One of the highlights of the first full day of SOFA WEST, which will continue through Sunday, July 11th at the Santa Fe Convention Center, was the Karen LaMonte breakfast and lecture at the New Mexico Museum of Art, where, at 8:30 Thursday morning, approximately 200 people came out to hear a detailed presentation extensively illustrated with PowerPoint and video clips that described LaMonte’s process and development of her signature cast-glass dresses. Back at the Convention Center, where 28 galleries had set up displays, those showing works in glass — Blue Rain, Bullseye Gallery, David Richard Contemporary, Duane Reed Gallery, Habatat Galleries, Jane Sauer Gallery, Kenn Holsten Galleries, Riley Galleries, and Scott Jacobson Gallery — had a steady stream of viewers but only a smattering of sales by 2 PM. To help take the temperature of the market, the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet presents a sampling of the sales in just the latest installment of its ongoing Red Dot Report series. It is an incomplete list, and includes the list prices, not the actual negotiated sales price which are often lower.
In addition to the new works pictured in our gallery below, secondary market sales of a Dale Chihuly, Bertil Valien (pictured at right), and Toots Zynsky by Donna Schneier Gallery of Florida were one source of red dots, though they were used to artfully obscure the list prices of these works. For new work, the selling activity was starting slow on the first of four days of SOFA WEST, but dealers remained nervously hopeful that the pace of sales would improve as the show went on. Outside the convention center, Santa Fe was full of life with restaurants and hotels filled with tourists.