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Collectors rushed to Zoo, the well regarded Frieze satellite fair, even before it opened

Visitors include Charles Saatchi and Anita Zabludowicz

London

This year saw three satellite fairs around Frieze, but the most important remains Zoo, established in 2004 as a youthful alternative. Last month it hosted 46 galleries, 26 more than 2005, among them 14 new exhibitors from Los Angeles, Berlin and Mexico as part of a collaboration with the Art Basel satellite fair Voltashow.

Even before the fair opened, business was brisk as a select number of collectors sprinted round the stands. One of the most voracious new British collectors, the shopping centre magnate David Roberts, was one of the first through the doors, promptly buying two sculptures: Paul Fryer’s The Light of the World for $186,000 from T1+2 and Bad Poetry: You Said You Would Always Be There, 2006, by John Isaacs from Museum 52 for $46,500.

Charles Saatchi was next to dart around the fair, followed by Anita Zabludowicz, who is opening a public gallery in London next June. She bought a minimalist James Ireland sculpture, Standard Description, 2006, from fa projects, as well as a small construction by Polly Morgan, Mind Over Matter #3, 2006, ($12,000).

Kay Hartenstein Saatchi, expressed interest in Boo Ritson’s glistening photo portraits, although gallery owner David Risley would not confirm whether she was indeed the buyer of Elena (2006), which went for $14,870.

Perhaps the most buzzing stand of all was Store where Bedwyr Williams had installed a fairground style game, called Buzzwire, 2006, in which anyone dexterous enough could “win” the work (otherwise priced at $12,600).

o Versions of these articles were first published in our daily edition at Frieze.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 174 November 2006