To be a part of Art Basel means to find yourself among the very elite of the art world. Perhaps the most important art fair out there, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, draws only the best galleries, curators and artists for all the dealers, collectors and art lovers to enjoy for three days. As a participant, once you’re through the rigorous selection, there really isn’t anything more to wish for. The 2015 Art Basel in Basel will see 284 leading art spaces who made it from 33 countries, showing more than a hundred years of art. With such an incredible content the world’s most renowned galleries will fight for visitors’ attention with, the whole fair is a battleground. Yet, there will be some booths at Art Basel 2015 that you should certainly not miss, and we want to point you to them.
Art Basel is divided into eight sectors this year, those being Galleries (the main sector), Feature, Statements, Unlimited, Parcours, Film, Editions and Magazines. Scroll to the bottom of the article to find detailed floor plan of this year’s Art Basel in Basel.
The Sao Paulo art gallery, Galeria Millan, will participate at this year’s Art Basel with the works of Artur Barrio. Working with different mediums, such as performance, installation and video, and with materials such as meat, salt and organic waste, the Brazilian artist plays with the concepts of art and reality. In his Situações (Situations), he physically manipulates space: modifying it and rendering it both active and vibrant. For Art Basel, Galeria Millan will present the photographic documentation of three of these Situations: Navalha Relógio (1970), 6 Movimentos (1974) and Uma observação, 6 aproximações, 1 recuo (1975). Galeria Millan was founded in 1986 and has a rich history in participating in biennials and presenting exhibitions at the most prestigious art institutions.
Feature section, Booth C3.
Featured image: Artur Barrio - Uma observação, 6 aproximações, 1 recuo, 1975. Courtesy of Galeria Millan
Luxembourg & Dayan, based in New York and London, will have a solo presentation dedicated to the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the most important artists of Arte Povera. At Art Basel there will be two of his most politically-charged works from the late 1960s and 1970s, entitled La Gabbia (The Cage) and Mobili Capovolti (Overturned Furniture). Essential to the artist’s artistic development, these pieces were not so familiar to a wide audience. La Gabbia installation will feature a wall-to-wall cycle of mirrored panels simulating a prison cell that the visitors can experience, while reflecting in the panels there will be Mobili Capovolti, being pieces of furniture scattered across the floor as if after an uprising.
Feature section, Booth J7
Featured image: Michelangelo Pistoletto - Mobili Capovolti - tavolo, 1976. Courtesy of Luxembourg & Dayan
A regular at Art Basel, Lisson Gallery (London, Milan and New York) will have a busy, fun time at the fair. The art space will bring three sculptures by Sergio Camargo, a new large glass work by Ai Weiwei and an installation by Haroon Mirza and Mattia Bosco, created especially for this occasion, showing at Museum Tinguely. The gallery will also be present in the Unlimited section, with artists Spencer Finch (installation Light in an Empty Room (Studio at Night)) at Booth U71, Pedro Reyes (Disarm (Mechanized) II, 2014) at Booth U49 and Wael Shawky (Cabaret Crusades III) at Booth U47. In Parcours, the visitors can find Jonathan Monk’s site-specific bronze sculpture Covered Motorbike (2013).
Galleries section, Booth B8 and Unlimited and Parcours sections
Featured image: Anish Kapoor - Shedding, 2014. Courtesy of Lisson Gallery
Berlin’s Michael Haas Galerie is coming to Art Basel with an impressive line-up of modern artists, including Hans Arp, Georges Braque (Compotier aux trois pommes, 1941), Alexander Calder, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti (with Tête de femme / Flora Mayo, 1927), Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso (with Bouquet dans un vase, 1907), Kurt Schwitters, Louis Soutter, Antoni Tàpies and Hans Uhlmann (with Draht-Plastik, 1949), among others.
Galleries section, Booth F5
Featured image: Georges Braque - Compotier aux trois pommes, 1941. Courtesy of Galerie Michael Haas
San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery returns to the fair with works by Christian Marclay, Diane Arbus, Idris Khan, Richard Avedon, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Peter Hujar, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Richard Learoyd, among others. Since its opening in 1979, Fraenkel Gallery has been devoted to the medium of photography, having presented almost 300 exhibitions. Aside from promoting extraordinary art of world-famous photographers, the gallery has been exhibiting paintings, drawings and sculpture, and has maintained a publishing program including many monographs and exhibition catalogues. They are an important venue when it comes to collecting photography.
