Katya Kazakina and Mary Roman provide a big list of sales:
Kavi Gupta: A red abstract painting by Puerto Rican artist Angel Otero hanging at the Armory Show in New York was purchased for $50,000. The gallery said it sold a total of six of Otero’s works for $35,000 to $50,000 each.
Cardi gallery from Milan and London sold a 1968 canvas by Lucio Fontana for $2 million.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, with branches in Paris and Salzburg, sold a new Georg Baselitz painting for $550,000 and a work by Jules de Balincourt for $195,000.
Sprueth Magers: sold two Jenny Holzer paintings for $275,000 each, including a 2012 oil on linen “Text: U.S. Government Document.” Thea Djordjadze’s abstract sculptures were a hit with collectors and museums, priced at $10,000 to $50,000. She is among the artists selected for this year’s Venice Biennale.
Carl Freedman sold several ceramic vases by German artist Sebastian Stohrer, each priced at $5,000 to $8,000.
Kohn Gallery sold a painting by Eddie Martinez for $75,000.
Grimm Gallery sold a new Matthew Day Jackson painting for $150,000 and a Nick van Woert sculpture for $30,000.
Nicelle Beauchene Gallery sold out its booth of $10,000 photographs by Chris Wiley, to buyers including museums.
Mihai Nicodim gallery sold one painting for $10,000 to Chicago collector Susan Goodman and a triptych of mismatched canvases for $18,000 to an art foundation in Paris.
At the Independent fair in Chelsea, Nogueras Blanchard gallery sold another Ceulers triptych for $15,000 to a collector from Peru.
Gallery Poulsen sold all seven works by four artists in its booth, priced at $10,000 to $30,000, and another seven from its inventory using images from the iPad.
Conduit Gallery said it sold eight of British artist Sarah Ball’s works within the first hour of the fair. Ball’s paintings, which were $2,500 each and are less than one foot tall, are recreations of mugshots against a gray background.
Cynthia Corbett Gallery sold 13 large photographs of dilapidated interiors by Fabiano Parisi including two to 21C Museum Hotels in Louisville. Asking prices were $6,500 to $8,500.
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Judd Tully files his Pier 92 report:
Simon Capstick-Dale sold an Adolph Gottlieb “Pictograph” a gouache on paper from circa 1940-49 to a New York collector for $55,000.
Galleria Arte Maggiore: sold two Giorgio Morandi watercolors from 1958 and 1962 —which sold in the region of the asking price of $110,000 and $100,000, respectively — and a double-sided still life pencil on paper from 1959 that went for about $34,000; and an Arman ceramic-and-wood wall relief, “Quatre Étages de Conversation” from 1994 for $70,000; Ettore Spalletti, “Mas, Si, Quasi Nero e oro” from 2010, sold near the $75,000 asking price; Joseph Beuys work, “Painting Version 69” from 1969 for $28,000.
Mazzoleni Galleria d’Arte, where works sold at price points ranging from $150,000-250,000, including Alieghiero Boetti’s aeronautical composition “Plane 83” and a shaped canvas in acrylic by Agostino Bonalumi from 2010
Alan Cristea Gallery sold Richard Hamilton’s , “The Critic Laughs” from 1971-72 to Alan Koppel for $60,000.
Sims Reed Gallery: a trio of elegant and understated works in pencil on gouache on graph paper by Bridget Riley sold at in the range of $48,000 apiece, all going to an American collector.
D.C. Moore Gallery a Milton Avery figurative composition, “Shawled Woman Seated at a Table” from 1948, executed in oil on canvas board, sold for just under $700,000.
Driscoll/Babcock: sold during the vernissage, Marsden Hartley’s expressionist “Green Landscape #3 (Dogtown Series)” from 1936 in oil on Masonite.
Ricco/Maresca Gallery sold several works by Scott Campbell, including “Have No Fear,” from 2015, for around $50,000, as did “Be Here Now” from 2014 for upwards of $60,000.
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“These Gormleys go up 20 percent to 25 percent a year,” Kelly said about the cast-iron blocks evoking human figures shown in his booth at the Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory. “You can’t get 2 percent from a bank.”
Katya Kazakina made the rounds on the piers:
Dominique Levy gallery sold Tsuyoshi Maekawa, “Work” (1963), priced at $425,000, within the first 10 minutes of the opening.
James Fuentes, who sold a neon Plexiglas sculpture by Berta Fischer for $15,000 to New York collectors Zoe and Joel Dictrow.
Marianne Boesky sold 18 of William O’Brien’s 27 pieces, priced at $12,000 to $16,000. An ephemeral wall sculpture made of fiberglass by Diana Al-Hadid went for $85,000.
Eleven Rivington, where the Horts picked up an abstract painting by Evan Nesbit priced at $16,000 and Dallas-based collector Howard Rachofsky bought Aiko Hachisuka’s multi-patterned couch sculpture for $24,000.
