Art Basel


A performance by Naama Tsabar

A performance by Naama Tsabar

By Pietro Ferrazzi

Musical artworks: strange paintings with electronic cables, plugs and microphones with Naama Tsabar

Wednesday in Basel means breakfast at the Kunsthaus Baselland and the chance to stumble upon great and uncommon shows. This year the three selected artists are Rossella Biscotti, Rochelle Feinstein and Naama Tsabar. And it’s the latter who gets the main space of the museum and our attention.
Here and there, you can see strange paintings with electronic cables, plugs and microphones. And pieces of blue, red and black felt combined with wires. It looks like an unfinished stage but everything makes clear when a performance starts.
A group of girls starts playing those paintings with theatrical gestures, bringing us to a surreal and magic atmosphere delighting our ears and our feelings. What a great start to a day!
10 highlights from Art Basel Unlimited section

10 highlights from Art Basel Unlimited section

By Eugenia Bertelè

The new edition of Art Basel Unlimited program displays – for the first time at the Messe Basel’s Hall 1– a unique selection of 72 large-scale projects offering the galleries the opportunity to showcase monumental sculptures and installations. The huge and amazing space is mounted for the seventh time by Gianni Jetzer, curator at-large of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of Washington D.C.

Unlimited - Art Basel 2018

Unlimited – Art Basel 2018

People love to interact with the Translucent Chromointerferent Environment (1974/2009) of Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez represented by Galeria Raquel Arnaund in Sao Paolo. The installation is a light evolving work that awakes perception mechanisms into the viewers, who become simultaneously authors and actors of the animated space: everything is transforming and loses its materiality.
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Translucent Chromointerferent Environment (1974-2009) - Art Basel 2018

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Translucent Chromointerferent Environment (1974-2009)

A fantastic reality is also created by the Catso Violet, the 1967 light projection of American artist James Turrell (Bernier/Eliades gallery, Athens), where a solid cube is shaped just by the immateriality of light. Going deeper and deeper into false perceptions we meet Barbara Bloom’s installation, The Tip of the Iceberg, 1991 (Galeria Gisela Capitain – Cologne, in collaboration with Raffaella Cortese, Milan) and all of a sudden you feel underwater or directly cast in another space.
Barbara Bloom, The Tip of the Iceberg, 1991 Galeria Gisela Capitain, Cologne in collaboration with Raffaella Cortese, Milan - Art Basel 2018

Barbara Bloom, The Tip of the Iceberg, 1991 Galeria Gisela Capitain, Cologne in collaboration with Raffaella Cortese, Milan

A circular table, lit from below and above, is stacked with porcelain tableware all bearing the logo of the legendary RMS Titanic. By approaching the table, you can see that the undersides of the dishes are printed with images taken from the Titanic wreck on the ocean floor. The artist’s fascination for the connections between objects and images is clear in this work, as well as the meanings implied through their placement and combinations. Barbara Probst Exposure #85: N.Y.C., Broome & Crosby Streets, 01.11.11, 12:31pm, 2011 (Monica de Cardenas, Milan) explores subjectivity taking a portrait of the same scene from different angles at the very same moment. The fragmentation of the instant into a series of 13 shots is a tool to inspect the ambiguities of the photographic image. In A Hundred Times Nguyen, 1994 ((Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; Galerie Lelong, New York; Kamel Mennour, Paris;Thomas Schulte, Berlin; Lia Rumma, Milan), Alfredo Jaar employs four slightly varying images of Nguyen Thi Thuy, a young Vietnamese refugee born in a camp. In a media landscape saturated with images bombarding us with no mercy, Jaar hopes to communicate a larger story by focusing simply on a little girl.
Another very provocative artwork is Robert Longo’s Death Star II, 2017/2018, created in response to the exponential proliferation of mass shootings in the United States: it consists of a suspended globe studded with 40.000 copper and bronze full metal jacket bullets. The work is a sequel to Longo’s original 1993 sculpture and it reflects the violent thread of all accidents across the last 25 years. Relative meaning and plurality of truth is the subject of the performance Alternative Facts, 2017 by Paul Ramirez Jonas.
The American artist acts as a notary certifying private lies in public documents. As this notary process requires payment in gold, the artist offers to transform the customer’s pocket change into gold. The performance shows not only the legal, but also the chemical process of transformation.
Bruce Conner - Breakaway, 1966 - Paula Cooper gallery - Art Basel 2018

Bruce Conner – Breakaway, 1966 – Paula Cooper gallery

An important part of the program is dedicated this year to video art installations. Among them, an historic piece of one of the foremost American artist of the postwar era: Bruce Conner. Breakaway, 1966, surpassed in formal daring the majority of film works made at the same time, helping to define what would became the modern music video.
Francis Alÿs, Tornado David, Zwirner New York - Art Basel 2018

Francis Alÿs, Tornado David, Zwirner New York

Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s Tornado, 2000-2010 (David Zwirner, New York) is a footage gathered over a decade and documenting the tornados that ravage the land at the end of dry season in Mexico. The artist’s attempt to enter the vortex and capture the tension between violent, chaotic movement and unsettling quietness is a metaphor for the artist’s struggle to find a furtive moment of peace that could hint at a new realm of possibilities.
Unlimited, Goodman Gallery, kaufmann repetto, KOW, Candice Breit - Art Basel 2018

