SUMMING UP THE ARMORY SHOW 2005
The Armory Show 2005, Mar. 11-14, is now a fading memory -- how about a look at the post-fair stats? According to the fair organizers, a total of 40,000 people visited the show (up from 38,000 in 2004), among them a sprinkling of celebrities, including Candice Bergen, Catherine Deneuve, Will Farrell and Steve Martin. Total sales reached a new level, an estimated $45 million in all. The 2004 version had 162 exhibitors from 39 cities on four continents -- 27 fewer galleries than last year, due to an increase in booth size of 35 percent.
Hauser & Wirth said it sold out its display of Lee Lozano works on the opening day, and Paris dealer Emmanuel Perrotin also reported selling 21 works during the premiere. David Zwirner sold his Jason Rhoades installation to a European foundation. Haunch of Venison "sold everything" and reported that an American museum asked to be wait-listed for a Keith Tyson work. Contemporary Fine Arts from Berlin sold ten works by the German artist Norbert Schwontkowski, and reported much interest in Tal R paintings. Brandstrom & Stene from Stockholm said that the Guggenheim Museum was interested in Per Wizen, and Nolan/Eckman said that it sold a Peter Saul painting for a record high price. The New Museum of Contemporary Art sold out its Hiroshi Sugimoto benefit edition, which was produced by Carolina Nitsch, while White Columns sold nearly all its works by Carter, an artist who has an upcoming show at the gallery.
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