Walking round Frieze Masters last week the trend for the ‘curated’ stand was overwhelmingly evident.
This came in the form of curated exhibitions of works - in some cases with loan pieces to inform the selection, stands dedicated to a solo artist or stands devoted to single private collections. At the extreme end of this, and the most show-stopping, was the all-encompassing ‘immersion’ on the stand of Helly Nahmad at Frieze Masters, which started last year with the recreation of a Parisian collector’s apartment, and continued in 2015 with a depiction of the mental asylum that housed many of the Art Brut disciples of Dubuffet alongside several of Dubuffet’s paintings.
Dorotheum’s Contemporary Art sale, held in Vienna on the evening of 10th June, offered for sale the auction house’s most international roster of artists yet. Alongside works by Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Victor Vasarely and Marc Quinn, was a group of masterpieces by the famed Italian avant-garde school which included artists like Fontana, Manzoni, Bonalumi, Castellani, Scheggi and Melotti.