NEW YORK—Demand is increasing for the muted streetscapes and city scenes of rising artist Ben Aronson (b. 1958). The entire display of 16 paintings from his inaugural exhibition at New York’s Tibor de Nagy Gallery, held Sept. 8-Oct. 8, “sold out in a couple of weeks,” reports gallery director Eric Brown. Buyers included a number of past Aronson collectors, says Brown, “some of whom already owned more than one piece by him,” and some of the gallery’s long-standing clients who were new to the Aronson market.
The paintings ranged from smaller oil-on-board pieces, priced at $6,500, to medium-size oils on board and oils on canvas for $12,000/20,000. The largest works, 70-by-80-inch oils on canvas, were priced at $40,000 each. “The smaller works went first,” Brown says, adding that considerable interest was shown in the midsize pieces as well.
Tibor de Nagy began representing Aronson in New York in 2004. Earlier he had shown with DFN Gallery, since 2002, and MB Modern, which closed in 2000. At the artist’s only solo exhibit at DFN, in 2003, “we sold almost everything. We have only two pieces left,” says gallery owner Richard Davidman.
Aronson, who lives in Framingham, Mass., continues to show with Alpha Gallery, Boston, where he has exhibited since 1999, and at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco. A productive artist, he “might make enough paintings to have two shows in one calendar year,” suggests Joanna Fink, director of Alpha Gallery. She notes that the cost of Aronson paintings has doubled since she first began showing them, with prices for 12-by-12-inch works averaging $3,000 apiece. Dealers report no secondary market activity to date.