Breasts, lips and different comfortable physique elements are a lot in proof at Frieze London this 12 months. However, in contrast to the complete canon of Western artwork historical past, the vast majority of these on present on the honest have been painted, stuffed and solid by ladies—and they’re promoting like hotcakes, in line with their sellers.
Some galleries declined to provide costs, saying it was “demeaning” to their feminine artists, although most likely not as demeaning because the practically 50% pay hole ladies expertise when their works promote at public sale.
On the prime finish, Louise Bourgeois’ 2004 bubblegum-pink material sculpture of a pair embracing offered for $2.4m at Hauser & Wirth inside a number of hours of the honest opening at this time, whereas at Tempo Gallery, one in all Loie Hollowell’s mixed-media works incorporating casts of her breasts and people of the spouse of a gross sales director on the gallery offered for $1.75m to a museum. “Loie’s work is usually an expression of her way of thinking or lived expertise, significantly because it pertains to womanhood,” says a Tempo spokeswoman. “She made these work as a part of a current physique of labor exploring breastfeeding and considers them summary portraits.”
Marianne Boesky Gallery pays greater than lip service with a solo stand of latest work of pouting, lipstick-smeared mouths by Gina Beavers, which just about offered out on the opening VIP day (costs vary from $20,000 to $60,000). Different one-woman stands to have offered out embody Jennifer Guidi’s vibrant suite of summary work ($350,000) and drawings ($40,000) at Gagosian, and Deborah Roberts’s new physique of work that study the challenges encountered by Black kids who are sometimes perceived as adults and subjected to hurt. All of them offered to museums and personal foundations at Stephen Friedman Gallery ($125,000-$150,000).
Although created from metal, Carol Bove’s sculptures on David Zwirner’s stand seem comfortable sufficient to sink your tooth into. All 4 offered for between $300,000 and $450,000 to collectors in Asia, the US, UK and Europe. The marketplace for feminine sculptors is certainly gaining momentum. Rose Wylie’s Pineapple (2020) went for $250,000 at Frieze Sculpture, whereas at Frieze Masters an early Nineteen Sixties sculpture by Yayoi Kusama discovered a house for an undisclosed sum north of $500,000.