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Sculpting Outside the Box

Collectors line up to buy at Sarah Braman's first solo show

Breakfast, 2011, by Sarah Braman. Camper chunk, steel, plexiglas, and paint
Courtesy of Mitchell-Innes and Nash

NEW YORK—Sarah Braman’s first solo show (Oct. 27–Dec. 3) of painted panels and sculptures at New York’s Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery “did brilliantly,” according to Jay Gorney, the gallery’s contemporary art director. “We sold all but one piece,” he went on to say. This follows two sales of the artist’s work at the Art Basel Miami Beach fair.

All of the works, sold both in the New York exhibit and in Miami, were to private collectors, although Gorney noted that “a couple of these collectors have public exhibition spaces,” and these buyers are spread out widely, including some in Canada, Los Angeles, Texas, New York and London.

Braman uses household furniture and, in the most recent exhibition, parts of a camper as the found-object elements of her sculpture, often painted in bright colors. The prices of her painted panels in the Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibit ranged from $12,000/18,000, while the assemblage sculptures were priced from $18,000/35,000. (The two sales in Miami were a $16,000 painting and a $25,000 sculpture.) There is no secondary market activity for her work as yet.

Braman has had an active exhibition history. Her previous gallery affiliations were two venues in New York’s Lower East Side (Museum 52, which re-formed earlier this fall as American Contemporary, and CANADA), although her work has been included in shows in galleries in London, Rome and Paris.

In 2008, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, paired her work with that of Joel Shapiro.