MIAMI, FL.- Art Miami
, the citys longest running contemporary art fair and anchor fair to the City of Miami, announced a new record attendance of 55,000 and significant sales of blue-chip artists at the close of the five-day fair. Many galleries also reported strong leads from high-profile collectors, museum professionals and curators that will continue to foster sales in the days and weeks following Art Miami. Distinguished for its quality, depth and diversity, the 22nd edition of Art Miami presented an incredible showcase of extraordinary modern and contemporary art from 110 international art galleries.
The years fair has exceeded all of our expectations, from the vast array of high-quality works and extraordinary galleries to a record number of important sales, said Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami. The high volume of transactions and record attendance at Art Miami are also strong indicators that the art market is thriving. We anticipate millions of dollars in sales will be finalized in the coming weeks as a result of the strong interest and serious collectors at Art Miami this year. We look forward to hearing continued updates from our exhibitors.
Hollis Taggart, owner of Hollis Taggart Galleries, stated, This show has been well attended and has had a very strong energy throughout. Sales have been strong and the contacts made this year exceed any previous show. Many people commented that the Art Miami show is user friendly and more open and spread out than the Art Basel, Miami fair you can actually buy things here. Well-organized and managed by Nick Korniloff, the Art Miami show has grown and evolved into one of the truly elite art fairs in America.
Highlights from day five (Sunday) sales included:
*McCormick Gallery/Vincent Vallarino Fine Art sold a Robert Motherwell acrylic painting titled Untitled 1971 for approximately $325,000, a Mark di Suvero untitled steel sculpture for approximately $85,000, and two Jack Roth electrified mixed-media assemblage boxes totaling approximately $15,000
*Osborne Samuel sold a rare Cyril Power linocut print in four blocks titled The Eight for approximately $150,000 and a William Kentridge work for $45,000
*Antoine Helwaser Gallery sold nine pieces at the fair totaling $1.5 million
*JGM. Galerie sold a Jonathan Lasker painting for $65,000 and two Augustín Cárdenas sculptures one titled La Pareja for $30,000 and one titled Le Repos du Discobole
*Mark Borghi Fine Art sold an Alex Katz painting titled Daytona Beach for approximately $38,000 and a Sol LeWitt ink on paper for approximately $35,000
*Bridgette Mayer Gallery sold a Charles Burwell acrylic on canvas painting titled Large Overlay no. 1- Black & Tan (2011) for $30,000 and a Paul Oberst sculpture titled Blue Heart (2011) for $3,500
*Juan Ruiz Galería sold Martin C. Herbsts Moon 4 for approximately $23,000, a work by Abel Barroso titled The Border for $2,500, and Patricio Reigs print Notebook Series Notebook #19
*Jim Kempner Fine Art sold a Deborah Kass piece titled OY/YO for $20,000, a Carole Feuerman work titled Miniature Serena (Pearlescent Cap) for $12,800, a Christopher Beane print titled Spinning Cineraria (Virgin Man Eater) for $9,500 and two Charlie Hewitt woodcut prints for $5,000, and an acrylic and rubber work by Rinaldo Frattolillo entitled $5.99 Shark from Ebay for $5,000
*Westwood Gallery sold a Boris Lurie ink on paper from the Dance Hall Series for $19,000
*Aldo de Sousa Gallery sold an untitled Alberto Delmonte acrylic on canvas (1996) for $16,000
*Ferrin Gallery sold several Molly Hatch pieces totaling approximately $15,000 including a gouache on paper and ceramic figure titled Mon Plaisir: Monsieur Le Fritzuer (Triptych-Center) (2011), and a full set of earthenware plates (45 pieces) by the same artist
*Waterhouse & Dodd sold a Karen Gunderson oil painting for $15,000
*Galerie Terminus sold two Jan Davidoff oil on metal totaling approximately $12,000
*Graham sold a Mary McDonnell painting for $6,000
*Contessa Gallery sold a David Drebin digital C print titled Girl in Red Mirror for $5,800.
The following galleries also reported important sales for undisclosed amounts:
*Barry Friedman sold two Ian Ingram self portraits Forgotten Offerings and Springer, eight Michael Eastman photographs, and a perforated acrylic painted canvas by Anne-Karin Furunes titled Portraits of Archive Pictures
*Tresart sold 12 pieces including 10 works by Loló Soldevilla, an untitled oil on wood panel by Sandu Darie, and an oil on burlap piece by Guido Llinás titled Antipintura
*Arthur Roger Gallery sold five David Bates paintings and 12 Richard Baker paperback book cover paintings
*Peter Zimmermann Gallery sold a first edition Simon Raab sculpture of polymer and stainless steel titled Tablet of Moses #1 (2011)
*Richard Levy Gallery sold a William Betts piece
*Jackson Fine Art sold two Greg Lotus photographs, titled Black Paper Back (2011) and Paper Do (2011) respectively
*Priveekollektie sold two Hans Kotter acrylic, glass and LED pieces titled Tunnel View (right curved) and Tunnel View (left view)
*Fu Xin Gallery sold a John Safer polished bronze on black lucite sculpture titled Interplay (2011)
*Denise Bibro Fine Art sold a Jerry Meyer piece titled Convenient Map of Worries and Unhappiness, Local and Express (2011)
*Westwood Gallery sold an Andy Warhol screen print on cardstock titled Happy Flyaway Days (1955)
*Pace Prints sold several works from Jim Dine works
*Arcature Fine Art sold two chromogenic prints from Lex Guofeng Cao titled Steve Jobs vs. Neil Armstrong and a Hal Buckner steel cut titled Elvira
*James Barron Art sold works from Yun-Fe Ji and Lori Ellison
*Edelman Arts sold a Doug Argue painting
*William Shearburn Gallery sold a painting from Roxy Paine
*Eli Klein Fine Art sold 15 works from six artists
Art Miami was held from November 29 December 4, 2011 in a state-of-the-art 125,000 square foot pavilion in Midtown Miamis burgeoning Wynwood Arts District. Now in its 22nd edition, Art Miami includes modern and contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and prints from Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East and the United States. Art Miami has grown to include over 110 galleries from 18 countries, with a showcase of 1,000 artists from 60 countries around the world. From the United States, 400 artists are on display from nearly 100 cities.