There have been some reports of upset over this year’s Frieze booth prize award. Every year a gallery wins a £10,000 award for the best stand. Simple. The prize, judged by Peter Eleey (Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), Susanne Gaensheimer (Director of the Museum fur Modern Kunst, Frankfurt/Main) and Margot Heller (Director of the South London Gallery, London) was awarded to multi-millionaire Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn.
Sources of consternation cite the fact that the prize was allegedly awarded on the strength of the Hammons work in the stand. However, Salon 94 doesn’t even represent Hammonds, so the £10k gift, small change to Greenberg, was essentially awarded to a millionaire selling work they’d had to buy directly from the artist. Oh dear….
The work sold for a cool £1.5 million.
However, the plot thickens. Another version of Flight Fantasy, the work in question, is also owned by the Walker, where Peter Eleey is curator.
Also, gallerists commented on Gaensheimer being glued to her phone during judging. That’s right, CoS is here to point out bad manners and general rudeness too….