25th ANNIVERSARY OF ART MIAMI AND 3rd ANNUAL CONTEXT ART FAIRS
CLOSE WITH RECORD SALES & ATTENDANCE
Galleries Realize Six- and Seven-Figure Sales as Private and
Institutional Buyers Acquire Important Works and Discover New Talent at
Miami's Anchor Fairs During Art Week
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
A sampling of some of the several $1 million+ sales includes Cinq Tournesols dans le Paysage by Fernand Léger from the Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery and U.L. by Gerhard Richter from Galerie Von Vertes.
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!"
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.
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!"