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Making a statement in Basel

Although the quality is uneven, a few galleries stand out in this year's Art Statements section of young artist solo shows

Arataniurano (S17) from Tokyo, is showing work by Takahiro Iwasaki

Art Statements, presenting young artists in solo displays, takes place alongside Art Unlimited. This year 26 galleries have been chosen to take part. Although the quality is uneven, a few galleries stand out, including Arataniurano (S17) from Tokyo, with work by Takahiro Iwasaki (above). Meanwhile, the British-Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara, showing with Neue Alte Brücke (S20), has recreated the bar his parents used to run in Spain under the dictator Franco but with subtle alterations. The stand was awarded the Baloise Art Prize yesterday and the installation sold to a private European foundation for €90,000. A performance by the artist takes place on the stand every day at 5pm.

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