Marking its 25th anniversary, Art Miami, the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during Miami Art Week, along with its adjacent sister fair CONTEXT, closed this past weekend with record-breaking sales and attendance that far exceeded the 2013 figures. Significant works sold to both established and new private and corporate collectors, notable museum professionals, cultural foundation executives, dealers, art advisors and consultants. More than 82,500 attendees visited Art Miami and CONTEXT through its duration, with more than 14,000 patrons attending the private VIP Preview on Tuesday, December 2, which benefited the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Miami Light Project. Additionally, the fair was attended by hundreds of international members of the press who reported on the fairs.
Among the dealers reporting six- and seven-figure sales
were Amy Li Gallery, Birnam Wood Galleries, BLANK SPACE, Company Agenda, Cernuda Arte, Dranoff Fine Art, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, Fabien Castanier Gallery, James Barron Art LLC, KM Fine Arts, Kuckei + Kuckei, Mike Weiss Gallery, Seager Gray Gallery, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Susan Sheehan Gallery, Michael Schultz, Galerie Forsblom, Galería Casa Cuadrada, Licht Feld Gallery, Lyle O Reitzel Gallery Mark Borghi, Galeria Mayoral, Michael Goedhuis, The McLoughlin Gallery, and White Room / Liquid Art System. Six-figure sales
far surpassed 2013 purchases for paintings, sculptures, photographs and mixed-media works by artists such as Wifredo Lam, Cy Twombly, Jason Martin, Fernand Léger, Miya Ando, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder Andy Warhol, Donald Sultan, Tony Cragg, Hans Hoffmann, Sam Francis, Robert Chamberlain, Frank Stella, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring, Willem de Kooning, and Amelia Peláez.
A sampling of some of the several $1 million+ sales includes Cinq Tournesols dans le Paysage by Fernand Légerfrom the Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery and U.L. by Gerhard Richter from Galerie Von Vertes.
"The 25th edition of Art Miami was a tremendous success on every level," said Nick Korniloff, Fair Director and Partner of Art Miami LLC. "The fair's attendance by 82,500 visitors over six days was unprecedented, and our exhibitors reported strong sales to collectors, institutions, and private art advisors while they made new relations with culturally-savvy international clientele. Many exhibitors left with new commissions for their artists and a tremendous amount of follow-up to do on works that have been placed on hold. It was an amazing week!"
Recognized as two of the most important annual contemporary art events in the U.S., Art Miami and CONTEXT together showcased artists from more than 200 leading galleries representing 1,875 artists from 60 countries around the globe. Spanning 250,000 square feet across three city blocks, the fairs buzzed as record crowds of high-quality international collectors acquired important works by established, emerging, mid-career, and cutting edge artists. The open atmosphere between both fairs afforded an energetic and spirited dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors.
"The 2014 edition of Art Miami was better than ever," said Frej Forsblom, Director of Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, Finland. "There were numerous collectors, museums, and important institutions on premises looking for new things. We sold 13 works total, which included a six-figure piece by Jason Martin and several five-figure pieces, in addition to five other works that are still on hold."
Starting with the VIP Preview on December 2, art enthusiasts lined up around the block for early access and the first opportunity to acquire the works on view. Notable guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in an extravagant VIP lounge hosted by prestigious Italian car maker Maserati
, who celebrated their 100th Anniversary and showcased a luxurious collection of their latest automotive designs outside the fair's entrance. Guests also mingled at the interactive Christie's International Real Estate booth
, which presented international luxury residential real estate offerings. Throughout the fair's duration, the pavilions at Art Miami and CONTEXT were filled with some of the biggest names in the art world, from top collectors and museums directors to celebrities and socialites. Key influencers included: Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Thom Collins
, collectors Steve and Shari Ashman
, Nike CEO Mark Parker
, Miami Theater Center founder and artistic director Stephanie Ansin, Robert and Diane Moss, Louise Sunshine, Ira and Roni Elegant, Marvin Ross Friedman, Isaac Rosenberg, Paul Pebly, Michael Rose, Jorge and Darlene Pérez,
Christie's International Real Estate CEO Dan Conn, Jeff and Lori Hyland, Tony and Jenny Baumer, Jessica and Janet Goldman, Tommy Hilfiger, Adrienne bon Haes, Josh and Ashley Liemer, Anthony and Katharine Rubino, Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz, Beth and Richard Tasca, Jerry Powers, Edward Shumsky, Daniel Templon, Stephan Balkenhol, Andrew and Stacey Kroll, Susan Kronick, Rick Moser, Ron Shuffield, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Juan Montoya, Urban Karlsson, Alberto and Fernanda Gavazzi, Michael and Carolynn Friedman, Mario Cader-Frech, Jane Wooldridge and Stetson Glines, Carmen Bigles, Amy Zakarin, Carol and Vincent Damian, Jean Shafiroff, Beth and Richard Tasca, David Lombardi, Nick and Lynn Buoniconti, Chip Gesner,
artists Udo Noger, Chul Hyun Ahn, Peter Sarkisian, Peter Anton, and Mr. Brainwash, among others.
A strong museum presence was seen daily at the fairs with board members, curators and directors attending from: Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Phillips Collection, Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, The Dalí Museum, Wolfsonian, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Jewish Museum, Norton Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, ICA Miami, Whitney Contemporaries, Junior Associates of MoMA, Bass Museum of Art, Frost Museum, McNay Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, NSU Museum of Ft. Lauderdale, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, National Academy Museum, National Gallery of Art, and MOCA North Miami, amongst dozens of others.
Avid interest in newer and mid-career, cutting edge artists
translated into strong sales and sold out series of works by Armando Marino, Mart Visser, Axel Crieger, Seung Mo Park, Byung Jin Kim, F. Lennox Campello, Audrey Wilson, Brett Amory, Christian Faur, MARCK, Erwin Olaf, Achille DE LUCIS, Jerry Powers, Drew Tal, Antoine Rose, Melisa Mizrakli and Nathan Vincent.
"The third edition of CONTEXT
concluded with great success," said Julian Navarro, Director of CONTEXT. "Strong sales were reported throughout the six days of the fair, and various high-profile museums, institutions, private and public collectors, and the general public had the opportunity to appreciate and acquire works by some of the most important emerging and mid-career contemporary artists today. I'm so pleased with the results in my inaugural year of directing the fair, and I extend my sincere gratitude to the galleries and artists for attending from far and wide and trusting in our vision. Looking forward to what's ahead!"