Ai Weiwei to Jamie Wyeth Works Snapped Up at Miami Project
- MIAMI, Florida
- December 09, 2014
Miami Project’s Edition 3 closed Sunday evening in Miami’s Midtown Arts District after six busy days of robust sales to an exciting and engaged audience of international arts patrons, museums, institutions and corporate collections.
The Miami Project Pavilion’s 65,000 square foot tent soared above the heads of the fair’s25,000 visitors, all of whom were met with singular exhibitions by the country's top galleries and afforded the opportunity to experience modernist masterpieces alongside the work of some of the world's finest emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. Miami Project’snew Midtown location remained committed to the elegant display of important artwork, with wide aisles and towering ceilings lending each art-filled wall a sense of significance and occasion.
Strong six figure sales were reported throughout the fair. Highlights include Haines Gallery’s sale of their Ai Weiwei Forever Duo (Stainless Steel Bicycles in Gilding), 2013 to a private collector - concluding the work's edition of ten in the first hours of opening night.Greg Kucera Gallery's powerful solo exhibition of six Deborah Butterfield sculptures dazzled the crowd with the artist's Little Sorrel, 2014 - a bronze cast of reclaimed plywood - acquired by a board member of the Boise Art Museum. Bernard Goldberg Fine Artsplaced an important John Marin oil with a private collector, and Adelson Galleries sold a stunning Jamie Wyeth from the early 1990’s in the fair’s final Sunday evening hours.
Many of Miami Project’s exhibitors saw great success across their roster of exhibited artists, including MARC STRAUS and Quint Gallery. Pavel Zoubok Gallery placed their Mark Wagner currency collage, made especially for the Miami Project audience, with a private client. The gallery also sold their three Vanessa German sculptures, with the celebrated artist’s works going to new collectors across the country. RYAN LEE made sales to new and existing collectors of works by Paul Henry Ramirez, Clifford Ross, and Donald Sultan.Sasha Wolf Gallery’s back wall of astoundingly beautiful river photographic prints by Adam Katseff were in high demand. Also enjoying the success of their photography program wasYancey Richardson Gallery, placing their large Olivo Barbieri archival pigment print, work from Ed Ruscha’s seminal Pools Portfolio, several large unique Rachel Perry Weltydrawings, and eight Bryan Graf photograms over the weekend. Lennon, Weinberg, Von Lintel Gallery, Robischon Gallery, and Richard Levy Gallery among many others throughout the fair also reported great success with the Miami Project crowd.
Museum presence was significant throughout the run of Miami Project. The fair’s Cultural Partners, including the Brooklyn Museum, ICA Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami, The Bass Museum of Art, The Menil Collection, The Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Whitney Contemporaries, and the Junior Associates of MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art along with local favorites the Bakehouse Art Complex and The Wolfsonian-FIU brought curators, directors, board members, and groups of patrons through Miami Project for private tours, cocktail receptions, and a chance to experience the fair’s tight curation of some of the best art in the world.
The Miami Herald and WLRN News said “If you can only see one fair, make it Miami Project” and the public listened. The fair experienced an increased attendance along with excellent reviews from local and national press making it one of the most highly sought out fairs of Miami’s art week. Set apart by its extraordinarily high level of exhibitors presenting a concise collection of the best in modern and contemporary art, Miami Project is absolutely here to stay.