Yet for the most part, these conceptual pieces did not seem to resonate with fairgoers as items for purchase. “It doesn’t feel like I’ve hit a stride yet in terms of reaching a deeper base,” Sacks, whose bitforms gallery focuses entirely on new media, told Artsy, although by day one he had moved a few works by artist Addie Wagenknecht. She was present at the fair to perform inside the gallery’s auxiliary plexiglass enclosure, employing drones to spread colored pigments over canvases and create new editions of her “Black Hawk Paint” series, one of which sold for $8,000.
Faring better was the more traditional media of Greg Kucera Gallery, which sold two works by Seattle artists—Margie Livingston’s Tacky Grid (2015) for $10,000 and Sherry Markovitz’s beaded 2014 Poodle Head for $28,000, in addition to a 2012 William Kentridge print, Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot for $9,800. Native American specialist Donald Ellis sold the frontlet of a Haisla chief’s headdress dating 1840-1860 to the forthcoming Audain Art Museum of Whistler, Canada, for $250,000. And neon seemed to be a hit. On opening night, Paul Kasmin sold Iván Navarro’s Revolution #2 (2015), glowing words encased in a set of drums, for $100,000, and Nancy Hoffman sold a Michele Pred piece for $1,200.