What Sold at The Armory Show?
As Armory Week approached this year, organizers and dealers alike admitted to being more than a little nervous about their prospects. A wintery mix on Wednesday and whiteout conditions on Thursday weren’t exactly the whisper of spring’s imminent arrival that often accompanies The Armory Show to help bolster sales. But, despite research that suggests cold temperatures, snow, and lack of sunlight can have seriously detrimental effects on consumer spending—and particularly on impulse shopping, which, let’s face it, is what exceedingly good fair results often rely on—sales were numerous on Piers 92 and 94 this week.
Results have not been the heady, Art Basel-like affair of eight-figure prices. At the time of writing, only one seven-figure sale had been recorded: $2 million for a choice CARDI GALLERY. Its twin is also on offer at the gallery’s booth along with works by
Perhaps thanks to theirs being the most Instagrammed booth of the fair (save Honor Fraser saw significant buyer interest in their
Kaino was only rivaled in ’gram feed penetration by James Fuentes’s presentation of
Fuentes wasn’t the only one killing it in the Armory Presents section for young galleries. Anat Ebgi sold out her entire booth of works by VARIOUS SMALL FIRES also reportedly sold out their entire booth of hot painter Amir Nikravan. Nicelle Beauchene Gallery’s stand and were replaced by a new selection in time for the weekend.
Throughout Pier 94, works in the middle range of the market, priced between $20,000–$100,000 appeared to be faring best, which was a slight surprise considering the plethora of affordable pieces that were a hallmark of The Armory Show this year. Berlin gallery Johann König did particularly well in that range, selling a
As the weekend arrived and the end of Armory Week was within sight, Frieze seemed to be on the tip of many foreign dealers’ tongues, priming collectors for the next opportunity to acquire. At Victoria Miro, director Elke Seebauer was excited to plug their Venice Biennale-heavy booth forthcoming in two months. (Gallery artists
A similar smattering of sales was reported by Sean Kelly. The gallery placed works with collectors by nearly every artist they were showing including: an
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