PARIS—The Art Paris fair, which was created in 1999 and showcases modern and contemporary art at the Grand Palais each March, recently created its own satellite fair, ArtParis-AbuDhabi. This new fair was held at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, from Nov. 27-29.
Sales from this first edition totaled $15.9 million, and organizers report attendance at a promising 9,200 visitors. Forty-seven galleries from 16 countries participated, including Austria, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, India, Iran, Italy, Lebanon, the Sultanate of Oman, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.
Vasarely Works Perform Strongly
The gallery Daniel Templon, Paris, held a solo show dedicated to Victor Vasarely. Prices ranged from €110,000/270,000 ($162,000/397,000); and the numerous paintings sold included the artist’s Galaxy, 1979, and Cassiopeia, which fell on opening night. Templon called the fair “successful” and said that he plans to return next year.
Paris galleries fared well: Baudoin Lebon sold three paintings from the “spatial paintings” series by Korean artist Sung-Hy Shin, as well as a picture by Piotr Klemensiewicz. Pierre Dumonteil sold a Hubert Le Gall divan and a Helmut Koller painting. The Trigano gallery sold works by Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, including his 1953 grisaille Head of a Woman for about €3 million ($4.4 million). And the RX Gallery found great success with photos by contemporary French artist Georges Rousse, priced at €16,000 ($23,500) each.
The London gallery Waterhouse + Dodd sold works by Picasso and Damien Hirst. The Frank Pages gallery, Baden-Baden, sold Shirin Neshat’s Rapture and a panel by Farhad Moshiri. Vienna’s Ernst Hilger Gallery sold paintings by Nikolaus Moser and Andy Warhol. The Swiss gallery Gmurzynska sold Robert Indiana’s large-scale piece Art Red and Blue.
Galleries from other regions also reported positive sales, including the Pundole gallery, Mumbai, which sold 75 percent of its works on display, including those by Sakti Burman, Maqbool Fida Husain and Ram Kumar.
The Ayyam Gallery, Damascus, sold works by Safwan Dahoul, Samia Halaby and Fadi Yazigi. The Bait Muzna gallery, the Sultanate of Oman, did well with such regional artists as Rasheed Abdulrahman, Radhika Khimji and Hassan Meer. And the Iranian Silk Road Gallery reported positive response for works by Shadi Ghadirian.