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Special Edition: Art | Basel #3
by ArtSlant Team


Daniel Rolnik on the gamble of getting a booth at Basel

Whenever I think about art fairs, the first thing that comes to mind is money. Like how Art Basel can cost a gallery well over $10,000 for a small booth, which means they have to sell at least $20,000 worth of art (based upon a 50/50 split with each artist) just to cover their upfront cost. Still leaving the ungodly debt of crating, shipping, handling, installing, flying, eating, driving, drugging, and stain removals to be paid for.

Most of the people who attend won’t buy anything besides an admission ticket. Unless they’re hungry and decide to shell out some dough on an overpriced salad that tastes like plastic, but comes in a well-designed container. Meaning the only thing that seems like it's winning at an art fair, is the art fair itself, strangely making it more akin to Las Vegas, where the house always wins and only a few lucky schmucks walk out rich, than the romantic notion of the art world that we’ve all cooked up in our brains at one point or another. Though it is that romance that keeps every gallery betting on the right collector to come to their booth at the right time to keep great art alive for all of us art-fiend-junkies...

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Frances Guerin on the charm of the Swiss town Basel

Last weekend I travelled to Basel for a conference. It's been years since I was in Basel, so many years, that my memories of the city are vague, but after twenty-four hours, I remembered where I was. Things tend to stay the same in Switzerland. In the years since I first went to Basel, the world has become a smaller place, Russia has assumed a role as a world power, China has become a leading economic and political force to be reckoned with, the Middle East has become increasingly unstable, global warming has descended on us, and technological innovation has come to shape us. While the world moves around it, Basel remains clean and orderly, colourful, and one of Switerland’s most creative cities...

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Jonathan Monk, The World in Bloom, 2012, Textile, 220 x 322 cm; Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen. At Art Basel Hall 2.1 / H4.

Mickalene Thomas, Naomi Looking Forward, 2013, Rhinestones, acrylic, enamel and oil on wood panel, 96 x 120 inches, 243.8 x 304.8 cm; Lehmann Maupin, New York. At Art Basel Hall 2.1 / J9.

Sylvie Fleury, Color Lab – Free Study with White Peacock, 2012, Taxidermy peacock, black tire, white pedestal, 195 x 169 x 100 cm, Unique piece; Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin. At Art Basel Hall 2.1 / K16.

M/M, C'est Wouf, 2013, Neon, plexiglass, painted metal and electrical system with switch, 45 x 60 x 15 cm; Air de Paris. At Art Basel Hall 2.1 / L4.


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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 6/22/13

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