South Fork Shows Up Well at Art Basel

Birnam Wood, Mark Borghi Gallery, Keszler Gallery, and Peter Marcelle Gallery were in attendance and were enjoying crowded booths and inquiries on Saturday and throughout the fair
A new series of paintings by Eric Fischl at the Mary Boone booth at Art Basel Miami Beach depicting people at an art gallery had an uncanny effect of reproducing the poses of viewers. Jennifer Landes Photos

    It was another good year in Miami for art dealers from the South Fork, who populated the satellite fairs to Art Basel Miami Beach in strong numbers and had brisk sales in their galleries.

    Midtown’s Art Miami fair, which started a Southampton sister fair last year and has developed relationships with a number of local galleries, had the largest representation. Birnam Wood, Mark Borghi Gallery, Keszler Gallery, and Peter Marcelle Gallery were in attendance and were enjoying crowded booths and inquiries on Saturday and throughout the fair.

    It helped to have a flair for drama to get the attention of fairgoers. Stephan Keszler did not have a booth to himself but hosted a lounge instead, in an open outdoor pavilion between the Art Miami fair and its edgier sibling CONTEXT. The lounge housed a number of “diamond dust” works by Marco Glaviano, a photographer who is well known for his “T and A” images of supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, according to Mr. Keszler. Ms. Crawford herself attended the fair’s opening in conjunction with the limited-edition series of Glaviano works, which were selling briskly, said the gallerist.

    Mr. Keszler also had some recent Banksy works from New York City displayed in prominent sites at the fair, including a car door and another one of the walls he has become known for selling. He said that people in the city whose property was painted by Banksy this year had reached out to him from information and links found on the Internet.

    According to Mr. Keszler, the owner of the wall lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

    “One morning he woke up to 400 people outside his building. “What is this?” he said, and was told he had a Banksy on his wall. “What’s a Banksy?”   After finding out, he got in touch with Mr. Keszler, who would not say just how much it cost to remove the mural or ship the work to Miami, but did say it was quite a lot. He also declined to give the price of the work, but said it was “not in the millions,” and that interest in the pieces had been strong.

    Mr. Keszler was also showing another street artist, Herr Nilsson, who painted “Hello Kitty Drive By GTA,” a wall mural adjacent to his lounge-booth during the fair.

    Peter Marcelle said his gallery had sold many works, including a Marc Sijan called “Levitation” that went to the Virginia Museum. He was showing works by a number of artists who have lived or worked on the South Fork, among them Ross Bleckner, Peter Beard, Dan Rizzie, and Donald Sultan.

    Mark Borghi also said he had sold several works. Mr. Borghi brought works by Lee Krasner, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, John Chamberlain, and other masters. Many, including a large painting by Willem de Kooning, already had red-dot “hold” stickers on them on Saturday.

    Over at the Miami Project, a fair with wide aisles and a more relaxed attitude, Eric Firestone was the sole representative of the South Fork and said he was happy to be there. He said he had sold everything he brought by Bast, a Brooklyn street artist, except for one. Works by other gallery artists such as John Messinger were also attracting interest. At the beach, Hilary Schaffner and Halsey Mckay Gallery were stars of UNTITLED, a fair in its second year within a stone’s throw of the ocean. A Graham Collins sculpture sold to a public collection in Montreal on the show’s opening night, which was attended by the performance artist Marina Abramovic, who was selling a print of hers to benefit her new Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, N.Y., and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

    Another work by Mr. Collins had a prominent place in front of a window with a view to the ocean, and one by David Kennedy Cutler, brought by the gallery, was placed at the fair’s entrance.

    At the big fair, the high priests and priestesses of South Fork art held forth. There were numerous works by Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Eric Fischl, Barbara Kruger, and Ross Bleckner. Past names from the area’s rich artistic heritage included de Kooning, Gottlieb, Kline, and many more. A one-woman show at PPOW of Carolee Schneeman reminded viewers of her feminist art legacy, including works incorporating images of her notorious performance at Ashawagh Hall, where she stood naked and read from a scroll rolled into her vagina.

    The Southampton dealer Tripoli Patterson attended the fair last Thursday with his brother Yung Jake, who was represented in a group show, “Affordable Care,” at the Mana Wynwood gallery. The two stopped by Mary Boone’s booth, where Joe Zucker’s work was displayed on an exterior wall. In addition to being a prominent local and international artist, Mr. Zucker was Yung Jake’s basketball coach at the Bridgehampton School.

Tripoli Patterson, a Southampton art dealer, and his brother Yung Jake, an artist and musician, checked out Art Basel last Thursday.