Art13 London welcomed artists, galleries and collectors from across the world, over the weekend, 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.
Like Frieze, Art 13 has special sections devoted to the very new – London First and Young Galleries. London First showcases internationally known galleries that have never exhibited in London before. Galleries from the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, South Africa, and the USA are making their debut with Art 13. Lisa Le Feuvre, the Head of Sculpture Studies of the Henry Moore Institute, oversees the galleries and exhibitions in this section. Young Galleries are a group of 18 galleries that opened within the past six years. Featuring some familiar London names: Ceri Hand, EB & Flow, and Hada Contemporary, the Young Galleries also introduces some new faces from Germany, Russia, South Korea, and beyond. 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.”