Facing insecurity, art dealers play it safe
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Facing insecurity, art dealers play it safe

Feminist Series #6: There Was One of Two Things, 1972/1992, by Faith Ringgold, on view at Weiss Berlin and ACA Galleries’ booth at Frieze London. New York ART dealers and art museums have always had a symbiotic relationship. Dealers lend work to museums, and when museums display that work, its value has the tendency to go up. (Or at the very least, it’s more likely to go up than an artwork that’s never been exhibited.) In the context of an art fair like Frieze, which takes place in two separate tents in London’s Regent’s Park through Oct 7, that commercial/institutional relationship has been on prominent display for years. "If there’s a museum show on, or a museum show about to happen, dealers will bring that artist’s work," says Wendy Olsoff, the co-founder of the New York gallery P.P.O.W. This year, though, there seems to be a surge of direct-from-museum art in the tent at Frieze London, which contains newer art, and to a lesser extent at Frieze Masters, where dealers tend to show more historic objects. Olsoff’s booth at the Frieze London has two photographs for sale by David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992). Not coincidentally, a massive show at the Whitney […]

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