Art Basel Opens With 'Exceptionally Strong' Sales

Art Basel has been described as the 'Olympics of the Art World.' Over 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars.

EYES IN Magazine share's highlights from the VIP opening of the main galleries and Monday night's VIP opening of Unlimited.

Galleries exhibiting at Art Basel reported exceptionally strong sales on the first day of the fair. Selected sales results are listed below.

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Art Basel 2014

The show's individual sectors represent every artistic medium: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Each day offers a full program of events, including symposiums, films, and artist talks. Further afield, exhibitions and events are offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.

Art Basel VIP Attendees

This year's Art Basel VIP attendees included: Abaseh Mirvalli; Abdullah Al-Turki; Adam Lindemann; Alban and Michaela de Pury; Alberto and Jose Mugrabi; Alice and Nahum Lainer; Amir Shariat; Anda Chen; Andreas Slominski; Anish Kapoor; Anita & Poju Zabludowicz; Ann Goldstein; Anne Pasternak; Bashar Al-Shroogi; Benedikt Taschen; Bernard Ruiz-Picasso; Beth de Woody; Budi Tek; Bülent, Faruk, and Füsun Eczacibasi; Carsten Nicolai; Chris Dercon; Christophe Cherix, MoMA; Christopher Williams; Connie Caplan DC collector; Craig Robins; Daisy Cheng; Daniel S. Loeb; Dasha Zhukova; David Cohen; David Ganek; David Mugrabi; Dilyara Allakhverdova; Don & Mera and Jason & Michelle Rubell; Eileen Norton; Essi and Fatima Maleki; Frances Morris; Frank Cohen; Gabi Horn, KW; Germano Celant; Gregor Muir; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Harald Falckenberg; Howard and Cindy Rachofsky; Honus Chen; Huo Fa Chen; Igor Abramovych; Jeffery Deitch; Jerome Sans; Jill and Peter Kraus; Jitish Kallat; Joachim Pissarro; Jordan Wolfson; Juan Vergas; Julia Peyton Jones; Karen & Christian Boros; Katherina Sieverding, artist; Klaus Biesenbach; Kulapat Yantrasast; Laure Provoust; Laurence Graff; Liqun Wang; Maja Hoffmann; Marc Quinn; Margarita Pushkina; Mark Bradford; Marty Margulies; Maryam & Ed Eisler; Massimiliano Gioni; Michael Ringler; Mitch and Emily Rales; Nadezhda Malyarovskaya; Nathan Clements-Gillespie, MACRO; Nicholas Baume; Okwui Enwezor; Oscar Murillo; Pam and Dick Kramlich; Patrizia Sandretto; Pauline Karpidas; Peter Brant; Phil and Shelly Aarons; Philip Aarons; Philip Tinari; Philippe Vergne; Princess Alia Al Senussi; Richard Chang; Rodney McMillian; RoseLee Goldberg; Roxana Marcoci, MoMA; Ryan Gander; Sandy Heller; Sandy Rower, Calder Foundation; Sarah McCrory, Glasgow International Festival; Sir Nicholas Serota; Sir Norman Rosenthal; Staffan Ahrenberg; Steve Cohen; Stuart Comer, MoMA; Tico Mugrabi; Tino Seghal; Todd Levin; Udo Brandhorst; Udo Kittelman; Uli Sigg; Wei Wang; William Zhao; Wim Delvoye; Yvonne force Villareal, and Zhanhui Chen.

Art Basel 2014 – Day 1 - Selected Sales Results

White Cube (London, Hong Kong, São Paulo)

Julie Mehretu
Mumbo Jumbo, 2008
Sold for USD 4.85 million

Damien Hirst
Nothing is a problem for me, 1992
Sold for just under USD 6 million

Zhang Huan
Grand Canal, 2009 in Unlimited
Sold for USD 1.8 million

Jake and Dinos Chapman
Sturm und drang, 2014
Sold for USD 850,000

Damien Hirst
Intercession, 2008
Sold for USD 800,000

Tracey Emin
Her Beautiful Beautiful Breast, 2014
Sold for USD 240,000

Christian Marclay
one of his action paintings
Sold for USD 375,000

Andreas Gursky
Lager, 2013
Sold for EUR 400,000

Two 'Tar Paintings' by Theaster Gates
Including Skin Singed, 2014
Sold for USD 150,000 each

Hauser & Wirth (London, New York, Zurich)

Paul McCarthy
WS, Dior, 2014
Sold for USD 950,000

3 Paintings by Thomas Houseago
(Not yet titled), 2014
Sold for USD 220,000 each

4 brand new video objects by Pipilotti Rist
2 sold for USD 95,000

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Salzburg, Paris)

Georg Baselitz
Volk Ding Zero (Folk Thing Zero), 2009
Wood, oil paint, paper, nails
Sold for USD 2.3 million

Joseph Beuys
Unbetitelt, 1961-1976-1985/1986
Holz, Restaurierung 1985 durch Joseph Beuys
Gusseisen 1976, zwei Unikate, geibe Kreide, Rost
Sold for EUR 2 million

