Judd Tully pulled together these sales:
- Doug Aitken’s 2016 glitzy, marquee-like “Free,” made of high-density foam, wood, and mirrored glass, went for $300,000 apiece
- all four of Rodney Graham’s 2016 editioned self-portrait “Artist in Artist’s Bar, 1950’s,” composed of a painted-aluminum lightbox with a transmounted chromogenic transparency, sold for $275,000 each.
- Alicja Kwade’s 2015 sculpture “Force,” made of carved granite, steel, and an I-beam, was bought by a European collector for $85,000
- Sue Williams’s 2000 “Fling and Fuss,” an oil and acrylic on canvas measuring 82 by 132 inches, went for $175,000.
- Marina Pinksy’s trompe l’oeil “Plein Air (Yolk Color Fan),” an egg tempera on a shaped panel incorporating the artist’s handmade rabbit-skin glue and marble dust medium, for $10,000.
Sales Report: Art Basel Motors Ahead (BLOUIN ARTINFO)
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
- Tom Wesselmann Still Life #53, 1964 Painted molded plastic (Gripflex on uvex) Sold for 2 million USD
- Sold works by Robert Indiana, Yves Klein, Kurt Schwitters and Joan Miró at prices ranging from 500,000 USD – 2 million USD
Blondeau & Cie
- Albert Oehlen Freier Stress, 1996 Sold for around 1.5 million USD
- Jim Shaw Untitled (Monster Face #2), 2004 acrylic, ink and oil on paper Sold for near 25,000 USD asking price
- Louise Lawler, Helms Amendment, 1989 went for around the 1.6 million USD asking price
Hauser & Wirth
- Lygia Pape Book of Night and Day, 1963 – 1976 A 35-part acrylic on wood piece Sold for 2,800,000 USD
- Tom Wesselmann still life from 1964 Sold for 3.5 million USD
- Sold four 1965 signed and dated Bridget Riley works on paper, each measuring 19 3/4 by 25 3/4 inches
- Sean Scully Enough, 1981 Sold for around 1 million USD
Sies + Höke
- A Jonathan Meese work sold for 40,000 EURO,
- A Michael van Ofen work for 18,000 EURO
Scott Reyburn had these sales:
- Frank Stella’s 50-foot-wide “Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I),” from 1970, sold to an Asian collection on Thursday for $14 million.
- Blum & Poe sold the typically stylized Yoshitomo Nara figure painting, “Mia,” also dated 2016, for $700,000.
- Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert sold the 1981 Sean Scully canvas “Enough,” one of the first of the [British] American-based Irish artist’s trademark striped abstracts, to a New York collector for about $ 1million.
Art Basel: Barometer of This Year’s High-End Art Market (The New York Times)
Robin Pogrebin was spoke to the collectors who wanted their purchases in The New York Times
- The collector Peter M. Brant bought Claes Oldenburg’s “Four Pies in a Glass Case” (1961), from Paula Cooper for more than $1 million. The collector and dealer Adam Lindemann purchased a cast-aluminum sculpture by Nairy Baghramian, an Iranian-born artist, from Marian Goodman, for 100,000 euros or about $112,000.
Mitchell Innes & Nash
- sold a 1964 Tom Wesselmann still life for $2 million.
Christophe Van de Weghe
- sold two Basquiats, one for $4 million and the other for $5.5 million, and that the market was “much better than six months ago.”
- six to seven pieces — including a Rachel Whiteread and a Glenn Ligon (both priced under $1 million)
- sold a Mike Kelley installation at Unlimited, 50 illustrations from the artist’s “Reconstructed History,” to an unidentified American museum trustee for $1.5 million.
At Art Basel, Upbeat Dealers and Brisk Sales (The New York Times)
- All five works by Josef Albers sold 300,000 USD – 1.2 million USD to clients from Asia, Europe, United States
- Donald Judd stack, 1987 Galvanized iron and translucent green acrylic sheets Sold to client from the United States
- Sold two works by Michaël Borremans A new large-scale painting sold to a client from the United States for 1.2 million USD and an earlier painting from 2011 sold to a client from Asia.
