This year, 290 leading international galleries will present works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists. While galleries from Europe continue to be strongly represented, the show also features returning and new exhibitors from across the globe, including Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Africa.
19 galleries are participating for the first time, including: Barro Arte Contemporáneo from Argentina; Tommy Simoens and Vedovi Gallery from Belgium; Galeria Jaqueline Martins from Brazil; Temnikova & Kasela from Estonia; Galerie Crèvecoeur and Galerie Christophe Gaillard from France; Jahn und Jahn, Klemm’s and Daniel Marzona from Germany; SpazioA from Italy; Vadehra Art Gallery from India; Marfa‘ from Lebanon; Travesía Cuatro from Spain; Galerie Knoell from Switzerland, Project Native Informant from the United Kingdom; and Commonwealth and Council, Durham Press and David Lewis Gallery from the United States.
Art Basel is introducing a sliding-scale pricing model across all its shows, designed to benefit galleries with smaller stands. Galleries The show’s main sector will comprise 232 of the world’s leading galleries, showing painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works of the highest quality. Spanish gallery Travesía Cuatro will be completely new to the show, while Galerie Thomas returns to Basel following a brief hiatus.
Additionally, the Galleries sector will be rejuvenated by seven galleries joining the sector for the first time, having previously exhibited in Feature or Statements. This June, Galerie Pietro Spartà from France; Peres Projects, Société and Wentrup from Germany; Hollybush Gardens and Sprovieri from the United Kingdom; and P.P.O.W from the United States will enter Art Basel’s prestigious main sector, showcasing the full range of their programs. Beginning this year, Art Basel will provide new entries to the main sector upstairs a 20 percent reduction on the square meter price for the first year, and a 10 percent reduction on the square meter price for the second year.
Premier galleries specializing in Modern and historical works from across the globe will once again return to Basel. Dozens of galleries will, exclusively or as a major part of their program, present exceptional pieces from the classical Modern to postwar contemporary, creating a unique focus on the outstanding quality of work from 1900 to 1970, a fundamental aspect of the show.
Feature Featuring 24 projects this year, the sector will present ambitiously curated exhibitions by both historical and contemporary artists, with 11 galleries completely new to the show. Highlights from the sector include: a two-person show by US artists Allyson Strafella and Helen Mirra at Galleria Raffaella Cortese; Croy Nielsen’s presentation of work by Austrian artist Elke Silvia Krystufek, who during the 1990s became known for her often provocative performances, videos, photographs and paintings, many of which address the identity of the female artist in a patriarchal society; a solo show of Wallace Berman at galerie frank elbaz, with exceptional artworks and historical archival documents from the late 1940s to the 1970s; a focus on Cameron Rowland’s ‘Rental Project’ at Essex Street; a selection of never-before-exhibited, spectacular relief paintings by British artist Frank Bowling from the mid-1980s at Hales Gallery; a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Carl Cheng at Philip Martin Gallery; and a presentation of unpublished works by Hudinilson Jr., one of the pioneers of Xerox Art in Brazil, at Galeria Jaqueline Martins.
Statements Welcoming six galleries to the Basel show for the first time, the sector will comprise 18 solo presentations by emerging artists, presented by young galleries from across the world. Highlights from the sector include: a new commission by Rose Salane at Carlos/Ishikawa; EJ Hill at Commonwealth and Council; Argentine artist Ad Minoliti at Galerie Crèvecoeur; a new body of work encompassing sculpture, drawing and painting by Bangladeshi artist Ayesha Sultana at Experimenter; Sable Elyse Smith, an interdisciplinary artist and writer who focuses much of her work on the American carceral state, at JTT; Kuwaiti artist Saba Innab at Marfa’; and a body of new work by Farah Al Qasimi looking at domestic traditions of hospitality and interior decor across public and private spaces in the Gulf states, presented by The Third Line. For the full exhibitor list for Statements, please visit artbasel.com/basel/statements.
The 21st Baloise Art Prize will be awarded to up to two artists exhibiting in Statements, with recipients being announced at the media reception of Art Basel. The Baloise Group acquires works by the award-winning artists and donates them to two leading European museums, which will hold solo exhibitions for the recipients of the award.
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