Baden-Württemberg’s top art fair, Art Karlsruhe, came to a close on Sunday with a record 50,000 visitors streaming through its halls over the past week. For its tenth anniversary edition, the fair welcomed 220 galleries from 13 countries. Though certainly still a regional fair, sales topped those in recent memory, with a significant number of collectors coming in from Switzerland and France.
Those collectors were decidedly safe in their purchases focusing on
established, Impressionist, modern and post-modern artists such as Sigmar Polke, Josef Albers, Markus Lüpertz, and Camille Pissarro. London’s Gilden’s Arts Gallery sold one Pissarro to an unnamed German collection as well as several other works by Max Pechstein, Max Beckmann, André Derain and Hugo Scheiber. Gallery director Petra Kaffeesieder noting their pleasant surprise that the metabolism collectors in the region have for high-priced works.