AO Fair Photoset and Recap – London: Frieze Artfair at Regent’s Park, October 17th-20th, 2013

October 20th, 2013

All photos by Caroline Claisse for ArtObserved.

The last visitors have filtered out, the gallerists have begun packing up and preparing sold works for buyers, and another year of the Frieze London Art Fair  has concluded, following another action-packed week of new works, special commissions, sales, auctions and openings that once again placed London at the center of the contemporary art world’s cross hairs.

Work by Pierre Huyghe at Esther Schipper

Opening to VIP’s and press on Wednesday, the fair saw its predictable surge of buyers competing over some of the more sensational and iconic works of the fair.  Jennifer Rubell’s sculptural rendition of her own pregnant form, a favorite for photographers and visitors throughout the week, sold one of the three versions of the work for $200,000.  Also commanding an early sale was Paul McCarthy’s She Enis Penis Cut, a visceral return to painting that was claimed by a European collector for a sum of $750,000.

Esther Schipper

Oscar Murillo also had a strong week during the fair, living up to much of the excitement around the young artist.  On top of strong sales of several works at auction this week (reaching over $1 million in total sales across a handful of works), the artist also held a strongly attended gallery show at the South London gallery, where he sold out a limited run of hand-painted lottery tickets, each priced at £2,500 pounds.  On top of this, the artist’s work was also on hand at the David Zwirner booth, commanding the attention of several buyers.

David Zwirner

Despite a highly praised Frieze Film section, as well as intriguing commissions from artists like Pilvi Takala, who used her place in the fair to host a committee of children discussing what her final piece would be (the final product was a surreally designed “Bouncy House,” complete with ball pit), many collectors seemed content to settle for more traditional, painted canvases.  Charline Von Heyl and Georg Baselitz both had successful sales, as did Julian Schnabel, who presided over the fair proceedings as a godfather of sorts to the current crop of young expressionistic painters.

Chert booth

All in all, the vibrant atmosphere and strong selection of works was as expected for the 11th edition of the London fair, despite talk of reduced attendance and a cut back on the number of galleries in attendance.  Focusing on a more concise, cohesive experience for buyers, the fair nevertheless remained a leader for the contemporary art landscape.

Aaron Young (burnout work, background) and Yeesookyung (foreground) at Kukje Gallery

Arratia Beer

Cabinet London

Pilvi Takala, Carlos/Ishikawa

Olafur Eliasson, Fade door up (working title) (2013)

Mary Weatherford at David Kordansky Gallery

Formalist Sidewalk, Poetry Club. Ian Cheng

Kader Attia, Repaired broken mirror (2013) Krinzinger

Kevin Francis Gray and Li Songsong at Pace Gallery

Works by Julian Schnabel at Contemporary Fine Arts

Haim Steinbach, it is III-1 (2008) at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Haegue Yang, Sonic Nickel Dance (2013) at Galerie Chantal Crousel

Chantal Crousel booth

Galerie Max Hetzler with work by Richard Phillips in foreground

Galeria Juana de Aizpuru

Galeria Helga de Alvear

Frith Street Gallery

Frieze Project

Overduin and Kite

A Gentil Carioca Booth

Works by Yoshitomo Nara, Carroll Dunham and Friedrich Kunath at Blum and Poe

Yan Pei Ming and Massimo Bartolini at Massimo De Carlo

William Kentridge, Rebus (2013) at Marian Goodman Gallery

Tony Cragg, Red Pair (2013) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Robert Longo, Untitled (Chevalier) (2013)

PSM Berlin, Eduardo T.Basualdo

Tony Cragg, Group (2011) at Marian Goodman Gallery and Barnaby Furnas, Creation of Adam (2013) at Victoria Miro Gallery

Steve McQueen, Lynching Tree (2013) at Marian Goodman Gallery

Adrian Villar Rojas at Marian Goodman

Altman Siegel booth

Campoli Presti booth

Ancient Modern




Sarah Lucas, kurimanzutto booth

Salon 94

Ryan Gander, A lamp made by the artist for his wife (Ninth attempt) (2013) at Annet Gelink Gallery

Terry Adkins at Salon 94

—D. Creahan

Read more:
“Frieze Art Fair 2013 – Review” [The Guardian]
“Frieze Scene” [Bloomberg]
“Frieze 2013: The Flashiest Photography” [The Guardian]
“Frieze London” [Wallpaper]
“Oscar Murillo Continues Auction Streak With $1 M. in Sales at Frieze Week Auctions” [Gallerist]
“Paint, Canvas, Action!” [Art Newspaper]
“Galleries Might Be Young, But the Art Ain’t Necessarily So” [Art Newspaper]