Pick of the week
Frieze New York took place during the first week of May on Randall’s Island—the one that you drive over without noticing on the way from JFK airport to Manhattan. It seems to have been a happy fair for the exhibitors, including Offer Waterman from London, whose well-timed decision to show a group of works by David Hockney benefited from the build-up to Sotheby’s May 16 sale in which Piscine de Medianoche fetched $11,743,000 (£8,807,250)—a new record until Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica surged on to take $28,453,000 (£21,339,750).
Hockney drove this route regularly, listening to opera. He called it his ‘Wagner drive’ and said that this was a multiple view of Santa Monica and the mountains. It might be said that this was a Cubist approach, which was also true of two photocollages, at $48,000 each, among the six works sold by Offer Waterman. One of them, George, Blanche, Celia, Albert and Percy (above, 1983), also included a modest self-portrait.