- Kerry James Marshall A new large-scale painting from 2016 Sold for 1 million USD to a client from the United States
- two still life paintings by Giorgio Morandi Each over 1 million USD to clients from Europe and United States
- two works by Sigmar Polke A large-scale work from 1988 sold to client in Europe for 6,500,000 Euros and another work from 1997 sold to a client from the Unites States.
- Luc Tuymans, Painting (portrait), 2007 Sold for over 1 million USD Sold to client from Asia
- Teresita Fernandez, Fire (America) 2, 2016 Glazed ceramic wall panel Sold in the range of 400,000 — 500,000 USD
- Nicholas Hlobo Idabi, 2016 Sold in the range of 80,000 — 120,000 USD
- Tony Oursler, E[rV], 2016 Sold in the range of 40,000 — 50,000 USD
- Tracey Emin’s large-scale neon installation, The more of you the more I love you, 2016 in the Unlimited sector also sold. The work is presented jointly by Lehmann Maupin, White Cube, and Xavier Hufkens.
- A graphic by Edvard Munch
- A work by Sam Francis
- All in the range of 250,000 EURO to 500,000 EURO
- Bharti Kher Love knot (sweet pink), 2016 Sari, resin, concrete 152.2 x 43 x 48 cm Sold at EUR 70,000 to an Indian private collector
- Sudarshan Shetty No title, 2016 Brass and wood Sold at EUR 40,000 to a private collector in France
- From a booth featuring pieces by Carol Rama, Sigmar Polke, Toshio Yoshida, and Jiro Yoshihara, the gallery sold works in a broad price range of 60,000 to 550,000 USD to clients from America, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Norway, Lebanon, and Greece.
- Mario García Torres Sold one work priced at 35,000 USD to a Brazilian collector
- Marie Lund Sold three works priced at 8,000 EURO each
- Rometti Costales Sold works to a European collector
- Sara Cwynar Soft Film, 2016 Sold three editions of the film in the range of 15,000 — 20,000 USD
- Massinissa Selmani Sold two series for 15,000 GBP each One series sold to a Swiss collector and the other to an Asian collector
Chemould Prescott Road
- Archana Hande Of Panorama, 2014 (at Unlimited) Video/Film Sold for 15,000 USD to a Malaysian collector
Hauser & Wirth
- a set of six works on paper by Louise Bourgeois
- a 1965 canvas by Takesada Matsutani, ‘La Propagation Rouge-1’
- Mary Heilmann‘s ‘Redondo Beach’ (1994), which was placed in an important American collection.
Artnet’s Henri Neuendorf reports:
Chinese art collector Liu Yiqian has added a massive Gerhard Richter painting to his collection. The billionaire posted a photo of himself posing in front of the German artist’s 36-foot-wide 930-7 Strip on the popular Chinese social media platform WeChat. A friend of the collector, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed the purchase to artnet News.
Liu Yiqian Buys Massive Richter at Art Basel (artnet News)
- Alina Szapocznikow Illuminowana [L’Illuminée] [Illuminated Woman], 1966-1967 Sold for 1.9 Million EURO
- Mike Kelley Reconstructed History, 1989 Sold for 1.5 Million USD
Bergamin & Gomide
- Sold three works by Mira Schendel ranging from 60,000 USD — 80,000 USD to North American collectors
Waddington Custot Galleries
- Two Josef Albers to works to European and USA-based collectors from the artist’s iconic Homage to the Square series including the large-scale painting Homage to the Square: ‘’Started’’ (1969).
- Two Jean Dubuffet works were sold – an important early work and a work from his late period, L’Outrage, 1er novembre 1979 (1979).
