What was sold at Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2021


The dealers underlined the undeniable energy of the fair, carried by a high caliber of international collectors and the possibility of meeting with colleagues from all over the world. Independent curator and artistic advisor Claudia Cheng commented on the “prevailing spirit of diversity and inclusiveness,” noting that women artists of color in particular drive sales in established and emerging galleries. She also highlighted Frieze’s impact on London more broadly, noting that the outdoor sculptures in Regent’s Park have helped expand accessibility and bring the city together. “Frieze looks like an international fair,” she added, “but also a London affair.”

There was a lot to celebrate and enjoy beyond Regent’s Park. Frieze has opened No. 9 Cork Street, its new gallery center in Mayfair which offers international galleries monthly residencies to present exhibitions in the UK. A little further afield, the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair has made a comeback as expected at Somerset House. And Christie’s, Phillips and Sotheby’s all held their major contemporary art sales, which broke auction records.

The Frieze tents, meanwhile, were buzzing all week, from the stands of emerging galleries in the “Focus” area of ​​Frieze London, to “Unworlding”, a section curated by Cédric Fauq featuring works meditating on the destruction of the world. .

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