The Frieze fair had an exciting vibe that I just haven’t felt for years. It is impossible to list each Work that thrilled me, made me stop and ponder, or even laugh. This year, the shock-and-gore artwork seems to have been replaced with a sense of humor, even if it is a dark humor, at our expense.
With the impressively curated Masters section, we can see how the contemporary artists (and fairs) are finally seeing the real worth of having a lasting voice rather than chasing twenty-second fame. Gallerists and curators smile because they are proud to stand behind their carefully selected group of artists who are producing viable and visionary work. It is a solid show with impressive art, and everyone walking around on the first day knows it.
Definitely impossible to miss Georg Baselitz’s large sculpture at Galerie Thaddaeus where the £1.5M piece was bound to sell quickly…or Koons’s balloon sculptures at Gagosian, where I actually heard a collector say, “I’m just over it”. But one cannot argue that Koons and the craftsmen of Polich Tallix are creating bronze with such technical precision, its hard not to be impressed.