Thirst for Buying (NYTimes)
BASEL REPORT: Stingel Demand Spikes, Mugrabi Buys Theaster Gates, More (Artinfo)
DiCaprio Browses as $12 Million Calder Sells at Art Basel (Bloomberg)
The Importance of Being Abstract (The Art Newspaper)