Dean Zeus Colman returned to the Frieze London art fair scene this weekend as Stick Together debuted at Moniker a new concept of his, Artopoly. Zeus sold complete Artopoly sets, prints, canvases, and a number of editions from his rocket lolly statue series. The Artopoly showpiece was one of the most photographed works at Moniker, with social media shares reaching the eyes of some of the artists on the Artopoly board itself (Tracey Emin rumored to apparently happy she’s not on the first block!)
Placed in the frame of iconic Monopoly, artists are the properties for sale, auction houses are the railroads, and the board as a whole is transformed into an art market on display. “Just bidding”, pass “Ego”, or “Go to Auction” are some ways how Artopoly playful imitates the familiar game with an ironic and witty twist at every corner. Artist placement on the board is decided from an actual scale of auction results thoroughly researched by the artist and set within the UK contemporary art market history.