Articles | ArtSlant https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/show en-us 40 Basel 2015 Trends: Irony Rules at the New Rhy Art Fair <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">In the early hours of opening day at Rhypark, a gentle rain falls upon Basel. While the sun tries to break through the overcast clouds, the weather cannot squash the fact that the city is already illuminated by art and global attention.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">The Rhy Art Fair is the newest addition to the fair circuit, making its Basel debut this year. Presented by the Swiss organizer Contemporary Art International Zurich (founded in 1999 and now celebrating its 17th year) Rhy Art Fair showcases emerging talent in Basel. With a selected roster barely exceeding 30 exhibitors, the fair's curation celebrates young galleries and international/young artists. Showcasing a variety of disciplines, Rhy is a destination off the too-beaten path for burgeoning collectors seeking a dynamic cross section of work and talent. </span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Given its intimate scale and hand-picked roster, Rhy is certainly a change of pace from the larger satellites currently running in Basel (such as LISTE, Scope, and Volta). It's easily reached from the Messeplatz, the Art Basel fairground, by a 15-minute tram ride, but despite their close proximity the fairs feel worlds apart.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/101642/4cut/20150619022730-becchio-die-Kolonie-300.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Andr&eacute; Becchio,&nbsp;<em>Arctic Friends</em>, 2011,&nbsp;Acrylic on wood, 400 x 600 cm.&nbsp;Courtesy&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Rhy Art Fair, Basel 2015</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><em style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">This year, irony seems to be a key trend among the works on show. Upon arriving promptly at&nbsp;11am&nbsp;when the doors open, artists and galleries are still tinkering the overhead lights in their booths and fine tuning the wiring and resolutions of video installations. With the Rhine River running alongside the space, the setting is idyllic and tranquil, far removed from the frenzy of the neighboring art spectacle. A whimsical arctic installation by Andr&eacute;&nbsp;Becchio&nbsp;greets visitors at the entrance: a three-tiered snowman with carrot nose, top hat, eyes of coal, and extending arms that resemble found branches guards a family of penguins. While the winter scene is out of season, the snowman and his family of penguins seem to fit their new environment set against the backdrop of the Rhine.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/101642/4cut/20150619023038-harnisch-gerbo-300.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Dan Gerbo, <em>The Ferrari Pierced</em>, 2013,&nbsp;Ferrari Testarossa (1989), Mixed Media, 450 x 200 x 202 cm.&nbsp;Courtesy&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Galerie Zum Harnisch and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Rhy Art Fair, Basel 2015</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Next, conceptual artist Dan Gerbo's installation <em>The Ferrari Pierced</em> is parked right next to the ticket booth. At first, you only notice the rear of the vehicle with vanity plates bearing the artist&rsquo;s name. But once you walk around the front of the car, you discover an oversized wooden stake imaples the bonnet, from the engine through the hood. Piercing the precious Ferrari metal as it were a matchbox, the jagged stake renders the Ferrari inoperable: Garbo&rsquo;s work focuses on our cultural obsession with material goods&mdash;ironic here in situ&mdash;but the stake has been positioned in such a way that the car can be removed and driven.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/101642/4cut/20150619023824-keller-civilised-3296-big.jpg" alt="" /><br /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Pete Keller<strong>,&nbsp;</strong><em>Am I civilised?</em>, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 130 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Rhy Art Fair, Basel 2015</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Basel can often leave the casual or solo visitor feeling somewhat intimidated. Pete Keller&rsquo;s body of acrylic paintings help to initiate a conversation. In the tongue-in-cheek work <em>How to Casually Acknowledge Someone</em>&nbsp;Keller assigns four basic steps to inspire a dialogue. Addressing the vulnerability that so many of us (even seasoned art goers) experience in this work is welcome, even in the relatively relaxed environment of Rhy.</span><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&mdash;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/65205-a-moret?tab=REVIEWS" target="_blank">A. Moret</a></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Image at the top:&nbsp;Andrea Freckmann &amp; Theun Govers<strong>,&nbsp;</strong><em>FREMDHAUS</em>, 2014,&nbsp;Mixed media installation, 120 x 340 x 250 cm. Courtesy Rhy Art Fair Basel 2015)</span></p> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 01:17:20 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Art Basel 2015: Your Guide to Basel Fairs and Art Institutions <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Art Basel turns 46 this year. There&rsquo;s little new to say about the original mega-fair, which had 90 exhibitors at its very first 1970 edition, and 281 exhibitors just three years later. With a maturing satellite scene&mdash;Liste celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, Design Miami hits double digits, and Volta enters its pre-teens&mdash;we know what to expect from much of the week&rsquo;s establishment lineup. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">But as the art world grows, so too does the number of fairs and events straddling Basel&rsquo;s bend in the Rhine, tributaries of the commercial art world&rsquo;s best known franchise. 2015 sees newcomers Photo Basel and Rhy Art Fair join June&rsquo;s fair flow, and art spaces citywide time their exhibiton cycles to the rhythms of the Art Basel tide.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Luckily, the fairs open early during Basel Week&mdash;some as early as Monday or Tuesday&mdash;so there&rsquo;s time to see it all. We try to be helpful around ArtSlant, so to help you navigate the host city and its flood of fairs, we&rsquo;ve rounded them up, adding in some major art institutions, which have extended their opening hours this week. You'll find all the dates and details you need to know here.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Basel on a budget? Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/43275" target="_blank">guide to free art events</a> across town this week!</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=zD2VcvFDXaZQ.koG6WJqOe4qc" width="640" height="480"></iframe></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616211145-ARTBASEL2015_ACO_02_195.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Galleria Continua |&nbsp;Kader Attia, <em>Arab Spring</em>, 2014.&nbsp;Unlimited in Basel 2015 | Unlimited&nbsp;&copy; Art Basel</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Art Basel | Basel</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Messeplatz 10, CH-4005<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Vernissage: Wednesday, June 17, 3&ndash;8pm (invite only)<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 18-21, 11am&ndash;7pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Day Ticket: CHF 48; after 5 pm: CHF 25; Two-Day Ticket: CHF 80; Permanent Ticket: CHF 110</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"><a style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;" href="https://www.artbasel.com/en/Basel" target="_blank">www.artbasel.com/en/Basel</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: georgia, palatino;">The Godfather of art fairs. Works by 4,000 different artists from five continents representing every artistic medium there is; curatorial projects; talks; two bookstores; special installations and restaurants serving cuisine from nine different nations. You could spend the week here, but you shouldn't&mdash;there's too much else to see.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: georgia, palatino;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616200723-_JRH9683_Design_at_large_3_PS_hires.jpg" alt="" /></span></strong></span></p> <div class="img-list-area"> <div class="info-box" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Design at Large exhibition view.