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Top Picks from ArtHamptons 2014   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Hamptons July 10th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 7/14/14

Thursday night heralded in the brigade of well-dressed fair-flockers for the opening night of ArtHamptons. A celebrity studded event—Moby sighting included—it’s no wonder these single lane country roads congested into a veritable parking lot in a matter of several short hours. This year's theme of “escapism from the everyday” is fair director Rick Friedman’s call to curate with color and levity, an appropriate agenda for collectors looking to don the walls of t... [more]

ArtHamptons: Looking to Korea and Beyond   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Hamptons July 10th - July 13th
Posted 7/9/14

This year, ArtHamptons returns to the Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark bringing a unique focus on contemporary Korean art. Citing a growing fascination in New York with contemporary Korean art, ArtHamptons will feature fifteen Korean art galleries bringing with them over 150 artworks. Fittingly, Korean-born, New York-based multimedia artist Jayoung Chung will open the fair with her performance, Performing with You. Developed in part during her residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center,... [more]

Hampton Happenings: Your Guide to Summer Art in the Hamptons   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at artMRKT Hamptons July 10th - July 13th
Posted 7/8/14

It’s official! This past 4th of July celebration greeted the summer season of New York City’s art scene. Hordes of urbanites will trade in their metro cards for polo mallets as the Hamptons Art Fairs kick into full swing. Troupes of art aficionados will flock to this east-end mecca of white beaches and even whiter ensembles. The Hamptons Art Fairs are known for their trendy parties, trendier market swings, and art collectors who have a penchant for scooping up big ticket items at the d... [more]

LAX -----> BASEL   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel June 17th - June 22nd
Posted 6/20/14

The utterance of “Basel” rolls off the tongue like a whisper. No matter the inflection or language in which it’s spoken, the name of the small city in Switzerland is synonymous with one of the most influential art fairs of the calendar year. For a single week in the middle of June nearly all hotels are booked. The quaint and picturesque city in Northern Switzerland that straddles France and Germany, measuring a mere 9.2 square miles, becomes an international hub where hundreds... [more]

Diversity rules at 45th edition of the art market’s Olympics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel June 17th - June 22nd
Posted 6/19/14

Art fair participants complain, what’s new? But instead of the usual lamentations about hesitant collectors keeping their pocket books closed, this year dealers’ biggest worry was overly aggressive buyers. They just waltzed into a booth, pointed out a work and did not take no for an answer, even if the work had already been sold. This marks the cautious upswing in the art market which has been getting back up on its feet after being hit by the global financial crisis. Although Art Base... [more]

A Young Fair with a Lot of Experience: An Interview with LISTE Director Peter Bläuer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at LISTE June 17th - June 22nd
Posted 6/16/14

LISTE was founded in 1996 as a new, self-confident generation of gallerists came of age at the end of the 1980s, gallerists who had little chance of securing a space at the world’s most important art fair, Art Basel. The first LISTE, dedicated exclusively to this new generation, presented thirty-six galleries from twelve countries and as a result of its success has continued growing ever since to include seventy-eight galleries today. Peter Bläuer, the Director of LISTE, took some tim... [more]

Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Francesco Arena, Darren Bader, Gottfried Bechtold, Pierre Bismuth, Jean-Luc Blanc, Chris Burden, Zeng Fanzhi, Ryan Gander, Mario García Torres, Mark Handforth, Seth Price, Eva Rothschild, Guido van der Werve at Art Basel June 18th - June 22nd
Posted 6/16/14

The Dreiländereck (literally, “angle of the three countries”) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It’s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations—Switzerland, France, Germany—meet together. Basel is a city wedged into the core of Europe; it’s a border town, stuck in the offshoots of Swiss mountains and split in two by an ample bight of the Rhin... [more]

Performing Bodies in Basel: 14 Rooms of Living Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marina Abramovic, Ed Atkins, John Baldessari, Allora & Calzadilla, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, Jordan Wolfson, Xu Zhen at Art Basel June 14th - June 22nd
Posted 6/15/14

Much more interesting than the description of the 14 Rooms performance series, which will take place as part of Art Basel and is organized by star-curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is its call out for participants/performers to take part in it: “If you have an identical twin, use the opportunity to be part of Damien Hirst’s work. War veterans are sought after for part of Santiago Sierra’s performance, and anyone who speaks colloquial British-English and is similar in appear... [more]

