The publicists for Miami’s Untitled art fair have issued an early fair report:
More than 1,800 guests attended including notable figures in the art world such as art historian Diana Widmaier Picasso; collectors Beth Rudin DeWoody, Norah and Norman Stone, and Steve Shane; New York gallerist Sean Kelly; independent curators Clarissa Dalrymple and Neville Wakefield; and Andy Warhol Museum’s Executive Director, Eric Shiner among many others.
Over a third of the limited edition prints by Marina Abramović were sold during Monday evening’s benefit and sales remain consistent throughout the first days of the fair.
Solid sales were reported and considered a promising sign for the run of the fair. Galleries participating at UNTITLED. for the first time were off to a good start including UK-based Vigo who sold out their booth of works by Ayan Farah and strong sales at New York gallery Kravets/Wehby. Halsey McKay Gallery from East Hampton, NY sold a large sculpture by Graham Collins to a public collection in Montreal, while Samsøn from Boston also report steady sales beginning Monday evening and carrying throughWednesday.
Galleries who have returned to UNTITLED. for the second edition also reported healthy activity such as Buenos Aires gallerist Nora Fisch who sold work by Amadeo Azar to a major private collection in Miami. Luis de Jesus Los Angeles sold works by Margie Livingston and Chris Engman, and Andrew Rafacz from Chicago sold works by Robert Burnier and Naza Farin Lotfi. New York’s (Art) Amalgamated also sold work by Vadim Zakharov who represented Russia at this year’s Venice Biennale.
The presence of works by more established artists is part of the curatorial focus established by Artistic Director and Curator Omar Lopez Chahoud. Sales of works by artists such as Karlheinz Weinberger at Rod Bianco from Oslo, and a 1970’s white painting by Siri Berg at Hionas Gallery were also being reported.