Art13 draws 25,000 people and international collectors
This weekend, Art13 London welcomed artists, galleries and collectors from across the world, as well as a number of first time, local collectors, to its inaugural edition, confirming the Fair’s status as the largest and most dynamic art fair to launch in London in over a decade.
The Fair ran from 1-3 March at Olympia Grand Hall, Kensington and attracted 129 galleries from 30 countries, welcoming 6,000 guests on its opening night, and 24,735 visitors over three days.
Sales of art from around the world at Art13 London included:
• Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai/Singapore/Hong Kong sold a painting by Zhu Jinshi, entitled 'Children's Dreams', 2012, for $150,000 USD
• In Sook Kim's 'Saturday Night', 2007, from Galerie Paris-Beijing, France/China/Belgium sold to a British collector on the first night for £70,000 GPB
• PIFO Gallery, China sold two works by Liang Quan for £30,000 GBP to a British Collector in the first hour of the opening day. A work by Zhang Xuerui went to a French Collector for £10,000 GBP
• Two works by Asad Faulwell, from Lawrie Shabibi UAE priced between £6,000 - 15,000, GBP, sold, one to a Middle Eastern Collector, and Shahpour Pouyan’s ‘Projectile 8’, 2012 sold to an American Collector for £15,000 GBP
• ‘Mass Writing’, 1958, a painting by Judit Reigl brought by Kalman Maklarky Fine Arts, Hungary sold for £200,000 GBP to a British Collector
• Lazarides, UK sold a work by Banksy for £375,000 GBP to a British Collector. In addition, ‘Monarch’, 2012, by Antony Micallef went for £72,000 GBP to an American Collector; ‘L'Armour et La Violence’ by Conor Harrington sold for £60,000 GBP to an American Collector, and a video work by Doug Foster sold to a British Collector for £60,000 GBP.
• Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin/Beijing sold an installation by artist Young-Jae Lee entitled 'Earth, Ink and Fire', 2011 for 50,000 Euros to an Italian Collector
• A Stephan Balkenhol sculpture ‘Female Bust’, 2012, from Deweer Gallery, Belgium, sold for £28,000 GBP to an European Collector
• Hakgojae Gallery, South Korea sold Lee Yongbaek's work, ‘Angel-Soldier No.4’, for £22,750 GBP, and a Lee Seahyun work, ‘Between Red 174’ for £14,300 GBP
• Ronchini Gallery, UK sold Gianpietro Carlesso's ‘Curvatura Venti’, 2013 for £22,000 GBP and Alighiero Boetti's ‘Tra l'incudine e il martello’, 1988, for £25,000 GBP, both to private collections
Don and Mera Rubell, Founders of the Rubell Family Collection and the Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, jointly said "Art13 London has been great at introducing us to new galleries and cultures that we would otherwise have to travel thousands of miles to see."
Commenting on her experience at the Fair and as a speaker at the summit, Li Bing, Collector and Founder of the Beijing He Jing Yuan Art Museum said “The quality of galleries and art was high. There is real expertise behind the Fair and I can only imagine the Fair next year will be even more perfect.”
Anita Zabludowicz, Collector and Founder of the Zabludowicz Collection, London added "The Fair lived up to expectations thanks to its vibrant array of global galleries, artists and visitors.”
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rabaudengo, Collector and Founder of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rabaudengo, Turin commented "The Fair has been such a great opportunity to see so many galleries especially from China, Singapore and Korea and has been a very good opportunity to see what is going on in the other parts of the world."
Ramin Salsali, Founder of the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai said "The Fair has really been a success and it's a positive sign in this difficult economy to see galleries do so well and for them to come to London for this event."
The dates for the next edition of the Fair, Art14 London, will be 28 February – 2 March 2014
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