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
The Four Paintings about Sun #3, 2013
Oil on canvas
Sold for USD 700,000

Joseph Beuys
Andy Warhol
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
Sold for USD 600,000

Georg Baselitz
Bitte hinter dem Kopf zurücktreten, 2014
Oil on canvas
Sold for EUR 450,000

David Zwirner (New York, London)

Jeff Koons sold for USD 5 million
Bruce Nauman sold for USD 3.2 million
Gerhard Richter sold for USD 2 million
Alice Neel sold for USD 650,000
Richard Serra sold for USD 575,000
Jordan Wolfson sold for USD 70,000 (inkjet print in aluminum artist's frame)

Galerie Van De Weghe (New York)

Lucio Fontana
Concetto Spaziale, Natura 1959-60
Sold for USD 2.1 million

Andy Warhol
Mao, 1973
Sold for USD 1.2 million

Both to European private collections

Dominique Lévy (New York, Geneva)

Frank Stella
Delaware Crossing, 1969
Sold for USD 1 million

Sprüth Magers (London, Berlin)

Andreas Gursky
Tote Hosen II, 2013
Sold for EUR 500,000

Sterling Ruby
BC (4805), 2014
Fabric, glue, paint, dyed canvas on panel
Sold for USD 245,000

Rosemarie Trockel
Untitled, 2012
Ceramics, glazed (orange)
Sold for EUR 120,000

Cheim & Read (New York)

Ron Gorchov
Passacaglia, 2013
Oil on linen
Sold for USD 65,000

Lynda Benglis
Indio 1978
Chicken wire, cotton bunting, plaster, gesso, gold leaf
Sold for USD 350,000

Jack Pierson
Free Love, 2014
Steel and aluminum
Sold for USD 225,000

Jenny Holzer
Selection for Survival: The Beginning of the War…, 2006
Danby Imperial White marble footstool
Sold for USD 100,000

Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris)

Jan Fabre
Reflecting Cross, 2013
White Carrara Marble
Sold for EUR 350,000

Chiharu Shiota
State of Being (Two Children's Dresses), 2014
Plexiglas box, two children's dresses and white thread
Sold for EUR 35,000

Lehmann Maupin (New York, Hong Kong)

3 circular paintings by Adriana Varejão - two sold to a French collector, and one to an American collector:

Adriana Varejão
Azulejão redondo #1 (Round Tile #1), 2014
oil and plaster on canvas
Sold for USD 250,000

Liu Wei
Untitled, 2014
oil on canvas
Sold for USD 150,000

Ashley Bickerton
MV1, 2013
aluminum, oil and acrylic paint
Soled for USD 150,000

Four works by Teresita Fernández including:

Teresita Fernández
olden (Three), 2014
gold chroming and India ink on wood panel
Sold for USD 55,000

Teresita Fernández
Nocturnal (Dusk 2), 2014
graphite and metallic paint on wood panel
Sold for USD125,000

Shirazeh Houshiary,
Fjord, 2014
pencil, pigment and black Aquacryl on canvas and aluminum
Sold for GBP 90,000

Untitled, 2010
mixed media on canvas
Sold for USD 180,000

Angel Otero
Untitled (SK-RN), 2014
oil paint and oil paint skins collaged on canvas
Sold for USD 40,000

Three Alex Prager photographs, each priced at USD 40,000:

Alex Prager, Crowd #4 (New Haven), 2013, archival pigment print
Two editions of Alex Prager, Hazelwood #2 (After Steven Siegel), 2014, archival pigment print

Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York)

75% of the gallery's booth sold within the first two hours of the VIP preview.

Sales ranged from historical material to works by contemporary artists, including:

Carl Andre priced at USD 275,000

Alina Szapocznikow priced between EUR 350,000-380,000

Michael St. John ranging from USD 25,000 – 30,000

Sean Kelly Gallery (New York)

Mariko Mori
Cyclic I, 2014
Sold for EUR 150,000
Sold the complete edition of 5

Galeria Luisa Strina (São Paulo)

Leonor Antunes
Lina, 2014
Brass wire, brass tubes, hemp rope, kambala wood
Sold for USD 55,000 to an important private collection

Two unique Pedro Reyes,
Navaja Suiza [Swiss Army Knife] IX, 2014
Steel, wood and found objects
Sold for USD 40,000
One was sold to an important European art trust

Howard Greenberg Gallery (New York)

Works by Saul Leiter, Joel Meyerowitz, William Klein, Robert Frank, Arnold Newman, Cindy Sherman
Sold for between USD 10,000 to more than USD 200,000

To European private collectors

Singapore Tyler Print Institute (Singapore)

Sold 4 works by Rirkrit Tiravanija for USD 48,000
Double does not travel in a straight line
We can travel to the sun when it is setting
Always. Almost. Never.The further the distance the closer is time
The hair that can predict the past, the present and the future

Gallery Side 2 (Tokyo)

Nearly sold the whole booth of Fumito Urabe's work
Works range from USD 1,500 to USD 40,000

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Source: Art Basel

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