Frieze NY VIP Day, Sales, News, & Openings- May 5th Edition

Frieze NY Selected Sales from VIP Day

Lisson Gallery :

Anish Kapoor, Void, 1990, Asking £1.2 million

Lee Ufan, Dialogue, 2014, Asking $275,000

Lee Ufan, Untitled, 2017, Asking $45,000

Anish Kapoor, Spire, 2004, asking $450,000

Anish Kapoor, Glisten Blue, 2017, asking £600,000

Lee Ufan, Untitled, 2017), asking $45,000

Lee Ufan, Relatum, 2016, asking $390,000

Jack Shainman:

El Anatsui, Ascension, 2014, $1,100,000

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2012, $75,000

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Compound Leaf, 2017, $40,000

Radcliffe Bailey, Eshu at the Dismal, 2017, $55,000

Mitchell-Innes & Nash:

Three works by Keltie Ferris, for between $12,500 and $55,000

Two Sarah Braman statues "in the range of $20,000"

One Martin Kersels collage "in the range of $15,000"


David Zwirner:

"We sold out of all the Bove works: 4 sculptures, 1 work on paper." Price range: $50-$550k

"And we so far have sold 4 photos by Eggleston. We have a number of strong reserves on others, so we will have more info to report as the days go on." Each $185,000"


Solo booth of John Currin drawings. "We sold almost everything we had."

Thaddaeus Ropac:

Georg Baselitz work from 2010, $550,000

Two Georg Baselitz watercolors, each $44,000

Robert Longo flag study, $75,000

Jack Pierson sculpture Pray, $190,000

Robert Rauschenberg painting, $675,000

David Salle painting, $250,000



Gunter Forg painting, $250,000

David Salle painting, $250,000


Damien Loeb painting, $185,000

Damien Loeb painting, $150,000

Cy Twombly drawing, "around half a million"


Mike KriegerMatt Stone, & Bobby Flay all making the rounds at Frieze. Susan Sarandon & Cuba Gooding Jr. at Galerie Gymurzynska's dinner in honor of ChristoGermano Celant & Alexandre de Betak at Mr. Chow on Tuesday night. Abbi JacobsonIlana Glazer, & Chloe Sivigny at the Creative Time Gala Wednesday evening. 

News & Links

Frieze New York, New York's perhaps premiere art fair, opened yesterday to a general review of "it's not too bad, especially not in this market." The main trend on display is something that's been seen in the gallery world for years, but was distilled nicely by The Art Newspaper. Where before young art was the must-have trendy thing, buyers are now favoring older art: "Frieze New York, known for its cutting-edge contemporary art, is looking back in time this year, with more galleries showing 20th-century art than ever before. Newcomers in this field include Castelli Gallery, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Axel Vervoordt and Eykyn Maclean, which is offering Red Rabbit (1982) by Jean-Michel Basquiat for $8.5m—the first time that a work by the late artist has appeared at the fair." [The Art Newspaper]

The New York Times does a deep dive on Lisa Phillips, "The Most Powerful Woman In The New York Art World." That headline is meant to provoke, naturally, but the outgoing Randy Kennedy makes much of the woman in the big seat at the little museum: "At 63, Ms. Phillips has been running an art museum in New York longer than anyone except Glenn Lowry at the Museum of Modern Art (she took over in 1999, he in 1995.) She is one of only two directors in the city who has overseen the construction of a brand-new building (the New Museum’s unorthodox Bowery home, opened in 2007; Adam Weinberg, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, opened his new building in the meatpacking district two years ago.) And she is now in the midst of an $80 million capital campaign to double her museum’s size, a project notable at least so far for its sotto-voce nature, in sharp contrast to the expansion Mr. Lowry is overseeing, which has involved the widely criticized razing of the former home of the American Folk Art Museum." [NYT]

Most have known about the problems in the  Amedeo Modigliani market for some time, but Milton Esterow runs down the issues with the fakes and how they're plaguing a market that is otherwise exploding. "There have been lawsuits, charges of slander, death threats, hoaxes, and thefts." Perhaps most amazing about this? We're still going to see a lot of them in this fall's auctions. [VF]

Bloomberg has an interview with the nut who sent himself to the Met Gala, naked, in a box. He's a Russian performance artist named Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich and he's done it before at a Garage event in Moscow and the Venice Biennial. "I am donating my body encased in a clear box." [Bloomberg]


A Whitney Biennial packed with somewhat obscure artists means opportunity for those who bought them years ago. "Five days after the Whitney Biennial opened, [Henry Taylor's] 2007 painting, The Young, the Brave, Bobby Hutton R.I.P. Oakland, California, sold for $235,000, above the high estimate of $45,000, at Christie's New York." For some, it's a cash grab. For others, it's still cash grab,  but they might feel a little guilty about it. "The question now is whether that momentum can be sustained."[Bloomberg]

Extra Reading

Judd Tully's recap from Day 1 at Frieze over on

Nate Freeman's recap from Day 1 at Frieze over on

A quick summary of the Venice Biennial artists featured at Frieze in W Magazine

The Tate Modern's new wing will be renamed Blavatnik Building in The Art Newspaper  

Scott Indrisek asks if art can legally threaten the President on Artsy

Download the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report 2017 here



Casey Kaplan's recently opened Kevin Beasley show, "Sport/Utility" 

Totah's Helen Pashgian & Brian Wills exhibition, "TRANSIENT"

Skarstedt's new Eric Fischl show, "Late America" 

Pace/MacGill's Irving Penn exhibition

The Canvas will next be published daily during the week of the May sales from Christie's, Sotheby's, & Phillips.