Art Basel on the Side   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at VOLTA Art Fair Basel June 16th - June 21st
Posted 6/15/14

Satellite fairs and art shows seem to be mushrooming around their big brothers. With nearly two-dozen fairs, Miami is definitely the leader, followed by the Armory show, which this year had at least eight side fairs. The month of June though is reserved for the old continent and Art Basel, which is one of the oldest contemporary art fairs and one of the most important when it comes to the concentration of well-established art galleries. Some 4,000 artists will be featured in various sectors, providing for a... [more]

The Media Man Around Town (and the World): Li Zhenhua and Art Basel Hong Kong’s Film Sector   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel Hong Kong May 14th - May 18th
Posted 5/15/14

Li Zhenhua began our conversation with a gentle correction: he had three exhibitions opening in one month, not three exhibitions opening over as many months. I was reminded of these words as Li’s disembodied voice greeted me at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai last week during the opening of a satellite exhibition for “Pandamonium: Media Art from Shanghai,” an exhibition co-curated with David Elliott in Berlin. Unable to attend the show’s simultaneous openings in Berlin and Shanghai, Li introduced “Pand... [more]

Sheer Size and Ambition: Art Basel | Hong Kong's 17 Grand Installation "Encounters"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel Hong Kong May 14th - May 18th
Posted 5/13/14

Visitors to Art Basel in Hong Kong will be treated to a collection of seventeen large-scale installation works, mostly by East Asian artists, each handled by a different gallery. Ten of the seventeen artists selected by Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, come from Greater China and six from the Mainland alone. Hasegawa also curated this "Encounters" sector in last year's inaugural edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, but she has selected an entirely different set of a... [more]

Raising a Glass to Apocalypse Postponed: An Interview with Nadim Abbas  
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5/11/14 Posted 5/11/14

Shanghai/Hong Kong, May 2014: Hong Kong-based artist Nadim Abbas has long created environments that explore the patterned and structural features of space. At ARTHK11 in 2011, Abbas created Marine Lover: A Hermatypic Romance, an intricate installation of wall-mounted white polyresin coral casts and backlights extending the length of a narrow corridor. Abbas returns to the Hong Kong fair in a scaled up and out manner with a commission for the nearly 300 square meter Absolut Art Bar. Apocalypse Post... [more]

Art Basel | Hong Kong: User’s Guide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel Hong Kong May 14th - May 18th
Posted 5/10/14

Following a successful launch last year, Hong Kong’s edition of Art Basel is back with a larger schedule of events and even more art than one can see in a week. This year boasts more than 3,000 works of art from over 200 galleries. Although a welcomed spotlight, Hong Kong was never lacking in the international art show circuit, or arts for that matter—we currently have several a year and even two fairs that proudly share the weekend with Basel (read on to find out who). While Basel... [more]

Al's Grand Hotel and Public Fiction Bring LA Hospitality to Randall's Island   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Frieze New York May 9th - May 12th
Posted 5/7/14

A lucky few attendees of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair will be spending the night on Randall’s Island as a part of Frieze Projects’ re-staging of Al’s Grand Hotel, a work from 1971 in which the LA artist Allen Ruppersberg ran a fully functioning hotel out of a converted home on the Sunset Strip. This is the first, and maybe only time for the art fair to keep overnight guests, and in order to do so they have arranged for a dedicated bathroom and shower, extra securit... [more]

Friezer Burn: Frieze, Artexpo, and the paradox of taste   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Frieze New York May 9th - May 12th
Posted 5/6/14

Depending on one’s relationship to art fairs such as Frieze, the social and professional rituals associated with attending them can cause fevered excitement, or make the blood run, well, cold. Visit often enough and those galleries and artists that have been admitted to this carefully guarded system reveal the political hierarchies of this particular art world. While each fair has its own approach, thousands of works, and new artists each year, the perennial experience can be one of creeping... [more]

PULSE Gets Some New Blood: An Interview With Fair Director Helen Toomer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Pulse New York May 8th - May 11th
Posted 5/6/14

PULSE Art Fair is getting a makeover this year as it welcomes contemporary art market vet Helen Toomer. Toomer is known for her former Lower East Side gallery Toomer Labdza (now closed), her role at the helm of the Collective Design Fair, and her development of international lifestyle blog Artlog. The newly appointed Director will be shaking things up as PULSE enters its 10th year on the scene. We spoke with Toomer to get the inside scoop on what’s on the docket this year for PULSE NYC. ... [more]


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