Artnet’s Henri Neuendorf reports:
Chinese art collector Liu Yiqian has added a massive Gerhard Richter painting to his collection. The billionaire posted a photo of himself posing in front of the German artist’s 36-foot-wide 930-7 Strip on the popular Chinese social media platform WeChat. A friend of the collector, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed the purchase to artnet News.Liu Yiqian Buys Massive Richter at Art Basel (artnet News)
- Alina Szapocznikow Illuminowana [L’Illuminée] [Illuminated Woman], 1966-1967 Sold for 1.9 Million EURO
- Mike Kelley Reconstructed History, 1989 Sold for 1.5 Million USD
- Sold three works by Mira Schendel ranging from 60,000 USD — 80,000 USD to North American collectors
- Two Josef Albers to works to European and USA-based collectors from the artist’s iconic Homage to the Square series including the large-scale painting Homage to the Square: ‘’Started’’ (1969).
- Two Jean Dubuffet works were sold – an important early work and a work from his late period, L’Outrage, 1er novembre 1979 (1979).
- Mithu Sen, Untitled, 2014 Mixed media, collage and watercolour on Japanese Kozo paper, light box 201 x 99cm Sold for 30,000 USD Sold to a private collector
- Von Bartha (Basel, S-chanf) In the first minutes of the fair von Bartha sold a historically significant Fritz Glarner work, Relational Painting (1943) Sold for 500,000 CHF Sold to a museum
- Another exceptional modern work, this time one of the most important works by Walter Dexel called Untitled (1929), was sold to a prestigious private Swiss Collection.
- John Wood and Paul Harrison’s new sculpture previewed at the fair for the first time Crowd (2016) sold
- Andrew Bick’s mixed media work Variant t-s/OGVDS (compendium) (2009-2016).
- In addition to sales of works by Cory Arcangel, Anish Kapoor and Spencer Finch, we have also now sold works by Stanley Whitney, Tony Oursler and Jason Martin. Prices for the works ranged from 35,000 to 1,000,000 USD
- André Butzer Untitled, 2013 Sold for 57,000 EUR to a German collection
- Raymond Hains La Grande Illusion, 1958 Sold for 100,000 EUR to a French Collection
- Raymond Hains Seita, 1971 Sold to a UK collection
- Albert Oehlen Doppelbild, 2002 Sold for 800,000 USD
- Albert Oehlen Untitled, 2016 Sold for 185,000 EUR
- Bridget Riley Fleeting Gaze 1, 2015 Sold for 650,000 GBP to a European collection
- Edmund de Waal ostracon, 2016 Sold for 140,000 USD to a Swiss collection
- A new Paul McCarthy sculpture Picabia Idol, Black, 2016 Sold for 750,000 USD
- Adam Pendleton’s installation from the Unlimited sector Victim of American Democracy Sold for 300,000 USD to a private Spanish collector
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
- Sold two paintings by Georg Baselitz, each priced at around 500,000 EURO
- Sold a sculpture by Antony Gormley for 350,000 GBP
- Sold a painting by Emilio Vedova for 425,000 EURO
- Sold six studies on board by Alex Katz, each priced at around 45,000 USD
- works by Robert Rauschenberg, Daniel Richter and Yan Pei-Ming were also sold.
- Kenneth Noland Hot Spot, 1960 Sold for approximately 350,000 USD
- Allan D’Arcangelo Aspen, 1967 Sold for approximately 250,000 USD
- Pope.L Gold People Dick the Mist, 2015-16 Sold for approximately 85,000 USD
- Max Ernest Table Mise, 1954 Sold for approximately 80,000 USD
- Eddie Martinez Butterfly Soup, 2016 Sold for approximately 75,000 USD
- Brent Wadden Untitled, 2016 Sold for approximately 20,000 USD to an Asian museum
- Sold works by Neo Rauch, Swiss artist Rémy Markowitsch, and Tim Eitel
- with co-presenters Esther Schipper and Gallery Ske, reports the sale of two of Prabhavati Meppayil’s Unlimited sector installation “tw/one” to a museum and a prominent private American collector.
