Ever since its inception in 1966, LISTE Basel has developed into one of the most important fairs for mostly new, but also well-established galleries. The renowned art fair is now coming back for its 22nd strong edition. Taking place this June, LISTE Basel 2017 will once again serve as a meeting place for the distinguished members of the international art lovers who are interested in the new generation of galleries and artists. Once again, the fair will demonstrate its dedication to introducing young galleries with primarily emerging and little-known artists to an international expert public. This year, the fair will host a remarkable selection of contemporary, primarily young art with many new discoveries.
Focusing on presenting galleries from a broad variety of countries and cities, especially the ones from regions far removed from art center, LISTE will welcome 79 exhibitors this year. In this way, the fair will offer a platform in Basel for exhibitors that hail from countries struggling under economically or politically trying conditions. Accompanying the main exhibition program, the fair's Performance Project will present the works of artists, dancers and choreographers engaged in an expanded understanding of the concept of choreography. For important private and institutional collectors, museum professionals and art enthusiasts who want to discover a new generation of artists and galleries, a visit to LISTE is certainly a must.
It would be difficult to find a renowned gallery established after 1996 whose path has not included an appearance at LISTE. Since LISTE is now regarded as the most important fair for the young generation of galleries, all ambitious, international, young galleries apply to participate each year. This year, the fair will bring together 79 galleries from 34 countries, together presenting works by over 140 artists. This year, galleries hail from the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Guatemala, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the US. Selected by the jury composed exclusively of curators, these important upcoming galleries of the younger and middle generation will bring a remarkable selection of contemporary artworks, with many new discoveries. Among 79 exhibiting galleries, there will be 15 debuting ones, including Bianca D’Alessandro from Copenhagen, featuring a solo presentation of the artist Danish Amitai Romm; Emalin from London, featuring a solo presentation of the Canadian artist Nicholas Cheveldave; Jenny’s from Los Angeles, featuring works by Canadian artists Julien Ceccaldi and Mathieu Malouf, and the Norwegian artist Erik Sæther; Antoine Levi from Paris, presenting artists Alina Chaiderov and Ola Vasiljeva; Lomex from New York, exhibiting installation works by Robert Bittenbender and Valerie Keane; MadeIn from Shanghai, bringing a group exhibition Lucy with works by Miao Ying and Shen Xin; Madragoa from Lisbon, introducing young artists Rodrigo Hernández and Luís Lázaro Matos; Marfa’ from Beirut, featuring works by Saba Innab and Caline Aoun; Edouard Montassut from Paris, presenting a solo exhibition by the young American artist Matthew Langan-Peck; Öktem&Aykut from Istanbul, featuring works by Turkish artists Elif Boyer and Lara Ögel; Société from Berlin, featuring digital native art with new works by Bunny Rogers and abstract works by Ned Vena; Southard Reid from London, featuring works by Prem Sahib; Joseph Tang from Paris, making its debut with Carlos Reyes; WeissFalk from Basel, exhibiting young Swiss artist Timothée Calame; and Leo Xu from Shanghai, presenting new video works by Liu Shiyuan.
Many participating galleries will present curated presentations featuring one or up to three artists. This year, there will be 34 solo artist presentations, with exhibited works ranging from painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation, performance, video, film, multimedia, and digital native art. Along with new discoveries, the fair will also feature older artistic positions such as the British artist John Russell presented by Bridget Donahue from New York, and the artist Elisa Montessori presented by Monitor from Rome.
Many of the young generations of artists are focused on political developments, including Daniel de Paula presented by Jaqueline Martíns from São Paulo, Juliana Huxtable, Melanie Gilligan and Morag Keil presented by Project Native Informant from London, Hannah Black, Maja Cule, Hannah Quinla & Rosie Hastings, and Amalia Ulman presented by Arcadia Missa from London, among others.
Also, there is a wide range of artists being shown at major international exhibitions, such as James Webb presented by Blank from Cape Town, Ahmet Ögut presented by KOW from Berlin, Lala Rukh represented by Grey Noise from Dubai, all being part of documenta 14; Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa presented by Proyectos Ultravioleta from Guatemala, Yorgos Sapountzis presented by Simone Subal from New York, and Erkka Nissinen presented by Ellen de Bruijne from Amsterdam, all taking part in the 57th Venice Biennale.
For the 13th time, LISTE Basel will host their Performance Project, curated for the third time by Eva Birkenstock, the Director of Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen. Artists, dancers and choreographers featured within this project all share an interest in creating transgressive situations that destabilize and subvert ascribed distinctions between the performer and the audience, actors and roles, human and non-human, material and discourse, politics and emotions, and the stage and its spatial, as well as socio-political condition. With contributions that maintain the status of an unfinished project, these creatives open performative, intra-active scenarios to challenge current subject positions, as well as activate alternative modes of perception and shared agency. This year, the project will host artists such as the Swedish-British performance duo New Noveta, founded by Keira Fox and Ellen Freed, a Basel-based performer Sophie Jung, the French choreographer and dance star Jérôme Bel, the Canadian artist Dana Michael, Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf, the Berlin resident Isabel Lewis, and the artist Myriam Lefkowitz.
As every year, the fair will present the Helvetia Art Prize, a coveted promotional prize awarded to a graduate of a Swiss college or university majoring visual and media art. Awarded for the 14th time this year, the prize will include a monetary award of CHF 15,000 (around $15,320) and a solo presentation at LISTE. It will be presented to the young artist Andriu Deplazes.
Special guests at the fair will be Fotomuseum Winterthur with a presentation that focuses on the ideas of truth and representation in an age of alternative facts, examining the decisive role of photography as a medium, HeK – House of Electronic Arts Basel with a selection of artists using 3D-modeling and 3D-printers to examine the winding dialogue between the real and virtual as well as to criticize the utilization of technology in today’s neo-capitalism, as well as Kasko, presenting two Basel initiatives working in cross-media and developing precise and very diverse formats for collaborations and presentations. Additionally, there will be a variety of events, workshops and panels conducted during the week.
LISTE Basel will be on view at Warteck in Basel from June 12th and June 18th, 2017. The preview will be held on Monday, June 12th from 12 to 5 p.m, by invitation only or with press accreditation. The opening reception will be held the same day from 5 to 9 p.m, while the opening reception party will be held from 10 p.m. at Volkshaus, Basel. The doors of the fair will be open between 1 to 9 p.m. between Tuesday and Saturday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The price of the single-entry ticket will be CHF 20 (around $20.4), while the reduced entry for students and seniors will be CHF 10 (around $10.2). After 8 p.m, the price of the ticket will be CHF 6 (around $6.2). For more information, visit the official website of the fair.
Featured images: Installation view, Prem Sahib - Fade On. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Southard Reid; Miao Ying - Content Aware, The Five Pillars of Awareness: Reclaiming Ownership of Your Mind, Body and Future, 2016. 350 x 350 x 225 cm. Pop up stand, print on fabric, UV print on PVC. Courtesy of the artist and Made; Lara Ogel - Turquoise II, 2015, Video, 11'. Courtesy of the artist and Oktem&Aykut; Emile Barret - From Of Matter and Spirit, 2015. screenshot. Special Guest Fotomuseum Winterthur; Daniel de Paula - Networks of power (February 7th, 2017 - United Kingdom), 2017. printed text on paper variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Jaqueline Martins. All images courtesy of LISTE Basel.