Chemould Prescott Road
- Mithu Sen, Untitled, 2014 Mixed media, collage and watercolour on Japanese Kozo paper, light box 201 x 99cm Sold for 30,000 USD Sold to a private collector
- a historically significant Fritz Glarner work, Relational Painting (1943) Sold for 500,000 CHF Sold to a museum
- Another exceptional modern work, this time one of the most important works by Walter Dexel called Untitled (1929), was sold to a prestigious private Swiss Collection.
- John Wood and Paul Harrison’s new sculpture previewed at the fair for the first time Crowd (2016) sold
- Andrew Bick’s mixed media work Variant t-s/OGVDS (compendium) (2009-2016).
- In addition to sales of works by Cory Arcangel, Anish Kapoor and Spencer Finch, we have also now sold works by Stanley Whitney, Tony Oursler and Jason Martin. Prices for the works ranged from 35,000 to 1,000,000 USD
Galerie Max Hetzler
- André Butzer Untitled, 2013 Sold for 57,000 EUR to a German collection
- Raymond Hains La Grande Illusion, 1958 Sold for 100,000 EUR to a French Collection
- Raymond Hains Seita, 1971 Sold to a UK collection
- Albert Oehlen Doppelbild, 2002 Sold for 800,000 USD
- Albert Oehlen Untitled, 2016 Sold for 185,000 EUR
- Bridget Riley Fleeting Gaze 1, 2015 Sold for 650,000 GBP to a European collection
- Edmund de Waal ostracon, 2016 Sold for 140,000 USD to a Swiss collection
Hauser & Wirth
- A new Paul McCarthy sculpture Picabia Idol, Black, 2016 Sold for 750,000 USD
Galeria Pedro Cera
- Adam Pendleton’s installation from the Unlimited sector Victim of American Democracy Sold for 300,000 USD to a private Spanish collector
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
- Sold two paintings by Georg Baselitz, each priced at around 500,000 EURO
- Sold a sculpture by Antony Gormley for 350,000 GBP
- Sold a painting by Emilio Vedova for 425,000 EURO
- Sold six studies on board by Alex Katz, each priced at around 45,000 USD
- works by Robert Rauschenberg, Daniel Richter and Yan Pei-Ming were also sold.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
- Kenneth Noland Hot Spot, 1960 Sold for approximately 350,000 USD
- Allan D’Arcangelo Aspen, 1967 Sold for approximately 250,000 USD
- Pope.L Gold People Dick the Mist, 2015-16 Sold for approximately 85,000 USD
- Max Ernest Table Mise, 1954 Sold for approximately 80,000 USD
- Eddie Martinez Butterfly Soup, 2016 Sold for approximately 75,000 USD
- Brent Wadden Untitled, 2016 Sold for approximately 20,000 USD to an Asian museum
Galerie EIGEN + ART
- Sold works by Neo Rauch, Swiss artist Rémy Markowitsch, and Tim Eitel
- with co-presenters Esther Schipper and Gallery Ske, reports the sale of two of Prabhavati Meppayil’s Unlimited sector installation “tw/one” to a museum and a prominent private American collector.
- works by Josef Albers, Nigel Cooke, Keith Coventry, Adrian Ghenie, Agnes Martin, Prabhavati Meppayil, Yoshitomo Nara, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, and Brent Wadden during opening hours of the Vernissage.
Galeria Fortes Vilaça
- Valeska Soares Any Moment Now…(Summer), 2014 Sold for around 120,000 USD
- Erika Verzutti Deus Cisne Cerebro Cisne, 2016 Bronze Sold for around 100,000 USD
- Simon Evans The Legend of Humor Mountain, 2015 Paper, pen and tape Sold for around 100,000 USD
- Los Carpinteros Espuma Cubica III, Diptico, 2016 Watercolor on paper Sold for around 60,000 USD
- A Claudia Comte work sold for 35,000 EUR
Massimo De Carlo
- Dan Colen paintings, among them a small 15 x 22 oil on canvas work sold for 140,000 USD
- A Matthew Monahan sold for 60,000 USD
- The gallery sold out the presentation they had in the booth of works by Günther Förg.