- works by Josef Albers, Nigel Cooke, Keith Coventry, Adrian Ghenie, Agnes Martin, Prabhavati Meppayil, Yoshitomo Nara, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, and Brent Wadden during opening hours of the Vernissage.
- Valeska Soares Any Moment Now…(Summer), 2014 Sold for around 120,000 USD
- Erika Verzutti Deus Cisne Cerebro Cisne, 2016 Bronze Sold for around 100,000 USD
- Simon Evans The Legend of Humor Mountain, 2015 Paper, pen and tape Sold for around 100,000 USD
- Los Carpinteros Espuma Cubica III, Diptico, 2016 Watercolor on paper Sold for around 60,000 USD
- A Claudia Comte work sold for 35,000 EUR
- Dan Colen paintings, among them a small 15 x 22 oil on canvas work sold for 140,000 USD
- A Matthew Monahan sold for 60,000 USD
- The gallery sold out the presentation they had in the booth of works by Günther Förg.
- Have sold paintings by Wang Xingwei; Xie Nanxing to great European collections.
- They have also sold lots of younger generation artists such as Yan Xin; Li Gang and Hu Qingyan to US, Asian and European galleries.
- a work by Ian Kiaer for 25,000 GBP
- Works by Erica Verzutti ranging from 25,000-30,000 USD
- a work by Sheila Hicks to a non-European museum
- sold a really important work by Dorothea Tanning from her final series for 175,000 USD
Judd Tully rounded up these sales on the first day of the Vernissage:
- Wade Guyton, “Untitled,” in Epson Ultra-Chrome K-3 Inkjet on linen and measuring 128 by 108 ¼ inches, sold in the opening moments of the preview for $600,000 to a French collector.
- a previously unexhibited Rudolf Stingel patterned abstraction from 2014 for somewhere around the $1.8 million asking price, also to a European collector.
- “Super Blue Omo,” a 2016 unframed figurative work by the 32-year-old Nigerian-born, L.A painter Akunyili Crosby sold to an otherwise unidentified American museum for an otherwise indeterminate five-figure price.
- The gallery also sold all the Yayoi Kusama works it had on display, including two 2016 acrylics on canvas — “Self-Portrait,” measuring 51 ¼ by 38 ¼ inches, and “Infinity Nets (ORSTW)” — and the 2012 editioned cast-bronze “Pumpkin (s),” at prices ranging from $350,000 to $1 million.
- selling Piero Manzoni‘s Zero Group-era pleated 1958-59 “Achrome,” in kaolin on canvas, for about t $7 million
- Frank Stella‘s 1964 shaped painting “Slieve More” for in the vicinity of $5.9 million.
- 1964 Tom Wesselmann wall relief “3-D Drawing 1964 (For Still Life #47),” in charcoal and assemblage on gessoed board and measuring 39 by 39 by 8 inches, brought in the neighborhood of $3.5 million
- a 1961 Claes Oldenburg, “Four Pies in a Glass Case,” for somewhere in the realm of $1 million to $1.5 million
- Tauba Auerbach’s 2016 primary market abstraction “Grain: Sierpinski” for around $200,000
- Donald Judd’s 1969 single stack with green Plexiglas “Untitled,” for approximately $1 million
- two collage-based works from Christian Marclay’s “Body Mix” series — the 1991 “No Heavy Petting” and the 1992 “Skin tight”— for approximately $200,000 apiece.
- Douglas Huebler’s 1973 über-Conceptual work “Duration Piece #77 to a Latin America-based foundation for approximately $200,000.
- an untitled Rudolf Stingel triptych for a sum that remains undisclosed, in deference to the artist’s aversion to divulging prices.
- Making approximately $500,000 each were three large figurative works by Georg Baselitz, including the 2015 120-by-82-inch “Hohne Hemd auf der Matratze liegen,” executed in oil on linen and portraying an upside-down male nude minus his head.
