Colin Gleadell liked Marlborough Gallery’s display of previously unseen Francis Bacon works priced up to $60m but he loved this show of a little-known Welsh painter:
One of the most interesting stands at Art Basel was by Zurich gallery Freymond-Guth, comprising paintings by Sylvia Sleigh, who died last year. A Welsh-born painter, who was married to the art critic Lawrence Alloway, Sleigh went to live in America in the 1960s. A feminist, figurative artist who often painted men in a woman’s role, she never received recognition until the end of her life when she was included in groundbreaking exhibitions at PS1 in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She does not appear to have had a show in Britain since the early 1960s. Freymond-Guth is working with her estate, and presented a group of paintings, reminiscent of Alice Neel or Alex Katz (example pictured), priced at $20,000 to $85,000.