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    Art Miami Makes A Splash Again

    Art Miami organizers reported record attendance of 55,000 visitors, up from 50,000 last year and 36,000 in 2009.

    NEW YORK—Art Miami organizers reported record attendance of 55,000 visitors, up from 50,000 last year and 36,000 in 2009. The show ran from Nov. 29–Dec. 4 in the same venue it has been in for the past several years, a 125,000-square-foot pavilion in the city’s Wynwood Arts district. Numerous exhibitors praised fair director Nick Korniloff for his “excellent” set-up and organization of the event.

    New York gallery owner and director Mike Weiss, who exhibited at the fair for the second consecutive year, told ARTnewsletter that the event was “even better than last year. It’s the best fair we have done yet and was quite extraordinary,” with the gallery reporting over 30 sales completed by the end of the show. These included: six paintings on paper by Yigal Ozeri that sold for $45,000 each; 12 oil paintings by Kim Dorland at prices ranging from $4,000/14,500; two steel sculptures by Liao Yibai for $20,000 and $75,000, respectively; five paintings on canvas by Trudy Benson at prices ranging from $4,000/14,300; and four works by Kaoruko, in acrylic, sumi ink and silkscreen on canvas, for prices ranging from $8,000/24,000. A mixed-media sculpture by Marc Séguin, priced at $4,500, was on reserve to a museum, Weiss said.

    Carole Hochman, director of Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, told ARTnewsletter she was surprised at how many visitors attended the fair, noting it was sometimes “overwhelming.” Hochman said two large works on paper, both self-portraits, by artist Ian Ingram were sold almost immediately and noted that the gallery also did well with Michael Eastman’s photographs of Havana, Cuba (prices were not disclosed).

    Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Seoul and Beijing, reported sales including: two works by Bon Chae Son, both oil on polycarbonate and LED, 2011, both entitled Migrants, which sold for $13,000 and $32,000, respectively; an acrylic on acrylic glass by Oliver Dorfer, the cgn-files handcracked illusion 2, 2010, which sold for $8,700; and an untitled mixed-media on canvas by SEO, 2011, which sold for $90,000. Prior to exhibiting this year, explains owner Michael Schultz: “I was watching the fair through the past four years as a visitor and recognized that the variety and the quality has always improved.”

    “It was a great show, we did very well,” said Charlotte Kornstein, director and co-owner of Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, N.Mex. “It was lively and full of very interested collectors, and people enjoyed the mix of different galleries,” Kornstein said. She noted it was a marked difference to when the gallery last exhibited there, in 2008, amid the art market downturn. Kornstein declined to discuss sale specifics but said most works in the gallery’s booth were priced between $40,000/100,000 and “that didn’t seem to be a problem at all.”