Aurélien Froment, 9 intervals, 2011 – 2012, HD video still; Courtesy of the artist and Motive Gallery. Art Statements, Hall 1.0, Booth S08.
From the Flea Market to the Art Fair: Selection and Curation at Art Basel
by Elvia Wilk
In 2011, Art Basel’s selection committee rejected three prominent Berlin galleries from the fair: Eigen+ Art, Giti Nourbakhsch and Mehdi Chouakri. This triggered claims that their rejection was the fault of an extremely Berlin-heavy selection committee...
Regardless of what actually went on last year, it is safe to conjecture that art fair selection is a complex process with many nuances. And this selectivity pervades every inch of the fair’s setup and programming – far beyond the question of who gets in are the questions of how the artists and galleries are categorized and presented.
Rodrigo Torres, Uns trocados (Some change), 2009; Courtesy of the artist and A Gentil Carioca. Art Feature Hall 2.1, Booth R2.
Like many art fairs, Art Basel filters its jam-packed program into various categories to help visitors navigate the experience. Besides the obvious Art Galleries section, exhibitions are organized into Art Feature, Art Statements, Art Unlimited, Art Parcours, Art Film, Art Edition, and Art Magazines. Magazines, editions and films are relatively self-explanatory designations, and it makes sense to house them in specified areas. Parcours, also, is a series of site-specific projects that take place in various historic quarters of the city. But what defines the Feature, Statements, and Unlimited sections, which could seemingly be lumped into the broader Art Galleries category? Why separate them as such?
Read more about Art Basel selection here...
See you in Basel!
--the ArtSlant Team
FAIR WATCH - Erik Frydenborg
Erik Frydenborg, Service Manikin, 2011, Ash plywood, pine, mixed media, 56x68x48 inches; Image courtesy of Cherry and Martin. Art Statements, Hall 1.0, Booth S23.
Erik Frydenborg, being presented by Cherry and Martin at Art Statements, Art Basel, is something of a systems analyst, inventor, archeologist, crytographer, the list goes on and on. For more clues, read Andrew Berardini's review of Frydenborg's late-2011 show at Cherry and Martin, Dr. (illegible):
...A proto-DARPA experimental device developed by top engineers under the influence of LSD to channel orgones into potent ”love bombs” which when deployed on the populace of an enemy state caused all those exposed to strip and engage in mass orgies... (more)
FAIR WATCH - Alec Soth
Alec Soth, 2006_08zL0045 (light bulb in woods), 2006, Archival pigment print, 81,3 x 101,6 cm; Image courtesy of Loock Galerie. On view at Volta 8.
...[Soth's] series is the result of his travels across America in search of recluses: in the face of the decline of American empire, Soth seeks and documents those who have pulled out of society, looking for refuge or respite, hiding or just going away... (more)
FAIR WATCH - Franklin Evans
Franklin Evans, eyesontheedge (installation view), 2012, Mixed media. Image courtesy of Sue Scott Gallery. On view at Volta 8.
HT:It seems like we’re at a place where there’s a return to the studio, and a return to materiality... But the return to the studio is more about the studio as site. How do you feel like your practice fits into this context?
FE: My work is not a critique of post-studio practice. My use of the studio tangentially considers a post-studio critique of studio as site rather than just a place for production and the pre-critique position of studio as place for production... (more)
TALK OF THE TOWN
The Romanian Invasion
by Olga Stefan
Navid Nuur, From the series of The Eyecodecs of the Monochrome, 2012; Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Plan B.