FINE ART FAIR ARTMKT RECAP- Janet Lehr
THE ART SHOW CELEBRATES 26 YEARS
EXCEPTIONAL ATTENDANCE AND SOLD-OUT INSTALLATIONS OF MUSEUM-QUALITY WORKS AT THE NATION’S LONGEST RUNNING
Over $1 Million Raised for Henry Street Settlement
New York, March 10, 2014 – The Art Show 2014, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) to benefit the Henry Street Settlement, concludes with high sales after a five-day run from March 5-9 at the historic Park Avenue Armory. Opening a week of arts activities throughout New York City, the 26th edition of The Art Show was inaugurated with a Gala Preview to benefit the Henry Street Settlement on Tuesday, March 4th, attended by a record of 3,000 guests.
FIRST VIEW AT THE STELLAR EVENT
Attendance at the country’s longest running fine art fair was exceptional. An abundance of collectors, museum curators, artists, art enthusiasts and press came to view the outstanding works presented by 72 of the nation’s leading art galleries, all members of the ADAA. The Gala Preview raised more than $1 million for the Lower East Side’s Henry Street Settlement, one of New York City’s most effective social services agencies
Opening night was all abuzz viewing KIHINDE WILEY at Sean Kelly Gallery
Sold out booths include Tanya Bonakdar Gallery’s presentation of works by Analia Saban; Spencer Finch’s solo show at James Cohan Gallery; Pace Gallery’s presentation of holograms by light artist James Turrell at $100,000 each; Kehinde Wiley’s portraits at Sean Kelly Gallery at $75,000 each; Barbara Krakow Gallery’s show of works by artists such as Richard Artschwager, Sophie Calle and Richard Serra. As of the morning of Sunday, March 9th, many more galleries were on the verge of selling out.
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Opening night frenzy viewing LACHAISE GASTON at Cheim Reed Gallery
Josephine Nash of Mitchell-Innes & Nash reported: "Mitchell-Innes & Nash sold two Anthony Caro sculptures in the $250,000 to $350,000 range to major US collectors, both based outside of NYC."
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LEE KRASNER Collaged charcoal drawings mounted on canvas
Robert Miller Gallery
Michael Solway, of Carl Solway Gallery which presented the very popular interactive exhibition titled O N E E V E R Y O N E by Ann Hamilton, enthusiastically said: "We are glad to be in this edition of The Art Show. This fair is set apart by the level of strong and thoughtful exhibitions presented by such esteemed dealers." Ann Hamilton photographed over 700 fair visitors throughout the week.
2014 ADAA SOL LE WITT Irregular Tower Venice 1997 Maquette Concrete Blocks 19x8x16 feet Rhona Hoffman 2014 ADAA SOL LE WITT
SOL LE WITT (right) Irregular Tower Venice 1997 Maquette Concrete Blocks 19x8x16
(left) SOL LE WITT Ten Foot Tower
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Rhona Hoffman of Rhona Hoffman Gallery commented that: "Unlike some of the other fairs, the atmosphere at The Art Show lends its exhibitors the opportunity to engage in meaningful, uninterrupted conversation with collectors and fair visitors."
2014 ADAA NADELMAN Portrait Bust Graphite over copper Menconi-Schoelkopf Gal
ELI NADELMAN Portrait Bust Graphite Over Copper Menconi-Schoelkopf Gallery
Susan Menconi, Partner of Menconi + Schoelkopf Fine Art LLC, remarked that: "The fair has gone extremely well for the gallery. As of Sunday morning, we have sold three major works totaling more than $2 million and have more works under discussion for sale."
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ALFRED LESLIE Photographs Janet Borden Galley
Sukanya Rajaratnam, Partner at Mnuchin Gallery, noted that: "This has been one of the most successful Art Shows (ADAAs) in recent history. We sold the two beautiful Judd bullnoses on the opening night and the Artschwager and Uecker (both vintage and representative of each artist at his best) on following days. We are rehanging the booth for the weekend in anticipation of this continuing appetite for quality, which is increasing in post-WWII art much like for Modern art before it. Sold works ranged in price from $1-2 million. Buyers were private but from all over the map."
Dorsey Waxter, ADAA President, remarked: "I am proud that our fair continues to set a high standard for excellence with the quality of art shown by our member galleries. Many times I heard visitors say upon leaving the fair that they felt energized and nourished, which is refreshing during this exceptionally busy week of art world events."
Janet Lehr: THEATERARTS Art correspondent