Frieze New York has returned to the Shed in Hudson Yards for its 2022 edition, which had its VIP opening on Wednesday morning. Drawing crowds across the three floors of the arts venue, the scene on Manhattan’s West Side unfolded with its usual fanfare, with mega-dealers such as David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Pace showcasing work by blue-chip artists on their rosters, which they promptly sold. (Because these sales are self-reported, it can be difficult to independently verify them.)
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Though the sales here aren’t as high-level as those that will likely occur at Art Basel in Switzerland next month, where the world’s top galleries save their most blue-chip items, numerous pieces sold in the mid- and high six figures. In addition to the works featured below, other galleries that reported a flurry of sales include Lubov with Marsha Pels, James Cohan with Eamon Ore-Giron, Massimo de Carlo with McArthur Binion, Canada with Katherine Bernhardt, and Gallery Hyundai with Minjung Kim.
The opening day was also well-attended with the likes of collectors like Pamela Joyner, Glenn Fuhrman, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Mera and Don Rubell, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Lonti Ebers, and Maja Hoffmann; curators and museum directors like Stuart Comer, Michael Govan, Thelma Golden, Max Hollein, Glenn Lowry, and Hans Ulrich Obrist; and artists like María Berrío, Mark Bradford, Maurizio Cattelan, and Henry Taylor.
Below, a look at some of the sales galleries said they made on the preview day of this year’s edition of the Frieze New York, which runs through Sunday.
Georg Baselitz at Thaddaeus Ropac
For its booth, Thaddeus Ropac trotted out works by Georg Baselitz, Sturtevant, Alex Katz, Robert Longo, Tom Sachs, Rachel Jones, and Mandy El-Sayegh. Baselitz’s nearly 6-foot-tall canvas, Do not disturb (2021), featuring two yellow-toned skeletal figures appearing that are expectedly upside down, sold €1.2 million ($1.3 million). A 2022 painting by British artist Rachel Jones sold to a U.S. institution for £75,000. Works by Sturvetant’s 1999 Johns Target with Plaster Casts sold €700,000 ($742,000), while works made this year by Katz, Longo, Sachs and El-Sayegh sold for $700,000, $550,000, $250,000, and $55,000, respectively.
Charles Gaines at Hauser & Wirth
At Hauser & Wirth, a solo booth presenting the work of Charles Gaines sold out on the opening day. The dealer sold five new pieces by Gaines from his acclaimed “Numbers and Trees” series. Each were priced at $550,000, selling to private collections and one going to a major American museum, according to the dealer. The showcase at Frieze coincides with the artist’s current showing at Dia:Beacon, which is on long-term view, and comes ahead of forthcoming projects with Creative Time on Governor’s Island later this year. The booth also raised $700,000 for his Creative Time project through the sale of the edition Notes on Social Justice: Freedman’s Monument, a print showing sheet music set to an excerpt of an 1876 speech by Frederick Douglass.
Carol Bove at David Zwirner
During Frieze New York’s opening hours, David Zwirner sold out its entire booth of new sculptures by Carol Bove. The booth is comprised of several orange-coral painted pieces of stainless steel that have been twisted and pressed to form various poses. The booth also features to sculptures on plinths. The works were priced between $200,000–$600,000.
Latifa Echakhch at Pace Gallery
From its booth, Pace Gallery sold two paintings by Moroccan-born, Switzerland-based artist Latifa Echakhch, who is representing Switzerland at this year’s edition of the 59th Venice Biennale. The sales came just a few hours into the fair’s opening day. One of the two was purchased by a European institution. The works in the solo booth sold at prices between €120,000–180,000 ($127,000–$190,000).
Pacita Abad at Tina Kim Gallery
For its booth this year, New York’s Tina Kim Gallery, which specializes in work by contemporary Asian artists, debuted works by pioneering Filipina artist Pacita Abad, who died in 2004. The gallery began representing the artist’s estate earlier this year, ahead of a major forthcoming U.S. retrospective due to open in 2023. The works on view here feature subjects she encountered from her travels across six continents during her 30-year career. At the gallery’s booth on the opening day, two works by Abad sold at prices between $150,00–$200,000 and $14,000–$16,000, respectively. The gallery also sold works in varying mediums by Minouk Lim, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Tania Pérez Córdova, and Park Seo-Bo at prices ranging between $14,000–$150,000.
Al Held at White Cube
Among the most expensive works to sell at White Cube’s booth were paintings by Günther Förg, Georg Baselitz, Isamu Noguchi, and Damien Hirst, which went for prices between $3750,000 and $650,000. A 1995 watercolor on paper, titled Spata 8, by Al Held, known for his hard-edged abstract paintings, sold for $80,000; the work had not been previously exhibited. A charcoal and pigment work on paper made this year by Marguerite Humeau at £32,000 ($40,000).
Mai-Thu Perret at David Kordansky Gallery
On the heels of inaugurating its new space in Chelsea with an exhibition dedicated to Lauren Halsey, Los Angeles–based dealer David Kordansky Gallery sold works from its solo booth featuring sculptures by Geneva-based artist Mai-Thu Perret. Known for her surrealism-influenced sculptures, ceramic works, and performances that explore feminist issues through references to domestic spaces and objects. Two of Perret’s sleek glazed ceramic works sold at prices between $20,000–$90,000, with additional works on paper selling for prices between $5,000–$20,000.
Joan Snyder at Franklin Parrasch Gallery
Joan Snyder’s abstract painting Birth (1972) sold for a price between $200,000-$300,000. Brought by Franklin Parrasch, which also has a solo dedicated to the artist at its New York gallery, the painting features blotted brushstrokes in hues of orange, red, pink, purple, and green against a beige canvas that is part of the American artist’s breakout series of “stroke paintings,” which she began in the late ’60s as a way to deconstruct modes of abstraction that came before her.
Cristina BanBan at Perrotin
For its booth, Perrotin brought several works by young female painters, Cristina BanBan, Danielle Orchard, and Nikki Maloof, who are all new to the gallery’s roster. Alongside them were sculptures by Paola Pivi, Bharti Kher, Daniel Arsham, and Takashi Murakami. By the end of the first day of Frieze, Perrotin generated a total of $3 million in sales, with individual pieces by Pivi, BanBan, and Arsham, selling for prices in the range of $70,000–$150,000.
Tracey Emin at Xavier Hufkens
Brussels-based gallery Xavier Hufkens sold 10 works including paintings, works on paper, neon signs, and sculpture by British artist Tracey Emin for prices ranging from £60,000–400,000 ($75,000–$500,000). Alongside some of Emin’s text-based works, two of which go were titled Upset and Save Me, was a small-scale bronze sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, which the dealer sold for $145,000. Other works by Thomas Houseago and Huma Bhabha sold $95,000 and in the range of $28,000–$60,000, respectively.