<br /></span></div> </div> <div class="img-list-area"><strong style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">&nbsp;</span></strong></div> <div class="img-list-area"><strong style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Design Miami/ Basel</span></strong></div> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Hall 1 S&uuml;d, Messe Basel, Messeplatz<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 16&ndash;21<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening: Monday, June 15, Collectors Preview,noon&ndash;5pm, Vernissage 5&ndash;8pm (invite only)<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 16-17, 10am&ndash;8pm; June 18-19, 10am&ndash;7pm; June 20-21, 11am&ndash;7pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF 25 General admission; CHF 65 Combination ticket with Art Basel</span></p> <p><a style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;" href="http://basel2015.designmiami.com/">basel2015.designmiami.com</a></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Fuelling the marketplace for collectible design, high-end commerical exhibitors present alongside more cultural concerns, including talks on issues in contemporary design, and a new project, Curio, inviting experts from different areas of the field (including Artsy, MANIERA, and Dzek)&nbsp;to curate cabinets of curiosity, placed throughout the fair.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616201248-LISTE2015_DSC1340.jpg" alt="" /></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">LISTE Performance Project.&nbsp;Photo: Daniel Spehr</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Sans, 'Trebuchet MS', Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">LISTE</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Burgweg 15, CH-4058<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 16&ndash;21<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening: Monday, June 15, 5&ndash;9pm (open to the public)<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 16-20, 1&ndash;9pm; June 21, 1&ndash;6pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF/EUR 20 General Admission (single entry)</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.liste.ch/" target="_blank">www.liste.ch</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">LISTE hasn't really be able to claim it's "young art" epithet for a while&mdash;the fair was once an edgy foil to Art Basel&mdash;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">but it remains a commercial platform for some younger galleries and artists who are probably still cutting their teeth.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">One of our reporters attended Monday's preview and wasn't charmed by LISTE, but it's been going for 20 years, so something must be going right.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616201901-v11_kristofkintera.jpg" alt="" /></p> <div class="page" title="Page 5"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="csc-textpic csc-textpic-intext-right-nowrap"> <div class="csc-textpic-text"> <div class="page" title="Page 5"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 5"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Krištof Kintera,&nbsp;<em>Nervous Trees</em>, 2013, Electromechanical sculpture, 320 x 185 x 150 cm. Image courtesy Ron Mandos (Amsterdam)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: georgia, palatino;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Volta 11</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Markthalle | Viaduktstrasse 10, CH-4051<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 15&ndash;20<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Vernissage: Monday, June 15, 2&ndash;5pm (free and open to the public)<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 15, 2&ndash;7pm; June 16-20, 10am&ndash;7pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Basel Nacht: Thursday, June 18, 5&ndash;7pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF 17 General Admission</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://voltashow.com/index.php" target="_blank">voltashow.com</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Also dedicated to younger art, Volta is aimed at those looking for art that occupies a kind of middle ground between Basel and LISTE. Their defining feature is a focus on international solo presentations, giving a balance between artist and gallery.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616202308-Seoshin-Gallery_Lim-Hyun-Chae_The-Place-Paradise_162x130-original-1068x735.jpeg" alt="" /></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Hyun-Chae Lim,&nbsp;<em>The Place Paradise</em>, 2014,&nbsp;Acrylic on Canvas,&nbsp;162 &times; 130.3 cm. Presented by Sheoshin Gallery in Feature Korea</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Scope Basel</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Uferstrasse 40, CH-4057<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 16&ndash;21</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 16, 4&ndash;8pm; June 17-21, 11am&ndash;8pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF 30 General Admission</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://scope-art.com/shows/basel-2015/about/" target="_blank">scope-art.com/shows/basel-2015</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Scope's trump card is their Juxtapoz Presents series. The influential San Francisco-based visual culture magazine brings in galleries and artworks that are still widely excluded from other art fairs around the world. The magazine will also be publishing a special edition newspaper available at the event. Meanwhile, this year's Focus section is dedicated to Korean art trends.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616202531-photobasel.png" alt="" /></span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Sans, 'Trebuchet MS', Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Photo Basel</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Ackermannshof Basel | St. Johanns-Vorstadt 19-21, CH-4056<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 17&ndash;20<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 17-19, 11am&ndash;10pm; June 20, 11am&ndash;6pm</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">General Admission: Day pass: CHF 12; Multi-day pass: CHF 18</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.photo-basel.com/" target="_blank">www.photo-basel.com</a></span><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Inside a complex of medieval building, budding Photo Basel does exactly what it says on the tin: it reasserts the imporance of an autonomous space for art photography while also highlighting the city of Basel as hub of world culture.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616203758-POST-Anna-Leonhardt-.-Untitled-1-2015-oil-on-canvas-50-x-60-cm-960x809.jpg" alt="" /></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Anna Leonhardt, <em>Untitled (1)</em>, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm. Exhibited by Emmanuel Post, Berlin</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Sans, 'Trebuchet MS', Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">The-Solo-Project</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">St. Jakobshalle | Br&uuml;glingerstrasse 19-21<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 17&ndash;21<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening: Wednesday, June 17, 10am&ndash;noon (invite only)<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 17, noon&ndash;8pm; June 18-20, 10am&ndash;7pm; June 21, 10am&ndash;5pm</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.the-solo-project.com/" target="_blank">www.the-solo-project.com</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Paul Kusseneers gallery from Brussels thinks there a certain kind of art missing from the international market, so they set up this fair to address that. Emphasis is on the spatial organization of this fair: expect a more gallery-like experience, where art works have "room to breathe."</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616204207-kerstan-schmidt_muller-P3170009B-300.jpg" alt="" /></span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Joey Schmidt-Muller,&nbsp;Installation<em>&nbsp;Frau Schweizer,&nbsp;</em>Basel 2015.