Art Basel

To coincide with the opening of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms, we have pulled together our coverage of the Swiss fair and Art Basel Week—past and present. Here we present a selection of news, analysis, interviews, features and the all-important fair gossip we’ve brought to you in recent years. For PDFs of our fair daily newspapers from previous editions of Art Basel, as well as its shows in Miami and Hong Kong, see the ePaper section on our website.

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Art market

How artists are adapting their work to virtual fairs and online viewing rooms

As Art Basel's online viewing room opens, Tracey Emin, Jim Shaw and Avery Singer speak about lockdown and creating for the digital sphere

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Art market

Art Basel cancels Swiss edition in September due to coronavirus concerns

Flagship fair will relaunch next June in Basel as organisers focus on delivering Miami Beach show in December

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Art market

Berlin dealer Johann König stages impromptu 'fair' to coincide with original Art Basel dates in June

"People are hungry for art in the original and the online viewing room can’t replace the personal experience,” the dealer says

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Art market

Art Basel/UBS report: global art market dips 5% in ‘tricky year’ but private sales are up

Chinese and British markets take a hit amid trade wars and political unrest

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.

Blog
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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Bauhaus

Big birthday is a boon for Bauhaus

Works on the stands at Art Basel show the market for artists associated with the German movement is hotting up in this centenary year

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel Messeplatz 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

Interview
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 and Parcours artist 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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Art Basel 2019

Baselscope: what the stars have in store for Air Signs during Art Basel Week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius art lovers

Interview
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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Art Basel 2019

Baselscope: what the stars have in store for Water Signs during Art Basel Week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces art lovers

Interview
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

Comment
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

Baselscope: what the stars have in store for Earth Signs during Art Basel week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn art lovers

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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 to keep the space beyond Art Basel week

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Art Basel 2019

Baselscope: what the stars have in store for Fire Signs during Art Basel Week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Aries, Leo and Sagittarius art lovers

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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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In the frame

Art Basel to unite across continents to celebrate 50th anniversary

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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

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

Interview
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

Comment
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

Preview
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

Interview
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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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

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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

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

Plus, we fall head over heels for Vezzoli

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.

Interview
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.

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

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Art Basel 2017

Art Basel: things that go clang!

Motorised sculpture comes in many guises

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Art Basel 2017

Where does all the art go after a fair?

In an exclusive extract from her forthcoming book, Dark Side of the Boom, Georgina Adam discovers why most art is destined for a crate-filled, high-security storage facility

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Art Basel 2017

In pictures: The Kiss, a crash and Bikini Atoll

Museum Tinguely director Roland Wetzler picks six highlights from Art Basel—and remembers Jean Tinguely's destructive legacy

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Art Basel 2017

Art Basel diary: John Baldessari's crowd-pleasing pooches and down and dirty in Hamburg

Plus much more fair gossip

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Artist interview

Wolfgang Tillmans: ‘It’s the great album tracks that didn’t become singles’

The artist reveals the ideas behind his solo show at the Fondation Beyeler—the Basel museum’s first photography exhibition

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Art Basel 2017

Save the date: Steiner & Lenzlinger to play in the Tinguely during next year's Art Basel

Basel museum plans survey on Swiss duo

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Art Basel 2017

Art Basel diary: urinary performance and Yves Saint Laurent's X-rated drawings

Plus more fair gossip

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Art Basel 2017

Interview: Wim Delvoye digests the Tinguely Museum

Belgian artist’s shit-making machines join Jean Tinguely’s kinetic works

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Art Basel 2017

Wilhelm Sasnal returns to Basel with fond memories

Polish artist’s career took off in the Swiss city

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Art Basel 2017

In pictures: the ideal home, at Design Miami/Basel

The fair has a domestic vibe this year, from Jean Prouvé's house for wartime refugees to Max Lamb's metal-sprayed polystyrene furniture

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Art Basel 2017

Why artists, even art fair-averse ones, are in Basel this week

Athens, Venice, ARoS, Kassel, Münster—and now in Art Basel

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Art Basel 2017

Mood at Art Basel is upbeat as VIPs spend

Leading dealers report strong opening sales

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Art Basel 2017

Bricks and mortar galleries: Art Basel holds the line

The shift to temporary selling spaces is a hot topic at this year's fair

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Art Basel 2017

In pictures: Christmas comes early to Art Basel

Gianni Jetzer, the curator of Art Basel’s Unlimited sector, picks six highlights among the large-scale works

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Art Basel 2017

Art Basel diary: How the Cookie Monster rumbles, and Hans Ulrich Obrist's nose piercing

Plus more gossip from the fair

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Art Basel 2017

Interview: the name’s Charrière, Julian Charrière

The Swiss artist who brings an up-close view of Chernobyl to Art Basel’s Unlimited is not afraid to leave his comfort zone

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Art Basel 2017

Kasper König: in praise of an artists’ curator

The artistic director of Skulptur Projekte will be in conversation at Art Basel, celebrating five decades as a champion of public art

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Art Basel 2017

Bern museum to open Harald Szeemann archive during next year's Art Basel

Fascinating insights expected from his personal correspondence with famous artists

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Art Basel 2017

Power of pride: artists champion LGBT causes at Art Basel

Transgender empowerment among causes tackled at this year's fair

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Art Basel 2017

Doug Aitken’s pavilions are Maldives-bound

Visitors to Unlimited can get a sense of the artist's geometric, mirrored sculptures that shine a light on the ocean

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Art Basel 2017

Art Basel diary: Artist Subodh Gupta dishes up a feast and Parcours pussy riot

Plus much more fair gossip

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Art Basel 2017

In pictures: new art across old Basel

From lost keys to lustful claymation, curator Samuel Leuenberger introduces six highlights from Art Basel's Parcours sector

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Art Basel 2017

Interview: Claudia Comte unveils her Circus maximus at Art Basel

The artist behind the chainsaw spectacular in the Messeplatz

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Art Basel 2017

What is the market for Documenta 14 artists?

The German quinquennial shuns the market, but Art Basel dealers are still capitalising on the visibility it brings

Archive
Art Basel

Bob and Roberta Smith's Basel 'Art Party' raises awareness about slashing of UK arts education funding

Bob and Roberta Smith’s crusade against cuts is bringing politics and mayhem to the Swiss fair

Archive
Art Basel 2013

All aboard: from the Biennale to Basel

Artists weigh in on exhibiting at both events in quick succession

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Art Basel 2013

Interview: architect Jacques Herzog on Art Basel’s new hall

The co-founder of Herzog & de Meuron architects on remodelling Messe Basel and the end of Modernity

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Art Basel

Art Basel, the final stop that brings art fair marathon to a close

The fair is one of the final Modern and contemporary events this summer

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Art Basel 2013

MoMA buys Ellsworth Kelly sculpture at Art Basel

Nine museums, including MoMA and Tate Modern in London, are mounting special presentations this year to mark Kelly’s landmark birthday