Art Basel

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Art Basel 2018

What are the limits of Art Basel’s Unlimited?

Sector has raised the bar for large works, but price and size do not always match

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Art Basel

Venice Biennale is still ringing the Art Basel sales till

Artists showing in Venice are brought en masse to the fair as galleries leverage exhibition exposure

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In the frame

Toddler sends €50,000 sculpture flying at Art Basel

Podcast

Art Basel and William Kentridge

As his show opens at the Kunstmuseum Basel, we talk to the South African artist about his latest works. Plus, we look at the 50th edition of the Art Basel fair. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: Robert Indiana's spooky sculpture and a rogue rat

Plus, would Marcel Duchamp approve of a snow-globe urinal?

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Art Basel 2019

Artist Alexandra Pirici demands compensation for underpaid performers

The system of dividends is a way to address the "immense amounts of unpaid or underpaid labour" that support the art world, she says

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Bauhaus

Big birthday is a boon for Bauhaus

How the market for artists associated with the German movement is hotting up in this centenary year

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Interview: Lawrence Abu Hamdan—a self-styled 'private ear'

Your voice reveals much more about you than you think—and the Turner Prize nominee is listening

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Art Basel 2019

The human side of AI

How do algorithms see and shape the world? An exhibition at Basel’s HeK explores the often uncomfortable coexistence of humanity and AI

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Andrea Bowers

Interview: Andrea Bowers discusses power dynamics post #MeToo

The artist, whose work is causing a stir at Art Basel, aims to keep alive conversations on the toxic nature of power that sparked the feminist social movement

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: celebrity-spotting, nimble octopi and a bratwurst that cuts the mustard

Plus, Alvaro Barrington has designs on Notting Hill Carnival

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Commercial galleries

Salon 94 gallery is moving to a huge property on Manhattan's Upper East Side

The founder of the art and design space plans to consolidate the gallery programme

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William Kentridge

Interview: William Kentridge on his life lessons

Self-interrogation is central to the work of the South African artist, whose latest piece on show at the Kunstmuseum Basel poses a series of questions that get half-answered

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: horseplay with Harry and Meghan and fairgoers prove it's never too old for swinging

Plus, bath time with a very young Jeff Koons

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Motherhood

When life happens, just remember that art fairs will be 'fine without you for a while'

Melanie Gerlis asks whether the art world is compatible with parenting

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Art Basel 2019

Bringing up baby: making motherhood work in the art world

Being a mother has been cast as career suicide by Tracey Emin and Marina Abramovic. We speak to four women in the art world who beg to differ

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: crime, casinos and cocks

Plus, a pumped-up Mark Zuckerberg

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Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian's pop-up gallery in Basel to become permanent

Mega-dealer says “world-class museums” and Ernst Beyeler’s legacy are behind the move

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Art Basel 2019

Art meets dance in Alexandra Pirici's living time capsule at Art Basel

Sixty dancers will enact "performative environment" on the Messeplatz in Basel every day this week

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Climate Change

How the art world is going green

Those within the art world who advocate for environmentally friendly practices are finding a sector willing to do its part.

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Art market

Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel

Continuing Abstraction show will run off-site throughout the fair, featuring artists such as Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Theaster Gates

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Art market

Art Basel owner sells stake in Art Düsseldorf to fair organisers Sandy Angus and Tim Etchells

Angus says he is also keen to buy MCH’s share in the India Art Fair as the group divests its regional art fair portfolio

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In the frame

Art Basel to unite across continents to celebrate 50th anniversary

Podcast

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires

We talk to Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel; discuss the forgotten artist Richard Lin; and speak to the curators of a New York exhibition on the ancient Middle East. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

Fair share: parity for Asia’s female artists gains ground at Art Basel in Hong Kong

While men still dominate the local market, there are signs of progress towards equality in Hong Kong this week

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

US-China tension creates buyer’s market in Hong Kong

Despite a burgeoning arts scene in the city, worries persist that the trade war and economic uncertainty could affect business at Art Basel in Hong Kong

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Law

French court fines Art Basel backer UBS €3.7bn for tax evasion and money laundering

The conviction follows a seven-year investigation into the Swiss banking giant by French authorities

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In the frame

Kanye graces Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Politics

Latin American galleries reassess sales strategies for Miami Art Week after border crackdown

Trump's decision to station 15,000 troops at the country's southwest border has further soured political relations between the US and its South American neighbours

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Art Basel

Art Düsseldorf exhibitors react to MCH Group's decision to sell stake in fair

Art Basel owner's move has divided the opinions of dealers, but Art Düsseldorf's founders remain optimistic

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Art market

Art Basel owner backs off from its regional fairs

MCH Group is selling its stakes in Art Düsseldorf and India Art Fair and will pull out of Singapore’s Art SG

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Art market

Art Basel introduces new booth pricing structure to subsidise younger galleries

Dealers say it is a ‘step in the right direction’ but acknowledge there is a long way to go to redress the balance

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Exhibitions

Artists and projects announced for first Art Basel Cities Week in Buenos Aires

September event marks end of first year of the initiative overseen by Cecilia Alemani, the director of High Line Art, New York

Interview
Art Basel 2018

Collector's Eye: David Brolliet

The Swiss collector discusses his love of Lichtenstein, his regret at not buying a Subodh Gupta when he had the chance and hanging art on his refrigerator

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Art Basel 2018

Collector's Eye: Grazyna Kulczyk

The Polish art lover on her fascination with female artists and how she wishes she could have been seated at Judy Chicago's Dinner Party

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Art Basel 2018

Rapper pays $18.5m for work at auction but the artist gets nothing—is the system in need of reform?

