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Multiple Five and Six Figure Sales Reflect Art Miami's Quality of Works on Show
Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), Man in a Top Hat, 1914, cast 1950s. Bronze, 18 inches (excluding base) Signed: "Eli Nadelman". Photo: Courtesy: Hollis Taggart Galleries.
MIAMI, FL.- Art Miami, Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair and anchor fair to the city of Miami, announces major sales at the close of day two of the Fair. After a stellar opening night and first day attended by over 7,200 collectors, museum curators, collectors, artists, connoisseurs, and interior designers, sales continued to reach new highs on day two with record purchases for this year’s fair so far. Distinguished for its depth, diversity and quality, Art Miami presents an incredible showcase of works from internationally renowned modern and contemporary art from 100 international art galleries.

Highlights from Thursday’s sales included:

• Mark Borghi Fine Art sold a Philip Guston for over $700,000, a Jim Dine for $65,000, a Mercedes Matter for $65,000, and an Alexander Calder for $30,000.

• Evelyn Amis Fine Art sold a Robert Motherwell for $560,000 and a Frank Stella for $275,000

• Jerald Melberg Gallery sold a Robert Motherwell for $400,000

• Hollis Taggart sold Elie Nadelman’s Man in a Top Hat in the $300,000 range. The Nadelman is a rare cast (edition of 2) with impeccable provenance, which was once owned by the artist’s close friend Lincoln Kirstein. The gallery also sold two Marjorie Strider works in the six figures, one for $150,000, and a Richard Pousette-Dart for $65,000.

• Wetterling Gallery sold a John Chamberlain, Untitled, for $135,000; a Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, acrylic painting on canvas for $110,000; a Joel Shapiro, Untitled, for $95,000; a Natalia Edenmont, Baby’s Breath, photograph for $22,000, and a number of Mike and Doug Starn photographs.

• Greg Kucera Gallery sold a large Deborah Butterfield sculpture for $150,000, and two James Castle works for $16,000 and $6,000.

• Goya Contemporary sold a Robert Natkin and a Gene Davis, both in the $50,000-$100,000 range

• Scott White Contemporary Art sold a Conrad Marca-relli collage for $32,000, a Victor Rodriquez painting for $25,000, two Ruth Pastine works for $12,000 combined, and an Eric Johnson wall sculpture for $10,000

• Cynthia Corbett Gallery sold Lluis Barba’s “The Haywain” for an undisclosed amount to Jorge Perez, and his “La Muestra de Gersaint Watteau” to another collector for $36,500. The gallery also sold a Tom Leighton photo for $14,750

• CYNTHIA-REEVES sold a John Grade for $30,000

• Timothy Yarger Fine Art sold three Pierre Marie Brisson works - “Premise II” for $18,000 and “Revelation IV” and “Revelation V” for $33,000 combined

• David Klein Gallery sold three Kelly Reemtsen pieces totaling $24,000

• Pan American Art Projects sold a Francis Acea “Money man” for $10,000

• Catherine Edelman Gallery sold six Gregory Scott video pieces at $24,000-$26,000 each

• William Shearburn Gallery sold a Motherwell painting, two large scale Melbochners, a Sarah Frost installation, and an Anne Appleby painting for undisclosed amounts

The following galleries also reported sales:

• Dot Fiftyone Gallery, which represents emerging artists including Herán Cédola, Omar Barquet, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Mauro Giaconi, and Leslie Gabaldón, sold 70% of their booth on Thursday.

• Galerie von Braunbehrens sold three Jens Lorenzen “Kennedy” and “Pepsi” works

• Jenkins Johnson Gallery sold Julian Opie’s “Ruth with Cigarette 3”

• Now Contemporary Art sold 11 Federico Uribe bird sculptures made of books

Among the high-profile crowd of collectors and influencers at the fair on Thursday was Peter Beard, Ashton Hawkins, Jorge Perez, Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross, Barry Manilow, and Juan Montoya.

“We had many six figure sales last year but not right out of the gates like we’ve seen in the first two days this year. I think it’s a positive sign that the art market is rebounding and collectors are looking for quality. It’s a very positive indicator for Art Miami, and our galleries and artists,” said Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami.

Art Miami | Philip Guston | Mark Borghi Fine Art | Evelyn Amis Fine Art | Robert Motherwell | Frank Stella |


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