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Frieze Top Five: Gillian Wearing’s Creepy Charms, Damien Hirst’s New Paintings and Judy Chicago's London Show

2 min read  ·  12 Oct 2023

Gillian Wearing, My Charms (2021) at Maureen Paley, Frieze London

Gillian Wearing, My Charms (2021) at Maureen Paley, Frieze London

Welcome to our daily briefing. We are sifting through the news during Frieze Week, so that you can keep up to speed with the artists in the spotlight at the art fairs and across London.

Collectors Take Their Time at Frieze London

VIP collectors were in no rush to buy on opening day but a US museum snapped up a new painting by rising star Eddie Martinez with a $275,000 asking price on Timothy Taylor’s booth. (ARTnews)

Galleries Play it Safe Amid Market Jitters

Patrick Goddard's snails climbing the walls of Seventeen gallery’s booth was on hold along with a surreal charm bracelet by Gillian Wearing at Maureen Paley with an asking price of £150,000 ($184,000). (Artnet News)

Rising Stars Picked for Frieze Fund

Works by Julianknxx, Anne Tallentine, Mark Corfield-Moore, and Tanoa Sasraku will enter England’s Arts Council Collection thanks to the new Frieze fund. (Artnet News)

A 'Graveyard of Creativity for Tasteless One Percenters'?

Damien Hirst's upbeat, color-saturated garden paintings are the star turn at Gagosian but The Guardian’s critic, Jonathan Jones, is underwhelmed by them, as well as other paintings on sale and Frieze in general. He slams the 2023 edition, dubbing it a “corporate gathering full of artists’ drab, desperate attempts to get bought by clueless rich collectors”. (The Guardian)

Serpentine Announces a Year of Female Artists

US artists Barbara Kruger, Judy Chicago and Lauren Halsey will each have a major solo show in London at the Serpentine Galleries in 2024. (The Art Newspaper)