ART MIAMI CONTINUES STRONG SALES MOMENTUM ON DAY FOUR; Record Number of Sales Propels Fair to Strong Finish

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  • December 05, 2011

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Alexander Calder's "Red and Black" which Mark Borghi Fine Art sold on Saturday for approximately $85,000.


Art Miami (, Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair and anchor fair to the City of Miami, announced at the close of the fair’s fourth day (Saturday) that collective sales exceeded the 2010 figures by more than double. Galleries continued to report strong five and six-figure transactions, as the fair continued to attract more high-profile collectors, museum professionals, curators, connoisseurs and artists. Distinguished for its quality, depth and diversity, Art Miami presents an incredible showcase of works from internationally renowned modern and contemporary art from 110 international art galleries.

 “Our exhibitors are continuing to report strong sales every day— more than twice than what we saw last year at this time,” said Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami.  “We attribute this to our galleries who are exhibiting superb quality works that are very well priced; collectors are responding and investing accordingly.” Korniloff continued, “This week we have demonstrated that Art Miami is a true destination for collectors, and we are anticipating a very strong finish for Sunday.”

Vincent Vallarino, owner of Vincent Vallarino Fine Art stated, “We’re seeing very good people, important collectors we’ve known from the past, and new collectors that are quite knowledgeable. The attendance on day four remains very good and the aura of the fair is completely energized.” McCormick Gallery/Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, has exhibited at Art Miami for several years, and sold a record of eight abstract expressionist paintings from important artists from the 1950s in the past four days.

On day four, several galleries reported seeing notable collectors, museum curators, and celebrities including: Jane Seymour, Ella Cisneros, Michael Eastman, Alice Walton, James Byrd, Patricia and Phillip Frost, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Otsberg, Mike Eidson, Stephen and Diane Volk, Darren Kimball, Mark Rosen, Dr. Jorge Daaboul, Silvana Facchini, Consuelo Escrihuela Chumilla, fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, Balthazar Magazine publisher Arty Takian, Andrea DorigoMilena CavicchioliPaolo Alberti and professionals from the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, MOCA Miami, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bellevue Arts Museum, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Spellman College, Mobile Museum of Art, Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale and more.

 Highlights from day four (Saturday) sales included:

·         Mark Borghi Fine Art sold a Jean-Michel Basquiat work for approximately $250,000, Alexander Calder’s painting titled, “Red and Black” for approximately $85,000, and George Condo’s “Swiss Juice” for approximately $65,000

·         Osborne Samuel sold a Henry Moore sculpture for approximately $250,000, a Lynn Chadwick sculpture for $50,000 and a Tim Flach photo for $7,000

·         Modernism Inc. sold a Gottfried Helnwein painting for $85,000, photographs by Michael Dweck and Lucien Clergue totaling $25,000, a Naomie Kremer painting “R&B” for $16,000, and an Andreas Nottebohm oil painting on aluminum “KN-1962” for $10,000

·         Dillon Gallery sold two works by Kumi Yamashita totaling approximately $75,000, and three Masatake Kouzaki pigment and foil works totaling $6,000

·         James Barron Fine Art sold James Brooks’Langella” (1982) for approximately $75,000 and Sol Lewitt’sFolded 1972” for approximately $40,000

·         Waterhouse & Dodd sold Patrick Hughes’ oil and photographic collage “Sea City for $60,000

·         ACA Galleries sold four Anita Huffington sculptures totaling approximately $58,000

·         Pace Prints sold a Jim Dine suite of three works for $48,000

·         Mike Weiss Gallery reported for the week, selling six Yigal Ozeri paintings totaling $240,000, 12 Kim Dorland paintings ranging from $4,000-$15,000, two paintings by KAORUKO totaling $48,000, five Trudy Benson paintings ranging from $6,000-$14,000, and a painting by Marc Séguin

·         Sundaram Tagore Gallery sold Merrill Wagner’sPasture Flower #1” (2009) for $34,000

·         Priveekollektie sold a nut wood, steel copper, glass and leather desk deigned by De Intuitiefabriek titled “Scrinium” for approximately $30,000, and a Hans Kotter chrome LED and color code unique piece titled “Twin” (2010) for an undisclosed amount

