Pavilion of Art & Design released these sales:
Galerie Von Vertes sold two works at seven figures each: a bold red 3-slash canvas by Lucio Fontana on the fair’s opening night and a painting by Max Ernst later in the week.
Stellan Holm Gallery sold pieces by Nate Lowman in the region of $700,000 and a work on paper by Franz Kline for around $400,000.
Friedman Benda: Christopher Le Brun, Painting at Sunrise, going for £140,000.
Robin Katz: major pieces by Bridget Riley, Antony Caro and Lynn Chadwick all going to collectors. Photography specialist
Michael Hoppen sold the highlight works on his stand such as Nobuyoshi Araki’s Grand Diary of a Photo Maniac (1994) for £30,000 and William Klein’s Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris (1990) for £25,000.
David Ghezelbash: a Greek bronze tortoise shell from 400-300 BC sold rapidly, while a 6th century Etruscan head went for €250,000 and a Cycladic head for €120,000.
Gordian Weber Kunsthandel sold very well throughout the week, remarking on an exceptional crowd including several major collectors in the field of antiquities. Tribal Art dealer
Bernard Dulon sold the masterpiece of his stand within hours: a 19th Century Teke Fetish figure from the Congo with an asking price of €250,000.
SMO Gallery from Lebanon: Ouroboros (2011), a golden-scaled snake sculpture by Ranya Sarakbi, priced at £130,000.
Galerie Kreo: a Marc Newson table at €300,000, a Campana Brothers Fata Morgana mirror for €32,000, Pierre Charpin’s Carbon Shelf for €36,000, and Alessandro Mendini’s Lampada in white gold for €75,000.
Galerie Gosserez sold new pieces by Valentin Loellmann, Os & Oos and gt2p going for prices ranging from £18,000 – £30,000.
Galleria O.: Fender Lamp (2013) by Johanna Grawunder went for €12,000.
Modernity: Gerrit Rietveld’s set of four Zig Zag chairs (1958) for £60,000, a ‘Paimio’ armchair made by Alvar Alto for Artek (1940s), a set of Poul Henningsen table lamps (1926) from the first year of production for £40,000, and a set of Ib Kofoed Larsen ‘Elizabeth’chairs (1958) for £35,000.
Art in America’s Iphigenia Baal made this observation:
No one is forthcoming about what they are selling, for how much and to whom, but A.i.A. did overhear one dealer comparing shopping styles. “The Europeans walk round for days writing notes, then do all their buying on the Sunday. If the Americans want it, they buy on the spot.” One pair of arty spectacles with a New York City rasp dropped $80,000 on two Warhol drawings at New York’s Cheim & Read with the comment, “I just came off my medication this morning!”
And Scott Reyburn had this:
Dealers at Frieze and at the Pavilion of Art & Design in Berkeley Square, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed resentment and said Frieze Masters was a “distraction.” They said that reservations on works for the VIP day of Frieze had been canceled after the opening of Masters and that with so many events to cover, buyers weren’t making return visits.
Frieze London: Welcome to Art History, Level One (Art in America)
A fair goer reports:
Dominique Levy sold a Cy Twombly work on paper for $1.2m.
McKee Gallery sold a Guston drawing for about $200k
Rachel Spence went to Sunday:
Studio Voltaire: Latvian painter Ella Kruglyanskaya, four of Kruglyanskaya’s canvases, priced at $20,000 each, had sold in the show’s earliest hours
Green Gallery: Amy Yao was showing beguiling patterned stepladders that parodied, according to her dealer, the“finish fetish” of LA’s interior decorators. (Two had sold for $10,000 and $7,500 respectively.)
Easy Like Sunday Art Fair (Financial Times)
Scott Reyburn had these Frieze sales:
Acquavella Galleries sold Picasso’s 1961 painting “Femme assise au chapeau” to the Greek collector Dimitri Mavromatis for $7 million.
Van de Weghe Fine Art1980s Basquiat paintings priced at $4.3 million
Marianne Boesky Gallery:a solo installation of five pastel paintings by the Russian-born Kon Trubkovich sold out. Inspired by images of worn-out video tapes, these were priced at $40,000 to $60,000.
Judd Tully gathers sales from Frieze Masters:
Dominique Levy: Louise Nevelson’s stately “Dawn Column II” from 1960 in found wood painted white at under $600,000
Dominique Levy: Pierre Soulages’s “Peinture 25 Avril 1997,” 1997, for approximately €300,000 ($410,500)
Dominique Levy: Gunther Uecker, “Reihung” from 1962/88, for just over €500,000 ($684,000).
Vedovi Gallery: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s late word-accented canvas “Harlem Paper” from 1987 in acrylic, oilstick, and paper collage. It sold to a European buyer with an asking price of about $5 million.
