With so much to take in, the multifaceted Art Basel breaks down its offerings into nine areas known as sectors.
Untitled (BAH), Teresa Burga
Courtesy of Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Art Basel will showcase more than 200 galleries from near and far. Among the first-time exhibitors to check out are Brussels’ Vedovi Gallery, known for its secondary market of post-war and contemporary European and American art, and Mazzoleni Art, based in London and Turin, which will display works from prominent twentieth-century international artists. Also look for wider programs from regulars Andrew Edlin Gallery of New York, Kerlin Gallery of Dublin, and Mendes Wood DM of São Paulo.
“Our booths are known for their beauty and being visually appealing,” says Sarah Gavlak, owner of Palm Beach-based Gavlak Gallery, which represents young and mid-career artists, particularly those whose work is more accessible. “I am not afraid of ‘pretty’ and ‘pleasure’ in art. In fact, I prefer it.”
Coffee cup, Michael Craig-Martin
Courtesy of Alan Cristea Gallery
Among the Galleries participants, 27 are selected for the Kabinett sector to present curated exhibitions within a designated space of their booths. These mini shows can highlight historical pieces, a group of artists under one theme, or an up-and-coming artist. Four Kabinetts worth catching: works by Michael Craig-Martin—known for conceptual installations and colorful, contemporary paintings—from London’s Alan Cristea Gallery; the Parisian Galerie 1900-2000’s display of Appropriation works by Richard Pettibone, father of fashion designer Claire Pettibone; a collection of pieces by Dr. Lakra, a tattooist who creates art using found objects, from Mexico City’s Kurimanzutto; and pieces by Joseph Kosuth, known for conceptual displays and neon signs, on view by Italy’s Lia Rumma.
Revolo, Luciano Figueiredo
Photo by Vicente de Mello
The latest artworks to hit the industry are on view in the Nova sector: The 34 galleries here display pieces created within the last three years, and no more than three artists are exhibited in each Nova showcase. Don’t miss São Paulo’s Galeria Leme, where Aki Sasamoto, Luciano Figueiredo, and Sandra Gamarra will convert the booth into a fictitious museum that challenges the artist’s position within the art world.
View special publications of prints and editioned works by top artists in the Editions sector. The 12 exhibitors include Crown Point Press in San Francisco and New York’s Pace, Two Palms, and Carolina Nitsch.
Upon entering the convention center, grab two important publications: the fair’s show guide, which displays a floor plan of the exhibition area, and The Art Newspaper, which prints a special edition each day covering the goings-on surrounding the fair, behind-the-scenes deals, pronouncements, predictions, highlights, sales
data, and more.
Visitors can browse dozens of art publications from around the globe on display in the Magazines sector. More than likely, respective editors and publishers will be present, too.
Wisdom Teeth, He Xiangyu
Courtesy of white space beijing
The Positions sector brings to light new talent by allowing 16 emerging artists to display one major project. Discover the works of creators like Dan Bayles, a Los Angeles artist who paints semi-abstract landscapes; He Xiangyu, of Berlin and Beijing, who explores social concerns through his work; and Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, a Berlin-based duo whose film examines historical moments.
Photo by Ron Eshel, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY
For the fifth year, Art Basel has partnered with the Bass Museum of Art to organize an exhibition in nearby Collins Park. Curated by Nicholas Baume of the Public Art Fund, Public will showcase more than 20 large-scale sculptures and installations from international artists. Select works from the show will be on display through February.
Horse Fights, Wang Jinsong
Courtesy of Beijing Art Now Gallery
Having debuted last year, Survey presents 14 historical projects across a variety of art themes. This year, visitors can view exhibitions of top artists like the late American watercolorist Charles Burchfield, on display by New York’s DC Moore Gallery; Peter Campus, a seminal American artist in the canons of new media and video art, from New York’s Cristin Tierney Gallery; Gianni Colombo, the late Italian artist known for his kinetic art, at London’s Robilant + Voena booth; Dorothy Iannone, known for her autobiographical erotic-themed works, from Berlin’s Peres Projects; and Wang Jinsong, who trained as an ink artist and has become one of China’s leading photographers of social commentary, from the Beijing Art Now Gallery.
Courtesy of Art Basel
Curated in partnership with David Gryn, director of London’s Artprojx, art of the film kind will be shown in the convention center as well as at SoundScape Park, projected onto the 7,000-square-foot wall of the New World Center. Plus, catch a feature-length film selected by New York-based film curator Marian Masone.
Art isn’t something to just look at; it’s also something to talk about. Art Basel offers two programs for visitors to hear from professionals across the industry. A series of Conversations takes place daily, allowing artists, curators, critics, and collectors to offer guidance on their respective fields. In a more informal setting, Salon consists of short presentations in the form of talks and performances from Art Insiders.
NI guides you through the divine madness of Art Basel.