Unlimited, Goodman Gallery, kaufmann repetto, KOW, Candice Breit

Candice Breitz, TLDR, 2017 (Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; Kaufmann Repetto; Kow, Berlin) is a video portrait of a sex workers community active in Cape Town. Pointing a finger at herself, the artist bluntly asks whether and how all creatives living a privileged life fully represent marginalized communities. All these artworks and interactive environments open up a dialogue with our time. Once more, Art helps us questioning the times we live and hopefully, better understand them. Don’t loose the chance to see Untitled if you are in Basel! For more information: https://bit.ly/2LxuYvz
Art Basel Day 1: pictures (and galleries) at an exhibition

Art Basel Day 1: pictures (and galleries) at an exhibition

By Nicola Mafessoni

The 49th edition of Art Basel opened yesterday morning to VIP guests and a very responsive Market. Look Lateral team was there with a special eye on art galleries, first-day sales and must-see works

Sol Lewitt - Open Geometric Structure IV (1990) - Art Basel 2018

Sol Lewitt – Open Geometric Structure IV (1990)

A wonderful fair. As usual for Art Basel. We are queuing at 11 am at the main entrance under the famous clock, among collectors, curators, journalists, museum directors… the complete excited worldwide art scene. All of them looking for the right piece, a historical masterpiece or the new artist on demand. Finally we are there. Turning on the right we face some wonderful Picasso’s paintings at the booth of Beyeler Foundation.
Philippe Parreno - Happy Ending (2015) - Art Basel 2018

Philippe Parreno – Happy Ending (2015)

Turning on the left we get to know an amazing oil on canvas – “Untitled (Knife and Dish)”, from 1964, by Vija Celmins at Matthew Marks Gallery. Then Ellsworth Kelly, Anne Truit, and other great artists… what a beginning! Let’s go ahead. Randomly we reach a crazily crowded Gagosian booth with Franz Kline, Ed Rusha, Damian Hirst and so la la.
Ed Ruscha - One Nightstand (1993) - Art Basel 2018

Ed Ruscha – One Nightstand (1993)

Larry is there, sat on a bench in the corridor, carefully watching, shaking hands. From time to time someone from the staff comes out to say something is sold: 2.5 millions, few hundreds and other numbers which unfortunately we can’t get. Let’s move. We are impressed by Annely Juda’s grey wall with many Kazimir Malevic drawings and we wonder how possible is to have so many Egon Shiele as Galerie St. Etienne. Congratulations!
We find a wonderful painting by Marlene Dumas on display at Zeno X Gallery and we get to know the “Three Women With Heads Cast Down” by a young Richard Prince. In a corridor, once again we come across the “Lobster” by Jeff Koons which we saw last year, and we can’t seem to get that much the point with Rudolf Stingel at Mnuchin Gallery.
Francis Bacon - Seated Figure on a Couch (1959) - Art Basel 2018

Francis Bacon – Seated Figure on a Couch (1959)

Oh. We think we just got lost… but we don’t! – Simply, Jan Mot got his booth in a different, better position this year: well deserved!
Petit Rouge en bas” is the little jewel by Alexander Calder from 1972 which Van De Veghe Fine Art is “offering” us; furthermore, here it is the funny “Spectacles” on canvas (1970) by William Copley at David Nolan.
Jiro Takamatsu - Shadow (No. 1445) (1997) - Art Basel 2018

Jiro Takamatsu – Shadow (No. 1445) (1997)

But now… let’s talk about sales!
Cheim and Read, Lisson Gallery and David Zwirner are making a fortune. But also Dvir Gallery and Esther Shipper said it’s being a fantastic day – so everything seems perfect: gallerists are thrilled, collectors too, and so we are. Art is beauty-full!
Another oustanding edition of Art Basel show is near to open its doors

Another oustanding edition of Art Basel show is near to open its doors

By Eugenia Bertelè

The 49th edition of Art Basel is a point to open in its original location in Switzerland with a premier line-up of 290 galleries from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa presenting modern and contemporary works by around 4.000 international artists in parallel with a very exciting program of museums shows, conversations, film, magazines, public art installations and a new edition of Design Miami Basel, where the world’s leading design galleries present curated exhibitions of furniture, lighting and objects d’art

Tony Cragg, Elliptical Column, 2016; Pair, 2015. Courtesy of Buchmann Galerie Berlin _ Lugano - Art Basel 2018

Tony Cragg, Elliptical Column, 2016; Pair, 2015. Courtesy of Buchmann Galerie Berlin _ Lugano

Founded in 1970 by a group of gallerists from Basel, Art Basel is the most important institution in the world of art fairs, organizing art shows for modern and contemporary art in Basel, Miami and Hong Kong. Beside its leading position in the art market, Art Basel experienced, during the last years, other prominent initiatives such as – since 2014 – a Crowfunding focused on the support of non-commercial art projects around the globe, and – since 2016 – Art Basel Cities, created to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city.
Jana Sterbak, Sisyphus Sport, 1997 2014. Courtesy the artist and Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich - Art Basel 2018