McCaffrey Fine Art: Kazuo Shiraga’s “Untitled,” a thickly painted abstraction from 1962, executed with the artist’s bare feet, sold for a little over one million dollars to a U.S. collector
McCaffrey Fine Art: Sadamasa Motonaga, “Sakuhin 31,” a seminal figure in the Gutai movement and dating from 1963, sold for approximately $850,000 to a European institution
Aquavella:Pablo Picasso’s “Femme assise au chapeau” from 1961 […] in the region of the $8-million asking prices to a European collector.
Mnuchin Gallery: de Kooning, “Untitled” from 1983 […] sold in the region of the $8-million asking price.
Per Skarstedt : 1968 black and white Gerhard Richter diptych painting of a cityscape, “Stadtbild,”that carried a €1.6 ($2.2) million asking price.
Big Ticket Sales at Frieze Masters (artinfo.com)
Farah Nayeri reports from the preview:
Stephen Friedman Gallery: Jennifer Rubell, Portrait of the Artist. Friedman announced he’d sold one of the sculptures (from an edition of three) for $200,000.
Sarah Douglas had this sales observation:
Michael Werner: director Gordon VeneKlasen said he was surprised at how well the gallery was doing, even in the $500,000 range—he’d already parted with pieces by Sigmar Polke and James Lee Byars
Eight Thoughts on the VIP Preview Day of Frieze London (GalleristNY.com)
Scott Reyburn was taking notes at Frieze Masters beginning with the not-very-surprising news that Johnny Van Haeften had sold his mystery Brueghel:
Johnny van Haeften: “I sold another smaller Brueghel to a collector I have never met before for 650,000 pounds ($1 million).”
Sperone Westwater: Carl Andre’s 1972 aluminum “First Eleven Cardinals,” sold to a European collector for $2 million
Daniel Katz sold a Damien Hirst-like 19th-century Italian “Vanitas” marble head, priced at 125,000 pounds, to another European buyer.
Reyburn was also at the opening hours of the fair itself:
White Cube sold the 2013 abstract “Brown Roofing Exercise With High Road” by the Chicago-based painter Theaster Gates for $125,000.
David Zwirner had two of Murillo’s gritty abstracts on his booth. Both sold, priced at as much as $150,000.
Thaddaeus Ropac: Georg Baselitz’s monumental black bronze figure sculpture, “Yellow Song,” dating from 2013 and from an edition of six, sold priced at 1.3 million euros ($1.8 million).
Melanie Gerlis went to PAD and Frieze Masters. She was rewarded with these sales reports:
Modernity: A set of four stained pine, zig-zag chairs (priced at £60,000) designed in the late 1950s by Gerrit Rietveld, which came from the estate of Han Schroeder—one of the first female architects in the Netherlands—went to an overseas buyer.
Galerie Downtown François Laffanour sold a late 1940s sofa and armchair (priced at €250,000) by Jean Royère.
Galerie BSL: sold a 2013 brass screen (€140,000) by Taher Chemirik to a private London buyer within the first half-hour of the fair’s VIP opening on Tuesday.
Priveekollektie: digital works by Dominic Harris were popular, according to the gallery’s co-founder Irving van Dijk. Harris’s Deep Blue Interactive Aquarium, 2012, priced at €95,000, went to a private collector.
Galerie Jean-Christophe Charbonnier: sold some Japanese Edo-period armour, including a full set of armour from the 19th century (priced around €50,000), which went to a private French buyer; it was the collector’s first Japanese acquisition.
David Ghezelbash: a private French collector bought an Etruscan head from the sixth century BC, priced at £265,000.
Collectors find a richer mix of art and design in Berkeley Square (The Art Newspaper)
Charlotte Burns and Julia Michalska rehash the familiar theme, no one has any loyalty any longer. In the meantime, they publish these sales reports:
Hauser & Wirth: Mark Bradford (A Woman With A Bit Of Color, 2013, $725,000); Sterling Ruby, whose SP246, 2013, sold to a private European foundation for $550,000.
Pace: collectors bought pieces by the gallery’s recent addition, the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, whose Apollo and the Cumaean Sibyl, after Giovanni Domenico, 2007, sold for $80,000.
David Zwirner: works by the 27-year-old Colombian artist Oscar Murillo sold well, including Urgencies in Time No.3, 2013, for $120,000.
PR folks were working the reporters today:
Bloomberg checked in with fair-goers before things got really hectic:
“The pace is non-stop,” New York-based art adviser Heather Flow said in an interview. “There are a lot of art fairs this week, though I’m not sure if too many good things to see is such a bad problem. The search for the next superstar is gathering momentum. Secondary market prices are astronomical.”
Spear’s is running a regular diary during Frieze:
If PAD is a sign for the rest of the week, then art dealers rejoice: the tills were ringing. Within ninety minutes of the fair’s opening scrum (people were fighting to get in, director Patrick Perrin told me, with I’m sure only the mildest hint of exaggeration), several major collectors had bought several major pieces. This rather attractive Japanese suit of armour at Galerie Jean-Christophe Charbonnier had gone, and the Malekis, massive collectors, had bought some choice items.
Josh Spero’s Frieze Week Diary (Spear’s)