Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—During the 2021 Armory Show in New York

Here's what dealers claim they sold as the art market roared back to life in New York last week.

The Armory Show 2021 an international art fair, opens its doors to visitors at the Javits K. Jacob Convention Center in Manhattan of New York City, United States on September 10, 2021. Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.
The Armory Show 2021 an international art fair, opens its doors to visitors at the Javits K. Jacob Convention Center in Manhattan of New York City, United States on September 10, 2021. Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

All eyes were on New York last week as the Armory Show kicked off the fall art fair season. Amid continued curbs on international travel and concerns over the spread of worrying new variants, the question on everybody’s lips was, “is it too soon to return to the art fair circuit?”

But doubts were swiftly quelled as the fair kicked off and sales reports came galloping in at a steady clip, showing a U.S. audience keen to return to buying. More than 40 international exhibitors made the in-person trek to the fair alongside some 120-odd U.S. galleries in its new location at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

“Any doubts about whether it was too early for fairs to return were dissipated by strong attendance of the American public and promising sales,” a spokesperson for Italian gallery Massimo De Carlo told Artnet News, calling the fair an “unmissable event” that allowed the gallery to connect with a U.S. audience outside of its bases in Italy, the U.K., Paris, and Hong Kong, and to test the mood of the market.

Here’s some what was reported as sold at the 2021 edition of the New York fair. But—as always—keep in mind that some dealers occasionally (and maybe even not so occasionally!) report inflated sales prices because it looks good for business, while other prefer to report price ranges on artworks, or even just asking prices. We did not list sales unaccompanied by figures in our list, so the galleries that tend to disclose figures are disproportionately represented here.

PAINTINGS

Jammie Holmes, Furs and Concrete (2021). Courtesy of the artist and Library Street Collective, Detroit. ©Jammie Holmes.

Jammie Holmes, Furs and Concrete (2021). Courtesy of the artist and Library Street Collective, Detroit. ©Jammie Holmes.

$875,000: Jay DeFeo, Hawk Moon No. 2 (1983–85), at Marc Selwyn

$3,000–$230,000: works by Robert Pruitt, Sanford Biggers, and Tomoo Gokita, at Massimo De Carlo

$150,000–$170,000: Ha Chong-Hyun, Conjunction 20-49 (2020), at Tina Kim

$110,000 – $130,000: Park Seo-Bo, ECRITURE NO. 040602  (2004), at Tina Kim

€62,000 ($73,350): Julio Le Parc, Serie 22 n° 3(1971/2020), at Nara Roesler

$65,000: Elliott Puckette, Huddle (2021), at Kasmin

£50,000 each ($69,000): Joy Labinjo paintings, at Tiwani Contemporary

$65,000: Jammie Holmes Furs and Concrete (2021), at Marianne Boesky / Library Collective

$34,000–$36,000: Jessie Makinson, Me time (2021), at Lyles & King

$22,000–$40,000: Bony Ramirez, sold out solo presentation of new work, at Thierry Goldberg

$20,000–$32,000 each: seven paintings by Matt Kleberg, at Sorry We’re Closed

$15,000–$75,000 paintings by Clare Rojas, and Hayal Pozanti, sculptures by Davina Semo, at Jessica Silverman Gallery

$60,000: Fabio Miguez, Untitled, from Volpi series (2020), at Nara Roesler

$36,000: Ian Davenport, Beam (2021), at Kasmin

$30,000: Cynthia Daignault, Little Round Top and the Valley of Death (2021), at Kasmin

$30,000: Liam Everett, Untitled (equisetum) (2021), at Kasmin

$26,000–$28,000: Jessie Makinson, Still in her summer fur (2021), at Lyles & King

$21,000: Theodora Allen, From light into dark, and back again, III (2021), at Kasmin

$16,000–$18,000: Jessie Makinson, Who knocks? (2021), at Lyles & King

$14,500: Hana Yilma Godine, Spaces Within Space 1, at Fridman Gallery

$12,500: Hana Yilma Godine, Spaces Within Space 9, at Fridman Gallery

$11,000–$13,000: Jessie Makinson, A murderer contemplated the color of my hair (2021), at Lyles & King

$8,000–$9,000: Jessie Makinson, She showed a saucy tongue (2021), at Lyles & King

$8,000–$9,000: Jessie Makinson, Piece of glare (2021), at Lyles & King

$8,000–$9,000: Jessie Makinson, Sleepy maidens (2021), at Lyles & King

SCULPTURES AND MIXED MEDIA

The Armory Show 2021 an international art fair, opens its doors to visitors at the Javits K. Jacob Convention Center in Manhattan of New York City, United States on September 10, 2021. Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

The Armory Show 2021 an international art fair, opens its doors to visitors at the Javits K. Jacob Convention Center in Manhattan of New York City, United States on September 10, 2021. Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

$225,000: George Rickey, Nebula IV (1993), at Kasmin

$170,000: Kehinde Wiley, Kanye West (2015), at Stephen Friedman Gallery

$100,000 each: works by Marie Watt, at Marc Straus

$60,000: Dindga McCannon, Wedding Party 2, at Fridman Gallery

$50,000: Dindga McCannon, Bessie’s Song, at Fridman Gallery

$35,000 each: Works by Wendy Red Star, at Sargent’s Daughters

$12,000–$14,000: Jessie Makinson, My home my castle (2020), at Lyles & King

$12,000–$14,000: Jessie Makinson, Hello, are you there? (2020), at Lyles & King

PRINTS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND WORKS ON PAPER

Installation view of Tina Kim Gallery booth at the Armory Show 2021. Photo © Hyunjung Rhee.

Installation view of Tina Kim Gallery booth at the Armory Show 2021. Photo © Hyunjung Rhee.

$60,000: Vik Muniz print, at Nara Roesler

$40,000: Nate Lewis, Orchestra in the Vallery, at Fridman Gallery

$35,000: Mark Ryden, The Hospital (drawing) (2016), at Kasmin

$25,000: Mark Ryden, City Scene 1 (sketch) (2016), at Kasmin

$25,000: Mark Ryden, City Scene 2 (sketch) (2016), at Kasmin

$14,000: Mark Ryden, Princess Praline’s Procession (sketch) (2016), at Kasmin

$8,000: Daniel Gordon, White Ranunculus and Artichoke (2021), at Kasmin

$8,000: Daniel Gordon, Pink Roses with Apples and Pear (2021), at Kasmin


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