&nbsp;Pesented by Contemporary Fine Arts</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Sans, 'Trebuchet MS', Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Rhy Art Fair</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Saalbau Rhypark am Rhein | Muelhauserstrasse 17, CH-4056<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 18&ndash;21<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening: Wednesday, June 17, 5&ndash;10pm (CHF 30 entrance fee)<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 18-21, 11am&ndash;8pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF/EUR 15 General Admission; Free Admission for ticket holders of Art Basel, LISTE, Scope and Volta, and pass holders for Swiss museums</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://rhy-art.com/" target="_blank">rhy-art.com</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Complementing other Basel events, the new Rhy Art wants to bring artists and audiences closer together. It's an international affair, but with a strong representation of galleries from South Korea and Switzerland.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>Selection Art Fair</strong></span><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Basel Art Center | Riehentorstrasse 31 / Corner Claragraben CH-4058<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 15&ndash;21<br />Public hours: June 15&ndash;20, noon&ndash;9pm; June 21, noon&ndash;7pm<br />CHF 7 General Admission</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.selection-art.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">www.selection-art.com</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Selection (en route to LISTE, if you're headed there) presents a manageable eight galleries mainly from Poland and Germany, but they are also partnered with Beijing's Museum of Contemporary Art, who bring the relaxed atmosphere for experiencing art they promote in China.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Kaserne Basel | Klybeckstrasse 1b, CH-4057<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 17&ndash;20<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening: Wednesday, June 17, 6&ndash;10pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Public hours: June 17, 6&ndash;10pm; June 18-19, 4&ndash;10pm; June 20, 4&ndash;6pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Free Admission</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.ineverread.com/" target="_blank">www.ineverread.com<br /></a></span><a style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;" href="http://www.kaserne-basel.ch/en/extra/I_Never_Read__Art_Bo" target="_blank">www.kaserne-basel.ch</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Hooray! Something that is not pictures on walls. I Never Read is Basel's art publishing fair gathering all kinds of printed matter from the international scene. You can also give your eyes a rest and listen in to their radio station, broadcast from the spot.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: georgia, palatino;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Museums and Art Spaces:</span></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Schaulager</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><em>FUTURE PRESENT: Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, Contemporary Art from Classic Modernism to the Present Day</em>, June 13, 2015&ndash;January 31, 2016</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Ruchfeldstrasse 19, CH-4142<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening hours during Art Basel: June 15-16, 10am&ndash;&thinsp;8pm;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">June 17, 12&ndash;&thinsp;8pm; June 18-20, 10am&ndash;8pm; June 21, 10am&ndash;6pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF 18 General Admission</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.schaulager.org/index.php" target="_blank">www.schaulager.org</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">While you're in town, Schaulager's 5000-square meter space will be taken over by works from the Emanuel Hoffman Foundation (founded in 1933) that will also spill out into Basel.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Museum f&uuml;r Gegenwartskunst</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Frank Stella: Paintings &amp; Drawings, May 9&ndash;August 30, 2015<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Martin Boyce, April 25&ndash;August 16, 2015<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">C&eacute;zanne to Richter: Masterpieces of the Kunstmuseum Basel, February 14, 2015&ndash;February 21, 2016<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Joseph Beuys: Installationen, Aktionen &amp; Vitrinen, December 19, 2014&ndash;January 31, 2016</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">St. Alban-Rheinweg 60, CH-4010<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening hours during Art Basel: June 15, 10am&ndash;6pm; June 16, 10am&ndash;5pm; June 17, 10am&ndash;8pm (public </span><a style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;" href="http://www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch/en/ausstellungen/aktuell/martin-boyce/" target="_blank">reception for Martin Boyce</a><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"> starting at 6pm); June 18, 11am&ndash;6pm; June 19&ndash;21, 10am&ndash;6pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Admission is free</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch/en/home/" target="_blank">www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Though the main building is currently closed for renovations (check back in April 2016), you could still visit <em>C&eacute;zanne to Richter&ndash;Masterpieces from the Kunstmuseum Basel, </em>works from the permanent collection<em>,&nbsp;</em>giving a Swiss perspective on the major developments of European art from the '70s onwards.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616205251-VF_Untitled_2015_KHB_011-1400x1049.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">Vincent Fecteau,&nbsp;<em>Untitled</em>, 2015.&nbsp;Courtesy the artist, Galerie Buchholz, greengrassi, Matthew Marks Gallery</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Kunsthalle Basel</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Anicka Yi: <em>7,070,430K of Digital Spit</em>, June 12&ndash;August 16, 2015<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Nevin Aladağ: <em>Marsch</em>, June 15&ndash;21, 2015<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Vincent Fecteau: <em>You Have Did the Right Thing When You Put That Skylight In</em>, June 18&ndash;August 23, 2015 (Opening Wednesday, June 17, 7pm)</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Steinenberg 7, CH-4051<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening hours during Art Basel: June 15&ndash;21, 10am&ndash;8pm; Wednesday, June 17, 10am&ndash;10pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF 12 General Admission</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.kunsthallebasel.ch/en/" target="_blank">www.kunsthallebasel.ch</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Two new shows are up at the Kunsthalle Basel: check out "techno-sensual" Anicka Yi's exhibition, with works made out of potato chips, deep-fried flowers, recalled powdered milk and... snail poo.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616204516-dumas_teacher_940.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Marlene Dumas,<em> The Teacher (Sub A)</em>, 1987, private collection, &copy; Marlene Dumas, Photo: Peter Cox, &copy; 2015, ProLitteris, Z&uuml;rich</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Fondation Beyeler</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Marlene Dumas, May 31&ndash;September 6, 2014<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Paul Gauguin, February 8&ndash;June 28, 2015<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Alexander Calder Gallery III, September 27, 2014&ndash;September 6, 2015</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Baselstrasse 101, CH-4125<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening hours during Art Basel: June 13&ndash;21, 9am&ndash;7pm<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF/EUR 28 General Admission</span></p> <p><a style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;" href="http://www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/Home" target="_blank">www.fondationbeyeler.ch</a></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Listen to playlists by art world personalities compiled to accompany your viewing of Fondation Beyeler's current exhibition of Paul Gaugin, or else, you could see a Marlene Dumas retrospective or a presentation of Alexander Calder, arranged into an 'Alexander Calder Gallery' concentrating on the artist's lesser known early paintings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150617081041-csm_12_Making_Africa_Diop2_01_a5f836309e.