After canceling last year’s fair due to Covid, Frieze Los Angeles roared back to life this week with a VIP opening on Thursday. The scene unfolded with its usual flare, with mega-dealers such as David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Pace selling out booths featuring works by artists newly added to their rosters. There were also local spaces on hand, and some brought with them works by L.A.-based artists.
“The fair has created a unique moment for the global art community to gather and experience the city as an international art destination on its own terms,” said Hauser & Wirth’s president, Marc Payot, in a statement to ARTnews. “This year the energy and optimism are especially palpable.”
Other dealers seemed to concur, saying that they made strong sales during the first day of the fair. (Because these sales are self-reported, it can be difficult to verify them.) Below, a look at some of the sales galleries said they made on the preview day of this year’s edition of the Frieze, which runs through Sunday.