Dealers Upbeat About Expo Chicago Sales
By all accounts, the third edition of Expo Chicago, which ran from September 18–21 on Navy Pier, was a resounding success as the nascent fair continues to gather momentum with a lineup of blue chip galleries and artists, and the enthusiastic crowds to match (see “Must-See Booths at Expo Chicago“).
Initital reports from exhibitors in both the main section of the fair and the smaller “Exposure” section dedicated to younger galleries and their rosters of up-and-coming artists, indicate business was brisk.
Christopher D’Amelio, a partner at David Zwirner, told artnet News via email: “We improved upon last year sales and did business every day. Based on the number of visiting collectors and museum groups from neighboring states, I would say Expo Chicago has arrived as a meaningful date on the international art fair calendar.”
Among the gallery’s Expo sales, D’Amelio listed a work on paper by Tomma Abts, a small scale sculpture by Carol Bove, works on paper by Suzan Frecon, works on paper by Donald Judd, a recent painting and a historical work on paper by Yayoi Kusama, works on paper by Raymond Pettibon, works on paper by Ad Reinhardt, a work on paper by Bridget Riley, photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans; and photos by Christopher Williams, who is currently the subject of a major show at the Museum of Modern Art—see “Christopher Williams at MoMA: The Aesthetics of Smartypants.”
New York gallery Eleven Rivington, which operates two spaces on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, had a booth in the “Exposure” section. Director Augusto Arbizo told artnet News: “We had a good first outing at Expo Chicago; all our sales were to new clients.” The gallery mounted a two-artist presentation that included works by TM Davy and Jackie Saccoccio.
Arbizo reported selling five large scale abstract paintings by Saccoccio (all from 2014), priced from $22,000–32.500. These included Portrait (Jolt), which sold to a private Chicago collection, and Profile (Roy II Convex), which sold to “a museum benefactor with homes in New York and Chicago.” And three works by Davy found buyers, priced at $4,800 each, including Rafi (2014).
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