What Sold At Frieze New York So Far?
Sales at big white tent have been brisk.
The mood at Frieze New York on Thursday was more subdued as compared with the previous preview day, exhibitors said, though it was anyone’s guess whether this was due to the previous day’s crush of VIPs or Thursday’s gray, gloomy weather that made it feel more like Frieze London in October, and not New York in May.
Reports of brisk sales had already begun rolling in on Wednesday night.
artnet News fielded the following sales from participating galleries:
Pace Gallery, which had a solo booth of works by artist Fred Wilson, sold five major sculptural works by the artist during Wednesday’s opening hours, including one to a prominent Asian art museum. The works ranged in price from $25,000 to $165,000.
The display included Wilson’s flag paintings, Murano glass works, glass drips, and sculptures. His work will be included in “Blackness in Abstraction,” a group exhibition at Pace gallery in Chelsea, opening June 24, as well as the subject of an exhibition at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, opening August 30.
Hauser & Wirth had “an excellent first day at Frieze,” said partner and vice president Marc Payot. “From our position in the north end of the tent, the energy was very high and the caliber of visitors was terrific. We saw a constant flow of informed, engaged, ambitious collectors.”
The gallery sold Philip Guston’s 1977 oil painting Black Coast “a late, characteristically allegorical figurative work by the artist,” said Payot, as well as two of Roni Horn’s cast glass sculptures. The Horn works sold for $975,000 each.
Sean Kelly sold a number of works, including: a 2016 watercolor on paper by Cuban collective Los Carpinteros, Espuma Cúbica (díptico); Antony Gormley’s mild steel bar, DAZE II (2014); Alejandro Campins aptly-named oil and enamel on canvas, Frozen (2015) and Callum Innes, oil on linen, Exposed Painting Delft Blue (2016).
Lisson Gallery reported selling out out half their booth on preview day. This included works by Lawrence Weiner, Pedro Reyes, Ryan Gander, Haroon Mirza, and Stanley Whitney at prices ranging from $20,000–100,000.
By the second day of the fair, Lehmman Maupin gallery had sold seven works by Erwin Wurm, including Snake (2016), in the range of $115–140,000. Earlier, the gallery sold Fat Bus Model (white) (2016), in the range of $57,000-80,000, and his sculpture of two dancing figures Obedience (2016), sold in the range of $51,000-63,000. Four photographs of Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures have sold as well.
Wurm’s work is currently included in several solo museum exhibitions including Bei Mutti, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Ende, Landesmuseum Niederösterreich, St. Pölten, Austria; as well as in the Tate Modern group show Performing for the Camera.
David Zwirner reported strong sales in its joint presentation of works by Lisa Yuskavage and Isa Genzken. The gallery sold all four Yuskavage paintings, created especially for the fair. One of the buyers was the Long Museum, Shanghai, which will feature the work in forthcoming exhibition dedicated to female artists, opening this July. Zwirner also sold five Genzken works, which ranged in price from $200,000 to $650,000.
303 Gallery sold almost all of their works on view, including Doug Aitken’s light box for $150,000 and Alicja Kwade’s light and glass installation for $68,000.
Fergus McCaffrey’s solo presentation of Richard Nonas’ works received positive curatorial attention and had strong sales. Eleven works were sold at prices ranging from $12,500–45,000.
Dominique Levy Gallery saw brisk traffic and high interest in the works on view. Among the works that sold were Günther Uecker’s Kreis Kreis (1987), a work priced at $1.25 million, and a 1995 David Hammons video work, Phat Free.
“The gallery had a very successful opening day at the fair,” said Dominique Levy via email. She cited “brisk traffic and very high interest in the works in our stand.”
Sao Paulo gallery Mendes Wood DM, which has developed a reputation as a fast-rising space for up and coming talent, sold out the booth on the first day, including works by Neil Beloufa, Paulo Pjota, and Paulo Nazereth.
Paul Kasmin Gallery reported selling out its Walton Ford solo show, with six watercolors finding buyers at asking prices from $400–600,000. The works are inspired by the historical account of a female black panther who escaped from the Zürich Zoo in the winter of 1933.
“About eight months ago, I was at Walton’s Studio and saw an incredible painting of a panther,” Kasmin told artnet News via email. “Almost immediately, I suggested we make a small exhibition. Little of Walton’s new work has been shown in New York, and Frieze seemed the perfect opportunity.”
London gallery Timothy Taylor sold Antoni Tàpies’s paint and pencil on wood, Esfera negra (2008), for $90,000.
In the Frame section, Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, made her debut at the fair with a presentation of new sculptures by Joe Zorilla and sold a number of works between $8,000-12,000.
Blank Projects from Cape Town, which was also new to the fair, sold textile works by Igshaan Adams ranging between $20,000– 24,000.
In the Spotlight section, Mumbai’s Jhaveri Gallery showed Zahoor ul Akhlaq, reporting that most of the booth had sold by mid-afternoon. London’s Pippy Houldsworth reported a work by Mary Kelly sold to the Centre Pompidou Foundation.
Over in Focus, a range of gallerists reported strong sales, including Josh Lilley (London), Ivan Gallery (Bucharest), Kraupa Tuskany (Berlin), as well as Rachel Uffner (New York), who sold all the paintings on the first day.
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