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Let’s talk about what happened in NY last week, during the intense sprig ArtWeek in the Big Apple.  

The first to open was the this- year so discussed Frieze NY:  on contrary to how much ink was spilled on the tropical temperatures in it during the opening day, the sales reports have been somewhat critically lukewarm. The overall view is that, by the second VIP preview day on Randall’s Island (and have missed many in the first hot day), those mega-collectors willing to drop serious money on art had come and gone, leaving some dealers to continue wondering whether the whole art-fair shebang just “isn’t working anymore.” Therefore, all reported sales were at accessible prices, underscoring the fact that galleries tended to succeed by offering works in the four to five figures.

Completely different was the situation at TEFAF: not long after the doors opened to VIPs, hefty sales reports began pouring in for New York  edition of the  luxury holland fair, which emphasizes Modern and contemporary art and just a little Antiquities, if compared to Maastricht edition.  The fair, held at the Park Avenue Armory, lasts a lengthy 7 days, ample time for well-heeled collectors to ponder purchases of blue-chip artworks, antiques, design objects, and other seriously expensive baubles. The 90 exhibitors included 24 first-timers and international heavyweights like Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, and Matthew Marks. The lineup’s decidedly American bent caused some consternation that the European Fine Art Fair was straying from its roots.

Here is a (partial) roundup of notable sales at the fair reported to artnet News and included in other published reports, sorted by medium and price. Any prices reported in GBP or Euros were converted to USD for consistency and ease of reading.



FRIEZE NY – Spring 2018

 $850,000: Georg Baselitz‘s Sie werden gehen, sie sind gegangen (2017) at Thaddaeus Ropac

$500,000: Painting by Emilio Vedova, also at Thaddaeus Ropac

$250,000: Emma Amos’s self-portrait on display in Ryan Lee‘s booth in the Spotlight section

$175,000: William N. Copley’s Untitled (1987) at Paul Kasmin Gallery

$150,000–175,000: McArthur Binion’s DNA: Study Zero (2018) at Lehmann Maupin

$125,000: Sterling Ruby‘s VERT.POWWOW (2018) at Sprüth Magers

$100,000–150,000 each: Two paintings by Obama portraitist Kehinde Wiley at Stephen Friedman Gallery. (Just before Frieze, the gallery announced that Wiley’s Ship of Fools had been acquired by the Royal Museum Greenwich.)

$80,000–100,000: McArthur Binion’s Ink: Work: Vermillion(2018) at Lehmann Maupin

$78,000: Thomas Scheibitz’s painting Porträt Marco Dente at Sprüth Magers

$65,000–75,000 each: Cecilia Vicuña’s paintings, including Gabriela Mistral (1979), sold at Lehmann Maupin

$50,000–75,000: McArthur Binion’Ink Work: iv (2018) at Lehmann Maupin

$40,000 each: Two paintings by Eddie Martinez at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

$24,000–35,000 each: Ghebaly Gallery sold out of works by Farah Atassi

$18,000: Strauss Bourque-LaFrance’No Sun, No Mars, No Man (2018) at Rachel Uffner Gallery

$15,000–35,000: Works by Thomas Trosch at Fredericks & Freiser‘s booth

$15,000 each: A selection of photorealist paintings by Van Hanos at Château Shatto, on view in the Frame section

$8,000 each: Four of six paintings from a new body of work by Justin Fitzpatrick at Seventeen Gallery

$6,000–30,000: Paintings by Tom Anholt at Josh Lilley Gallery

$6,600–10,000 each: Embroidered panels by artist Jordan Nasser at Anat Ebgi gallery


$725,000: A patinated bronze assemblage work by Robert Rauschenberg at Thaddaeus Ropac

$550,000 each: Two of James Turrell‘s Medium Glass Circle works (both 2017)—inspired by objects orbiting the sun beyond Neptune—sold at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery

$550,000: Barry Flanagan‘s Musical Hare on Crescent and Bellat Paul Kasmin Gallery

