Art Basel Miami Beach Public Opening- Day Three
Art Basel Preview & Vernissage Selected Sales
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Keltie Ferris, NSEW, 2017: between $50,000-$60,000
Nick Cave, Wire Tondo: $110,000
Carrie Mae Weems, The Blues, 2017: $80,000
Wang Guangle, 170326, 2017: $325,000
Michael Rovner, Urgency, 2017: $140,000
Willem de Kooning, Untitled, ca. 1967: $450,000
Yoshitomo Nara, Young Mother, 2012: $2.9 million
Joel Shapiro, Untitled, 2016: $350,000
Kukje Gallery/ Tina Kim Gallery
Ha Chong-Hyun, Conjunction 17-05, 2017: between $100,000-$110,000
Lee Bul, Untitled (Mekamelencolia – Velvet #3), 2017: between $225,000-$275,000
Alex Prager, Anaheim, 2017: between $30,000-$40,000
Angel Otero, Through the Stained Glass, 2017: between $80,000-$90,000
Teresita Fernandez, Blind Land (Green): between $225,000- $275,000
Liza Lou, Relief 3, 2017: between $130,000-$140,000
Pierre Soulages, Peinture 130 x 97 cm, 28 Octobre, 1966: about $1.2 million
Serge Poliakoff, Bleu, ca. 1956: about $1.2 million
Alison Jacques Gallery
Hannah Wilke, Mellow Yellow, 1975: $750,000
Hannah Wilke, Untitled, 1975-79: $550,000
Sheila Hicks, Langue d’oiseau I, 2016–17: $150,000
News You Need to Know
It just gets weirder and weirder.
After yesterday's bombshell news in the New York Times that the buyer for Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" was Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, today we find out that in truth, he was only a proxy acting for his good friend, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
The team effort of Shane Harris, Kelly Crow, and Summer Said broke the news in the Wall Street Journal (reporting from Washington, Miami, and Dubai respectively). Interestingly, part of the main tilt of the article was how the crown prince bought the $450 million dollar artwork amid the austerity drive that he's ostensibly leading at home.
And to top it all off, it appears that the talented reporters behind this major scoop got at least some of their information from sources within the U.S intelligence community (i.e not art world insiders) who claim that Bader has been bidding- and winning- on works for the crown prince throughout the past year. Needless to say, you MUST read the full piece on the WSJ website. [Wall Street Journal]
Alex Greenberger of ArtNews has the scoop on a new report from UBS that claims that Art Basel Miami Beach is the fair most attended by collectors (followed by the Armory Show, TEFAF, Frieze, and the Venice Biennale- though we're not entirely clear on why the Biennale is included in that list). There are other noteworthy statistics that he highlights in his full article which you can read here.
Jason Farago gives his take on this year's iteration of Art Basel Miami Beach in his review for the New York Times. While his insight and perspective on the art itself is certainly worthwhile and captivating reading, The Canvas couldn't help but notice his repeated mentions of the construction work at the convention center and surrounding area (something we're sure to be ranting about in Sunday's edition).
Forbes.com has a surprisingly interesting look at some of the behind-the-scenes details behind planning and running the fair in their interview with Art Basel global director, Marc Spiegler. Ann Binlot provides the specifics; including Marc's week-of-fair fitness routine (hint: he likes to swim).
Party Roundup with Pictures
Hauser & Wirth's party at the 1 Hotel South Beach to honor Mark Bradfordis the hands-down winner this year for the title of best gallery-hosted party at this year's fair. Guests included Ellie Goulding, Wendi Deng Murdoch, Owen Wilson, Ricky Martin, Mark Ronson, Ricky Martin, Sara Foster, Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York, and Sarah Duchess of York. We'll take your word that your invitation was lost in the mail, so check out the pictures via BFA here.
Check out all the pictures from The Cultivist's swanky annual artist lunch which was held this year at the Setai hotel. Flip through the pictures on BFA.com here while you ask yourself why you haven't joined the member's only group yet.
W magazine and Oliver Peoples hosted a boozy, beach-side bash at the Nautilus Hotel's tent to celebrate the "next wave" of collectors in art, fashion, design, and music. You can gaze jealously at the ridiculously good looking guests on BFA.com here, and eagle-eyed readers might even spot The Canvas (who was honored to be invited) lurking in the shadows.
Galerie Gmurzynska hosted a dinner in honor of Jean Pigozzi at the Faena Hotel. Guests included Maria Baibakova, Paris Hilton, Hannah Bronfman, and Isabelle Bscher. BFA has all the glossy pics here.
Page Six includes a nice round up of some of the pictures from the various parties and events around Miami. You can click through the gallery on their website here.
ArtNews once again provides their "Scenes from Miami Art Week" picture compilation on their website. Pictures include scenes from the convention center, the Bass Museum of Art private reception, and the aforementioned Hauser & Wirth party. Check it out here.
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