Sales reports from the Messeplatz and after:
Colin Gleadell dug up these sales:
Victoria Miro gallery
- sold out its stand of recent works by Secundino Hernandez, Yayoi Kusama and Sarah Sze.
Max Hetzler Gallery
- sold six paintings by the abstract artist, Albert Oehlen; one for €600,000 (£430,000 pounds)
From ArtBasel Unlimited
- A 16-metre wall of huge, charred aluminium cooking pots arranged as a celebration of Arab history by little-known Saudi Arabian artist Maha Mullah, was priced at €190,000 and sold quickly to a museum.
- Performance artist Ulay resurfaced after a debilitating illness to exhibit 100 polaroid photographs from a performance in the Sixties, which he had kept in a box ever since sold to a German museum for €500,000.
- Jonathan Horowitz’s nine panel portraits of Beyoncé, which sold for $95,000;
- Jeppe Hein’s Parallel Mirrors, a semi-circular walkway through tall mirrored strips which sold for €180,000
- a wall of crystal spheres that change colour as you walk past them by Olafur Eliasson which sold for €400,000
Art Sales: Basel’s Big Hitters (Telegraph)
Scott Reyburn does a big sales dump in the International New York Times:
- “Bitmap Gradient Glare,” a 2014 geometric canvas-ribbon abstract by Tauba Auerbach that was bought for $200,000 by an unnamed Swiss museum.
- Polke’s 1974-78 gelatin silver photo piece “Untitled (Quetta, Pakistan, Tea Ceremony)” for $900,000.
Christophe Van de Weghe
- “Untitled (P577),” a swirling black-and-white 2009 enamel-on-linen painting by Christopher Wool for $5.5 million
- “Grosser Geist Nr. 6,” a 10-foot steel sculpture from 1998 by Thomas Schütte, priced at about $5 million.
- “La Route du Pas–de-Calais,” a 1963 painting of a man driving a car by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) and priced at about $6 million
- a 1912 Egon Schiele pencil drawing of a reclining nude girl for between $250,000 and $300,000 at the preview.
- more than 40 works priced from €10,000 to €400,000 at the preview, including a 1963 Marcel Duchamp “Autoportrait de Profil,” from the edition of 25, priced at around €150,000. This was purchased by an unnamed American artist.
- 12 drawings and four canvases by Julia Rommel, a 34-year-old abstract painter in New York. Drawings were priced at $4,000, paintings at $12,000 to $30,000.
- Gunnel Wahlstrand two drawings for 75,000 euros and €280,000 euros, respectively, about $85,000 and about $320,000.
Art Basel Confirms Buyers’ Enthusiasm (The New York Times)
Georgina Adam had these sales and some comments:
- sold all its freshly painted Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Net” paintings “in the mid-six figures”, according to Glenn Scott Wright of the gallery
- everything in his solo booth of Robert Motherwell was “spoken for” (prices between $50,000 and $7m)
What seemed clear from the main fair was that buyers were favouring established artists with strong exhibition records, probably with investment in mind; among the many million-dollar sales were works by Thomas Schütte, Rosemarie Trockel, Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring and Joan Mitchell.
Judd Tully’s follow up report:
- Agnes Martin painting, “Mountain II” from 1966, sold to a European collector for $9.5 million.
- Donald Judd’s “Untitled” stack in copper and blue Plexiglas sheets, from 1987, for an undisclosed price, but characterized by Julia Joern, the gallery’s press maven, as “one of the most expensive works on the stand.”
- Luc Tuymans’s painting, “Wallpaper” from 2014 in oil on canvas and scaled at 99 5/8 by 70 inches, for $2 million
- two Minimal wall relief works by Jan Schoonhaven: “R70-57,” from 1970 went for $950,000 and “R70-10,” also from 1970 went for $550,000.
- sold its Gerhard Richter, “Zehn Farben” (or color chart painting) from 1966 in enamel on canvas and scaled at 53 ¼ by 47 ¼ inches, which carried a $5 million asking price.
- a Frank Stella geometric composition, “Black Study I” from 1968 for seven figures
Richard Nagy Gallery
- sold an Egon Schiele pencil drawing, a study of a reclining nude girl, in the $250-300,000 range.
- Marcel Duchamp’s small but substantial “Autoportrait de profil” from 1963for €120,000
- Sol Lewitt, with “39 Incomplete Open Cubes Drawings” from 1973, never before exhibited or seen at auction. Each of the 28 by 21.5 centimeter rendered drawings are signed “Sol” and numbered. The works were being offered at €10,000 apiece and so far, some 21 of the 39 displayed have sold. The drawings were made as part of a sculpture commission in Europe and were only rediscovered in a folder by the original owner in 1990.
