- David Zwirner reported more than $6 million in sales on the first day of the fair, including an enormous
painting from 2011, Aprilnacht, which sold for $2 million. The gallery also sold two
works for $500,000 apiece, five
paintings priced between $120,000 and $1 million, and a piece by recent Turner Prize co-recipient
- Gladstone Gallery sold a painting by
for $3.75 million.
- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac sold
’s Bowery Parade (Borealis) (1989), a work executed on a brass plate, for $1.35 million on the first day of the fair. The gallery also sold
’s 2018 portrait of his wife, Ada, for $550,000; a large ink-and-charcoal work by
, Study of Grey Wolf (2019), for $120,000; and
’s 2019 painting The Serpent and the Key for $100,000.
- Blum & Poe, the gallery based in L.A., New York, and Tokyo, sold out its booth during the fair’s opening day, selling a
painting for $600,000 and
paintings for prices ranging between $100,000 and $120,000, among other works.
- Hauser & Wirth sold out its solo booth of recent works by
, the young painter who joined the mega-gallery’s roster in December. The works, priced between $85,000 and $495,000, were acquired by international collectors and an American institution.
- Brussels-based gallery Xavier Hufkens had huge success with L.A.–based artists. The gallery sold a
painting for $350,000, as well as four ceramic works by the artist for $45,000 apiece; two works on paper by
for $250,000 and $200,000; all three editions of a
sculpture, for $175,000 each; and a
piece for $95,000.
- Victoria Miro’s solo booth of sculptures, paintings, and works on paper by
was a hit, with 17 works selling for prices between $30,000 and $150,000 on the fair’s first day. The gallery ultimately found buyers for every work in the booth.
- New York’s Jack Shainman Gallery sold the showstopping basketball painting by the late, great
, Father, Son, and… (1969), for an undisclosed price. (The gallery noted that his “major paintings” typically sell for figures between $1.5 million and $5 million.) It also sold
’s new painting Seven Stitches South (2020) for $325,000 and the
sculpture Arm Peace (2018) for $110,000.
, but also sold all the works it was offering by
, a Seoul-based artist currently having a solo show at L.A. gallery Commonwealth and Council.
’s work at the gallery,” said Kaitlyn Mar of Various Small Fires, which is headquartered in Hollywood and has a space in Seoul. “So for collectors who come to the fair but maybe haven’t visited our gallery before, they have a chance to really see the artist’s full range there.”
- Anat Ebgi sold all the paintings by
in its solo booth during the fair’s first day, with works priced between $7,500 and $12,000.
- L.A. Louver’s solo booth of works by
struck a chord: At the end of the fair’s first day, the gallery had sold nine works out of its booth, one of them to an important American foundation.
- Château Shatto sold out its two-artist booth in the Focus L.A. sector featuring works by
- The Pit gallery sold all six of the paintings in its
solo booth, priced at $9,000 each.
painting of a tropical-looking tree in the David Zwirner booth, or a piece by the collective
on view in Kukje Gallery’s booth that featured the phrase “The Show Must Go On” in bright blue letters—seemed laser-targeted to appeal to L.A. sensibilities. Kukje Gallery sold multiple editions of the Superflex piece; Zwirner sold the Ancart painting for $200,000. But the local collector base’s tastes proved eclectic, original, and unpredictable.