Fairs 08-12-2017

What’s selling and what’s on show in Miami?

A few hours after its opening on Thursday, Art Basel | Miami Beach registered important sales.

Among the 250 exhibitors showing at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Lehmann Maupin (New York) sold the 2017 Liu Wei work Untitled within hours from the opening, whilst over at Pace, a series of nine tondos by American artist KAWS sold for $45,000.


Lehmann Maupin — Photo: Maris Hutchinson Courtesy the artists and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong 


Stephen Friedman gallery is offering the oil on canvas Margaret Woffington by Kehinde Wiley, who has known a peak in popularity since his Obama portrait. Over at Gagosian, Basquiat and Warhol are the star pieces of the stand.

Galerie Gmurzynska is also big on pop art, with a 1977 painting by Robert Indiana titled Circus. Perrotin gallery features works by Dragset and Elmgreen, Takashi Murakami and Daniel Arsham. Overwhelmed by the Miami heat, Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset presents his work Fallen Snowman at Kavi Gupta gallery. A new, monumental installation by Ugo Rondinone also finds its way in the Miami Convention Centre, after the installation of the artist’s Miami Mountain outside the Miami home of Art Basel.


Tony Tasset — Fallen Snowman at Kavi Gupta gallery.


Ugo Rondinone


Fellow fair PINTA Miami showcases artists from Latin America, with a particular focus on Puerto Rico. With more than 30,000 expected visitors, the fair will feature works by Miró, Vasarely, Botero as well as videos and installations. The Bogotá-based Neebex gallery will show works by the Colombian artist Viviana Gonzalez  for the first time. Gonzalez’s starts from street photographs to create metal or vinyl negatives, priced at $6,000. Puerto Rican artist Daniel Bejar is presenting his version of the US flag, whilst Concrete Space is offering Isaac Cordal’s installation Follow the Leader for $35,000.


Viviana González @ Galeria Neebex — Pinta


Demsky @ Scope


Over at Scope, the level is somewhat lower as compared to previous years, with only a few galleries standing out, including the Parisian newcomer By Night Gallery, which is dedicating its stand to Spanish artist Demsky. Scope is also featuring a large-scale installation by Felipe Pantone.

Art Miami has had a record-breaking attendance during its opening, with an outstanding choice of galleries and exceptional sales during the first hours. At Context, the atmosphere is much calmer, but the majority of the fair’s 100 exhibitors have also been quick to close deals.

Among a plethora of satellite events, Design Miami has teamed up with Perrier Jouët to produce an installation by digital art duo Luftwerk, certainly best appreciated from one of Miami’s rooftops.


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