Georgina Adam saw “plenty of enthusiasm under $100,000” at Art Basel:
Casa Triângulo of São Paulo placing three paintings by Mariana Palma at $35,000 each and a work by assume vivid astro focus (sic) at $40,000.
London’s Alan Cristea, in the new Edition section, did well with works by Julian Opie ($21,500) and Gordon Cheung ($16,000).
At Untitled and at Pulse some booths sold out: London’s Vigo Gallery sold all its works by the Emirati Ayan Farah, at prices from $2,000 to $9,800, and now has a waiting list for her work.
The Art Newspaper recorded these sales:
Victoria Miro: Yayoi Kusama’s Flowers That Bloom Tomorrow, 2010, priced around $500,000.
Greene Naftali: sold four colourful mattresses by Guyton/Walker (all Untitled, 2013) for $65,000 each to collectors from the “four corners of the world”.
Casa Triângulo: three paintings by Mariana Palma for $35,000 each.
Galeria Nara Roesler: sold Artur Lescher’s Fuso #02, 2013, for $50,000.
Timothy Taylor: Josephine Meckseper’s Pyromaniac 1, 2003, for $55,000
What a difference five years make (The Art Newspaper)
The Hollywood Reporter grabbed these sales:
A number of works sold in the seven figures:
Michael Werner: a $1.4 million Sigmar Polke
Cheim+Read: a $6 million Joan Mitchell,
Helly Nahmad: a spate of multimillion-dollar works by Leger, Calder, and Miro.
Sadie Coles: $40,000 Sam Durant piece
While undoubtedly attention-grabbing, these sales are far from representative of the market as a whole. “It’s been a good fair for us,” Napolitan dealer Alfonso Artiaco admitted. “But it’s still nothing like it was in 2006, 2007.”
Judd Tully has the heavy hitters:
Van de Weghe Gallery: Gerhard Richter “Abstraktes Bild (595-3),” 1986, which sold in the region of the $3.2 million asking price to an American collector; a 2005 Damien Hirst spin painting embedded with two expired credit cards — “Beautiful, I Pushed the Controls and Ahead of Me Rockets Blazed, I Don’t Want to Be a Dead Artist Painting” — for $580,000; and Jean-Michel Basquiat “Head,” 1985, also sold, for approximately $580,000.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac old Georg Baselitz patinated bronze, “Louise Fuller,” 2013 to a private American collector for $2 million
Pace Gallery, a wind-driven Alexander Calder “Untitled” standing mobile from 1962 that went for more than a million dollars.
Sprüth Magers: Sterling Ruby’s large-scale spray painting “SP256” sold for $550,000 and Barbara Kruger’s digital print on vinyl “Untitled (Don’t Shoot),” 2013 went for $275,000. Several found-object sculptures by Cyprien Geillard, also sold, at 40,000 euros each — including “Untitled (Tooth),” 2012.
Blum & Poe gallery: “Untitled,” a five-panel dye sublimation print on linen by 25-year-old Brooklyn-based artist Hugh Scott-Douglas, sold for $90,000 to Montreal collector Francois Odermatt.
Lisson Gallery: Ai Weiwei’s beautiful “Jade Handcuffs,” 2012, which sold for 70,000 euros
Out of the Gate: What ABMB Buyers Had to Have on Day One (BLOUIN ARTINFO)
Kelly Crow got these sales:
Gagosian Gallery: “Baroque Egg with Bow (Turquoise/Magenta),” that the gallery won at Sotheby’s for $5.4 million four years ago, under its $6 million low estimate. On Wednesday, the gallery put the egg back on the market and sold it for around $9 million.
Klaus Malonek: Kris Martin’s new series of “Helmets,” recreations of ordinary motorcycle helmets and hard-hats cast in bronze, around $44,000 apiece for six of the 10 helmets displayed.
Galeria Fortes Vilaça: Erika Verzutti’s $37,000 cemetery-like assemblage of concrete, granite and crystal slabs
Almine Rech Gallery: Mark Hagen’s salt-lick sculptures several sold for $8,000 apiece on Wednesday.
Urs Meile sold a $270,000 smaller assemblage of Ai Weiqei’s bicycles—dipped in gold plating, no less
Lisson Gallery also got around $340,000 for another bike configuration by the artist.
