NEW YORK—The newly renamed palmbeach3, which combined contemporary art, classic and contemporary photography and decorative arts, drew 26,000 attendees, up from 24,000 last year. Organized by Lorenzo Rudolf, the fair, formerly known as palmbeachcontemporary, was held from Jan. 13-17 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Dealers seemed pleased with attendance and overall sales. Berlin’s Michael Schultz calls the fair “fantastic,” noting that it generated more than $250,000 in sales for his gallery along with numerous new contacts. Sales included four paintings by Helge Leiberg that ranged in price from $9,000/20,000 and a painting for $15,000 by Korean-born, Berlin-based artist SEO (see ANL, 1/4/05). Schultz said it was his first time participating in the Florida fair and that he plans to return next year.
Terry Eynon, director of Eckert Fine Art, Naples, Fla. told ARTnewsletter, “We were very impressed, it was a great fair. The combination of photography and decorative arts” brought a diverse mix of buyers. “We were really pleased with the interest,” she added. The gallery sold more than 10 original works by Robert Rauschenberg totaling about $3 million; a “light painting” by Stephen Knapp for $75,000; and a sculpture by Boaz Vaadia for about $65,000, Eynon said, noting that the gallery’s sales totaled about $3.5 million.
Says fair director Natalia Hnatiuk: ‘We carefully orchestrated the mix of dealers. Collectors were able to strengthen existing relationships while building new ones.”
Among sales at Diana Lowenstein Fine Art, Miami, were paintings by Brazilian artist Jose Bechara, ranging in price from $5,000/16,000, and sculptures by Polish artist Xavery Wolski for $8,000/10,000. The gallery is in the process of closing a deal for a work by Spanish artist Dario Basso, whose photographs sell for about $3,000 each. “The fair gets better every year,” says owner and director Diana Lowenstein. “In terms of sales we saw a very positive response.”