Melbourne Art Fair 2012 - Day One Sales Report by Nic Forrest

Melbourne Art Fair 2012 - Day One Sales Report by Nic Forrest
Troy EMERY Dangerous Company 2011 High density taxidermy foam, polyester pom poms, glass eyes & plastic teeth 51 x 122 x 95cm
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The 2012 Melbourne Art Fair is officially in full swing and early sales reports are encouraging.  New media works have been particularly popular, as have inventive and unusual sculptural pieces. 

On day one, Melbourne's Mossgreen Gallery had almost sold their entire show of intriguing zoological paintings by Kate Bergin whose work is included in an exhibition entitled Animal Kingdom at the Gippsland Art Gallery.

Jud Wimhurst's fantastic skateboard sculptures, which challenge people's perceptions of of nostalgia, popular culture and high art were selling fast at the Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) Gallery stand.

The death of Adam Cullen encouraged sales of the artist's work at the Heiser Gallery booth, which also saw a brisk trade in the work of Julie Dowling.

Sydney based gallery Martin Browne Contemporary has experienced huge interest in the video work of Baden Pailthorpe.  The gallery has sold numerous editions of Pailthorpe’s H(Air) Force One which is part of a series of video and new media works that poetically examines and subverts the politics and aesthetics of the military.

Queensland based Ryan Renshaw Gallery has a particularly good spot at the entrance to the fair which, combined with the exhibition of amazing work by Nicholas Folland, has resulted in most of Folland’s works finding new homes.

Folland’s Boats in Bottles have been particularly well received by private collectors and have caught the eye of curators at the University of Queensland Art Museum which now owns one of the works.  The crystal decanters, in which reside models of actual ships that were lost at sea, bring the unfathomable histories of the sea indoors, but also evoke the dependence on water that is a necessary part of the human condition.

eX de Medici’s solo show at Sullivan + Strumpf has been predictably popular with two works already sold.  The artist’s Spy sold for $88,000 while Supermarionation was sold with a price tag of $33,000.

The video work of Jess Macneil has proven to be the drawcard for Sydney based Gallery Barry Keldoulis which also has a good spot near the entrance while Gould Galleries has found success with the flamboyant works of Stephen Bird and Troy Emery.