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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.

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