The Art Newspaper 2009: Modernism and Art20 fairs combine

Joint event was well attended but dealers report patchy sales

NEW YORK. Fair organiser Sanford Smith combined his 24th Modernism fair with the eighth edition of his Art20 held at the Park Avenue Armory from 13-16 November. The hybrid fair was well attended, but dealers reported patchy sales. Overall attendance totalled 6,800, up on the separate Modernism and Art20 fairs last year which drew 5,500 and 4,700 respectively.

“I applaud putting together the two fairs as I’ve seen more serious collectors, including Whitney Museum board members,” said Manhattan art dealer Bernard Goldberg who reported a reserve on a Gustav Stickley 1905 desk for $60,000.

“I sold a Carlo Scarpa 1938 glass vase for $12,000 to architect Lee Mindel, and other examples are going out on approval, so sales look like they will happen,” said design dealer Brian Kish who also reported two reserves on a Carlo Scarpa 1938 glass chandelier for $24,000, holds on a Guglielmo Ulrich 1936 pear-wood table for $16,000 and a Pierluigi Colli 1934 oak credenza for $22,000.



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