Galerie Urs Miele
- Have sold paintings by Wang Xingwei; Xie Nanxing to great European collections.
- They have also sold lots of younger generation artists such as Yan Xin; Li Gang and Hu Qingyan to US, Asian and European galleries.
Alison Jacques Gallery
- a work by Ian Kiaer for 25,000 GBP
- Works by Erica Verzutti ranging from 25,000-30,000 USD
- a work by Sheila Hicks to a non-European museum
- sold a really important work by Dorothea Tanning from her final series for 175,000 USD
Judd Tully rounded up these sales on the first day of the Vernissage:
- Wade Guyton, “Untitled,” in Epson Ultra-Chrome K-3 Inkjet on linen and measuring 128 by 108 ¼ inches, sold in the opening moments of the preview for $600,000 to a French collector.
Massimo De Carlo
- a previously unexhibited Rudolf Stingel patterned abstraction from 2014 for somewhere around the $1.8 million asking price, also to a European collector.
- “Super Blue Omo,” a 2016 unframed figurative work by the 32-year-old Nigerian-born, L.A painter Akunyili Crosby sold to an otherwise unidentified American museum for an otherwise indeterminate five-figure price.
- The gallery also sold all the Yayoi Kusama works it had on display, including two 2016 acrylics on canvas — “Self-Portrait,” measuring 51 ¼ by 38 ¼ inches, and “Infinity Nets (ORSTW)” — and the 2012 editioned cast-bronze “Pumpkin (s),” at prices ranging from $350,000 to $1 million.
- selling Piero Manzoni‘s Zero Group-era pleated 1958-59 “Achrome,” in kaolin on canvas, for about t $7 million
- Frank Stella‘s 1964 shaped painting “Slieve More” for in the vicinity of $5.9 million.
- 1964 Tom Wesselmann wall relief “3-D Drawing 1964 (For Still Life #47),” in charcoal and assemblage on gessoed board and measuring 39 by 39 by 8 inches, brought in the neighborhood of $3.5 million
Paula Cooper Gallery
- a 1961 Claes Oldenburg, “Four Pies in a Glass Case,” for somewhere in the realm of $1 million to $1.5 million
- Tauba Auerbach’s 2016 primary market abstraction “Grain: Sierpinski” for around $200,000
- Donald Judd’s 1969 single stack with green Plexiglas “Untitled,” for approximately $1 million
- two collage-based works from Christian Marclay’s “Body Mix” series — the 1991 “No Heavy Petting” and the 1992 “Skin tight”— for approximately $200,000 apiece.
- Douglas Huebler’s 1973 über-Conceptual work “Duration Piece #77 to a Latin America-based foundation for approximately $200,000.
- an untitled Rudolf Stingel triptych for a sum that remains undisclosed, in deference to the artist’s aversion to divulging prices.
- Making approximately $500,000 each were three large figurative works by Georg Baselitz, including the 2015 120-by-82-inch “Hohne Hemd auf der Matratze liegen,” executed in oil on linen and portraying an upside-down male nude minus his head.
- Romanian-born market hot shot Adrian Ghenie’s 2016 painting “Degenerate Art,” measuring 200 by 172 centimeters, brought $400,000.
- Robert Rauschenberg’s 1983 “Untitled (Spread),” in solvent transfer, fabric collage, acrylic, and wood-on-wood panel, went for approximately $1 million.
Sales Report: Art Basel 47 Gives No Cause for Concern (BLOUIN ARTINFO)
Artnet’s Eileen Kinsella had these transactions:
- “fantastic” sales for paintings and sculptures by Camille Henrot, ranging from €22,000–28,000 ($24,700–31,400).