Jana Sterbak, Sisyphus Sport, 1997 2014. Courtesy the artist and Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich

This year the show is welcoming 16 galleries joining the fair for the first time, including White Space Beijing from Asia and three new exhibitors from the United States: Freedman Fitzpatrick, Essex Street and Franklin Parrasch Gallery. From Europe, 12 exhibitors are new to the show: Barbara Gross Galerie, Galerie Max Mayer, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Jan Kaps, Sandy Brown, Antoine Levi, mor charpentier, Madragoa, Croy Nielsen, Carlos/Ishikawa, Galerie Lange + Pult and Galerie Bernard Bouche.
Aude Pariset, Promession #1, 2016, detail. Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin - Art Basel 2018

Aude Pariset, Promession #1, 2016, detail. Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin

Highlights of Art Basel 2018 include the ambitious projects by historical and emerging artists in Feature and Statements sections. Feature is hosting 31-curated projects from both historical and contemporary artists, including artists as Rachel Whiteread, Alex Katz, Irving Penn, Lubaina Himid, Gilberto Zorio, among others (browse the complete list at artbasel.com/basel/feature). Statements sector instead, is presenting 18 exciting solo projects by emerging artists and including ten first-time galleries. Among them, several projects are addressing socio-political issues (artbasel.com/basel/statements). Thomas Struth, Animals, 2018. Reference image. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman - Art Basel 2018Thomas Struth, Animals, 2018. Reference image. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman The most expected program, Unlimited, this year is featuring 72 large-scale projects in a unique setting. Unlimited provides galleries with the opportunity to showcase installations, monumental sculptures, video projections, wall paintings, photographic series, performance art that transcend the traditional art fair stand. For the 7th consecutive year it is curated by Gianni Jetzer, Curator- at- Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. Both renowned and emerging artists are taking part in the exhibition, to mention some: Matthew Barney, Robert Barry, Daniel Buren, Horia Damian, Camille Henrot, Jenny Holzer, Guillermo Kuitca, Alfredo Jaar, Mark Leckey, Lee Ufan, Inge Mahn, Lygia Pape, Jon Rafman, Michael Rakowitz, Nedko Solakov, Martine Syms, Rirkrit Tiravanija, James Turrel and Ai Weiwei (artbasel.com/basel/unlimited).
Fred Sandback, Untitled (Sculptural Study, Seven-part Triangular Construction), 1982 2011, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner - Art Basel 2018

Fred Sandback, Untitled (Sculptural Study, Seven-part Triangular Construction), 1982 2011, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

In 2007, Daniel Buren transformed the escalators leading to the upper floor of Hall 1 into a kinetic sculpture titled Passage de la Couleur, 26 secondes et 14 centièmes. Messe Schweiz bought the work. Responding to this earlier work, Unlimited will open with Buren‘s Una cosa tira l’altra, an aerial walkway decorated with stripes similar to those used on the escalator in 2007, allowing visitors to view the surrounding works from a unique and unexpected point of view.
Robert Longo, Death Star II, 2016 2017 Courtesy of the artist and Thaddeus Ropac- Metro Picture - Art Basel 2018

Robert Longo, Death Star II, 2016 2017 Courtesy of the artist and Thaddeus Ropac- Metro Picture

Another highlight this year is the Creative Time project at Messeplatz, participatory installation that uses drumming workshops, rubble mounds and a temporary constructed building to question the meaning of public space. Conceived by artists Lara Almarcegui, Isabel Lewis and Santiago Cirugeda – led architecture studio Recetas Urbanas, these projects aim at raising awareness of the active role citizens have in connection with urban environment, inviting Basel residents to be part of the performing action during the Art Basel art week.
ABB17, Misc, General Impressions, PR, - Art Basel 2018

ABB17, Misc, General Impressions, PR,

Finally, to enjoy site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by internationally renowned and emerging artists engaged with the most historical neighborhood, you should go around Münsterplatz. The Parcours program is curated for the third year by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the non-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland. Keep following us on Look Lateral.com, we’ll deliver daily live contents from the Art Basel week. More information at www.artbasel.com
Art Basel 2015: the event of the year opens its doors

Art Basel 2015: the event of the year opens its doors

Today a new edition of Art Basel 2015, the exclusive art fair that has been celebrated every year in Basel for the past 45 years, opened its doors only for collectors

Art Basel 2015

Art Basel is one of the places where the most important monetary exchanges in the world take place and even this year, on the walls of the 320 most established gallery stands, there art artists and artworks worthy of a great museum. Art Basel 2015 is always an extraordinary show: 4,000 artists who are considered the best in modern and contemporary art, some extremely established (from Bacon to Picasso), while others are emerging talents on which collectors will have to decide to bet on or not. Basel, as every year, offers the best of the international art market. There were plenty of people at the VIP opening, some say too many… Regarding sales, the hot artists were sold during the first hour (or perhaps before) and many others are in the deal making process. Tomorrow, still reserved for VIPs, will give us many answers. Contact us to know what the best artworks to invest in are and who the best up and coming artists are.