·         Cernuda Arte sold a René Portocarrero mixed media piece entitled “Ciudad Flotante” for $29,000, an Antonio Vidal painting entitled “Abstracción” for $15,000, a David Rodríguez oil on canvas painting “Pausa” for $5,000 and Wilfredo Lam’s brass and chrome-plated metal “L’Oiseau de Feu” for $18,000

·         Greg Kucera Gallery sold a Darren Waterston painting titled “Last Days” for approximately $28,000

·         Graham sold a Mary McDonnell oil on aluminum for $28,000 and three John Zinsser works from his “Devotional Series” totaling $9,000

·         Catherine Edelman Gallery, reported selling for the week 13 Gregory Scott video installations ranging from $26,000 - $32,000

·         Galerie RX sold two Georges Rousse photos titled “Castle of Chambord” (2011) totaling  $27,000

·         David Klein Gallery sold a Kim McCarty watercolor titled “Black Tips” (2010) for $18,000 to a MOMA trustee

·         Galerie Renate Bender sold a Robert Sageman oil on canvas for $15,500 entitled “12,886”

·         Modernbook Gallery Editions, over the course of the week, sold four Brent Townshend pieces including three multi-panel editions of “Rockefeller Center” totaling $30,000 and a multi-panel work entitled “Opera Garnier” for $8,000, eight works by Maggie Taylor ranging from $2,400-$4,000, three Jamie Baldridge works totaling $24,000, and works by Ryan Bush, David Imlay, Raven Erebus and Brigitte Camochan

·         Douglas Dawson Gallery sold an “Anthropomorphic Urn” from Tamalameque, Columbia (800-1200 AD) for $13,000 as well as a set of “Deep Water Buoys” recovered from Lake Superior/Lake Michigan (20th century) made of wood and iron pigment for $11,500

·         Aldo de Sousa Gallery sold two untitled Raul Mazzoni geometrical works totaling $12,000

·         Jennifer Kostuik Gallery sold “Shattered Sphere” by Brent Comber for $12,000

·         Galerie Forsblom sold a Kaarina Kaikkonen sculpture made of men’s coats titled “Some Hope” for $10,000

·         Robert Mann Gallery sold two Julie Blackmon pigment prints totaling $9,000

·         Peter Fetterman Gallery sold a Steve McCurry photograph titled “Sharbat Gula, Afghan Girl” (Pakistan, 1984) for approximately $8,500 and several Stephen Wilkes digital C prints including “Central Park” (2010) for $6,500 and “Times Square” (2010) for $3,500.

·         Lisa Sette Gallery sold two acrylic and India ink on de-acidified 19th Century paper titled “Ghostly Meditations (the invisible essence of things)” (2011) and “Ghostly Meditations (distills into something dense and unknown)” totaling $8,400. The gallery also sold three oil on panel pieces titled “The Battle” (2009) for $2,800, “Traveling Grower” (2011) for $1,200 and “Flood” (2011) for $1,200

·         Pan American Art Projects sold a mixed media piece by Jose Manuel Fors titled “Fragmentos” for $7,000, two William Cannings works “Glow Tube” for $3,000 and “Rip and Sag” for $7,500 made from inflated steel and paint

 The following galleries also reported important sales for undisclosed amounts:

·         Leon Tovar Gallery sold three works from Jesus Rafael Soto

·         Laurence Miller Gallery sold another Stéphane Couturier print

·         Edelman Arts sold several works from Cathy McClure and a Christopher Winter painting

·         Tresart sold an untitled Lolo Soldevilla mixed media on paper (1956)

·         Evelyn Aimis Fine Art sold a Willem de Kooning painting, a George Condo piece and a Henry Moore work

·         Galería Patricia Ready sold a work by Sebastián Preece

·         Bernice Steinbaum Gallery sold works by Enrique Gomez De Molina, Juan Carlos Zaldivar and Reynier Leyva Novo

 Running from November 29 – December 4 in a state-of-the-art 125,000 square foot pavilion in Midtown Miami’s burgeoning Wynwood Arts District.  Now in its 22nd year, Art Miami includes modern and contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and prints from Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East and the United States. Situated in a newly designed pavilion, one third larger than last year, Art Miami has grown to include over 100 galleries from 16 countries, with a showcase of 700 artists from 70 countries around the world. From the United States, 300 artists are on display from nearly 30 cities. For a complete list of exhibitors, visit

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