tagged: art basel

Do Words Have Voices: Talking to Martin Boyce's Installations

by Stephanie Cristello
Walking to the Museum Für Gegenwartkunst is, unavoidably and of itself, a romantic passage. Located just off the Rhine River, the experience of water is embedded into the ethos of building—both figuratively and practically within the architecture of the space—as viewable from the glass hallways between the museum’s galleries. The river, a fittingly meandering foil to the small path that leads to Martin Boyce’s current exhibition, offers an experience of aesthetisized nature. Few contexts or... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 6/19/15

Why Crowdfunding Is the Most Art Basel Can Do in Terms of Social Responsibility

by Edo Dijksterhuis
When you walk onto Basel’s Messeplatz this week you can’t miss it: the temporary Gesamtkunstwerk with the rhetorical title . It consists of a bamboo structure designed by architects Nicholaus Hirsch and Michel Müller. Inside, chef Antto Melasniemi manages his personally designed solar kitchen, working with locally grown spices and herbs. Besides unusual fusion snacks such as fish ice cream and "bastard pad Thai," invented by Melasniemi and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, the menu contains... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 6/18/15

Art Basel 2015: Your Guide to Basel Fairs and Art Institutions

by The Artslant Team
Art Basel turns 46 this year. There’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—Liste celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, Design Miami hits double digits, and Volta enters its pre-teens—we know what to expect from much of the week’s establishment lineup. But as the art world grows, so too does the number of fairs and events straddling Basel’s bend in... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 6/16/15

Can Critical Moving Images Exist in the Art Fair Model? In Conversation with Maxa Zoller

by Olga Stefan
 Maxa Zoller is the new curator of this year’s Film Sector at Art Basel. Leading up to her film programme this week, Olga Stefan spoke with the Cairo-based curator and lecturer about the blurred lines between film and video art and their implications on modes of viewing; how film can be commodified; political films and their impact at art fairs; and the spaces of free expression in Cairo.   Olga Stefan: Could you describe for us what this all-encompassing category of "moving image" refers... [more]
Posted by Olga Stefan on 6/16/15

Basel Statements: Mathieu K. Abonnenc Explores the French West Indies' Colonial Past

by Nadja Sayej
Mathieu K. Abonnenc has a complicated relationship with his past. For his solo presentation in the Statements section of Art Basel, which kicks off this week, Abonnenc, an artist born in French Guiana who now lives in Paris, digs into the history and effects of colonialism and its representations within society. You might have seen Abonnenc's work in the Belgian Pavilion as part of Vincent Meessen’s project at the Venice Biennale. His most recent works, such as  (2015) or Forever, Without... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 6/15/15

Positions 2014: 7 Solo Project Previews from ABMB

by The Artslant Team
Positions, one of Art Basel Miami Beach's nine sectors, was conceived as a platform for established gallerists to present to one major project by a single artist they represent. Visiting curators and collectors meanwhile lick their lips at the presumed cream of the crop, with the new talents of 16 global commercial art venues being introduced to the arena. What is involved in a gallery's decision making process as they select an artist from their roster? How will their artist stand out to the... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/3/14

Marina Abramovic to Help Others Sit Really Still for a Really Long Time and Count Rice

by ArtSlant Team
Legendary performance artist Marina Abromovic announced today her next public workshop aimed at helping others push beyond their own physical and psychological limits of sitting really still for a really long time while doing something really boring.  In partnership with the Italian furniture maker Moroso, the Marina Abromovic Institute (MAI) will present "Counting the Rice" at this year's Art Basel Miami in December. Participants will try to sit these scary-looking modernist torture tables... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/21/14

LAX -----> BASEL

by A. Moret
The utterance of “Basel” rolls off the tongue like a whisper. No matter the inflection or language in which it’s spoken, the name of the small city in Switzerland is synonymous with one of the most influential art fairs of the calendar year. For a single week in the middle of June nearly all hotels are booked. The quaint and picturesque city in Northern Switzerland that straddles France and Germany, measuring a mere 9.2 square miles, becomes an international hub where hundreds of galleries from... [more]
Posted by A. Moret on 6/20/14

Diversity rules at 45th edition of the art market’s Olympics

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Art fair participants complain, what’s new? But instead of the usual lamentations about hesitant collectors keeping their pocket books closed, this year dealers’ biggest worry was overly aggressive buyers. They just waltzed into a booth, pointed out a work and did not take no for an answer, even if the work had already been sold. This marks the cautious upswing in the art market which has been getting back up on its feet after being hit by the global financial crisis. Although Art Basel—the... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 6/19/14

Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets

by Federico Florian
The (literally, “angle of the three countries”) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It’s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations—Switzerland, France, Germany—meet together. Basel is a city wedged into the core of Europe; it’s a border town, stuck in the offshoots of Swiss mountains and split in two by an ample bight of the Rhine. It’s a place whose metropolitan identity has been... [more]
Posted by Federico Florian on 6/16/14
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