Nearly $700 million worth of postwar and contemporary art may change hands at evening auctions this week.
Multimillion-dollar works by artists such as Barnett Newman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock and Gerhard Richter go to the block during Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips spring sales. The auctions follow last week's Impressionist and modern art sales at Sotheby's and Christie's, which surprised many observers by bringing in a tidy $388 million on middling-quality offerings, and the second Frieze New York art fair, which ends today. Read More
Arriving at Basketball City, the Lower East Side athletic facility that houses the second NADA New York art fair (which was open through May 12), Dan Byers was thinking about work in all its forms. "Art fairs are really for seeing people, for re-connecting with dealers, curators, artists and writers," he told A.i.A. "I'm interested in how everyone is performing a certain kind of labor in those roles," he continued, "and part of my job as a curator is being socially present in these contexts." Read More
Riding the water taxi across the East River to Randalls Island for a VIP preview of the Frieze New York art fair (through May 13), curator Amy Smith-Stewart recalled that art fairs had already changed the art world ecosystem as early as eight years ago. Read More
Can a new design fair compete with high-profile events taking place in New York this week, like the Frieze art fair and the May art auctions?
Judging by the attendees of the opening, the inaugural Collective.1 Design Fair (May 8-11) has managed to do so. On the scene, among others, were New York-based collector Sid Bass; Victoria Siddall, Frieze Masters director; Cecilia Dean, Visionaire cofounder; and reality show star and former auctioneer Simon de Pury.
Christie's New York wrapped up the first week of major evening auctions with a $158.5-million sale of Impressionist and modern art. Even examples of middling quality inspired eager bidding. Fully 47 of the 50 works on offer found buyers over the 75-minute auction, with bidders competing, mostly by phone via Christie's staffers, from more than 30 countries. Read More
Mixed Media, 212 x 66 inches, Courtesy the artist.
Artist Kirstine Roepstorff was born and trained in Denmark, but lives and works in Berli