Art Basel, Strong Sales Rain Down on Day 2 (ArtInfo.com)
Artinfo also had these reported sales:
- sold 12 works so far, including a Sadamasa Motonaga Oil on Panel for $650,000
- a work by Frank Stella for around 1 million
- three Pier Paolo Calzolari salt works that ranged in price from 150,000 eurors to 750,000 euros.
- works by Donald Moffett, Matthias Bitzer, Thiago Roca Pitta, Kon Trubkovich, Andisheh Avini and Diana Al-Hadid.
- sales of Ryan Gander, Haroon Mirza, Carmen Herrera, Shirazeh Houshiary, John Latham, Lee Ufan, Anish Kapoor, Joyce Pensato and Wael Shawky with prices ranging from £40,000 to £600,000.
- sold Barbara Kruger’s Diptych “Untitled (Shove it, starve it, blind it, choke it, drown it, shame it, buy it, fuck it)” 1986 for 350,000 USD
- John Baldessari’s Bond, 1988, comprised of black and white photographs and vinyl paint, for 550,000 USD to a European collector
- Andreas Gursky’s inkjet print “Katar” 2012 for 900,000 EUROS to a European collector
- George Condo’s oil and charcoal on linen “Opening Outward” 2015 for 600,000 USD to a European collector
- Reinhard Mucha’s “Schuld” 2015 for 340,000 EUROS to a European collector
- Jenny Holzer’s “Selection from Truisms: A single event” 2014 for 150,000 USD to a European collector
- “Rosemarie Trockel’s Untitled (Made in Western Germany)” 1987 for 1.8 million EUROS to a European collector.
- three sales for over 1 million Euro each: two Konrad Klapheck paintings and one Sean Scully painting, all to private collectors
- the gallery also sold the 2.5 meter sculpture by Jaume Plensa
- several paintings by Günther Förg and Etel Adnan.
Art Basel 2015 Sales Report: See What’s Selling; Update 1 (BLOUIN ARTINFO)
Scott Reyburn has these sales in the International New York Times:
- a 1963 Jean Dubuffet painting of a man driving a car, “La Route du Pas–de-Calais,” for about $6 million. Ten years ago, the painting sold at auction for $577,595.
- A rare 1980 piece by Joseph Beuys in the form of a blackboard with chalk writing reminiscent of a Cy Twombly sold to an unnamed institution for €900,000
- “Utopia Banished,” a porcelain wedding cake in a vitrine filled with live leeches, was one of seven pieces that found buyers for €4,000 to €8,000 each.
Browsing the Wares at Art Basel (The New York Times)
Eileen Kinsella got these sales on day two:
- a painting by Thomas Eggerer, Grey Harvest (2013), for $100,000,
- a Wade Guyton U Sculpture (v. 7) (2007) for $490,000.
- a painting by Sean Landers, famous for his depictions of flannel coated animals in the wild, for $100,0
- a painting by Charline Von Heyl for $150,000; a graphite sculpture by Adam McEwen for $100,000
- various glass lamp sets by Jorge Pardo at prices ranging from $85—100,000.
Long March Space
- a Tracey Emin.
Katya Kazakina has these sales:
- Luhring Augustine said it sold a 2004 painting by Albert Oehlen for 600,000 euros ($675,000) and a 14-foot-tall sculpture priced at $2 million.
- JTT gallery sold two Borna Sammak works priced at $25,000 each to Jeffrey Deitch for Budi Tek.
- Daivd Zwirner sold a Yayoi Kusama painting for $1m.
- Beirut-based collectors Tony and Elham Salame purchased at least a dozen works including those by Tauba Auerbach and John Armleder, as well as an Oehlen painting for 280,000 euros. They will join the couple’s collection of more than 2,000 contemporary pieces.
- Galerie Perrotin said it sold seven paintings by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, including two priced at $1.1 million each.
Cohen, Marron Descend on ‘Riotous’ Art Basel Shopping Spree (Bloomberg Business)
Judd Tully files for Artinfo.com:
- “We’ve broken our duck,” said James Holland-Hibbert of London’s Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, using an English phrase to describe the stand’s first sale, Howard Hodgkin’s masterly semi-abstraction “In the Black Kitchen,” in oil on wood from 1984-90, which sold to an Asian collector in the region of the £450,000 asking price. “It’s a genuine new client from the fair,” added Holland-Hibbert, “and it wasn’t pre-sold, so it’s a nice start.”
- Marlene Dumas, “Tired Woman,” from 1991, sold for over a million euros at New York/London Dominique Levy Gallery.
