Price Check! Here’s What Sold—And For How Much—at Frieze New York 2019
Here's what art dealers say they sold at the New York fair (though watch out for number-fudging and other kinds of general sneakiness).
Frieze New York—a fair that has seemingly been cursed by the weather gods, hit with torrential downpours one year and a heat wave the next—managed to keep its tent upright and temperature-controlled throughout the rainy weekend.
The fair, which closed yesterday, had some increased competition this year: the spring New York edition of the European Fine Art Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, which opened one day after Frieze, drew several blue-chip dealers away from the serpentine tent on Randall’s Island, while the upcoming Venice Biennale and Whitney Biennale kept others busy with preparations.
Nevertheless, there were considerable crowds—and even some celebrity sightings—at the fair, including Rachel Weisz, Jerry Hall, Aziz Ansari, Michael Bloomberg, and John McEnroe, not to mention the art-world’s favorite influencer Kimberly Drew, who shared her fair diary with artnet News—and even bought one of Tom Sachs’s chairs for herself.
Among other notable acquisitions was the Sharjah Art Foundation’s purchase of Nari Ward’s We the People from Lehmann Maupin and the Brooklyn Museum’s acquisition of a tapestry by Diedrick Brackens and a work by upcoming Whitney Biennial participant Gala Porras-Kim.
Another hit was the homage to pioneering gallery Just Above Midtown (JAM) and its founder Linda Goode Bryant; Jenkins Johnson Gallery won the Frieze Stand Prize with a solo presentation of photographer Ming Smith in the section. (Smith’s work found a high-profile buyer in Ari Emmanuel, the Hollywood agent whose company owns a majority stake in Frieze, who bought three of her photographs.)
Below, we run down other notable sales from the fair, which, as TEFAF continues to establish itself in the city, increasingly favors less-than-astronomically priced work ranging from the low four figures to the mid-six figures.
Nota bene: Sales reports are notoriously slippery in the art world. Some purchases may have been finalized long before the fair, while others might only be handshake deals, still waiting on paperwork and cash. But prices themselves are more reliably telling, providing a snapshot of where individual artists stand in the matrix of the art market today. Even here, of course, there is room for slippage: Some dealers occasionally offer inflated figures, while others prefer to report ranges or the “asking price” to obscure the actual selling price, or to cover up favorable treatment that one buyer may have received over another. (We do not include reported sales unaccompanied by a price or price range in our list, so the galleries that tend to disclose figures are disproportionately represented here.)
The sales below are sorted by medium and price, with all figures converted to US dollars for ease of reading.
$565,000: Georg Baselitz, Night of the Nightingale IV (Obozenko) (1998) at Thaddaeus Ropac
$300,000 each: Two of Mary Corse’s Grey Light paintings, both 1988, at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
$291,000: Daniel Richter’s Umkreisung der Lerche (2018) at Thaddaeus Ropac
$200,000: A work by Sue Williams at 303 Gallery
$175,000–300,000: Most of Jenny Holzer’s “Redaction paintings” at Hauser & Wirth
$150,000: Elias Sime’s Tightrope: Lovers (2019) at Grimm
$150,000: Callum Innes’s Exposed Painting Phthalocyanine Blue (2018) at Sean Kelly
$120,000-140,000: Ha Chong Hyun’s work Conjunction 17-35 (2017) at Tina Kim Gallery
$100,000: A work by Sue Williams at 303 Gallery
$80,000: William Monk’s painting Alone in the clouds all blue at Grimm Gallery
$70,000 each: Two works by Sam Falls at 303 Gallery
$50,000 each: Loie Hollowell’s Sitting in a Landscape 1 and 2 (2019) at Grimm Gallery
$50,000: Caroline Walker’s large diptych Brazilian Blow Dry (2019) sold to a European museum from Grimm Gallery
$45,000: A painting by Louis Fratino at Sikkema Jenkins
$45,000: Matthew Day Jackson’s Four Seasons (after Arcimboldo) (2019) at Grimm Gallery
$40,000: Another painting by Sam Falls at 303 Gallery
$40,000: Paulo Nimer Pjota’s Still Life With Herbs, 2019 at Maureen Paley
$30,000 each: Multiple works from Scott Lyall’s “Talent” series (2019) made from gold nano particles at Miguel Abreu Gallery
$20,000–123,000: Paintings by Andreas Eriksson at Stephen Friedman Gallery
$20,000–60,000 each: The entire booth of large-scale paintings by Andy Robert at Hannah Hoffman’s solo presentation
$18,000–23,000 each: Three mixed media works by Mika Tajima at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
$18,000: Jim Lutes’s painting Phlebotomist Top (2019) at Richard Gray Gallery
$15,000–20,000: Davide Balliano’s painting Untitled_0123 at Tina Kim Gallery
$15,000 each: Just about all of the paintings by Maryam Hoseini at Rachel Uffner’s booth
$14,500 each: Paintings by Luiz Zerbini at Stephen Friedman Gallery
$12,500–17,500 each: All of the works by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi—including Practice (2019), which was snapped up by Swizz Beatz—at Mariane Ibrahim’s booth, selected by artnet News’s Pac Pobric as one of the highlights of the 2019 edition.