$225,000: A lightbox work by Doug Aitken at 303 Gallery

Around $210,000: Tony Cragg‘s bronze sculpture at Thaddaeus Ropac

$190,000: A metal-and-wood piece by Jack Pierson at Thaddaeus Ropac

Around $160,000: Alicja Kwade’s sculptural work at 303 Gallery

$150,000: Matthew Day Jackson’s scorched-wood work LIFE, April 6, 1959 at Grimm Gallery

$135,000: Hank Willis Thomas‘s stainless-steel bust at Jack Shainman

$95,000: Marian Goodman sold William Kentridge’s bronze Shadow Figure II (2016)

$90,000: Barbara Bloom’s Vanity (2017) at David Lewis

$20,000–300,000: Sculptures by Anne Truitt, Ken Price, and Rebecca Warren at Matthew Marks Gallery



$850,000: A Robert Longo drawing of a ram at Thaddaeus Ropac

$675,000: Robert Rauschenberg’s Star Park (Borealis) (1990) at Thaddaeus Ropac

$220,000: A set of Wolfgang Tillmans vintage portraits at Maureen Paley

$60,000: Barbara Kruger‘s Untitled (We Are Notifying You of a Change of Address) (1982–86) at Sprüth Magers

$54,000 each: Cyprien Gaillard’s photographs from Jinxed Variation (2017) at Sprüth Magers

$26,000–40,000: David Hockney’s colorful iPad works sold like hotcakes at Pace. By the end of the first VIP preview day, 30 were spoken for. By Sunday, a total of 38 had sold; the gallery made sales each day of the fair.

$25,000–45,000 each: Four of the late Italian artist Bruno Munari’s prints sold at Andrew Kreps

$14,000–28,000 each: Torbjørn Rødland’s (now on view at Osservatorio Prada, Milan)  moody photographsat David Kordansky, including The Song of the Wind



TEFAF NY – Spring 2018


Above $20 million: A major painting by Sam Francis at Richard Gray Gallery

$6.5 million: Roy Lichtenstein‘s Things on the Wall (1973), the largest of the artist’s “Trompe l’Oeil Series” at Peter Freeman, Inc.

$5.5 million: Philip Guston‘s Forms on Rock Ledge (1979) at Hauser & Wirth

Under $5 million: Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s Extra Cigarette(1982) at Lévy Gorvy

$2.5 million: Ellsworth Kelly‘s White Yellow (1957–58), publicly available for the first time in 60 years, at Matthew Marks Gallery

$1.75 million: A Josef Albers painting at David Zwirner

$1.5–2.5 million: Another Ellsworth Kelly painting at Matthew Marks

$1.5 million: Charles Burchfield’s Winter Diamonds (1950–60) sold within hours of the opening at Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts

In excess of $1 million: Anselm Kiefer’Merkaba (2004) at Beck & Eggeling

$1 million: Andy Warhol‘s Brillo Soap Pads Box (1956/69) at Lévy Gorvy

$950,000: A 1953 gouache and watercolor by Yayoi Kusama at Lévy Gorvy

$750,000: Another work by Josef Albers at David Zwirner

$550,000: Enrico Castellani’s Superficie blu no. 30 (1965) at Lévy Gorvy

$500,000: Peter Doig‘s oil on paper Rosedale (1991) at Lévy Gorvy

$450,000: Mary Corse’s Untitled (Black Ceramic) from 1983 at Lisson Gallery

$450,000: Carmen Herrera’s acrylic and aluminum Untitled Estructura (Red) (1966/2015) at Lisson Gallery

$200,000: Leon Polk Smith’s painting Architectural Rhythm (1970) at Lisson Gallery

$140,000: Sol LeWitt‘s work on paper Horizontal Lines (2005) at Lisson Gallery


$230,000: A Hellenistic head of a man in marble (ca. 2nd–1st century BC) at Charles Ede, UK

$120,000: A Greek female figure in marble (ca. 2700–2600 BC) at Charles Ede, UK


Source: Artnet news 

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