Last week all eyes were on Basel. The 48th edition of Art Basel brought together 291 galleries from 35 countries. At the same time, the satellite fairs such as Liste, Volta 13, Design Miami/ Basel took place around the Swiss city. So, this week we have selected articles commented on this event. 

 

Selections from Around Art Basel 2017

By Maximilíano Durón / The Artnews

Among the highlights, the work by Joanna Piotrowska represented by Dawid Radziszewski Gallery from Warsaw exhibited at Statements section. (Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw | Statements: Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled, 2015)

Read more

 

Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw | Statements: Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled, 2015.

Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw | Statements: Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled, 2015.

 


Art-Fair Economics: Why Small Galleries Do Art Fairs Even When They Don’t Make Money

By Julia Halperin / The Artnet News

As the middle market shrinks, many dealers are finding they can’t afford to do fairs—but they can’t afford not to, either.

Think art fairs are all about sold-out booths, comfortable shoes, and exclusive dinner invitations? Think again. For many small to mid-size galleries, fairs—like Art Basel in Basel, which opens to VIPs today—are an increasingly nail-biting gamble that involves paying hundreds of thousands of dollars up front with no guarantee of a payoff.

Read more

 

Kaikai Kiki Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017. Photo courtesy of Art Basel.

Kaikai Kiki Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017. Photo courtesy of Art Basel.

 


The 10 Most Extraordinary Artworks at Art Basel Unlimited 2017
By Andrew Goldstein & Julia Halperin / The Artnet News

Here are the standout pieces in this year’s edition of the gargantuan art exhibition, curated once again by Gianni Jetzer.

With its colossal artworks, gleaming astonishments, and elegantly dressed dealers guarding darkened grottos of digital delight (i.e. screening rooms), Art Basel’s Unlimited section resembles nothing so much as Aladdin’s Cave of Wonder, where treasures pile upon treasures to overwhelming effect.

Read more

 

Song Dong's Through the Wall (2016) at Art Basel Unlimited, which opened to VIPs on Monday. Photo by Julia Halperin.

Song Dong’s Through the Wall (2016) at Art Basel Unlimited, which opened to VIPs on Monday. Photo by Julia Halperin.

 


Commerce Meets Culture at Art Basel

By Ted Loos / The New York Times

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, an art collector based in Turin, Italy, is what you would call an art fair frequent flier. And a strongly motivated shopper.

Ms. Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, who has a foundation that bears her name, has been attending Art Basel for 25 years. And she will be on hand at the 48th edition of the fair from June 15 to 18 in Basel, Switzerland, which features 291 galleries from 34 countries and territories.

Read more

 

Chris Burden’s “Ode to Santos Dumont” (2015), a replica airship inspired by an aviation pioneer, will appear in the Unlimited sector of Art Basel this year. Credit All rights reserved Chris Burden. Image courtesy of The Chris Burden Estate, Gagosian, and LACMA. Photograph by Peter Brenner.

Chris Burden’s “Ode to Santos Dumont” (2015), a replica airship inspired by an aviation pioneer, will appear in the Unlimited sector of Art Basel this year. Credit All rights reserved Chris Burden. Image courtesy of The Chris Burden Estate, Gagosian, and LACMA. Photograph by Peter Brenner.

 


Outside the Booth: Gianni Jetzer Curates Art Basel’s Unlimited

By Katy Donoghue / The Whitewall

Without fail, each year Art Basel brings together an unparalleled array of unique artworks from today’s top artists, represented by the best of the world’s galleries. But sometimes what’s happening outside the booth walls is even more astonishing.

Read more

 

Gianni Jetzer Curator Unlimited, Photo courtesy of Stefan Holenstein

Gianni Jetzer Curator Unlimited, Photo courtesy of Stefan Holenstein

 


What Sold at Art Basel in Basel

By Anna Louie Sussman/ The Artsy

The mood at the 48th edition of Art Basel in Basel was buoyant, perhaps even jubilant. Was it the function of a European economy that has performed stronger than most had expected? Relief that populism may not be sweeping the Continent after all? A stronger influx of Asian buyers? The long days of nonstop sunshine? The contagion of the miniature dance party in the plaza outside of the conference center in which the art fair is held, courtesy of artist Claudia Comte? This depended on who you asked.

Read more

 

Installation view of Mnuchin Gallery’s booth at Art Basel, 2017, photo by Benjamin Westoby for Artsy

Installation view of Mnuchin Gallery’s booth at Art Basel, 2017, photo by Benjamin Westoby for Artsy

 

 


‘Basquiat Factor’ and a Glut of Options Stoke Sales at Art Basel
By Scott Reyburn / The New York Times

Documenta in AthensFrieze New York, Damien Hirst’s “Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” the Venice Biennaleauctions in New York, Documenta in Kassel, Skulptur Projekte Münster, Art Basel and at least half a dozen satellite fairs…

Read more

 

Anish Kapoor’s Monochrome Yellow 2017 on display at the Galerie Kemel Mennour stand at Art Basel

Anish Kapoor’s Monochrome Yellow 2017 on display at the Galerie Kemel Mennour stand at Art Basel

 

 



From the Contemporary Lynx archives:

ART BASEL 2016 – TREASURE HUNT

Written by Dobromila Blaszczyk

In June, the city of Basel becomes the most important trading market for artworks in the world. The most prominent art gallery representatives, collectors, curators and members of the press arrive at the city, not to mention a huge group of art lovers who flock there as eager visitors in hope to be able to admire works by the most famous art classics of the 19th and the 20th century, as well as by promising young artists which are gathered in a single place.

This is a real treasure hunt!

Read more

Art Basel 2016 – TREASURE HUNT

 Return to the homepage