Art Market Overview: Louise Bourgeois, Frieze's Queen

On 14 May 2021, by Vanessa Schmitz-Grucker

Frieze New York has just ended, and initial figures for the works sold are already circulating. Louise Bourgeois made the headlines within a few hours of the opening.


Hauser & Wirth sold her Blind Man's Bluff (1984) for $1 M. According to Artnet, the powerful Swiss company could also be the big winner in this first "post-pandemic" Frieze, since it also sold a painting by George Condo, The Drifter (2021) for $800,000. While most sales took place before the opening, gallery owners also achieved some fine ones during the event. A close second to Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner also banked on a woman, selling Dana Schutz's paintings (created especially for the occasion) for between $700,000 and $900,000.

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