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Kelly Crow had some sale information:
German gallery Sprüth Magers sold a $150,000 Jenny Holzer stone bench inscribed with the phrase, “Offer Very Little Information About Yourself,” to a U.S. collector. New York dealer Jack Shainman sold an oil painting of a lounging woman, “Hapool Meshkhoor” by Hayv Kahraman, for $75,000, while dealer Sean Kelly sold a 6-foot-tall, cast-iron man by Antony Gormley, “State XIII,” for around $530,000. New York dealer David Zwirner said he sold pieces by Karla Black, Carol Bove and Thomas Ruff —including a $65,000 large-scale nude photograph by Mr. Ruff.
Sebastian Stöhrer at London’s Carl Freedman Gallery that sold for between $5,000 and $6,500 apiece. Of 14 pieces, nine sold by the end of opening day, according to the gallery.
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Lehmann Maupin reports half a dozen paintings and drawings by artist Tracey Emin (who was present at the booth) selling in the range of $70,000-$90,000 USD to private American collectors. On Thursday, new work by Tracey Emin. Three drawings and three paintings were snapped up by collectors this afternoon, with prices ranging from $25,000-$95,000 USD.
Attia’s Injury Reappropriated (2014) went in the range of 15,000-25,0000 Euros, while there was very strong interest in the works displayed by Ward, whose solo exhibition at the Perez Art Museum Miami will open later in 2015.
Sales by other artists shown, such as Anya Gallaccio and Angel Otero, also took place, with pricing ranging from $15,000-$55,000 USD.
The Master, Judd Tully, filed his first sales report from the Armory:
Victoria Miro Gallery: Chris Ofili, “Last Light, First Flight” from 2008, in paper collage on canvas, sold in the high six figures. “It sold right off the bat,” said director Glenn Scott Heron,
Sean Kelly Gallery: Kehinde Wiley’s “Portrait of Natasha Zamor” from 2015, sold for $125,000. The gallery also sold Antony Gormley’s standing, 74 inch-high figure “State XIII” from 2012, in cast iron for £350,000 and Marina Abramovic’s horse mounted “The Hero I” from 2001, a framed color photograph for €90,000. David Claerbout’s edgy “Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home form work, caught in a torrential rain” from 2013, sold two editions at €65,000 each.
Jack Shainman Gallery: Hayv Kahraman, “Hapool Meshkhor,” for $75,000. Kerry James Marshall, ”Study for Bed Man” from 2013, sold for $42,000. Nick Cave’s “Soundsuit” from 2011, for $125,000.
Suzanne Vielmetter: Mickalene Thomas’s “Portrait of Qusuquzah #6” from 2015, sold to an otherwise unnamed American institution for $65,000.
11 Rivington: a small avalanche of early sales in the comfortable price range of approximately $5,000-20,000 and ranging from unique, small scaled laser toner on paper abstractions by Marsha Cottrell, such as “Spectral Sun” from 2014, to Volker Huler’s large-scale, 74 by 52 inch etching “Lost in the Stars V,” from 2014, and Evan Nesbit’s acrylic, dye, and burlap abstraction “Untitled,” from 2015. And works by Mika Tajima in the $13,500-20,000 range.
Fredericks Freiser: Mark Thomas Gibson “Search Light” from 2015, which sold for $8,500. The gallery also sold Jocelyn Hobbie in the mid-$20,000 range, including the sexy “Kitten,” from 2015.
Josh Lilley: Kathleen Ryan, “Bacchante Reclining” from 2015 sold for $18,000. Lilley also sold a group of figurative paintings by Aliza Nisenbaum, “Gloria, Angelica, Jessica,” executed in oil on linen from 2014 and scaled at 51 by 33 inches, sold for under $10,000.
The Armory Show Contemporary Opens With a Flurry of Sales (BLOUIN ARTINFO)
The folks at ArtNews gathered some details:
Lisson Gallery: Dan Graham mirror pavilion piece that fronts the gallery’s large booth for $350,000 to an American collector.
Thaddeus Ropac: a 2014 painting by Georg Baselitz, priced at $550,000, and two Liza Lou pieces, which look like abstract paintings but are made with tiny glass beads, for $195,000 apiece, as well as works by Alex Katz and Robert Longo.
Sean Kelly sold a major new painting by Kehinde Wiley, whose exhibition just opened at the Brooklyn Museum, for $125,000, as well as a 2012 sculpture by Antony Gormley, for 350,000 British pounds (around $537,000). Kelly has gone on the record in the past saying that The Armory Show is a very successful fair for his gallery.
Jack Shainman: a new “sound suit” piece by Nick Cave, with a surface stitched with white buttons for $125,000.
Early Sales at the Armory Show (ARTnews)
The Observer’s Nate Freeman had this tidbit:
There’s a very loud mobile by Glenn Kaino at the booth of Honor Fraser, the Los Angeles gallery. It’s 100 copper arrows all held in place, suspended in air, leading to a common point. If someone you don’t like stands in front, and you stand in the back, it looks like they’re about to be hit by 100 copper arrows. An unknown collector put it on hold for $130,000, and presumably that collector has enemies.
Robert Longo’s Take on Ferguson and Cute Camera-Clad Dogs: Views from The Armory Show (Observer)