Galleries section, Booth A13
Featured image: Nicholas Nixon - The Brown Sisters, 2014. Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery
David Kordansky Gallery from Los Angeles will enrich Art Basel with the works of 20 contemporary artists, including Kathryn Andrews, Rashid Johnson, Jon Pestoni, Mary Weatherford and Andrew Dadson, who is currently on view at their space. A special treatment is given to the brand-new video installation by William E. Jones, entitled America, Hail Satan, reflecting upon the decline of the American empire post 1973, after the war in Viet Nam. The artist can be heard reading a script he wrote, in which he tells the story of Satan intervening in the peace talks. The video can be seen at the fair through all three days from 11am to 7pm.
Galleries section, Booth K6
Featured image: Jonas Wood - Face Painting. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery
Based in Lucerne and Beijing and operating since 1992, Galerie Urs Meile represents one of the most important galleries endorsing Chinese contemporary artists and focusing on their art scene since 1995. Among their artists there will be Ai Weiwei, Chen Fei, Hu Qingyan, Tobias Rehberger, Christian Schoeler, Anatoly Shuravlev and Julia Steiner, among others. The gallery will feature caricature works by Wang Xingwei, conceptual pieces by the extremely talented Hu Qingyan, less known sculptures by Julia Steiner and the 2007 blue porcelain dress by the celebrated Ai Weiwei.
Galleries section, Booth S19
Featured image: Ai Weiwei - Blue Dress (No. 6), 2007. Courtesy of Galerie Urs Meile
Coming from Culver City, California, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects will present a new installation of drawings by artist Andrea Bowers, as part of the Feature section of Art Basel 2015. Entitled #sweetjane, the work examines the 2012 rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, its subsequent trial and the political activism that was triggered by it. The artwork tells a shivering visual story of the unfortunate event, through a 75-foot long blue drawings composed of text messages sent between the participants, as well as figurative drawings of the Anonymous, online activist group known for their Guy Fawkes masks.
Feature section, Booth T4
Featured image: Andrea Bowers - Courtroom Drawings (Steubenville Rape Case, Text Messages Entered As Evidence, 2013), 2014. Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter
At their booth at Art Basel 2015, New York’s Fergus McCaffrey will present a selection of masterworks of Post-War Japanese art, dating from the 1950s through to the 1970s, juxtaposed with important works by Italian avant-garde from the same period. Therefore, the gallery will feature works by artists like Kazuo Shiraga, Mario Schifano, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Yayoi Kusama, whose 1981 Walking on the Sea of Death sculpture will be the highlight of their presentation. In the Unlimited section, the gallery will present a monumental work by Marcia Hafif, entitled An Extended Gray Scale (1973), which has never been exhibited in its entirety before.
Galleries section, Booth D3 and the Unlimited section
Featured image: Mario Schifano - Untitled, 1967-69. Copyright Mario Schifano, 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome, Courtesy of Fergus McCaffrey, New York / St. Barth, 2015
Based in New York, London and Geneva, Dominique Lévy Gallery specializes in 20th century European and American art - and the very best of it will be featured at their booth in Basel. This year, they will present an exhibition of works in varying tones of grey, through works of Alberto Giacometti, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella and Christopher Wool, along with artists like Cy Twombly, Louise Nevelson, Jasper Johns and Alexander Calder, to name a few. In the Unlimited section, the gallery will present Sandmühle (Sand Mill) by the influential German artist Günther Uecker, as part of the series initiated in 1969.
Galleries section, Booth G14 and the Unlimited section
Read our recent interview with Dominique Lévy about her experiences at Art Basel!
Featured image: Jasper Johns - Untitled, 1996. Courtesy of Dominique Levy Gallery
Here is the detailed floor plan of the 2015 edition of Art Basel in Basel, where you can find our 10 favorite booths along with the rest of the participants.
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