- David Zwirner Gallery sold two other Dumas figurative paintings at New York/London “Horns and Tails,” from 1999-2000, went for an undisclosed price at the request of the consignor and the large-scale “Helena,” from 2002, depicting the artist’s daughter, sold for $3.5 million; a large-scale Michael Borremans’s painting, “Black Mould II” from 2014, for just under $1 million; Sigmar Polke’s ghostly composition “Skelett” from 1974, for $3.5 million. An Oscar Murillo abstraction, “2+” from 2014 for $250,000; and Bridget Riley’s jaunty and geometric “Allegro Red” from 2014, which went for approximately £750,000.
- van de Weghe Gallery, where Christopher Wool’s big and brushy abstraction, boasting a medley of gray and white passages, “Untitled (P577)” from 2009 and measuring 96 by 72 inches, sold in the region of the $5.5 million asking price; Sean Scully’s brawny, horizontal composition painted in various shades of blue, “Untitled (Land Line)” from 2015, in the region of $800,000 to another private American collector, as well as Jenny Holzer’s Darby Royal marble bench, “Truisms: A Man Can’t Know…”, from 2007, for $750,000 to another private American collector.
- 303 Gallery: Doug Aitken’s mirror sculpture “BAD,” in the $250,000 range to a museum collection in the Middle East, as well as several small-scale paintings by Karen Kalimnik in the $150,000 range, including “The Adirondack Cabin Deer” from 2008, measuring 14 by 18 inches in water soluble oil color on canvas, which sold to an Italian foundation. Hans-Peter Feldmann’s “Family Portrait with Red Noses, sold for €150,000.
Art Basel’s VIP Opening Kicks Things Off With a Flurry of Sales (BLOUIN ARTINFO)
- Alma Allen, Not Yet Titled, 2015. Blue marble, white oak pedestal. 13 x 16 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches (33 x 42.5 x 39.7 cm); Sold for $35,000
- Ha Chonghyun, Conjunction 78-106, 1978, Oil on canvas, 47 3/8 x 86 5/8 inches (120.3 x 220 cm); Sold for $360,000
- Sam Durant, Knowledge is Power!, 2015 Electric sign with vinyl text, 48 x 72 inches (121.9 x 182.9 cm) Edition 1 of 3, 2AP; Sold for $60,000
- Friedrich Kunath, I’m Alone, I’m Ok, 2015, Acrylic and ink on canvas, 72 x 54 inches (182.9 x 137.2 cm); Sold for $55,000
- Takashi Murakami, Korin: Chaos, 2015. Acrylic, platinum leaf, and gold leaf on canvas mounted on wood panel, 59 1/16 x 59 1/16 inches (150 x 150 cm); Sold for $600,000
Hugh Scott-Douglas, Untitled, 2015. UV-curable ink on dibond, 80 x 53 inches (203.2 x 134.6 cm); Sold for $40,000
- Lee Ufan, From Line No. 790136, 1979, Oil on canvas, 44 1/8 x 57 1/4 inches (112.1 x 145.4 cm); Sold for $950,000
- Lee Ufan, From Point No. 78067, 1978. Glue and mineral pigment on canvas. 51 5/16 x 38 3/16 inches (130.3 x 97 cm); Sold for $1,100,000
- Lee Ufan, From Line No. 780186, 1978. Oil on canvas. 38 3/16 x 51 5/16 inches (97 x 130.3 cm); Sold for $900,000
- Ha Chonghyun, Conjunction 92-99, 1992. Oil on canvas. 47 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches (120 x 180 cm); Sold for $220,000
- Kwon Young-woo, Untitled, c. 1982. Korean paper on rag board mounted on panel. 64 x 51 inches (162.6 x 129.5 cm); Sold for $130,000
- Kwon Young-woo, Untitled, 1978.
Korean paper. 21 1/2 x 17 7/8 inches (55 x 45.5 cm); Sold for $55,000
- Kwon Young-woo, Untitled, 1984.
Korean paper mounted to board. 45 11/16 x 35 inches (116 x 88.9 cm); Sold for $80,000
- sold a Twombly paper for 2.2 million $ asking price.
Christophe Van de Weghe
- sold a tiny Calder for 480 000.
Cheim & Read
- a work by Joan Mitchell at for USD 6 million
- a work by Marlene Dumas for USD 3.5 million
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
- a Joseph Beuys for EURO 1.55 million
- sold its entire presentation of works by Robert Rauschenberg from the 1980s and ’90s at prices from $450,000 to $1 million.
