Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 News

A Few More Sales at Art Basel Miami Beach as the Fair Goes into the Weekend

View of the booth of New York’s Anton Kern Gallery, at Art Basel Miami Beach, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, during Miami Art Week.


Art Basel Miami Beach is wrapping up its second public day here in Florida, after a VIP day on Wednesday, and here are a few sales items that have come in over the transom.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac had two seven-figure transactions at its booth: James Rosenquist’s Coenties Slip Studio (1961) sold for $2.7 million and John Chamberlain’s Sahsimi Mendoza (1979) sold for $1.35 million.

Politically tinged work found homes by the third day of the fair. Robert Longo’s charcoal-on-paper Untitled (Trumpsville), 2017, went for $700,000 at Metro Pictures, while Sprüth Magers sold Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (IN THE END), 2017, for $450,000.

— Henry Taylor’s very strong year hit another high note as Blum & Poe sold
Sungtae Kim — Drinking coffee in my chinatown Studio (2012) for $110,000.

— Eva Presenhuber has sold perhaps the most Instagrammable work in the fair: Ugo Rondinone’s Hunger moon (2013), a gigantic silver tree that filled up the giant booth at the front of the fair. It was $1.2 million and now all the works in the booth have sold.

— Lévy Gorvy sold Ellsworth Kelly’s Sumac (1959) for price in the range of $4-$5 million.

Art Basel Miami Beach continues until Sunday.

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