Frieze Scene: Damien Hirst, Billionaire Pinchuk, Saatchi

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Damien Hirst, second from right, his partner Roxie Nafousi, from left, Pinchuk Art Centre General Director Eckhard Schneider, and billionaire Victor Pinchuk, right, at the presentation of the Future Generation Art Prize. The prize is worth $100,000.

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Damien Hirst, second from right, his partner Roxie Nafousi, from left, Pinchuk Art Centre General Director Eckhard Schneider, and billionaire Victor Pinchuk, right, at the presentation of the Future Generation Art Prize. The prize is worth $100,000. Close

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Julia Peyton-Jones, Victor and Elena Pinchuk and Tony Chambers at the Serpentine. Close

Julia Peyton-Jones, Victor and Elena Pinchuk and Tony Chambers at the Serpentine.

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Hans Ulrich Obrist, Zaha Hadid, Victor Pinchuk and Julia Peyton-Jones. Close

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Zaha Hadid, Victor Pinchuk and Julia Peyton-Jones.

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Artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, from left, art philanthropist Victor Pinchuk, his wife Elena Pinchuk and sculptor Olafur Eliasson. They were attending the launch party for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation's Future Generation Art Prize at the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Close

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Artist Jennifer Rubell at her booth during the 2013 Frieze Art Fair. Rubell's "Portrait of the Artist," a large sculpture of herself with a hollowed womb that visitors can enter, is on view at the fair. Close

Artist Jennifer Rubell at her booth during the 2013 Frieze Art Fair. Rubell's "Portrait of the Artist," a large... Read More

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"Portrait of the Artist" (2013) by Jennifer Rubell. One of five versions of the steel-reinforced fiberglass sculpture sold for $200,000 at Mayfair-based dealer Stephen Friedman's booth during the VIP preview of the Frieze Art fair in London, U.K., on Oct. 16. Close

"Portrait of the Artist" (2013) by Jennifer Rubell. One of five versions of the steel-reinforced fiberglass sculpture... Read More

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"Scatter Gun" (2012) by Damien Hirst. The work, created with scalpel blades and signwriting paint on aluminum, is on sale by White Cube at the Frieze Art Fair 2013 for 425,000 pounds ($687,000). Close

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"To Meet My Past" (2002) by Tracey Emin. The four-poster bed with mattress, applique linens and curtains is part of the Charles Saatchi collection and was auctioned to raise funds for his gallery. Close

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"Sacred Heart (Blue/Magenta)" by Jeff Koons, in the center of the floor at the Gagosian Gallery booth during the 2013 Frieze Art Fair. The annual fair commenced in the year 2000 and takes place in London's Regent's Park. Close

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"Sacred Heart (Blue/Magenta)" by Jeff Koons.

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"Titi Tire" (2003-2012) by Jeff Koons is shown at the Gagosian Gallery booth. The comic-strip figure is made with polychromed aluminum, rubber and a coated steel chain. Close

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"Four in a Dress" (1967) by James Lee Byars at the 2013 Frieze Art Fair. The work involves four people wearing a single loose garment. Close

"Four in a Dress" (1967) by James Lee Byars at the 2013 Frieze Art Fair. The work involves four people wearing a single loose garment.

Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk launched his third $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize (for young talent) at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the new scene-shaper by Zaha Hadid.

Pinchuk’s guests included Marc Quinn and Damien Hirst.

When a guest noted 52-year-old Pinchuk’s relative youth (by billionaire standards), the Ukrainian shared a hug with Hirst and cried, “Young British artist -- young Ukrainian collector!”

Hirst, 48, in a suit jacket and jeans, recalled how, in his younger days, artists just wanted to be in five galleries.

“Now artists question everything, so they’re not just taking the gallery system as it exists,” he said. “They’re inventing their own futures.”

Also attending was Olafur Eliasson, the Danish-Icelandic artist whose artificial sun at Tate Modern was one of the most-loved lobby installations.

Slideshow: The Frieze London Art Fair

Eliasson said he’s working on “Little Sun” -- an environmental project that markets little solar-powered, sun-shaped lamps for 20 euros ($27) via www.littlesun.com and uses the cash to bring electricity to communities without it.

He handed over a unit powered by the sunlight in Berlin.

“It’s a small power plant that you can hold in your hand,” he explained. “It also gives you personal energy, meaning that it makes you stronger.”

Rubell’s Womb

Jennifer Rubell presented her new interactive work at the Frieze London fair this week.

It’s a large white reclining sculpture of her recently pregnant self with a belly-area cavity viewers can crawl into. During the preview, more than one grown man curled up inside.

After posing for photographers inside the womb, Rubell took time out to talk at the Stephen Friedman Gallery booth. She said her body was scanned when she was eight months pregnant, and the belly digitally carved out, “creating the void.”

Friedman announced he’d sold one of the sculptures (from an edition of three) for $200,000.

Video: The Art of Selling Art at London's Frieze Art Fair

The night before collector Charles Saatchi sold artworks in a Christie’s sale, the auction house threw a huge party in a factory-sized former postal depot in London.

There to be inspected were Kader Attia’s “Ghost” (2007) -- 264 foil sculptures of Muslim women kneeling for prayer -- and Jake and Dinos Chapman’s “Tragic Anatomies” (1996), a forest of mutant, mating nudes.

Tracey Emin’s “To Meet My Past” bed looked so cozy, a guard had to stand by and stop any couples from lying down. It sold last night for 481,875 pounds ($778,854).

Tracey Emin's Bed Sells for Record $778,900 in London

(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts & leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include the New York and London weekend guides, Scott Reyburn on the art market, Lewis Lapham on history, Jeremy Gerard on U.S. theater and Amanda Gordon’s Scene Last Night.

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London at Farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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