Art Basel

It’s a wrap: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s final fabric project unveiled in Paris

Plus, Art Basel: are the buyers back? And Mary Beard on images of power

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Art Basel 2021: it’s good to be back—but things are going to change, dealers say

Despite the success of the fair's first post-pandemic edition, galleries are weighing up the future

'The Europeans are back and buying': sales flow steadily at first Art Basel since the pandemic

Though Covid-19 travel complications have kept many US and Asian collectors away, dealers report brisk business from the VIP opening

Catherine Hickley and Tom Seymour. with additional reporting by Gareth Harris

Unlimited—Art Basel’s section for large works—opens to visitors with a rainbow jacuzzi, a spooning couple and a house made of bread

Curator Giovanni Carmine walks through highlights among the 62 supersized installations presented at the fair

Is Art Basel eyeing up a new fair location?

Art Basel has lent expertise to Art Week Tokyo, but does this indicate further involvement?

Art marketpreview

From a cashmere coated console to a leafy Lalanne chair: Design Miami/Basel director chooses her highlights

The fair may be smaller than usual this year but Jennifer Roberts says she has never known the collectible design market to be in such rude health

Must-see institutional shows during Art Basel

From unseen drawings from Kara Walker's personal archives to a fresh take on Camille Pissarro as the leader of the Impressionists

Art fairsinterview

Real-life Art Basel prepares to return—and steps down from its ivory tower

Arranging the event amid a shifting pandemic has been fraught with risk—but it is a risk worth taking, says global director Marc Spiegler

Art Basel promises to pay quarantine hotel bills and launches $1.6m 'solidarity fund' for galleries who fail to make sales

As exhibitors threaten to pull out of the fair in the face of travel uncertainty, another letter offering "extraordinary" one-off concessions to dealers is sent

Art Basel writes letter of reassurance as galleries suggest fair should be cancelled

Fair says it is committed to going ahead but offers concessions to exhibitors, including rolling over booth fees to 2022 if they cannot enter the country and offering staff to man stands

Art Basel gets complicated: Swiss authorities will not accept Astra Zeneca vaccine while US issues ‘do not travel’ advisory

Non-EU visitors will have to apply for Swiss Covid-19 certificate before attending and, with certain vaccines not recognised, some will have to take tests onsite

Noah Horowitz joins Sotheby's after stepping down as Art Basel’s director of Americas

Horowitz's new position will see him increasing Sotheby's collaboration with galleries and art dealers

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect at Art Basel's return event in Switzerland next month

Visitor capacity is capped at 20%, but organisers are bringing back both Unlimited for large-scale works and the public art trail Parcours

Art marketcomment

Why the art market must stop trying to predict the unpredictable and enjoy a well deserved #hotgirlsummer

Life is still uncertain but we know the industry can keep functioning against all odds through the pandemic, so enjoy the sun and save the questions for the autumn

Almost all galleries are back for Art Basel’s 2021 edition as Switzerland eases travel restrictions (for now)

Basel edition will continue hybrid model and satellite booths introduced in Hong Kong

Noah Horowitz is stepping down as Art Basel’s director of Americas—next month

The Art Basel in Miami Beach chief will leave at the end of August, less than four months before the fair is due to take place in early December

Art Basel confirms it is happening this September IRL—but with some caveats

Collectors are told they must be fully vaccinated or supply a negative Covid-19 test in line with Swiss government regulations

Art fairsanalysis

'It’s impossible to compare 2019 and 2021; it’s a completely different world': what has sold at Art Basel in Hong Kong

Fair reaches full Covid capacity on VIP day and the big galleries report hefty sales, including a $19.5m painting by Joan Mitchell

Tefaf Maastricht 2021 cancelled after multiple delays

The cancellation of the Dutch art fair, scheduled for this September, casts some doubt on whether Art Basel will go ahead as planned just a fortnight later

Send art, not staff: more than half of Art Basel in Hong Kong galleries take 'ghost booths'

Of the 104 exhibitors at the fair next month, 56 will take remote participation stands instead of travelling in person

Art fairscomment

The world of art fairs is going to change for good—and only the better-funded fairs will survive

From hybrid online ventures to new subscription models, mass events in the art world won't look the same post-pandemic

Art marketpreview

Selling Tino Seghal's Zoom call in an online viewing room: Art Basel's Pioneers OVR reaches peak meta

Our pick of five artists to seek out on the fair's first digital presentation of 2021

Asia’s art fairs pin hopes on vaccine rollouts

Spring events must negotiate ongoing travel restrictions and quarantines, and some organisers have already postponed

Déjà vu: Art Basel postponed from June to September—again

Swiss fair was also delayed from June to September in 2020, before being cancelled altogether due to coronavirus

Miami Beach launches residency programme to help artists and businesses in lieu of Art Basel revenue

The initiative encourages property owners to lend their vacant spaces for free and offers $2,500 stipends to artists—but they may still need to pay rent

Art Basel to make real-life appearance as fair partners with Fine Art Asia in Hong Kong

Local galleries have been invited by Art Basel to apply for participation in the November fair

Class of 2020: five picks from Art Basel's online viewing room (another one)

