The Telegraph presents their picks from this year’s Frieze as well as the highlights of the sculpture on display at the fair:
Never before have artists been so dependent on the market. However, pomp, bombast and highly expensive finished sculpture (as per Hirst, Koons, Kapoor) seem to have been ditched in favour of a home-made aesthetic, a return to craft. There is also more performance art than ever. Marina Abramovic told me this week that she thinks performance has never been so important because you cannot sell it, and therefore it is not directly related to the market. It is an atmosphere of seeming integrity that pervades this year’s Frieze.
1. A performance work by Lourival Cuquinha, which was getting a lot of attention, summed this trend up nicely. Titled Jack Pound Financial Art Project (2010), the artist sold five and ten pound shares. He found 42 people to invest in his work, a flag made up of realistic fabric money stitched together by hand. The flag is being presented for auction at Frieze with the starting bid £14,000.
Frieze 2010: Highlights from This Year’s Fair (Telegraph)