According to Lisson’s London director Claus Robenhagen, there was “overwhelming interest” in work by Mexican artist
, whose Carrara marble and brass hand, Sundial
(2015), sold on opening day for $35,000. The gallery also had Reyes’s volcanic stone Totem
(2015), which sold for $80,000 later in the fair’s run.
had a strong showing across the fair—perhaps related to his May 2016 exhibition at Mexico City’s El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) museum—with works at Lisson as well as Gladstone, Continua, and Regen Projects
. Two mirror works by the Indian-British artist were on offer for £550,000 and £400,000; sales, however, were not disclosed at the artist’s request.
At Basel’s von Bartha’s booth, director Stefan von Bartha was in high spirits, following the approximately $100,000 sale of a five-part work by
, Anima Mundi 6-5
(2015), to a major French private foundation on opening day. The following day, an additional work by Knoebel also sold, selected by curator Carlos E. Palacios to join the Grupo Axo collection in the second edition of the Grupo Axo-ZsONA MACO acquisition award. “They just fly out of the studio, so we were really fortunate to get two and to have sold two versions,” said von Bartha of the Knoebels. On the other end of the booth, an installation of locally sourced bricks by Swiss installation artist
(priced at $40,000), combining patterns and material found in Mexico City that reference the rich history of the ancient Maya, was an undeniable crowd-pleaser. Installed to offer a local connection, both via concept and materials, the work helped stoak high interest in Hunziker’s work from two Mexico City institutions.