The latest virtual fair, OVR:2020, limits 100 galleries to showing six works each, all produced this year—we pick our highlights

Galleries cast doubt on the return of fairs in 2021 in latest Art Basel and UBS report

Covid-19 has forced galleries to cut staff by 33% on average as sales plummet 36% in the first half of 2020—and optimism is dwindling for next year

Anny Shaw. with additional reporting by Anna Brady

Art Basel cancels Miami Beach edition in December

The fair's organisers say they have "no other option" as Covid-19 cases in Florida stay stubbornly high and US travel restrictions remain in place

Basel’s new culture hub puts Caribbean artists, Picasso and Klaus Littmann’s nature project in the mix

Delayed by coronavirus, the new Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger has opened with the promise of free entry and catalogues for visitors

James Murdoch's firm invests in Art Basel's embattled owner MCH Group

Media and entertainment investment firm Lupa Systems will become the events company's anchor shareholder, holding around a third of shares if approved on 3 August

Might Rupert Murdoch be Art Basel's next big investor?

Media and television mogul is reportedly in negotiations to take a stake in art fair's Swiss parent company MCH Group

To encourage galleries, Art Basel in Hong Kong relaxes application criteria for 2021 fair

Galleries no longer required to have a physical space, down payments cut from 100% to 25% of stand fees and automatic re-admittance for 2020 ABHK exhibitors

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Here's what has sold so far from Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms

From a tribute to a guerrilla soldier and priest to an exploration of black female beauty, collectors snap up pictures on fair's VIP day

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

Filmsnews

Shirin Neshat's award-winning films go online for 24 hours in mini film festival

Goodman Gallery is launching the video programme on 20 June—but you can watch Roja exclusively on The Art Newspaper website from tomorrow

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

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

Art Basel's September fair thrown into further doubt

In frank letter, organisers scrap Monday deadline for exhibitors as Swiss authorities delay decision on large-scale events until 24 June

Mega art dealers talk collegial spirit against a backdrop of Montauk bedrooms and cats

Art Basel's latest webinar featured David Zwirner, Sadie Coles and Jeffery Deitch talking about new plans for gallery collaborations

Nada launches new collaborative fair model to help support galleries

Opening 20 May, the online fair requires no upfront fee and features around 200 galleries, all of which will share their profits

Art marketanalysis

How Covid-19 has forced the art market’s speedy digital conversion

In lockdown, many galleries have had a Damascene moment with online programming

Will Art Basel actually happen in September? A letter to exhibitors suggests potential for more delays

Fair extends deadline to confirm participation until 1 June, but concedes "there are simply too many open questions" to know if the fair will happen at the moment

Art marketanalysis

Will art fairs return in 2020?

As coronavirus lockdowns are extended across much of the world, leaving galleries unable to trade, hopes are fading that autumn events will be able to go ahead

Rolex, Patek Philippe and Chanel walk out of MCH group’s Baselworld

Future of the Swiss watch and jewellery fair, which is owned by Art Basel's parent company, now hangs in the balance

Frieze offers full refunds to exhibitors after cancelling its New York fair due to coronavirus

The fair will also launch a new online viewing room feature at no cost to planned exhibitors and will apply reimbursements to future editions

Masterpiece London cancels 2020 June edition as UK cracks down on coronavirus spread

The move follows news that Art Basel will postpone its 50th anniversary edition until September and New York's major auctions pivot to June

After much speculation, Art Basel postponed to September due to coronavirus

Swiss art fair is the latest of numerous fairs to be moved to the autumn, as the pandemic decimates the art world calendar

Pyjamas and cava: the diary of an Art Basel VIP in an online world

A blow-by-blow account of the Hong Kong digital viewing rooms that launched this morning

Remembering Ulay. Plus, how coronavirus cancelled Art Basel in Hong Kong

We speak to Tate Modern curator Catherine Wood about the late Ulay, and to Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s global director, about what happened in Hong Kong. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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

Art Basel announces exhibitors for its 50th anniversary edition this June

More than 20 galleries will take part in the flagship Swiss fair for the first time

Arab Springanalysis

The ripple effect of the Arab Spring

Political upheaval across the region presents challenges—and opportunities—for artists and collectors

Art Basel launches online viewing rooms following the cancellation of its Hong Kong edition

The debut of the digital initiative was moved to March to offer exhibitors a sales platform for the works they planned to show

'With changes come opportunities': first reactions to the cancellation of Art Basel in Hong Kong

Local galleries are determined to forge ahead after the fair announced it will not take place this year in light of coronavirus fears

'The arts will continue to thrive': Hong Kong galleries band together in face of coronavirus fears

Local dealers plan to forge ahead with exhibitions even if Art Basel decides to cancel this year's edition of the fair in the city

Growing unease among Art Basel in Hong Kong dealers as WHO brands coronavirus a ‘global emergency’

The fair's directors, meanwhile, say postponing or cancelling the fair “is a complex process”

Newcomers and stalwarts: highlights from the 2020 fair calendar

Art Basel celebrates its 50th anniversary and new fairs in London and New York join the fray

Art Basel helps Hong Kong exhibitors offset extra costs

Fair organisers says the discounts are not "incentive to do the fair" but are "part of an effort to mitigate their additional expenses"

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