Reporting live from
Issue 1, Tuesday, 17 June 2014  | Download this issue

Meet you in Basel… or will it be Gwangju?

News There’s no such thing as an unmissable event as the art world’s nomadic tribe gets picky

News and analysis

Kiefer unveils fellow artist’s tunnel vision

News Laib adds to friend’s Gesamtkunstwerk

Ai Weiwei digs deep in Warsaw

News The Chinese artist's work in Poland will be invisible to the public

Fair selection row flares up in Paris

News Parisian dealer Eric Dupont is unhappy about being left out again

Also in this issue

Schiele and Saville to face off in Zürich



Ai’s collected works bound and wrapped

News First comprehensive monograph of artist’s work, published by Taschen, is being launched at Art Basel this week

Rooms to manoeuvre

Feature Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach bring performance to Basel in “14 Rooms”

Basel gets ready to (Art) Party

Feature Bob & Roberta Smith’s crusade against cuts to arts education in the UK is bringing politics and mayhem to this year’s fair

Why Tillmans is returning to Russia

Interview The artist is taking part in Manifesta 10, despite the country’s anti-gay laws

Broadening horizons in Amsterdam

Interview Beatrix Ruf talks about her aim to engage with the “extended world” at the Stedelijk Museum

Back to basics in Venice

Feature First reactions to Rem Koolhaas’s Venice Architecture Biennale, and its theme “Fundamentals”

Richter’s variations on a single theme

Feature The Beyeler show treads new ground by focusing on the artist’s series since the 1960s

Sex, war and photobooks

Books Martin Parr and Gerry Badger celebrate the genre

The great art fair scramble

News analysis Moving the opening of the Venice Biennale to May has set the cat among the pigeons


Those boys have some balls

You don’t often see a double-ended dildo lovingly made from ebony at a design fair. But you can handle such titillating treats at Design Miami/Basel this year, courtesy of the Haas brothers, a Los Angeles-based design duo who are showing with the...


The Portuguese return to Macau

As Art Basel in Hong Kong rolls on, the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos is preparing for a solo show in China’s other special administrative region, Macau, her first in the region. At the MGM casino resort, Vasconcelos is creating 1,200 kilo piece titled Valkyrie Octopus. The work measures 35 by 20 metres and is made of more than 4,000 metres of coloured fabrics, thousands of beads, 3,100 metres of electric cable, and has LED lights placed throughout. The site-specific work deals with the Portuguese presence in Macau, which began in the 16th century and ended, officially, in 1999.

Free download

Read this edition on your PC or mobile device