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>Vitra Design Museum</strong></span><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><em>Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design</em>, March 14&ndash;September 13, 2015<br /></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Charles-Eames-Str. 2,&nbsp;D-79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany<br /></span><span style="font-size: medium;">Opening hours: Daily, 10am&ndash;6pm<br />10 euro General Admission</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Across the Swiss border into Germany you'll find the Vitra Design Museum. To round off Art Basel Salon talks about collecting contemporary African art, check out&nbsp;<em>Making Africa</em>, an expansive show celebrating&nbsp;fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture, and urban planning from across the African continent.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/32120/1dkh/20150616204658-csm_Christopher-Baker_01_a935208e0c.jpg" alt="" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Christopher Baker, <em>HELLO WORLD! OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP LISTENING AND LOVE THE NOISE</em>, 2008</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">House of Electronic Arts (HeK)</span></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><em>Poetics and Politics of Data</em>, May 29&ndash;August 30, 2015</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Freilager-Platz 9, CH&ndash;4142<br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening hours during Art Basel: June 16, noon&ndash;8pm; June 17, 10am&ndash;8pm; June 17-21, noon&ndash;8pm</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">CHF 9 General Admission</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><a href="http://www.hek.ch/en.html#c1">www.hek.ch</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">HeK is the spot for digital age art, displaying work that responds to and encompasses new media technologies and electronic art forms. On show during Basel is a group exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Poetics and Politics of Data, </em>approaching the phenomena of Big Data.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&mdash;The ArtSlant Team</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: x-small;">(Image at top:&nbsp;Galleria dello Scudo |&nbsp;Emilio Vedova | <em>&hellip; in continuum</em>, 1987/88.&nbsp;Unlimited in Basel 2015&nbsp;&copy; Art Basel)</span></p> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:07:05 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list LAX -----> BASEL <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">The utterance of &ldquo;Basel&rdquo; rolls off the tongue like a whisper. No matter the inflection or language in which it&rsquo;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 of galleries from over 30 continents make their annual pilgrimage. Basel&mdash;the mecca, the Holy Grail, with a population of approximately 165,000 inhabitants welcomes 86,000 visitors&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">and counting&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">f</span><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">rom all corners of the globe in just six days. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;<img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620005059-IMG_0645.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Upon landing in the terminal the first piece of signage one encounters is a massive blue and gold poster boasting only two words: &ldquo;Art Basel.&rdquo; It is the first indication that you have truly arrived. The riding sponsor UBS adorns the exterior of its branches with signage and colorful banners line the skyline throughout the cityscape, along the Rhine and weaving around the cable lines that power the trams. A pop up kiosk near the SBB train station provides visitors with a slew of programming information and tickets. Secondary signage abounds for the eagerly anticipated <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/39853">14 Rooms</a>, an architectural space designed by Herzog and De Meuron and curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist presents performances by fourteen acclaimed artists. Visitors wear a silver wristband and many keep it on their wrist as a badge of honor long after visiting. </span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"> Basel is a destination for which avid collectors save the date far in advance. It&rsquo;s an international stage where gallerists and artists aspire to exhibit their work and be included in noteworthy private and public collections. Finally, Basel is a destination where writers want to be. Eager to capture the pulse of the city, they are willing to fight to obtain press credentials and gain VIP access so that they can be the first to break the story of the next rising art star. Business cards are in a constant state of exchange. Names that appeared as headlines in art journals walk among the masses and like a mirage disappear just as quickly as they are recognized. Instagram relays a daily record of encounters, impressions, and evidence so that our friends back home in the US who are six or nine hours behind in New York or Los Angeles can live vicariously through our feeds over their morning espresso. </span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620005140-IMG_0482.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">What cannot be truly captured in the Twitter feeds, however, is the sense of community one feels in the city, as if being inducted into a secret club. Knowing a single person who has their foot in the art scene creates a domino effect and before you know it you&rsquo;re invited to dinners where the conversation is as rich as the ever-flowing wine. For the collector, the artist, the gallerist, or the writer, the name of the game is to see as much as possible until we are all induced into a blissful art coma. </span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">This is my first time attending Basel and I made a trek of 5,874 miles to get here from Los Angeles. Spending over twelve hours on a plane, I caught up on current events thanks to the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, and <em>Wall Street Journal</em> and even managed to watch movies that I didn&rsquo;t have time to see in theaters. One day after leaving the Tom Bradley International terminal I arrived in Basel overwhelmed by the lure of a city that I had heard about for so many years all while fighting severe jet lag. The American dollar is crushed by the Swiss Franc, but we&rsquo;re here for the art. We can reconcile our fiscal abandon on the plane ride home.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620024521-IMG_0441.JPG" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620024347-IMG_0375.JPG" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620024842-IMG_0450.JPG" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620024906-IMG_0492.JPG" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025036-IMG_0494.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025125-IMG_0538.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025217-IMG_0617.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025324-IMG_0627.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025415-IMG_0641.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025520-IMG_0651.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025650-IMG_0655.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025553-IMG_0647.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/1538/2dh/20140620025825-IMG_0697.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&mdash;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/65205-a-moret?tab=REVIEWS">A. Moret</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small; color: #525552;"><a href="http://instagram.com/installationmag#" target="_blank">@installationmag</a><br />#AMoretinBasel</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;">(All images courtesy of the author)</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:16:23 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list A Young Fair with a Lot of Experience: An Interview with LISTE Director Peter Bläuer <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">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&rsquo;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 Bl&auml;uer, the Director of LISTE, took some time out of his busy schedule preparing the fair to answer ArtSlant&rsquo;s questions.