What Artworks Sold at Frieze London 2023 – ARTnews.com

This week, the art world cognoscenti reconvened in the city’s Regent’s Park for the opening of Frieze London. 130 galleries, from mega-scale to small-scale outfits, brought presentations spotlighting established artists such as Gerhard Richter and Louise Borgeois, as well as emerging artists. This year’s twentieth edition of the fair was actually smaller than in 2022, when 160 galleries participated.

Frieze, owned by US-based media and entertainment company Endeavor since 2016, has committed to growing its exhibitions. Earlier this year, the company Expo bought Chicago and the Armory Show And it recently hosted the second edition of Frieze Seoul.

In the days leading up to Frieze’s VIP preview on Wednesday, Hamas launched an attack on southern Israel, leading the country to launch a bombing campaign against the Gaza Strip. Nevertheless, while the news sounded harsh at the trade event, it did not disrupt business. Transactions at Frieze moved at a steady pace, as galleries reported that collectors were buying works at competitive price points in the six figures; Only a select few reached the low millions.

In a statement, Ivan Wirth, president of Hauser and Wirth, said that „smarter” collectors are paying less attention to younger artists and many are turning their attention to practices by late-career or deceased artists with „intense” qualities.

Established figures such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Antony Gormley, John Acomfra, Barbara Chase-Ribot and Tracey Emin are among the notable darlings who have appeared in the exhibition. They were accompanied by curators such as Christopher Bedford, Nicola Lees; Sohrab Mohebi; Clara Kim; Alexandra Monroe and Robert Rosencrans; Maria Balshaw; Alex Farquharson; Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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