- works by Adam Pendleton, Michal Rovner, Nigel Cooke, Adrian Ghenie
- Keith Haring, Untitled (June 1, 1984), 1984, acrylic and fluorescent acrylic on canvas, 94 x 94 inches (238.8 x 238.8 cm.) sold for approx. $5 million
- Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1992, oil on printed fabric, 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches (200 x 200 cm) sold for approx. $1 million
- George Condo, The Good Old Days, 2015, oil and pigment stick on linen, 78 x 74 inches (198.1 x 188 cm) sold for approx. $600,000
- Thomas Schütte, Großer Geist Nr. 6, 1998, steel, 116 x 53 x 32 inches (294.6 x 134.6 x 81.3 cm); Sold for approximately $5 million
- George Condo, The Madman, 2005, gilded bronze, 29 x 12 x 11 inches (73.7 x 30.5 x 27.9 cm); Asking price $650,000
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
- Allan D’Arcangelo 1960’s painting sold in the range of $500,000
- Roy Lichtenstein work on paper sold in the range of $150,000
- Eddie Martinez painting sold in the range of $70,000 – $80,000
- Brent Wadden woven painting sold in the range of $50,000 – $60,000
- Two William Pope.L paintings on paper, one sold in the range of $50,000 – $60,000 and one sold under $10,000
- Karl Haendel work on paper sold in the range of $10,000
- A 1955 Lucio Fontana painting; Sold within range of its asking price of $400,000
- A Roy Lichtenstein work on paper; Sold in the range of $100,000
- Amanda Ross-Ho sculpture; Sold in the range of $10,000
Lehmann Maupin sales from ArtBasel in Switzerland:
- Three “thread drawings” by Korean artist Do Ho Suh, recently produced at the Dieu Donne artist workspace in New York, have sold in the range of $50,000-$100,000 USD. Suh has upcoming solo museum shows at MoCA Cleveland and CAC Cincinnati.
- A totem sculpture by French-Algerian artist Kader Attia has sold in the range of €40,000-€50,000 Euros. Attia’s newest sculpture, made of wood, mirror polished stainless steel, and aluminum, has sold in the range of €80,000-€120,000 Euros. Attia also currently has a solo exhibition in Lausanne, Switzerland, Injuries Are Here, at the Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts.
- A new Hernan Bas painting, titled The Flamingo Kid (2015) has sold in the range of $100,000-$150,000 USD.
- Tony Oursler’s LED panel piece TER3 (2015) has sold for around $100,000 USD. The artist has an exhibition coming up at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France.
- Two paintings by Brazilian artists OSGEMEOS have sold, one in the range of $80,000-$120,000 USD and the second in the range of $100,000-$150,000 USD. OSGEMEOS will have their first solo show with Lehmann Maupin in New York in 2016.
- A Be Brave (2015) neon by British artist Tracey Emin, whose work is currently being shown alongside Egon Schiele’s at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, has sold in the range of £40,000-£50,000 GBP. An edition of her bronze sculpture, The Heart Has Its Reasons (2014) has also sold in the range of £100,000-£125,000 GBP. Emin will also have solo shows at Lehmann Maupin in New York and Hong Kong next year.
- One of Angel Otero’s new paintings, with imagery inspired by Pablo Picasso’s work, Took the bed out, Flew Kites and Saw the seeds grow (2015) has sold in the range of $50,000-$100,000 USD.
- Shirazeh Houshiary’s newest painting, Gist (2015), has sold in the range of £100,000-£150,000 GBP.
- Two painting by Mickalene Thomas, both from 2015, were snapped up by collectors at prices in the range of $75,000-$100,000 USD. A book of Thomas’s photographs, titled Muse, will be published by Aperture in July 2015.
- An edition of Juergen Teller’s portrait, Joan Didion, Celine Campaign Spring Summer 2015, New York 2014 (2015), has sold for a price around £30,000 GBP.
- A watercolor by Tracey Emin, Sex 19 25-11-07 Sydney (2007), has sold in the range of £10,000-£20,000 GBP.
- Reserves have also been placed on works by Kader Attia, Mary Corse, Alex Prager, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., and Do Ho Suh.
- Two panel works by Teresita Fernández have sold, including the artist’s large gold chroming and India ink panel from her recent solo exhibition at MASS MoCA, which went in the range of $350,000-$500,000 USD.
- Nari Ward’s Breathing Panel #4 (2015) has sold in the range of $50,000-$100,000 USD.
- Other sales highlights include Kader Attia’s Untitled (2014), a totem sculpture priced in the range of 40,000-50,000 EUR. Two more editions of Tracey Emin’s Be Brave (2015) neon, have also sold in the range of £40,000-£50,000 GBP.