</span></p> <hr style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;" /> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><em><strong><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Olga Stefan: LISTE has been around since 1996 and is considered one of the most important fairs in the world. Please tell us how and why it was started, by whom, and how it developed over time.</span></strong></em></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><strong>Peter Bl&auml;uer:</strong> LISTE - The Young Art Fair in Basel is proud to look back on nineteen years of great success. What began in 1996 on the initiative of young exhibitors (<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/8377-galerie-eva-presenhuber-maag-areal">Eva Presenhuber</a> and <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/8237-galerie-peter-kilchmann">Peter Kilchmann</a> among others) has developed into one of the world's most important fairs for new galleries and emerging art. <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/venues/show/218-david-zwirner--525-w-19th">David Zwirner</a> from New York, <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/2681-galleria-massimo-de-carlo">Massimo de Carlo</a> of Milan, <a href="http://www.artslant.com/lon/venues/show/2462-maureen-paley">Maureen Paley</a> of London, <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ber/venues/show/4815-neugerriemschneider">neugerriemschneider</a> of Berlin, <a href="http://www.artslant.com/la/venues/show/21709-west-of-rome">Emi Fontana</a> of Milan, and <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/15110-andr%C3%A9hn-schiptjenko">Andr&eacute;hn Chiptjenko</a> of Stockholm belong to those pioneer galleries who were there at the beginning&mdash;all of whom can be counted among the most well-established in the art market today.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20140617000600-RealFineArts_Sam_Pulitzer_s.jpg" alt="" /><br /></span></p> <div><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;"><strong>Sam Pulitzer,</strong> <em>w&scaron;ynyy,</em> 2013, Mixes media, dimensions var.; Photo: Joerg Lohse / Courtesy the artist and Real Fine Arts, New York</span></div> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><em><strong><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">OS: As so many fairs start and then fold, to what do you attribute LISTE's longevity?</span></strong></em></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><strong>PB:</strong> With its excellent reputation for young exhibitors and, the most important, emerging artists, the discoverer fair LISTE has secured a permanent place not only in Basel&rsquo;s art scene but also internationally. LISTE is one of the few ancillary fairs that is, with respect to quality and content, so strong that it could easily function as a major fair in its own right.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><em><strong><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">OS: How are gallery selections made? As we all know, it's not only a question of the quality of the programme, there are also other considerations involved. Can you walk us through the selection process a bit?</span></strong></em></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><strong>PB:</strong> LISTE&rsquo;s success is due mainly to its clear and rigorous fair concept and the strong effort the fair invests in presenting artists who are not represented at Art Basel. There is a committee (consisting of curators) that carefully selects the applications from each gallery (from over 350 applicants!). As opposed to other fairs, the selection committee looks closely at the program of the gallery (for the first year applicants), which should include young generation [artists], collaboration with other galleries or institutions, activities, artists working with different medias and so on. Also important for the committee is the gallery&rsquo;s consistent relationship with the artists (helping to build up solid careers). That means the proposal is secondary (but still important). Also different from other fairs is that the selected galleries/exhibitors can return several times: the aim is to build up a strong presence and visibility for the gallery.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">In order to provide visitors with new artistic positions, the selection committee places great emphasis on presentations of two to three artists per gallery. The selection of a high number of solo presentations also supports the pursuit of this goal.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><em><strong><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">OS: How is LISTE different from other fairs focusing on young galleries and artists?</span></strong></em></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><strong>PB:</strong> Thanks to our main sponsor, Bank E. Gutzwiller &amp; Cie Basel, we are able to keep our prices low. We keep the booth price for new exhibitors as low as possible. Each successive year of participation is accompanied by a price increase.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Both the jury and the fair&rsquo;s management attach great importance to the gallery&rsquo;s selection of artists and the concept of the presentation for the fair. LISTE involves primarily young, often not well-known artists who are being introduced to a large expert public in Basel.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><em><strong><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">OS: What is the budget of LISTE and does income from application fees cover those costs? Or are there additional income streams that need to be generated to make ends meet?</span></strong></em></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><strong>PB:</strong> Booth costs and our generous sponsor Gutzwiller support the fair.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><em><strong><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">OS: Why do you think that the art world is so focused on the young? How do you view this preoccupation with "the young"?</span></strong></em></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><strong>PB:</strong> Isn&rsquo;t it all about &ldquo;young&rdquo;? See all the plastic surgery and treatments. It is not only in the art world, it seems to be a social phenomenon. Everyone wants to stay young and fresh.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Also in the art world people love to discover, to be the first to buy from an almost unknown artist for a low price&mdash;hoping one day the price will be double or more.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><em><strong><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">OS: Can you offer some highlights from this year's programme? What do you look forward to the most for the 19th edition?</span></strong></em></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><strong>PB:</strong> We are excited about having sixteen new galleries at LISTE this year, among them five galleries from Latin America (<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/46873-galeria-80m2-livia-benavides">80M2 Livia Benavides</a> (Lima), <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/46880-document-art-gallery">document-art</a> (Buenos Aires), Instituto de Vision (Bogot&aacute;), <a href="http://www.artslant.com/sp/venues/show/44777-galeria-jaqueline-martins">Jaqueline Martins</a> (S&atilde;o Paolo) and <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/46878-proyectos-ultravioleta">Proyectos Ultravioleta</a> (Guatemala City)! Four galleries are from the US: <a href="http://www.artslant.com/la/venues/show/39771-freedman-fitzpatrick">Freedman Fitzpatrick</a> (Los Angeles), <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/venues/show/36477-essex-street">Essex Street</a> (New York), <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/venues/show/14371-real-fine-arts">Real Fine Arts</a> (Brooklyn) and <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/venues/show/46877-47-canal">47 Canal</a> (New York), four galleries from Berlin (<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ber/venues/show/46876-lars-friedrich">Lars Friedrich</a>, <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ber/venues/show/36679-dan-gunn">Dan Gunn</a>, <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ber/venues/show/12460-sandy-brown">Sandy Brown</a> and <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ber/venues/show/46875-mathew-gallery">Mathew</a>), one from Cape Town (<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/29635-blank-projects">Blank Projects</a>), one from Geneva (<a href="http://truthandconsequences.ch/">Truth and Consequences</a>) and one new gallery from Poland (<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/46874-galeria-dawid-radziszewski">Dawid Radziszewski</a>). These young upcoming galleries will definitely be one of our highlights this year!