The art world’s leading talents, collectors, and connoisseurs gear up for another dazzling Art Basel.
Untitled (2016) by Barthélémy Toguo will also be shown in the Galleries sector, courtesy of South Africa’s Stevenson gallery.
Art Basel continues to earn its reputation as the world’s premier art fair, with editions in Hong Kong, Miami Beach, and Switzerland. The Swiss fair, taking place June 16 through 19, is “the classic,” attracting “an audience that is just as international as the exhibitors,” says Art Basel director Marc Spiegler. One of the many draws of this year’s iteration is a major immersive installation on the Messeplatz by Los Angeles-based Oscar Tuazon. “I hope that the effect of my work is mostly physical,” says the artist, known for his architectural installations, including For Hire at the 2012 Whitney Biennial. “That’s what I like—walking through something, having an experience of the weight of things, or an experience of balance.”
Now in its 47th year, the fair has outdone itself again, with a number of notable firsts. Eighteen new galleries join this year’s Basel, including the Tunisia-based Selma Feriani Gallery, the first from the African continent outside of South Africa. Feature, a popular section of Art Basel that displays works by established artists, welcomes eight new exhibitors, while Statements, a sector focusing on solo projects from emerging talents, sees works by seven new galleries.
There, the standout exhibit is likely to be Venezuelan artist Sol Calero’s installation, from the London-based Laura Bartlett Gallery, a newcomer to the fair. Children at heart will be drawn to first-time New York participant 47 Canal, which is showcasing works by Ajay Kurian inspired by the Oscar-winning Pixar film Inside Out. Art Basel in Europe takes place June 16–19 at Messe Basel, in Switzerland.