Frieze Masters VIP Preview 2017

October 4th, 2017

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Every year, Frieze hosts two important art fairs side by side in the Royal Park: Frieze London and Frieze Masters.

Roy Lichtestein, Expressionist Head, 1980

Its the 6th year Regents park hosts Frieze Masters, which specialises in art from the past and features more than 130 leading modern and historical galleries from around the world, showcasing art from the ancient era, Old Masters to the late 20th century, art and antiquities including ancient Egyptian artefacts, medieval sculptures and avant-garde works.

Frieze Masters is split into three major sections: the main hub of commercial galleries, Spotlight and Collections.
The fair was so beautiful that I had to come back after the preview day to enjoy it more. What I’ve noticed is that art pieces were changing and the reason was that they were selling in just very first hours from the opening. How incredible is it?!
Let’s have a look at what has been reported to be sold and for how much:
  • Hans (Jean) Arp sculpture for $1.1 million,
  • Subodh Gupta’s set of 13 bronze potatoes (Food for Others, 2013) for €150,000
  • one of two bronze panels in the booth by Rashid Johnson for $125,000
  • Martin Creed’s bronze rose Work No. 1649 (2013) for $75,000
  • Richard Artschwager triptych for $2.8 million
  • a sculpture by Bourgeois for $2.6 million
  • a seven-piece stainless steel Fausto Melotti sculpture for €220,000
  • A 1989 LED from Holzer’s “Survival” series, which features her iconic phrase “Protect me from what I want” was quick to sell on opening day for $350,000
  • Upson’s drawing Psychic trash (2016–17) also sold for $70,000
  • Acquavella reportedly sold a Fernand Léger for $14 million
  • David Zwirner a $2 million Josef Albers
  • Daniel Crouch Rare Books offered a selection of maps and atlases, including the 17th-century Grooten Atlas, or ‘the greatest and finest atlas ever published’, which was priced at £650,000
  • Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Bathers) (2017) for $875,000
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s The Measures (2017) for $80,000
  • Titus Kaphar’s large, unstretched painting on canvas Shifting the Gaze (2017) $80,000
  • Sigmar Polke’s Laterna Magica (1988–96) selling from Thaddaeus Ropac’s booth there on opening day for $2.5 million.

Can’t wait for next year Frieze Masters, I’ve decided to start from Masters next year and continue with Frieze Art Fair.