- Romanian-born market hot shot Adrian Ghenie’s 2016 painting “Degenerate Art,” measuring 200 by 172 centimeters, brought $400,000.
- Robert Rauschenberg’s 1983 “Untitled (Spread),” in solvent transfer, fabric collage, acrylic, and wood-on-wood panel, went for approximately $1 million.
Artnet’s Eileen Kinsella had these transactions:
- “fantastic” sales for paintings and sculptures by Camille Henrot, ranging from €22,000–28,000 ($24,700–31,400).
- sold a sculpture by Jeppe Hein (€60,000, or $67,300)
- two by Henrot (€45,000, or $50,500)
- two by David Zink Yi (€42,000, or $47,000)
- new work by Elmgreen & Dragset for €85,000 ($95,300).
Bloomberg’s Katya Kazakina gathered this sales information:
Metro Pictures Gallery
- sold several photographs by Cindy Sherman, priced at $275,000 to $400,000
- two 10-foot-wide charcoal drawings by Robert Longo, each priced at $500,000.
A fairgoer reports these sales from the booths (all prices are asking prices without discounts):
- a big Rudolf Stingel painting for $3.5m
- a Hirst pill cabinet for $4.2m
Van Doren Waxter
- a Richard Diebenkorn drawing for $420k
- Paul McCarthy‘s Unlimited project, ‘Tomato Head (Green)’ (1994) was placed in an American private collection for USD 4,750,000.
- Two McCarthy works on the booth also sold: ‘Michael Jackson Inflatable Drawings’ (2003) for USD 650,000 and the unique sculpture ‘WS, White Snow Flower Girl #3’ (2016) for USD 575,000.
- Vija Celmins drawing, ‘Sea Drawing with Whale’ (1969) sold for in excess of USD 1,500,000.
- Maria Lassnig painting, ‘Macht des Schicksals (The Power of Fate)’ (2006) and ‘Das Traumpaar (The Dream Couple)’ from 2004 sold for USD 1,200,000 and EUR 550,000 respectively.
- A brand new video work by Pipilotti Rist, ‘Sole’ (2016), sold for USD 120,000.
- A new work by Zoe Leonard, ‘American Falls from Below’ (2016), sold for USD 120,000.
- Lee Lozano‘s ‘No title’ (1962) sold for USD 280,000.
- A Philip Guston 1968 acrylic on panel was also placed early, and Dieter Roth’s ‘Materialbild’ (1986 – 1989) has gone to a Swiss private collection. These are in addition to sales of several works not on the booth.
Blue & Poe
- sold a Julian Schnabel, Painting Without Bingo II, for the $375k
- works by Bridget Riley, Luc Tuymans, Bruce Nauman, and Josef Albers all went to Asian collectors.
- The gallery also sold two works by Giorgio Morandi for over $1 million each.
- Brice Marden, Valued at $4.5 million USD
- John Chamberlain, Honest 508 (1973 – 74) Valued at $3 million USD
- Olyka I, 1973 Mixed media collage Sold for 1.1 million USD to a private Asian collection (This is the work on the booth, not at Unlimited)
- Untitled (Painting Drawing 7) 2011, Oil on canvas Sold for 650,000 USD to a UK collection
- isms, Text: Selections from Truisms 1977-79, 2015 Sold for 350,000 USD
- Untitled #108, 1982, Sold for 250,000 USD
- Aletschgletscher, 1993, Sold for 450,000 EURO
- Self Portrait in the Sculpture Studio at Peckham (After Mocetto) II, 2015-2016 Sold for 1.1 million USD
- Multiple works on paper from throughout the artist’s career sold for well over 1 million USD
- Sold their entire booth of works by artist Lantian Xie to a private foundation in the Middle East
- Feeling Sexy and Beautiful, 2015 Sold in the range of GBP 150,000 — 200,000 GBP
- Intili, 2016; Sold in the range of 50,000 — 75,000 USD
- Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 29, 2014, Unframed inkjet print Edition of 1 + 1 AP Sold for 180,000 USD
