Sales were also swift at Galerie Krinzinger
, where Thomas Krinzinger reported having sold works by a representative sampling of his more established artists by Saturday afternoon. Krinzinger was most enthusiastic about the response received for the gallery’s presentation of Greek emerging artist Jannis Varelas
, which sold out on the first day to all new collectors, which Krinzinger characterized as the “best” in Belgium.
In Hall 3—noted by several collectors for looking particularly good this year, thanks to a move to mix some of the more cutting-edge established galleries in with young upstarts—sales were less consistent early on in the fair. This largely seemed to be the case with stands that were presenting relatively unknown artists. Belgian collectors are known for their penchant for taking risks when collecting. But they also tend to do significant research into an artist’s practice in order to make a long-term bet, rather than buying impulsively and selling if the relationship turns sour (the more North American way).