Frieze art fair lacking celebrity buzz

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New York’s Frieze art fair got off to a solid start this week — with works selling at a VIP preview including 1960 Max Ernst sculpture for $500,000 from Paul Kasmin gallery.

But ArtNet reported, “it was far from an across-the-board feeding frenzy… in today’s circumspect market, few fairs are.” (There also seemed to be less celebs wandering the booths, art insiders told Page Six.)

ArtNet further reported that the Brooklyn Museum snapped up a tapestry by LA-based artist Diedrick Brackens, while Jenny Holzer debuted a series of paintings at Hauser & Wirth based on the Mueller Report and selling for up to $300,000.

As Frieze kicked off on Randall’s Island, the fair’s former artistic director Abby Bangser was launching her own innovative new art and design fair in Brooklyn, called Object & Thing.

As designed by Rafael de Cárdenas at 99 Scott, the fair opens Friday with a VIP preview.

Works from 32 galleries, ranging from $1,000 to $50,000, are all on consignment.

Wandering staffers will ring up sales on iPads. Nine boutiques will also set up shop, while a food area includes Marlow & Daughters.

Next door, Mission Chinese will specially serve lunch.



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