Art Basel’s namesake fair opens this month - Art Collector

Art Basel, Basel, 2014. Courtesy: Art Basel

By Emily Cones-Browne

One of the leading international contemporary art fairs opens in its namesake city of Basel in Switzerland on 18 June.

The 46th edition of Art Basel will feature an impressive 284 leading galleries across Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific Region and Africa, who together will present over 4,000 emerging and established artists.

In the biggest floor plan reshuffle in over a decade, the reconfigured downstairs area will have a special focus on modern works from 1900 to 1970. The change was made to further underscore the historical emphasis promoted by the show. 57 galleries on the downstairs floor have now changed position.

Many major galleries have embraced the change with plans to stage modern and historical art as key to their offerings. Highlights including
Horse and Cows by Max Ernst and René Magritte's Renée Cordier, both at Richard Nagy. Landau Fine Art will present Henry Moore’s Family Group (1947) and Pablo Picasso’s Les Dormeurs (1965).

The main sector of the show will feature 223 galleries, comprised predominantly of returning exhibitors with the exception of three new galleries who are first-time exhibitors in this sector: Rodeo (Istanbul, London), Take Ninagawa (Tokyo) and Vilma Gold (London).

The Feature sector, which presents galleries with precise curatorial projects, features 30 galleries from 13 countries, with highlights that include a presentation by Luxembourg & Dayan (New York, London) of works by Michelangelo Pistoletto; a selection of iconic works by John Cage at James Cohan Gallery (New York, Shanghai), who is a leading figure of the post war Avant Garde; and a collection of rare and previously unseen works by Constant at Borzo Gallery (Amsterdam).

William Kentridge, who will show at Basel with New York/London/Paris dealer Marian Goodman, is not to be missed, with his show
The Refusal of Time at New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2014 receiving wide acclaim.

Similarly, Pierre Huyghe will be exhibiting his work Cambrian Explosion in Basel at multinational gallery stand Hauser & Wirth. Huyghe is exhibiting at TarraWarra Museum of Art in Victoria, Australia in August this year, the first major Australian survey of works by the internationally renowned contemporary French artist.

The Statements sector will provide visitors with the opportunity to discover solo presentations from emerging artists and young galleries, with eight of the 16 galleries exhibiting for the first time. Highlights include a presentation by Laura Bartlett Gallery (London) of a major new film by Beatrice Gibson; a series of sculptures produced in concrete, wood and metal by Danish artist Kasper Akhøj at Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam); and Société (Berlin), who will present an installation from New York-based artist Bunny Rogers featuring a series of objects relating to the idea of mourning the death of a fictional character.

The Conversations and Salons series also returns, bringing together leading artists, gallerists, art historians, curators and critics to discuss diverse topics. Art Basel’s Conversations series will launch with the Premiere Artist Talk, where Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vō will discuss his recent projects, including his Venice Biennale presentation with Manuela Ammer, curator at mumok in Vienna.

Unlimited, Art Basel’s platform for projects that transcend traditional art fair limitations, is curated for the fourth time by Gianni Jetzer, the curator-at-large at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. This sector will feature 70 works, ranging from sculptures and paintings to video projections, live performances and installations.

Art Basel runs from 18-21 June 2015. Click here for more information.

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