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Artsy Insider: Frieze Week’s Breakout Artists

Artsy Insider: Frieze Week’s Breakout Artists
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Galleries are known to presell the works they plan on bringing to art fairs, but they’re rarely as brazen about it as Los Angeles’s Kohn Gallery. The day before the first VIPs arrived at Frieze London, the gallery announced it had already sold three works in its booth by Chicago-based painter for prices between $10,500 and $50,000. Better still, one is destined for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. When it comes to Kent’s bold, flat compositions of blocky, colorful forms on black backdrops, that level of demand from collectors and institutions is consistent with recent trends. At Frieze New York in May, Casey Kaplan sold out its solo booth of paintings and works on paper by Kent; and at the online-only edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach last December, Kohn Gallery sold one of Kent’s large-scale paintings to a major US institution for $28,000.

Widespread demand for Kent’s singular compositions is evident on Artsy, too. Her work was first offered on the platform in 2019, and demand surged the following year, with the number of collectors inquiring about her work jumping more than sixfold. Despite that surge, this year is already her biggest on Artsy, with that number more than doubling from 2020. Even amid all this interest, her work has yet to appear on the secondary market. But given the speed at which Kent’s paintings sell at fairs (before they even open), it likely won’t be long before someone tests the secondary market’s interest in her work.

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