No fewer than five art fairs converged on New York last weekend, led by the Armory Show extravaganza. When it's all over, market watchers will take close note of sales totals. But when the doors are open, there are other things to count. Herewith, the art crowd by the numbers.
THE ARMORY SHOW
WALL LABEL Contemporary art fair at Piers 90 and 92.
SALES Last year it was $45 million, and a representative said this year’s total would top that but it wasn’t available at press time.
VISITORS Estimated at 48,000 to 50,000.
OSCAR NOMINEES OR WINNERS ON HAND At least 6 (Dustin Hoffman, Glenn Close, Natalie Portman, Matt Dillon, Sam Mendes, Adrien Brody).
WALL LABEL Digital and video art at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Battery Park City.
SALES No figure available.
VISITORS 5,000 to 7,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS THE ARTIST PETER FINNEMORE DECORATED TO LOOK LIKE A MILITARY CAMP 1
LA ART IN NEW YORK
WALL LABEL Galleries from Los Angeles showing their works in the Altman Building.
SALES No figures but “far better than I would have expected for a first-time fair,” said Daniel Weinberg, one of the fair’s principals.
VISITORS over 2,000
NUMBER OF MONTHS TO CONCEIVE AND ARRANGE THE EVENT: 5
WALL LABEL A show at the 69th Regiment Armory.
SALES As much as $300,000 to $500,000 a gallery.
AMOUNT PAID FOR MILTON ROSA-ORTIZ’S ‘THAT’S NOT ART,’ WITH SHELL CASINGS SUSPENDED IN MIDAIR $40,000
SCOPE NEW YORK
WALL LABEL A showcase, in Clinton, for emerging artists.
SALES $7 million (estimated total).
NUMBER OF PEOPLE EVACUATED DURING A PRESS PREVIEW WHEN CARBON MONOXIDE WAS DETECTED 150