</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20140617000625-AnneImhof_AquaLeo_s.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Anne Imhof,</strong> <em>Aqua Leo</em>, 1st of at least two, slide show, dimensions variable, 2013; Courtesy of the artist</span><br /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Please also note the ambitious performance project, curated again this year by Fabian Schoeneich, assistant curator at <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/venues/show/30066-kunsthalle-basel">Kunsthalle Basel</a>. One highlight will be the performance of Anne Imhof taking up the history of performance in the domain of art as well as music and choreography. Anne Imhof examines traditional images, structures, and processes and develops new tactics that contribute to an expanded conception of performance. For her contribution to the Performance Project, she is developing a new performance piece that is based on interaction and improvisation and combines up to eight protagonists. Adapting choir elements, text fragments, and voice the artists is interested in the layering and repetition of such diverse components.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&mdash;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/51287-olga-stefan?tab=REVIEWS">Olga Stefan</a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;">(Image on top: <em>LISTE 18</em>; &copy; Photography: Daniel Spehr)</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:46:02 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">The <em>Dreil&auml;ndereck</em> (literally, &ldquo;angle of the three countries&rdquo;) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It&rsquo;s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations&mdash;Switzerland, France, Germany&mdash;meet together. Basel is a city wedged into the core of Europe; it&rsquo;s a border town, stuck in the offshoots of Swiss mountains and split in two by an ample bight of the Rhine. It&rsquo;s a place whose metropolitan identity has been molded by trade&mdash;of goods, ideas, and knowledge. It is not unusual then that the most prestigious contemporary art fair in the whole world, every June, is held just here.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><em>Parcours</em> is the French term for &ldquo;route&rdquo; or &ldquo;path.&rdquo; As the name of one of the Art Basel&rsquo;s sectors, it suggests an itinerary through the city&mdash;a way punctuated by public works of art and performances presented by international galleries. At its fourth edition, this year Parcours occupies various locations around the Rheingasse, in the Kleinbasel neighborhood. This area coincides with the right bank of the Rhine; here is situated the fluvial port and the city's industrial heart, as well as the Messeplatz building of the fair. Renowned is the rivalry between the two banks of the river, Grossbasel (or Great Basel) and Kleinbasel (or Small Basel). As proof, at the Grossbasel end of the oldest bridge in town (the <em>Mittlere Br&uuml;cke</em>) the stone bust of a king&rsquo;s head&mdash;the <em>L&auml;llek&ouml;nig&mdash;</em>sticks his mechanized tongue out at the opposite bank. On the rebound, during the carnival, the main Kleinbasel mask&mdash;the <em>Vogel Gryff</em>, a weird griffin with a golden collar&mdash;dances on the same bridge turning its back scornfully to the left side of the river.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Rather than encouraging local jealousies, the aim of this expanded-and-sprawled-throughout-the-city sector of the fair&mdash;curated for the second time by Florence Derieux, Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne&mdash;would seem to highlight the multiculturalism and the international breadth of an area such as Kleinbasel. The 2014 edition of Parcours includes works by fifteen artists from twelve nations, all connected in a walking path and integrated in the urban fabric of the Swiss town. &ldquo;Parcours,&rdquo; the curator asserts, &ldquo;responds to a renewed desire for challenging forms of interaction with art.&rdquo; She continues, &ldquo;It is particularly interesting to observe how the works presented in this geographical and temporal framework find their place in social life.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20140616212920-performancelondon004condensedsmallPerformance420009KeaneStreetLondon.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;"><strong>Pierre Bismuth</strong>,<em> Performance #4,</em> 2000, (9 Keane Street, London); Courtesy the artist and Bugada &amp; Cargnel</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">The section includes a few engaging performance-based works, such as Francesco Arena&rsquo;s <em>278 km (as a letter of Nietzsche)</em> (2014)&mdash;presented by Karlsruhe gallery Kadel Willborn&mdash;which sees performers walking the perimeter and diagonal axes of a room until they have marched for 278 km, the distance between Basel and Turin, or rather the length of the journey that Nietzsche&rsquo;s friend Overbeck travelled in 1889 to bring the philosopher, who was affected by mental illness,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">back to Basel.</span><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;Also, the performances by Pierre Bismuth (Bugada &amp; Cargnel, Paris) and Guido van der Werve (Luhring Augustine, New York and Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles) need a mention: The first, titled </span><em style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">Performances, works in situ</em><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;"> (2014), will feature a series of humorous actions staged in various public spaces, while van der Werve&rsquo;s </span><em style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">home, a requiem</em><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;"> (2011-12)&mdash;created to accompany the artist&rsquo;s latest film work&mdash;will be performed by a twenty-member string orchestra and twenty-eight strong choir at Clara Kirche during the <a href="https://www.artbasel.com/en/Basel/About-the-Show/Event-Calendar?show=all&amp;event=A3F8DE1052C743798D6528EDDF45F7CA#content_0_maincontent_0_monthEventList_monthDayEventList_4_eventItem_7">Parcours Night</a>, tonight June 18. Walking around the Rheingasse, visitors will run across Gottfried Bechtold&rsquo;s famous Porsche-like sculpture (</span><em style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">Panamera</em><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">, 2007-13), Chris Burden&rsquo;s meditative environment composed of four cast iron benches and lamps from the 1920s (</span><em style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">Holmby Hills Light Folly</em><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">, 2012), the two monumental horseshoes by Mark Handforth (</span><em style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">Tilted Shadow</em><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">, 2013, and </span><em style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">Magenta Torque Moment</em><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">, 2014), and Ryan Gander&rsquo;s advertising posters (</span><em style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">Make Everything like it&rsquo;s your Last</em><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">, 2013). Particularly compelling is the audio work by Seth Price (</span><em style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">8-4 9-5 10-6 11-7</em><span style="color: #525552; font-size: medium;">, 2007), consisting of an eight-hour mp3 track of mixed dance music from the last thirty years. The music will be played every day, in eleven different locations, over an eight-hour period&mdash;the length of a typical working day. The title of the piece refers to the various working hours in different working contexts, such as union labor, office work, art world jobs, and department stores.