Art Basel brings together contemporary works in its expansive art fair with 300 participating galleries from across the globe. Running 19-22 June, the event includes the highest quality of art in a wide range of forms, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and video. Every year Art Basel attracts tens of thousands of visitors, entertaining everyone from art enthusiasts to collectors. We take a look at five of the galleries participating and the artists represented on their stands this year.
1. David Zwirner – Hall 2, Booth F5
The New York and London-based gallery presents previously unexhibited works by represented artists. These include drawings by Adel Abdessemed, paintings by Francis Alÿs and watercolours by Suzan Frecon. Also on view at Basel is art by significant gallery artists, such as, Mamma Andersson, Marcel Dzama, Isa Genzken and many more. In addition, there are important paintings by Martin Kippenberger and Gerhard Richter.
2. Timothy Taylor Gallery – Hall 2, Booth A11
Timothy Taylor Gallery brings together five artists who were instrumental in the evolution of post-war European abstraction, during which time artists developed the notion of the practitioner as a liberated, self-reliant individual. Timothy Taylor Gallery’s presentation includes examples of the intricate folded canvasses of Simon Hantaï, the inventive dynamism of Hans Hartung, the sensuous “ultrablack” paintings of Pierre Soulages, and the materially complex assemblages of Antoni Tàpies.
3. Mnuchin Gallery – Hall 2, Booth E9
Mnuchin Gallery focuses upon historical masterworks alongside examples by leading contemporary artists. Referencing its history of museum-quality monographic exhibitions, the gallery showcases an aluminium-and-Plexiglas stack by Donald Judd. Alongside this there is a mobile by Alexander Calder and a crushed metal sculpture by John Chamberlain. Other highlights feature paintings by Mark Bradford and Christopher Wool.
4. Fraenkel Gallery – Hall 2, Booth A15
Since the gallery’s opening in 1979 in San Francisco, the Fraenkel has had almost 300 exhibitions exploring photographs and its relation to other arts. The art space has not only displayed by the work of NASA’s lunar photographs, but also artists as diverse as Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Adam Fuss, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, the Bechers, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Sol LeWitt. The high quality photography from various exhibitions is celebrated at Art Basel and is juxtaposed with additional paintings, sculptures and drawings.
5. Cheim & Read – Hall 2, Booth C14
Cheim & Read focuses on the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography. While the gallery is keeping its lips tightly sealed about what exactly audiences can expect to see in the exhibition this year, the directors have promised works from influential artists, such as Don Bachardy, Barry McGee and Jannis Kounellis.
Art Basel, 19-22 June, Basel, Switzerland.
1. Donald Judd, Courtesy of Mnuchin Gallery.
Posted on 17 June 2014