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Art NY 2019 Closes with Sales Across Modern & Contemporary Markets, Stellar Attendance

The fifth edition of Art New York closed after it reported consistent high-value sales and stellar attendance, with 33,600 prestigious private and institutional collectors, connoisseurs and advisors attending throughout the weekend. The fair presented robust and dynamic presentations from 74 international galleries, and work from influential artists from the contemporary, modern, post-war and pop eras.

Renowned as one of the city’s leading contemporary and modern art fairs, Art New York presented premium works of art from more than 300 artists combined with curated programs of special projects, nonprofit partnerships, and CONTEXT, a destination for new and established contemporary galleries to present emerging, mid-career and cutting-edge talent.

“This was a very strong edition due to the important sales reported by our galleries of today’s most exciting and influential artists, the quality of the attendees and the vibrant atmosphere,” said Julian Navarro, the co-director of Art New York. “The fair’s success indicated a positive and growing market for emerging and mid-career artists. Art New York continues to remain a vital fair for collectors during New York’s art week to discover and acquire fresh and significant works from contemporary and modern art.”

As guests entered the fair, they were drawn to a $3.5 million portrait presented by Rudolf Budja Gallery titled, Liza Minnelli, by Andy Warhol. The monochrome portrait has a flash of color with the star’s lips painted red, and is one of ten portraits made, with Liza holding four in her personal collection.

Two high value works at Martinelli Art Gallery titled Concetto Spaziale “Attese,” 1960 by Lucio Fontana priced at $2.5 million, and Achrome by Piero Manzoni priced at $3 million appealed to guests, who were also entranced by Art of the World Gallery’s bright red booth that showcased work including Random Sewing, 2009 by Jim Dine and Two Friends, 2012 by Fernando Botero. As attendees moved through the fair, they engaged with Jellyfish Eyes, (Black I), 2004 by Takashi Murakami and several pieces by Jean Dubuffet at Rosenfeld Gallery, in addition to the stunning collections of Frank Stella and Marc Chagall at Masterworks Fine Art.

In the VIP Lounge, Chase Contemporary revealed a series of never-before-exhibited kinetic works by esteemed artist, inventor, and pioneering engineer Chuck Hoberman including Spiral, 2011 and Helicoid, 1997 and Iris Dome, 1994, which has been displayed at The Museum of Modern Art.

The high quality of the presentation ensured that extremely sought-after offerings at the fair also included works by KAWS, RETNA, Pablo Atchugarry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Condo, Salvador Dali, Willem de Kooning, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Francisco Masó, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, and Robert Rauschenberg.

The New York Academy of Art (NYAA) was Art New York’s philanthropic partner. The Academy presented an exhibition curated by Academy President David Kratz and Academy supporter Helena Christensen, that held a VIP Reception on opening day attended by NYAA trustees Brooke Shields, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Patricia and Scott Moger, and NYAA Provost Peter Drake. The drawings, paintings and sculpture have all been created by alumni of the Academy’s MFA program including James Adelman, Tamalin Baumgarten, Joao Brandao, Dina Brodsky, Diana Corvelle, Shiqing Deng, Christian Fagerlund, Brett Harvey, Jacob Hicks, Alexis Hilliard, Sara Issakharian, Yun Jang, Lani Kennefick, Will Kurtz, Dan Pelonis, Laura Peturson, James Razko, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Stephen Shaeen, Susan Siegel, Kathy Stecko, Zeynep Tekiner, Jiannan Wu, and Zane York. Several of the artists attended the VIP reception, and the NYAA placed 13 works throughout the fair.

Throughout the fair, prominent figures viewed the impressive selection of works, including: Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse Bongiovi, artist Steve Hash with his wife Ally Hilfiger, art advisor Thomas Salafia Bajoni, Rodrigo Bazan, President, Thom Browne, photographer Lynn Goldsmith, collector Libbie Mugrabi, designer Geoffrey Bradfield, actress Ashley Williams, model Annie Gustafsson, and curators from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Brooklyn Museum.

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