A new director, increased visitor numbers and a special focus on Chinese art made for an electric atmosphere at Art Paris. We reveal what the collectors bought and for how much.
In the crowded calendar of international art fairs (there always seems to be one going on somewhere), Art Paris has cultivated a unique identity that makes it a worthwhile stop for galleries and collectors alike. Offering “accessible” art (most sales are below €50,000), there is also a focus on artists from the East, as well as the discovery of new talents and art scenes. Nowhere was this niche more apparent or successful than that at its 16th edition, which took place in the Grand Palais from March 27 to 30.
Under the leadership of new director Guillaume Piens, the former chief of Paris Photo, this year’s fair saw China invited as Guest of Honour. This attracted 140 galleries from 20 countries and a record 58 387 visitors, a 10% increase on last year. Importantly, among those visitors were a contingent of leading collectors such as Monique Pozzo di Borgio, Diana Widmaier Picasso, Edouard Carmignac, Uli Sigg and Gilles Fuchs. The buzz at the VIP opening was audible with dealers reporting of brisk sales – highlights of which we detail in the pages to come.
The next edition of Art Paris takes place 26-29 March 2015.
Dealer Florent Paumelle of Galerie Oniris sold five works by François Morellet (including ‘Cruibe N°17’, 2013, pictured here) at €50,000, with half the buyers being new or foreign clients.
Galerie Particulière let go of ‘Schema’, a sculpture made of feathers by Kate Mccgwire for €60,000, above its estimate of €30-50,000.
Zurcher sold more than a dozen works including two large paintings by French realist painter Marc Desgranchamps at €35,000 each.
Newcomer to the fair, Thailand’s Adler/Shubashok gallery, sold nine of Manit Sriwanichpoom’s ‘Pink Man’ trolleys (2009) and a piece by Chatchai Puipa at €80,000.
Françoise Besson from Lyon let go of 16 works by Laurent Mulot at between €1,500 and €3,000. Pictured here is Mulot’s ‘Three of a Perfect Arctic Pair, Aganta Kairos, Greenland’ (2013). Clients also commissioned a work from her artist Patrice Giorda.
IFA gallery sold 3 works by Jiang Shanqing at between €10,000 and €25,000 (pictured here is ‘Untitled 02’, 2010) as well as a large photograph by the Gao Brothers at more than €20,000.
10 Chancery Lane Gallery let go of the large painting Chai-na/China (2004) by Huang Rui for €35,000, within its estimate of €30-50,000.
ALB (Anouk le Bourdiec) gallery stood out with her two large drawings by Dutch artist The Kid (including Bryan and David, 2013, pictured here) that went for €20,000 and €27,000.
Muriel Guépin from New York sold 4 drawings by Korean artist Keun Young Park, including ‘Dream #10’ (2011) pictured here, at €4,500 each.
Feizi Gallery (Brussels, Shanghai) let go of some 20 drawings by Ye Linghan at €2,500 each, including ‘50% Dollar 099’ (2013), pictured here.
Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris, sold wall pieces by Venezuelan artist Manuel Mérida for €17,000 ($22,700) and up.
M97 Gallery sold all 20 of its works by Luo Dan (including ‘Simple Song No. 33: Forest Trail’, 2012, which is pictured here) at prices between €1,000 and 8,000 each.
Helene Bailly Gallery of Paris sold a Zhang Ding work for €12,000.
Galerie Loft (Paris) sold Qiu Zhijie’s Tattoo 2 (1994) for somewhere between €20–30,000.
Galerie Templon sold the “Roll Up” sculpture made in 2010 by British artist Antony Caro for an undisclosed fee.
For its first time at the fair, Armel Soyer gallery was delighted, having sold a mirror by Mathias Kiss to Russian collectors for €30,000.
Claude Lemand sold a piece by Shafic Abboud for €300,000 and Sunny Day, 2009 (pictured) by Iraq’s Dia Al-Azzawi at €80,000 (estimate: €50-€100,000).