At Art Brussels, sales showed collector demand for works in the four- and five-figure range.
Art Brussels 2019. Photo by David Plas, courtesy Art Brussels.
The 37th edition of Art Brussels closed on Sunday, with a total of 25,473 visitors passing through its aisles over a four-day run. In addition to major collectors such as London-based Muriel Salem, the Danish mega-collector Leif Djurhuus, New Yorkers Susan and Michael Hort, and Belgium’s own Alain Servais, the fair drew representatives from a bevvy of European institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, and the Louvre in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The fair’s 148 participating galleries reported a slew of sales, primarily in the four- and five-figure range.
In the fair’s main section, dubbed Prime, sales included:
The British gallery New Art Centre reported selling a Henry Moore tapestry to a top European collection, but did not specify the price.
Nathalie Obadia, who operates spaces in both Brussels and Paris, found success with works by Laure Prouvost, who is representing France at this year’s Venice Biennale. Obadia sold two Laure Prouvost paintings that had been priced between €25,000 and €35,000 ($27,900 and $39,000) as well as a few tapestries by Prouvost, priced between €25,000 and €85,000 ($27,900 and $94,900).
Blain | Southern, which just added a New York space to its locations in London and Berlin, sold several works in the range of $35,00 to $200,000, including a work by Jonas Burgert.
Brussels gallery Xavier Hufkens reported an unspecified number of sales from its solo booth of works by Lesley Vance, who was awarded the fair’s SOLO Prize.
Paris’s Semiose sold out of its solo booth of works by Amélie Bertrand, priced between €2,500 and €14,000 ($2,800 and $15,600), on the first day of the fair.
Also on the fair’s first day, Belgian gallery Patrick de Brock sold several works by Ethan Cook in the range of €22,000 to €36,000 ($24,500 and $40,200).
Antwerp-based KETELEER Gallery also got off to a strong start, selling 15 works in the fair’s first day.
The gallery Ceysson & Bénétière, which has spaces in Paris, New York, Luxembourg, and Saint-Etienne, sold pieces by Claude Viallat in the €15,000 to €40,000 ($16,750 to $44,600) range, works by the French artist duo of Florian Pugnaire and David Raffini for €6,500 ($7,250) and €7,500 ($8,370), and five works by Lionel Sabatté.
The Swiss gallery Ditesheim & Maffei Fine Art sold an entire Heimo Zobernig series consisting of 15 works for unspecified prices.
Maruani Mercier, which operates spaces in three Belgian cities, sold out its solo booth of works by Jaclyn Conley, which had been priced between €2,500 and €20,000 ($2,800 and $22,300). After rehanging its booth, it sold additional works, including a piece by Arne Quinze for around €50,000 ($55,800).
Belgian gallery Nadja Vilenne reported its best Art Brussels outing in its decade of participating in the fair, including selling three large works—two of them to major institutions.
Seoul gallery Hakgojae, which was at Art Brussels for the first time, sold all eight works from Kim Hyunsik’s “Who Likes. . .” series.
New York’s Marc Straus said it notched six sales in the first hour of Art Brussels preview. Its sales from the fair included four works by Sandro Chia priced at $4,800, a work by Michael Brown priced at $25,000, and three pieces by Paul Pretzer ranging from $5,000 to $7,000.
Art Brussels visitors in the Nathalie Obadia booth. Photo by David Plas, courtesy Art Brussels.
In the fair’s Discovery section for recent works by young and emerging artists, sales included:
Brussels gallery Spazio Nobile sold abstract tapestries by Kustaa Saksi for €13,400 ($14,960) and ceramic work by Bela Silva for between €4,500 and €18,000 ($5,000 and $20,100).
Stems, which operates spaces in Brussels and Luxembourg, sold out its entire booth of works by the American painter Tajh Rust, with works priced in the €6,000 to €9,000 ($6,700 to $10,000) range.
Amsterdam gallery Tegenboschvanvreden won the fair’s Discovery Prize and sold works from its booth in the range of €6,500 to €12,000 ($7,400 to 13,400), including one piece to collector Alain Servais.
Portugal’s Lehmann+Silva sold out its solo booth of works by Joáo Gabriel on the fair’s preview day.
Similarly, Paris gallery Derouillon had sold out its entire booth by the afternoon of the fair’s second day.
Brussels-based Dauwens & Beernaert placed two works by Karl Philips with the Vanhaerents Art Collection.
In the fair’s newly launched Invited section for younger galleries exploring different business models, the itinerant Zurich-based Counter Space sold six works by Antoinette d’Ansembourg in the range of €1,300 ($1,450). Also in the Invited section, London-based dealer Alice Black, who was participating in a fair for the first time since opening her gallery in May 2017, made several sales. In a statement, Black noted: “our participation paid off, [. . .] the collectors at Art Brussels are decisive, knowledgeable, and their approach is well thought through, the work is really appreciated.”