Oglander, the art advisor, noted the precipitous rise of many artists who have shown at Nova in recent years. Two years ago, Clearing
, a gallery with spaces in Brooklyn, the Upper East Side, and Brussels, was selling works by
for $30,000 to $40,000; this year, a new untitled painting by Ancart will be hanging in the booth of mega-gallery David Zwirner
, in the Galleries sector. In 2015, Essex Street
had a two-artist booth with
, but this year, the Lower East Side gallery has made the switch to the main sector, and will show both artists there. In 2014, MOT International, then based in Brussels, had a solo booth of
; this year, the London- and New York–based Lisson Gallery
will hang a new large-scale tapestry by Prouvost, Deeply Feeling Filling the World (Monteverdi ici)
(2018), in its Galleries sector booth.
And if big-time collectors anoint artists in this year’s Nova sector by buying their work, they, too, could end up moving to larger galleries in the main sector of the fair.
“Collectors are going to mill around the Nova section, take a gander at newer artists in unfamiliar galleries where their interests can be piqued quickly,” Oglander said. “A lot of these people are seasoned—they can spot quality from a mile away.”