Meanwhile, at the Frieze New York art sales

Friday 20th May, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

*An impressive set of the great-and-the-good art-world regulars here.  I can’t see how the jolt of the NFT scene has done these distinguished people any harm at all.  Maybe it was a little surprising when they were locked-down in a plague and their galleries were shuttered.  Otherwise, this is conventional art-business as usual — except with a new form of digital art-business that resembles stamp collection combined with high-stakes gambling.

Frieze New York has returned to the Shed in Hudson Yards for its 2022 edition, which had its VIP opening on Wednesday morning. Drawing crowds across the three floors of the arts venue, the scene on Manhattan’s West Side unfolded with its usual fanfare, with mega-dealers such as David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Pace showcasing work by blue-chip artists on their rosters, which they promptly sold. (Because these sales are self-reported, it can be difficult to independently verify them.) (…)

The opening day was also well-attended with the likes of collectors like Pamela Joyner, Glenn Fuhrman, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Mera and Don Rubell, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Lonti Ebers, and Maja Hoffmann; curators and museum directors like Stuart Comer, Michael Govan, Thelma Golden, Max Hollein, Glenn Lowry, and Hans Ulrich Obrist; and artists like María Berrío, Mark Bradford, Maurizio Cattelan, and Henry Taylor….