$12,500 each: Two paintings by Ebecho Muslimova at Magenta Plains
$9,000: A smaller scale painting by Louis Fratino at Sikkema Jenkins
$8,000–15,000 each: Wire sculptures by Lonnie Holley on display at James Fuentes’s booth
SCULPTURES & INSTALLATIONS
$550,000: Red Grooms’s soft-sculpture, The Bus, a highlight of Instagram, sold at Marlborough Gallery
$500,000: Max Ernst’s sculpture Dans les rues d’Athenes Huismes at Paul Kasmin
$350,000: A work by Doug Aitken at 303 Gallery
$350,000–400,000 each: All of Fred Eversley’s optically exquisite sculptures at David Kordansky
$140,000: Jose Dávila’s Joint Effort (2019) on view at Rockefeller Center as part of Frieze’s new sculpture program, from Sean Kelly
$110,000: A new blue wall work by Peter Alexander at Franklin Parrasch
$95,000: The bronze sculpture by Jaume Plensa at Richard Gray Gallery
$85,000: Jose Dávila’s Los Límites de lo Posible VII (2019), made of recinto stone and volcanic rock, at Sean Kelly
$70,000: A video work about the O.J. Simpson trial by Kota Ezawa at Haines Gallery
$60,000: Matthew Day Jackson’s charred sculptural work Destroyed by Fire at Grimm Gallery
$45,000: Senga Nengudi’s mixed media work In Close (2019), presented as part of the JAM tribute by Sprüth Magers, Lévy Gorvy, and Thomas Erben Gallery
$45,000: Alma Allen’s sculpture Not Yet Titled (2018) at Kasmin
$45,000–$200,000: A variety of recent, smaller-scale sculptures by Thomas Houseago at Xavier Hufkens
$40,000 each: Several new cube sculptures by Peter Alexander at Franklin Parrasch
$40,000: Max Hooper Schneider’s Shiatsu (2019) at Maureen Paley
$28,000–50,000 each: Most of the delightfully quirky sculptures by Matthew Ronay at Casey Kaplan
$28,000 each: About 12 of Jeppe Hein’s mirrored balloons at 303 Gallery
$18,000: A new sculpture by Letha Wilson at Grimm Gallery
$10,000: Suki Seokyeong Kang’s mixed-media wrk Mat 55 x 40 #18-31 (2018-19) at Tina Kim Gallery
$5,500–7,500 each: All 13 ceramic works by Tony Marsh on view at Koenig & Clinton
PHOTOGRAPHS, PRINTS, AND WORKS ON PAPER
$600,000: Robert Longo’s Untitled (Rose, November 22, 2017) (2017) at Thaddaeus Ropac
$95,000: Wolfgang Tillmans’s Paint Spill (2018) at Maureen Paley
$85,000 each: Two untitled drawings from 2018 by Georg Baselitz at Thaddaeus Ropac
$46,000: Gillian Wearing’s, Me as Eva Hesse, 2019 at Maureen Paley
$30,000: Senga Nengudi’s Performance with Inside Outside (1977) print at Sprüth Magers, Lévy Gorvy, and Thomas Erben Gallery’s joint presentation
$25,000: James Welling’s photograph IRPC (2018) at Maureen Paley
$22,000: Tina Barney’s The Paneled Wall (2018) at Kasmin
$20,000–30,000 each: Drawings by Lee Mullican and Spencer Finch at James Cohan Gallery
$10,000–50,000 each: All 10 works on paper in the solo presentation of Derrick Adams at London-based Vigo Gallery
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