Anny Shaw asks if auction houses and dealers should pay their dues to the artists from whom they profit

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Art Basel 2018

Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger: Where the wild things are

From getting fit to analysing your tears, Swiss artists’ installation at the Museum Tinguely invites visitors to dive right in

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Art Basel 2018

Chinese collector scoops up McArthur Binion painting at Unlimited

Nine other works by the US artist sold on Lehmann Maupin’s stand at Art Basel

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Art Basel 2018

Theaster Gates: ‘There’s no better Madonna than my mother’

Artist sets up printing press in Basel to explore ‘Black Madonna’ theme

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Three to see

Three to See: Basel

From a gesamtkunstwerk designed to awaken the senses to a five-decade survey of Bruce Nauman

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Art Basel 2018

A Russian artist with a really long cape and more Art Basel gossip

Plus, we fall head over heels for Vezzoli

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Art Basel 2018

Galleries at Art Basel pay tribute to ‘generation of giants’

Works and archival material at several stands at the fair honour big names in the art world who have died this year

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Art Basel 2018

Controversial collection of early Basquiat drawings on show in Basel

Works were created by the artist when he was sleeping on a friend’s couch in Manhattan

Podcast

Podcast episode 36: Berlin Biennale and Art Basel

We explore the two big European art world events of the past week: Arsalan Mohammad is in Berlin with the curator Serubiri Moses and the critic and curator Annika von Taube, and Ben Luke speaks to Melanie Gerlis, writer for the Financial Times and The Art Newspaper, on the line from Basel.

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Art Basel 2018

When the love don’t last at Art Basel and more gossip

Plus, how Picasso kept Ernst Beyeler on his toes

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Art Basel 2018

Sam Gilliam: a life beyond the frame

With a show of his unstretched canvases at the Kunstmuseum Basel, the lyrical abstractionist is enjoying a late resurgence in popularity

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Art Basel 2018

Could fairs publish sale prices? Don’t hold your breath

“For all the supposed desire for transparency, no one will make the first move”

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Art Basel 2018

Swiss galleries forge ahead despite the global squeeze

New initiatives, fair subsidies and a focus on Swiss artists help dealers to adapt

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Art Basel 2018

Are art awards really worth winning?

Winning a prize can give an artist international exposure, but the question of who really benefits—critically and commercially—is an increasingly vexed one

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Art Basel 2018

Liste feels the weight of Cuban history

Cuban artist uses exact amount of black ink used to write key parts of constitution for work

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Art Basel 2018

Match of the day: football vs art

The two may seem unlikely bedfellows, but plenty of artists are football fans—and they are making their allegiances known during this summer’s World Cup

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Art Basel 2018

Can the art market thrive in a sharing economy?

Melanie Gerlis on how millennials don’t seem to have the same collecting gene as previous generations

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Art Basel 2018

Basilea: Turn on, tune in and chill at the Messeplatz

Creative Time’s Art Basel project abounds with everything from gravel deposits to DJ-led meditations

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Art market

Art Basel tests Turner Prize’s sway with foreign buyers

Is the UK’s premier award a big draw for international collectors?

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Art Basel 2018

Etel Adnan: ‘This is the summit of my career’

The Lebanese-born artist and writer, who has a solo show at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, discusses her passion for the Swiss abstract artist.

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Art Basel 2018

Artists as cryptofinanciers: welcome to the blockchain

Curious new relationships between art and capital are being enabled by cryptofinance, which places “monetary value” at the heart of the creative process

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Art Basel 2018

Collector's Eye: Edouard Carmignac

The businessman, who just opened an art space on an island in the Mediterranean, on Alice in Wonderland and hanging out at Warhol's Factory

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Art Basel 2018

In pictures: Disco balls and whale watching at Design Miami/Basel

This is what caught our eye

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Art Basel 2018

Plastic fantastic at Art Basel

Don’t throw it in the ocean—hang it on your wall

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Art Basel 2018

Artist paints Dana Schutz's child in response to controversial Emmett Till work

The Somali-Australian artist Hamishi Farah is showing the work in Basel at the Liste fair

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Art Basel 2018

Multi-billion-dollar Picasso show heads to the Beyeler

The exhibition, which opens in February, will focus on Blue and Rose Periods

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Art Basel 2018

Marshall arts: how collectors fell for Kerry James

Artist lands two big sales at Art Basel after record-breaking auction result

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Art Basel 2018

Metallica bassist Jason Newsted gets first show in Basel and more gossip

Plus, Harry Potter gets cocky

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Art Basel 2018

William Kentridge honours Africans in the Great War

A taster of the artist’s latest project is on show at Art Basel ahead of its unveiling at Tate Modern in London

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Art Basel 2018

London's Whitechapel Gallery and Turin's Castello di Rivoli to hold joint Rakowitz survey

Artist to continue project reconstructing thousands of lost and destroyed Iraqi artefacts

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Art Basel 2018

Show and sell: the added value of a museum exhibition

How soon is too soon? Private collectors are selling off works as little as a few weeks after lending them to high-profile shows

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Art Basel 2018

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun teams up with Ikea

Project aims to produce affordable, off-grid tools

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Art market

A word with Marc Spiegler

Art Basel’s global director on collector behaviour, auction price databases and the complexity of the art market

Interview
Art Basel 2018

Collector's Eye: Ulla Dreyfus-Best

The Basel-based collector Ulla Dreyfus-Best on her "Wunderkammer", which mixes 11th-century Italian bronzes with pieces by Jeff Koons