Hauser + Wirth
- We have placed Mike Kelley’s ‘Untitled (stuffed animal mandala)’ with an American institution. Mike Kelley, Untitled (stuffed animal mandala), ca. 2004 – 2006 Stuffed animals, bells, canvas
This work was the last piece created in Kelley’s iconic ‘Half a Man’ series, which was primarily made between 1987 and 1993. Kelley realised, once the last piece had been sold, that he wanted one of these works for himself, so he created this exceptionally special work. The piece hung above Kelley’s living room couch from ca. 2006 until his death in 2012, and as an intensely personal and private work, has never been publicly exhibited.
- Roni Horn‘s ‘Or 8’ has been sold to a European Museum. Asking price USD 600,000.00. Roni Horn Or 8, 2015 Powdered pigment, graphite, charcoal, coloured pencil and varnish on paper
- Louise Bourgeois‘s ‘Untitled’ has been sold to a private collector. Priced at USD 2,500,000 Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 2004 Fabric and stainless steel
- Louise Bourgeois Untitled, 2007 Fabric USD 350,000.00
- Ellen Gallagher‘s ‘O.K. Corral’ has been placed in a private collection in Canada, priced at USD 500,000.00. Ellen Gallagher, O.K. Corral, 2008 Ink, polymer medium, varnish, indentations and cut printed paper on canvas
Hauser & Wirth are pleased to advise that they have sold all four projects by gallery artists in the Unlimited sector of Art Basel:
- Zhang Enli Space Painting, 2014 Collected by the K11 Art Foundation
- Pierre Huyghe Cambrian Explosion, 2014 Sold for EURO 500,000 to a private collection
- Martin Creed Work No. 1701, 2013 Sold 1 edition of this film for USD 65,000
- Jakub Julian Ziolkowski Imagorea, 2013 – 2014 Placed in a private collection in Asia
Hauser + Wirth also announced that it now represents the estate of Fausto Melotti (1901 – 1986), the Italian sculptor, installation artist, and poet admired for his unique contribution to the development of mid-century European Modernism.
Born in Rovereto, Italy, Melotti studied sculpture at the Brera Academy in Milan, where he met lifelong friend Lucio Fontana. Before turning to art, Melotti studied music, mathematics and engineering – disciplines that exerted clear influence upon his distinctive practice across subsequent decades. Often linked with titans of the postwar era, such as Calder, Fontana, and Giacometti, Melotti moved freely among mediums, incorporating plaster, ceramics, metal and fabric into his work.
In representing the Estate, Hauser & Wirth looks forward to further advancing the legacy of Fausto Melotti through exhibitions and public programmes at its gallery spaces internationally, as well as through the development of new publications and research on the artist’s work, and sale of artworks. Hauser & Wirth’s programme is rooted in the contributions of the pioneers of the postwar era, and Melotti joins Hans Arp and Fabio Mauri within our family of that era’s visionaries whose influence is so important to the evolution of modern and contemporary art.’
Hauser + Wirth day two
- More Louise Bourgeois works for prices over $2m
- the Melotti work ‘Il Cinema’ on their booth at Art Basel has sold.
- Isa Genzken, Tor 2 (Gate 2), 1987 Private Collection, London
- Ron Mueck, Woman with Shopping, 2013 GBP 600,000.00 to a private foundation
- Pipilotti Rist, Zweistein, 2015 USD 120,000.00 Sold all 4 editions into private collections
- Zhang Enli, Sofa, 2006 USD 195,000.00
- Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, Raw Thoughts, 2012 EUR 100,000.00
- Rashid Johnson, My Father, 2014 USD 135,000.00
- Takesada Matsutani, Fly-12, 2012 USD 65,000.00
- Andy Hope 1930, DRAGDECALIFORNIA, 2013 EUR 20,000.00
- Andy Hope 1930, Alter Ego, 2014 EUR 35,000.00
Hasuer + Wirth day three
- large-scale glass work by Roni Horn has been placed, priced at USD 1,250,000.00.
- Jeff Koons’s Cat on a Clothesline (Orange) (1994–2001) for $6 million and a Giacometti for $3 million.
- Ed Ruscha, Bloated Empire asking price $6m
Hauser & Wirth
- A Paul McCarthy sculpture was on hold with an asking price of $2.8 million.
- sold a John Baldessari for $450,000,
- a Thomas Schutte, Vater Staat, dressed (2010), for $1.6 million.
Charlotte Burns, The Art Newspaper
- Carrie Mae Weems, I looked and looked and failed to see what so terrified you sold for $50k (updated to $90k in The Art Newspaper)