Pace and Lehmann Maupin Notch Major Sales in Early Going at London’s Frieze Week

Both the Pace Gallery and New York’s Lehmann Maupin have reported a rush of early sales at this week’s Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs, with the latter moving 19 works during the fair’s VIP preview day — including nine pieces by Tracey Emin — and the former selling works from a dozen stable artists (including Sol LeWitt, Alexander Calder, and George Condo), and 2010 Whitney Biennial star Aurel Schmidt.

In addition to works by LeWitt, Calder, Condo, Schmidt, Pace sold works by Keith Coventry, Tim Eitel, Lee Friedlander, Lee Ufan, Adam Pendleton, Robert Ryman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Zhang Huan, and five works by Yoshimoto Nara including the small portrait painting “patch over eye” (2011, above) to predominantly American and European collectors. The sales took place at both Frieze London and Frieze Masters during the VIP preview and the fairs’ first day of being open to the public.

Lehmann Maupin, meanwhile, did brisk business during the Frieze London preview, selling all six editions of Teresita Fernández‘s “Golden (30 Dissolves)” (2012) brass etchings, two recent paintings by Liu Wei — a recent addition to the gallery’s roster — Klara Kristalova‘s 2009 porcelain sculpture “Twice as Happy,” five watercolors and four embroidered works (including 2012’s “Legs Moving,” above) by Emin, and Mickalene Thomas‘s massive new mixed media painting “Interior: Zebra with Two Chairs and Funky Fur” (2012, below). The New York gallery sold works to collectors from North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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— Benjamin Sutton

(Top photo: Pace Gallery’s Frieze London booth. Yoshitomo Nara, “patch over eye,” 2011. © Yoshitomo Nara. Courtesy Pace Gallery. Tracey Emin, “Legs Moving,” 2012. © Tracey Emin, Courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York. Mickalene Thomas, “Interior: Zebra with Two Chairs and Funky Fur,” 2012. © Mickalene Thomas, Courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York)