- Gillian Wearing, My Mother’s Charms, 2016 Metal chain, 3D printed objects and mixed media Sold for 78,000 GBP
- Michael Krebber, MP-KREBM-00103, 2016 Acrylic and lacquer on canvas; Sold for 75,000 USD
- Cory Arcangel, Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane, Clouds and OSX, 2016 Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds (2005) Nintendo Entertainment System .nes Roms, Two Macminis running OS X, Nintendo emulators (Open Emu), variable multi-channel presentation
- Stanley Whitney, Rough Rider, 2016 Oil on linen; Prices for the works ranged from $35,000 to $1,000,000 USD
- Barkley L. Hendricks, The Twins, 1977 oil and acrylic on canvas, diptych each canvas: 72 x 48 inches; Sold for 450,000 USD
- Kerry James Marshall Untitled (Looking Man), 2016, acrylic on PVC panel 30 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches; Sold for 350,000 USD
- Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Peregrine, 2016, oil on linen 79 1/8 X 47 5/8 inches (201 x 121 cm); Sold for 100,000 USD
- A watercolour by Emile Nolde; Sold for 250,000 EURO
- Magnus Plessen, Untitled (20), 2016 Sold for 130,000 EURO Private Indonesian Collector
- herman devries, monumenta lamiae (hexendenkmaler), 1985; Dutch Private Museum; Sold for 100,000 EURO
- William Kentridge, Patrice Lumumba, 2016 Indian Ink on found pages 86.5 x 80.5 cm Sold for 120,000 USD Private African Collection
- William Kentridge, Shadow Figure Bronzes (full set), 2016, Bronze and oil paint Sold for 320,000 USD
- Water Oltmann, Caterpillar Suit IV, 2016, Aluminum wire 235 x 145 x 100 cm Sold for 25,000 EURO
- Kudzani Cheri, Untitled (Office for the Enregisterment of Slaves), 2016 Oil on Canvas 150 x 120 cm Sold for 30,000 USD Private European Collection
- Nolan Oswald Dennis, No conciliation is possible I, 2016 Ink and collage on paper 150 x 120 cm Sold for 3,500 EURO
- Gerald Machona, The Iris, 2016, Decommissioned currency, copper wire, silicone sand, vitrine Approximately 75 cm high
- Gerald Machona The Chrysanthemum, 2016, Decommissioned currency, copper wire, silicone sand, vitrine, Approximately 75 cm high; Sold for 3,000 EURO
- David Goldblatt, The Watchman, Hillbrow, June 1972 Silver gelatin photograph on fiber-based paper 54 x 54 cm 2 editions sold to private collectors Sold for 7,000 EURO each
- Tracey Rose, Lucie’s Fur Version 1:1:1 – L’Annunciazione – Mme. OEUF! 2003 Lambda photograph 100 x 220 cm Sold for 15,000 EURO
- Hassan and Husain Essop, Untitled (Minibus), 2016 Pigment inks on cotton rag paper, Edition of 6 100 x 150 cm Sold for 3,000 EURO
- Joan Mitchell, Three pastels on paper from 1991 sold for USD 200,000 each
- Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, 2015 Bone china ceramic, text, frame, vitrine 33 x 122 x 41cm Sold for 30,000 USD Sold to a Belgium collector
- Jitish Kallat, Sightings D19M12Y 2015, 2015 7-part lenticular photopiece 68 x 324cm Sold for 30,000 USD
- Mithu Sen’s work MUO (Museum of Unbelongings) (2016) at Unlimited is sold. Price undisclosed.
- Ger van Elk, Conclusion painting, Sold for 40,000 EURO Sold to an International Collection
- Ger van Elk Video work Sold for 35,000 EURO Sold to an International Collection
Sold almost their entire booth on the first day, including a photograph by Zanele Muholi to an American museum, a Viviane Sassen to a museum in Europe, a Kemang Wa Lehulere sculpture to a foundation in Southern Africa, a Meleko Mokgosi to a private collection in London, a work by Barthelemy Toguo and a drawing by Robin Rhode.