Below is our consolidation of the ArtBasel Miami Beach sales reported this week. It’s followed by the fair’s own comprehensive reporting. The entire report will remain open to readers for the day. After that, it will be available to AMMpro subscribers. Feel free to subscribe to read it and cancel as you see fit.
Alexander Forbes at Artsy had these sales:
- five works by Iván Navarro priced from $50,000 to $150,000
- William N. Copley’s Under the Stars (Hommage à Picabia) (1994) for $185,000
Galeria Nara Roesler
- sold four works by Marco Maggi (BIG DATA (North), 2016, for $42,000; BIG DATA (West), 2016, for $36,000; BIG DATA (EAST), 2016, for $42,000; and Complete Coverage on Oiticica (March, Turner Box), 2016, for $14,000)
- an untitled painting by Tomie Ohtake from 1965 for $160,000
- three works by Julio Le Parc (Alchimie 339: En spirale huit couleurs, 2008 / 2016, for €150,000; Continuel mobile transparent, 1962 / 2016, for €290,000; and Continuel Mobile rouge, 1962 / 2016, for €190,000), among others.
The Master, Judd Tully, had these sales:Continue Reading
Robin Pogrebin asked ArtBasel’s management about the VIP Vernissage attendance and they confirmed that the numbers were off a substantial 9.4%. That’s pretty big news. With further reports of hotels slashing their rates and vacancies, the visitor numbers for the public access to the fair may be well off the past numbers too.
Pogrebin summarized the welter of causes assumed to account for the drop:
The reason, many agreed, had to do with several factors: fear of the Zika virus, a tentativeness in the art market around the presidential election and too many art fairs. But the result was a general sense of relief — turmoil in the world has winnowed out some of the dabblers, and purchases are more deliberative.
Nonetheless, reported sales remained relatively strong—though with private sales there is no reliable information to go by—which bolster’s Pogrebin’s point about the art market. It remains dependent upon a relatively small group of buyers. Does that mean the art market is better off when the less committed don’t show up? Or do buyers need the audience to validate their purchases?Continue Reading
- Gagosian: Steve Wynn bought a 1980s Lichtenstein painting, asking price of $900,000.
- Eli Broad bought a 1988 Koons sculpture of an almost- life-size Buster Keaton. The asking price was between $5 million and $5.5 million.
- Barbara Gladstone sold pieces by Rosemarie Trockel, Anish Kapoor and Mike Kelley ranging from $125,000 to $1 million for Kapoor.
- Pace gallery quickly sold out the entire edition of a 2012 Michal Rovner video titled “Crossing,” with each of three units priced at $150,000.