the new works looks pretty impressive. all big pieces. prices have definitely come down with him, but man are they still pricey. I believe a 4x6 is now 70k and obviously on up from there. glad to see things seem to be going well for him again though.
Prices have come back to dollars, instead of the game that was played for a quite while where galleries would just swap out $ replacing it with £ without adjusting the number.
while that was going on, there still was a big disconnect in what the prices would have been in dollars now to dollars then, even when you take into consideration the exchange rate. It would have been great to grab a piece in 05 or something when you could get something decent sized for like 10k or whatever.
I contacted the gallery to enquire what was available and practically had to have an interview just to get an answer - are you familiar with his work, do you own any, where are you based - in other words, can you afford one and the price is whatever we think we can get. It's everything that I hate about this hobby. We are on the verge of the greatest depression since the thirties and you get arrogance like this. I bought one piece form Elms Lester, managed to get 50% off the ridiculous price quoted, only to find I was still paying over the odds. I will never buy a piece of art from Elms again. What a great way to do business. There is so much great art on the secondary market which is only going one way with how tough things are that it's about time some of these guys got real.
never seen that piece before. not terribly small though, right? i think its 4 feet long?
4ft in any direction, sans watercolors, is small for jose.
def an interesting result. thanks for pointing it out. still find it hard to believe myself. however, i think i'll always suspect there are various parties behind the scenes methodically attempting to rehab his market from the harm done a few years back.
Should be interesting to see what happens with this piece from Stages next month in Christie's Contemporary sale. It'll be his first painting to go under the hammer at Christies, which is telling of the recovery achieved in his market since the Elms fallout, and is arguably one of his strongest pieces to come up for auction in general.
Jose Parla (b. 1973) Devoted (Dedicated to Dr. Alan Berkman) signed twice, titled and dated '(Untitled.) JOSÉ PARLÁ Jose Parla 2009 DEDICATED TO: DR. ALAN BERKMAN' (on the reverse) acrylic, oil, ink and plaster on masonite 48 x 84 in. (121.9 x 213.3 cm.) Painted in 2009. $40,000 - $60,000