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20140616212822-SethPrice_Parcours.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;"><strong>Seth Price</strong>, &lsquo;<em>8-4 9-5 10-6 11-7</em>&rsquo;, 2007; Courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery; Galerie Gisela Capitain</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">In Derieux&rsquo;s words, &ldquo;No other fair in the world has created such a daring and generous response to the public&rsquo;s ever-growing interest in site-specific and performative works.&rdquo; And, in relation to her second year as a curator of Parcours, she says: &ldquo;My knowledge of the city and my proximity with the team of Art Basel enabled me to work even more closely with the artists, galleries and partners in order to develop artworks that will truly exist within the city itself, exploring and revealing its past and present history.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">In short: something not to miss.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&mdash;<span style="color: #3333ff;"><a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/316918-federico-florian?tab=REVIEWS"><span style="color: #3333ff;">Federico Florian</span></a></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;">[Image on top: <strong>Francesco Arena,</strong> <em>278 km (as a letter of Nietzsche), </em> 2014; Courtesy Galerie Kadel Willborn, D&uuml;sseldorf and Monitor Gallery, Roma / Photo Roberto Marossi]</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:35:47 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Performing Bodies in Basel: 14 Rooms of Living Art <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Much more interesting than the description of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.14rooms.net/en/About-the-show"><em>14 Rooms</em></a> 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: <em>&ldquo;If you have an identical twin, use the opportunity to be part of Damien Hirst&rsquo;s work.&nbsp;War veterans are sought after for part of Santiago Sierra&rsquo;s performance, and anyone who speaks colloquial British-English and is similar in appearance to Ed Atkins or his avatar (shaved head), should take a look at his casting call.&rdquo;</em></span></p> <p class="Default" style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">It seems a parody of the highly criticized outsourcing of people and appropriation of the human body, which is part of the performance practice, especially present in political works such as those by Santiago Sierra. But with big shots names like the ones mentioned above, this use of the human resource is bound to be intriguing. Fourteen artists will each activate a room, <em>&ldquo;exploring the relationship between space, time and physicality with an artwork whose &lsquo;material&rsquo; is the human being.&rdquo;</em><br /></span></p> <p class="Default" style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20140615103015-Allora_Calzadilla-1.jpeg" alt="" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;"><strong>Allora &amp; Calzadilla,</strong> <em>
Revolving Door,</em> 2011, 
11 Rooms, Manchester International Festival
; Photo credit Howard Barlow</span></p> <p class="Default" style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default" style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Works by Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and Otobong Nkanga will be shown for the first time, along side more known performances, such as Marina Abramović&rsquo;s <em>Luminosity</em> (1997) in which a performer is sitting on a bicycle seat, fixed onto a wall, or Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla&rsquo;s <em>Revolving Door</em> (2011)<em>, </em>where a group of dancers spontaneously form a line and begin to rotate around the room, sweeping up visitors as they go. The impressive list of participating artists forms a mix between performance masters and up-and-coming names: Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman, and John Baldessari, as well as Tino Sehgal and Jordan Wolfson. And if that&rsquo;s not enough, they will all perform in purpose-built architectural surroundings designed by the architects Herzog &amp; de Meuron, which will mirror the rooms, creating an illusion of duplication.</span></p> <p class="Default" style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20140615103131-Jordan_Wolfson-1.jpg" alt="" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;"><strong>Jordan Wolfson</strong>, 
<em>(Female Figure),</em> 2014; 
Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London</span></p> <p class="Default" style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">This will be the fourth edition of this format, which was first shown in Manchester International Festival in 2011 as <em>11 Rooms</em>, and later in the International Arts Festival Ruhrtriennale in Germany (2012-2014) and in Sydney (2013) as <em>12</em> and <em>13 Rooms </em>respectively. This edition, with its fourteenth&nbsp;room, will open up to the post-internet world with reflections on the digital and on avatars. The project, according to its curators, examines the sculptural quality of performance, while challenging the notion of live art and participatory practice. Shown as part of Art Basel, it might indeed add a critical value, free of commoditization considerations, to one of the major art fairs in the world.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Shave your head, find an identical twin, or simply buy a ticket, but be sure to get into some of these rooms.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Tickets availabl<em><strong>e <em><strong><a href="https://www.artbasel.com/en/Basel/About-the-Show/14-Rooms">here</a>.</strong></em></strong></em></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">&mdash;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/373185-keren-goldberg?tab=REVIEWS">Keren Goldberg</a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><span style="color: #ea14cd;"><span style="color: #ea14cd;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;">(Image on top: <strong>Marina Abramovic</strong>, <em>
Luminosity</em>; 
11 Rooms 11 Rooms Manchester International Festival; Photo credit courtesy Manchester City Galleries)</span></p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:15:41 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Basel: Staid Yet Surprising <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">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.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Visiting at this time of the year is always better than in the dead of winter. For all of my conviction that Switzerland is unchanged to the point of stagnation, my first impression of Basel was surprise at the vibrancy and vivacity that animated the city. I have always known Switzerland to be very proper, very conservative and, when I first visited on a trip to Lausanne in 1983, Switzerland was quiet. In Basel, thirty years later, I was pleasantly surprised by the noise and lateness of the nightlife in the center of town, the number of strollers wandering the streets on a Sunday morning, the groups of young people enjoying each other’s company. While the familiar Swiss opulence pervades the streets and its strollers, it was refreshing even to see traces of multi-culturalism and ethnic diversity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Perhaps my favorite moments in Basel were spent running along the River Rhine, a river that is at its grandest when it passes through Basel. Running along the river is something I do when I arrive in a city, but it’s not always a perfect experience. I think of the uneven potholes along the Tiber in Rome, the difficulty of accessing the banks in places along the Thames and the risks of being hit by a bike on Amsterdam’s canals. However the Rhine at Basel is majestic, and sheer joy to run with. After Paris, where the banks of the Seine are cement constructions, the natural definition of the Rhine at Basel is fascinating, ever full of surprises, unwieldy and, in places, overgrown with vegetation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Unlike the banks of the River Seine early on a Saturday morning, the Rhine was alive. The tourists were out on boats enjoying the perfect weather, rich people were on cruises, a regatta was being rowed, with each poetic stroke of the eights echoing the nobility of this great river. The Rhine was sparkling in the sunshine. As I ran past the oarsmen taking the boats out of the water, I heard them speaking a whole host of different languages – English, French, German, Italian. The multiple languages speak the unique character of Basel. Perhaps more than any other European city, Basel is truly a border town, with Baden Wittemburg in Germany and the Alsace region in France meeting Switzerland at Basel. Every time I mentioned the train station to one of the locals, they asked me if it was the Swiss or the German station. The city’s location along the borders of France, Germany and Switzerland appropriately echoes its history as a city where peace negotiations have taken place over centuries. