The sales reports from the sophomore edition of Frieze Los Angeles, which opened last week to well-heeled collectors and hangers-on at Paramount Pictures Studios, are in. And though the figures need to be taken with a hefty spoonful of salt, indications at the top end of the market point to a lucrative event for dealers and their artists.
Among the notable attendees this year were A-Rod and J. Lo, art-fair regular Leonardo DiCaprio, singers Usher and The Weeknd, and tennis star Maria Sharapova.
And included in the group of wealthy buyers were people like Ari Emanuel, the Hollywood super-agent who co-founded Endeavor, the megalith company that owns a 70 percent stake in the Frieze fairs (he bought a painting by Jordan Casteel at Casey Kaplan); and Kendall Jenner, who bought a James Turrell work, perhaps on the advice of her brother-in-law, Kanye West.
Below, we rounded up some figures from dealers willing to disclose sales.
Nota bene: Sales reports are notoriously slippery in the art world. Some purchases may have been finalized long before the fair, while others might only be handshake deals, still waiting on paperwork and cash. But prices themselves are more reliably telling, providing a snapshot of where individual artists stand in the matrix of the art market today.
Even here, of course, there is room for slippage: Some dealers occasionally offer inflated figures, while others prefer to report ranges or the “asking price” to obscure the actual selling price, or to cover up favorable treatment that one buyer may have received over another. (We did not include reported sales unaccompanied by a price or price range in our list, so the galleries that tend to disclose figures are disproportionately represented here.)
$2 million: Neo Rauch, Aprilnacht (2011) at David Zwirner
$1,350,000: Robert Rauschenberg, Bowery Parade (Borealis) (1989) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
$866,000: Georg Baselitz, Schwarzes Pferd [Black Horse] (1986) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
$600,000: A new painting by Mark Grotjahn at Blum & Poe
$550,000: Alex Katz, Ada (2018) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
$500,000 each: Two new paintings by Jonas Wood at David Kordansky
$420,000: Tracy Emin, There was only The Truth (2019) at White Cube
$350,000: A work by Oscar Murillo at David Zwirner
$350,000: Stanley Whitney, Angels on Sunday, Maids on Monday (2019) at Lisson
$310,000: A work by Mary Weatherford at David Kordansky
$280,000: Darren Almond, Night Snow at Tsukahara (2020) at White Cube
$254,000: Imi Knoebel, Bild 06.03.2015 (2015) at White Cube
$200,000: A painting by Harold Ancart at David Zwirner
$200,000: A painting by Lucas Arruda at David Zwirner
$145,000: Allora & Calzadilla, Electromagnetic Field (2019) at Lisson
$120,000–$1 million each: Five paintings by Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner
$100,000–$120,000 each: Several paintings by Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe
$100,000: Ali Banisadr, The Serpent and the Key (2019) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
$85,000–$495,000 each: All five of Avery Singer’s new works shown at Hauser & Wirth
$16,500–$18,500 each: Gabriela Sanchez’s works at Charlie James
$14,000–$30,000 each: All of painter Calinda Rawles’s works at Various Small Fires
SCULPTURES, INSTALLATIONS, & MIXED MEDIA
$910,000: Anish Kapoor, Mirror (Gold / Magenta) (2019) at Lisson
$520,000: Antony Gormley, GUT XVIII (2018) at White Cube
$500,000 each: Two works by Carol Bove at David Zwirner
$275,000: Liza Lou, Shelter from the Storm at Lehmann Maupin
$150,000: A work by Isa Genzken at David Zwirner
$100,000: Theaster Gates, Afro (2018) at White Cube
$76,000: Bram Bogart, Het maartse (1994) at White Cube
$65,000: David Altmejd, Codebreaker (2020) at White Cube
$65,000: Ibrahim Mahama, LET THEM SAY (2019) at White Cube
$13,000: Laure Prouvost, IDEALLY HERE WOULD BE A DOOR TO YOUR GRANDMA’S LEAVING ROOM (2019) at Lisson
PHOTOGRAPHS, PRINTS, & WORKS ON PAPER
$360,000: Julie Mehretu, Codex Monotypes (2018) at White Cube
$120,000: Robert Longo, Study of Grey Wolf (2019) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
$25,000: Jessica Rankin, Being Matter Ignited (2020) at White Cube
$120,000: A painting on paper by Carmen Herrera from 2015 at Lisson
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