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Young, black and female artists break art market records in London, redressing a historic imbalance

 

In the absence of too many stellar prices – David Hockney’s panoramic portrait of art curator Henry Geldzahler and his boyfriend Christopher Scott stood out a mile at a predicted £30 million – the trend spotlight at last week’s contemporary art sales in London fell on young, black and female artists.

Sotheby’s opened their sales with seven consecutive works from YBAs Jenny Saville and Tracey Emin to historic international figures Louise Bourgeois and Agnes Martin. The mid-career Brit Rebecca Warren probably fared best of the bunch when a bulbous bronze figure soared to a record £555,000.

Sotheby’s new Head of Sale, Emma Baker, had taken the opportunity to explore her university research on female…

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