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20130613070134-zilvinas_kempinas.jpg" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;"><strong>Zilvinas Kempinas</strong>, <em>Beyond the Fans</em>, 2013, Magnetic tape, fans, Dimension variable; Courtesy Yvon Lambert, Paris. At Art Basel, Hall 2.1/N8. Zilvinas Kempinas is currently the subject of a solo exhibition <em>Slow Motion</em> at the Museum Tinguely in Basel from June 5 to September 22, 2013.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">With the city buzzing with Art Basel, my only disappointment was that I didn’t spend more time in the Kunstmuseum and the Kunsthalle, both with their reputable collections. I did, however, sneak away for an afternoon at the Museum Tinguely. The museum built as a cathedral to Jean Tinguely’s sculptures is perfectly placed on the banks of the Rhine, its glass facades looking over the river at every opportunity. The Tinguely museum was full of the Swiss artist’s machines and sculptures, objects that creak and chime, sending their magic and motion throughout the huge building designed by Mario Botta. The museum is a child’s dream come true, and the afternoon I visited there were children of all ages, captivated by the unusual contraptions and creations that whirl and whistle at the most unlikely moments. As I watched the captivation of both children and adults alike, I reflected that perhaps Switzerland is not as staid and stagnant as I always assume it to be. At least, here in Basel, there are always surprises for the unsuspecting visitor. <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">—<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/25963-frances-guerin?tab=REVIEWS">Frances Guerin</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #525552;">(Image on top: <em>Basel Rhine Panorama</em>; photo courtesy <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8443411@N05/8997868371/in/photolist-eH7qMz-eH7xTt-eH7t2p-eHdEtq-eH7vpa-eE6UmS-ewAyAs-eoFYhT-en1qEm-edk1nH-edrNX5-edqWwE-edmWVV-edmSzv-edkTgT-edn236-edrzY9-edsqYd-edkKDP-edrghj-edmrZe-edrKH3-edk4be-edkiJg-edm5NF-eds13J-edmQ1g-edm2dt-edr3kq-edjZuv-edn38T-edmGrk-edqZe9-edkLG4-edkr8i-edktvM-edrk9J-edrX1o-edkg74-edqB5y-edsDNm-edk63T-edkeEK-edmwbr-edkHFz-edqRNU-edqLR5-edn4DZ-edmuZ4-edraKN-edqV6U" target="_blank">mifl68 </a>creative commons license.)<br /></span></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:29:23 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Special Projects at SCOPE Basel 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Just as the chaos of Frieze week in New York has calmed down, the party is resurrected in Basel, Switzerland. After a big splash at new venue, Skylight at Moynihan Station, SCOPE art fair continues to ride the heels of their rebranding honeymoon by raising the bar in Switzerland. This year, SCOPE plans to wow with a roster of edgy featured projects including a sprawling El Anatsui installation, a museum quality sculpture garden and a metaphysical masterpiece with magnets and neon, which offers promise to move out of the white box model and into experiential territory. With art fairs as of late starting to get trade showy again, SCOPE is asserting its artistic viewpoint by amping up their curatorial stance with higher caliber projects in addition to their usual roster of galleries like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/">October Gallery</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.maugermodern.com/">Mauger Modern</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.artwallbreakers.com/artists/invisibleheroes/">invisible Heroes</a>, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lichtfeld.ch/">LICHT FELD</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20130610151330-Fernando-Arias-Humanos_Derechos.jpg" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Fernando Arias</strong>, <em>Humanos Derechos, </em>2011; Courtesy of Galeria Christoper Paschall.</span><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">In the footsteps of their New York edition, the fair has a new location, in the Klybeckquai neighborhood right on the Rhine. Taking advantage of the picturesque positioning on the river front, SCOPE will pay an homage to another European art celebration—the Venice Biennale. Four large scale sculptures by Jiao Xingtao, David Middlebrook, Fernando Arias and Paolo Grassino represent biennales of past and present. Perched along the shores of the Rhine, the Venice party continues with a collection that together evokes different aspects of survivalism, with each piece channeling a very different cultural scenario. David Middlebrook’s <em>Bamboozled</em> could be a shelter off a desert island. The sculptural hut is capped with a boat that floats impossibly on slanted bamboo rods, staying mysteriously suspended on its off-kilter base. Jiao Xingtao’s Powerful Dragon brings visitors into the thick of the overcrowded streets of China, with only a thin strip of metal of the motorcycle/truck sculpture protecting their skins from oncoming traffic. Fernando Arias’ film <em>Humanos Derechos</em> which documents citizens in the thick of the conflict in Colombia, comes to life in life size sculpture, humanizing the film through scale, while Paolo Grassino’s <em>Analgesia</em>, draws upon man versus animal, with a pack of wild dogs that ferociously protect a caravan of three over turned cars. The sculpture garden is powerful and cohesive, bringing a museum quality curatorial experience to the art fair.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/3215/4yn/20130610151159-Jiao_Xingtao-powerful_dragon.jpg" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Jiao Xingtao</strong>, <em>powerful dragon, </em>2011; Courtesy of CANVAS International Art.</span><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Special projects are what used to make art fairs special—where you could go to experience something different than walking from white box gallery to white box gallery. They are a place to see something wild, something that invited you in, or something that made you take your shoes off, get out of your comfort zone and walk around. El Anatsui is on the mind of every New Yorker, with his glittering installation on the High Line. His beautiful <em>Skylines?</em> appears to be an oversize luxe tapestry, but is actually made from recycled liquor bottle caps and labels from Nigerian distilleries. Each year, Ado and Comenius of Invisible Heroes amaze visitors with their sculptural pieces that push the limits—usually of gravity. Perfectly meshing science and art, their <em>Arrangement de Lumieres</em> combines magnets, resin and neon to create a fantastically floating installation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Aside from flexing their curatorial muscle, SCOPE has also commissioned an app that they introduced at their last fair. Powered by <a target="_blank" href="http://collectrium.com/">Collectrium</a>, the app lets users scan, collect and organize the art shown at the fair, making collecting and sorting super easy—and much less arduous than dog-earring a catalogue or collecting post cards.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">Between staging a mini-Venice Biennale garden to presenting a snippet of the Brooklyn Museum, SCOPE has the experiential on its mind for this year’s Basel edition, by paying close attention to the dialogue created between art and the atmosphere in which it is presented.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;">—<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/246125-lori-zimmer?tab=REVIEWS">Lori Zimmer</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #525552;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #525552; font-size: x-small;">(Image on top: <strong>El Anatsui,</strong> <em>Skylines?, </em>2008, aluminum and copper wire; Courtesy of October Gallery, London.)</span></p> <p></p> <p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:22:31 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list