- sold a sculpture by Jeppe Hein (€60,000, or $67,300)
- two by Henrot (€45,000, or $50,500)
- two by David Zink Yi (€42,000, or $47,000)
- new work by Elmgreen & Dragset for €85,000 ($95,300).
Art Basel 2016 Opens with Storng Sales (artnet News)
Bloomberg’s Katya Kazakina gathered this sales information:
Metro Pictures Gallery
- sold several photographs by Cindy Sherman, priced at $275,000 to $400,000
- two 10-foot-wide charcoal drawings by Robert Longo, each priced at $500,000.
A fairgoer reports these sales from the booths (all prices are asking prices without discounts):
- a big Rudolf Stingel painting for $3.5m
- a Hirst pill cabinet for $4.2m
Van Doren Waxter
- a Richard Diebenkorn drawing for $420k
Hauser + Wirth is out of the gate with these sales today:
- Paul McCarthy‘s Unlimited project, ‘Tomato Head (Green)’ (1994) was placed in an American private collection for USD 4,750,000.
- Two McCarthy works on the booth also sold: ‘Michael Jackson Inflatable Drawings’ (2003) for USD 650,000 and the unique sculpture ‘WS, White Snow Flower Girl #3’ (2016) for USD 575,000.
- Vija Celmins drawing, ‘Sea Drawing with Whale’ (1969) sold for in excess of USD 1,500,000.
- Maria Lassnig painting, ‘Macht des Schicksals (The Power of Fate)’ (2006) and ‘Das Traumpaar (The Dream Couple)’ from 2004 sold for USD 1,200,000 and EUR 550,000 respectively.
- A brand new video work by Pipilotti Rist, ‘Sole’ (2016), sold for USD 120,000.
- A new work by Zoe Leonard, ‘American Falls from Below’ (2016), sold for USD 120,000.
- Lee Lozano‘s ‘No title’ (1962) sold for USD 280,000.
- A Philip Guston 1968 acrylic on panel was also placed early, and Dieter Roth’s ‘Materialbild’ (1986 – 1989) has gone to a Swiss private collection. These are in addition to sales of several works not on the booth.
ArtNews’s Nate Freeman has these sales:
Blue & Poe
- sold a Julian Schnabel, Painting Without Bingo II, for the $375k
- Brice Marden, Valued at $4.5 million USD
- John Chamberlain, Honest 508 (1973 – 74) Valued at $3 million USD
- Olyka I, 1973 Mixed media collage Sold for 1.1 million USD to a private Asian collection (This is the work on the booth, not at Unlimited)
- Untitled (Painting Drawing 7) 2011, Oil on canvas Sold for 650,000 USD to a UK collection
- isms, Text: Selections from Truisms 1977-79, 2015 Sold for 350,000 USD
- Untitled #108, 1982, Sold for 250,000 USD
- Aletschgletscher, 1993, Sold for 450,000 EURO
- Self Portrait in the Sculpture Studio at Peckham (After Mocetto) II, 2015-2016 Sold for 1.1 million USD
Van Doren Waxter
- Multiple works on paper from throughout the artist’s career sold for well over 1 million USD
- Sold their entire booth of works by artist Lantian Xie to a private foundation in the Middle East
- Feeling Sexy and Beautiful, 2015 Sold in the range of GBP 150,000 — 200,000 GBP
- Intili, 2016; Sold in the range of 50,000 — 75,000 USD
The gallery also sold a paining by Hernan Bas — Pink plastic lures, 2016 — which will be a part of Bas’ upcoming solo exhibition at the Sifang Museum in Nanjing, China in Spring 2017.
- Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 29, 2014, Unframed inkjet print Edition of 1 + 1 AP Sold for 180,000 USD
- Gillian Wearing, My Mother’s Charms, 2016 Metal chain, 3D printed objects and mixed media Sold for 78,000 GBP
- Michael Krebber, MP-KREBM-00103, 2016 Acrylic and lacquer on canvas; Sold for 75,000 USD
- Cory Arcangel, Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane, Clouds and OSX, 2016 Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds (2005) Nintendo Entertainment System .nes Roms, Two Macminis running OS X, Nintendo emulators (Open Emu), variable multi-channel presentation
- Stanley Whitney, Rough Rider, 2016 Oil on linen; Prices for the works ranged from $35,000 to $1,000,000 USD
Jack Shainman Gallery
- Barkley L. Hendricks, The Twins, 1977 oil and acrylic on canvas, diptych each canvas: 72 x 48 inches; Sold for 450,000 USD
- Kerry James Marshall Untitled (Looking Man), 2016, acrylic on PVC panel 30 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches; Sold for 350,000 USD
- Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Peregrine, 2016, oil on linen 79 1/8 X 47 5/8 inches (201 x 121 cm); Sold for 100,000 USD
- A watercolour by Emile Nolde; Sold for 250,000 EURO
- Magnus Plessen, Untitled (20), 2016 Sold for 130,000 EURO Private Indonesian Collector
- herman devries, monumenta lamiae (hexendenkmaler), 1985; Dutch Private Museum; Sold for 100,000 EURO
- William Kentridge, Patrice Lumumba, 2016 Indian Ink on found pages 86.5 x 80.5 cm Sold for 120,000 USD Private African Collection
- William Kentridge, Shadow Figure Bronzes (full set), 2016, Bronze and oil paint Sold for 320,000 USD
- Water Oltmann, Caterpillar Suit IV, 2016, Aluminum wire 235 x 145 x 100 cm Sold for 25,000 EURO
- Kudzani Cheri, Untitled (Office for the Enregisterment of Slaves), 2016 Oil on Canvas 150 x 120 cm Sold for 30,000 USD Private European Collection
- Nolan Oswald Dennis, No conciliation is possible I, 2016 Ink and collage on paper 150 x 120 cm Sold for 3,500 EURO
- Gerald Machona, The Iris, 2016, Decommissioned currency, copper wire, silicone sand, vitrine Approximately 75 cm high
- Gerald Machona The Chrysanthemum, 2016, Decommissioned currency, copper wire, silicone sand, vitrine, Approximately 75 cm high; Sold for 3,000 EURO
- David Goldblatt, The Watchman, Hillbrow, June 1972 Silver gelatin photograph on fiber-based paper 54 x 54 cm 2 editions sold to private collectors Sold for 7,000 EURO each
- Tracey Rose, Lucie’s Fur Version 1:1:1 – L’Annunciazione – Mme. OEUF! 2003 Lambda photograph 100 x 220 cm Sold for 15,000 EURO
- Hassan and Husain Essop, Untitled (Minibus), 2016 Pigment inks on cotton rag paper, Edition of 6 100 x 150 cm Sold for 3,000 EURO
Cheim & Read
- Joan Mitchell, Three pastels on paper from 1991 sold for USD 200,000 each
Chemould Prescott Road
- Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, 2015 Bone china ceramic, text, frame, vitrine 33 x 122 x 41cm Sold for 30,000 USD Sold to a Belgium collector
- Jitish Kallat, Sightings D19M12Y 2015, 2015 7-part lenticular photopiece 68 x 324cm Sold for 30,000 USD
- Mithu Sen’s work MUO (Museum of Unbelongings) (2016) at Unlimited is sold. Price undisclosed.
- Ger van Elk, Conclusion painting, Sold for 40,000 EURO Sold to an International Collection
- Ger van Elk Video work Sold for 35,000 EURO Sold to an International Collection
Sold almost their entire booth on the first day, including a photograph by Zanele Muholi to an American museum, a Viviane Sassen to a museum in Europe, a Kemang Wa Lehulere sculpture to a foundation in Southern Africa, a Meleko Mokgosi to a private collection in London, a work by Barthelemy Toguo and a drawing by Robin Rhode.