Luciana Brito: Héctor Zamora’s “Brasil” bike for $15,000 to 21c Museum of Louisville, Ky.
Katya Kazakina has the first rings on the register:
Sprueth Magers: Sterling Ruby abstract spray-painted canvas for $550,000 to a museum.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash sold two large spray-painted paintings by emerging artist Keltie Ferris at prices from $40,000 to $50,000.
Mary Boone Gallery sold a group of 12 Han Dynasty urns splattered in bright paint by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei; it was priced at $350,000. Barbara Kruger’s digital print on vinyl stamped with the word “Value” went for $275,000, the New York gallery said.
White Cube gallery sold 90 percent of its booth including Damien Hirst’s 8-by-8-foot glass vitrine, “Devil’s Gate,” filled with butterflies and bugs; the asking price was 1.85 million pounds ($3 million). Theaster Gates’s 7-by-7-foot abstract piece made of wood, rubber and tar sold for $175,000.
The gallery sold out an edition of three neon signs — each spelling “The Last Great Adventure is You” — by Tracey Emin The asking price was 65,000 pounds.
Sarah Hanson went to Pulse for Blouin Artinfo:
Zemack Contemporary: sold “Unitled; Olya,” Yigal Ozeri, for $50,000.
Jerome Zodo Contemporary: a skull sold at $20,000.
Hosfelt Gallery: a David Hammons basketball drawing for an undisclosed price in the six-figure range.
James Danziger: placed several C-prints by Hendrik Kerstens, inspired by 17th-century Dutch portraiture, in the $15,000 to $36,000 range.
Bryce Wolkowitz: had sold six from an edition of eight digital pieces by Yorgo Alexopolous at $11,000 each, as well as a graffiti-inspired José Parla collage for $25,000 and a handful of lit-up book sculptures by Aaron Kang for $5,500.
Yancey Richardson: Zanele Muholi’s portraits at $5,000 a pop (Muholi will have a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 2015.)
Kuckei + Kuckei: C-prints of junkyards and industrial worktables byphotographer Guillermo Srodek-Hart sold for $4,500 each
Pulse Beats on With Strong Sales at the Middle-Market Satellite Fair (Blouin Artinfo)
Eileen Kinsella had these sales:
Kavi Gupta sold works by Tony Tasset including two versions of the artist’s “Snowman” sculptures, made of glass, resin, and enamel paint, with bronze “sticks” for arms, at $75,000 each; and two versions of “Bear” for $65,000 each; Roxy Paine’s “Labor Saving Device” to the Brooklyn Museum on the fair’s opening night, for $85,000. And he sold “almost all” of Theaster Gates’s installation pieces,” at prices that he stated ranged from $50,000 to $175,000.
Pace sold a painting by Adolph Gottlieb, “White Halo-Black Ground” (1967), for $400,000.
Gmurzynska: works by Scott Campbell, Wifredo Lam, Richard Meier, Enrico Castellani, Adolf Luther, and Tom Wesselmann. The price range of the sales were between $50,000 to $1 million.”
Galerie Terminus: a Gerhard Richter painting that sold for $3 million at Munich’s
Scott White Contemporary: a sculpture by Henry Moore for $1 million
Galerie von Vertes: a Lucio Fontana painting at Zurich, that sold for more than $1 million.
Edward Winkleman: sales included three 2013 “Binocular” videos by Leslie Thornton, priced at $8,000 each, which went to Louisville collectors Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown; a dozen small 3D-printed pieces by Shane Hope, including “Freerange-Femtofacture-Lure no 11,” priced at $850 each.
Royale Projects: wall hangings by Phillip K. Smith III, selling all of an edition of three for $27,000 each.
William Baczek Fine Arts: a dozen paintings and drawings by Travis Louie, the gallery sold four paintings by Margaret Withers to a Swiss collector; and placed works by sculptor Anne Lilly
New Art Projects sold a four-minute video piece, “Love Story,” to the Cisneros Foundation, the first piece of an edition of five (prices ranged from $6,000 to $12,000).
At This Year’s Miami Art Fairs, a Boost in Buyer Turnout (BLouin Artinfo)