For its 2018 edition in Basel, Art Basel once again presents a strong contingent of galleries from Europe, joined by leading galleries from across the globe. 17 galleries are participating for the first time, including White Space Beijing from Asia and four new exhibitors from the United States: Freedman Fitzpatrick, Essex Street, Hosfelt Gallery and Franklin Parrasch Gallery. From Europe 12 exhibitors are new to the show: Barbara Gross Galerie, Galerie Max Mayer, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Jan Kaps, Sandy Brown, Antoine Levi, mor charpentier, Madragoa, Croy Nielsen, Carlos/Ishikawa, Galerie Lange + Pult and Galerie Bernard Bouche. For the full gallery list, please visit artbasel.com/basel/galleries.
Galleries, the main sector of the show, features 229 of the world’s leading galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and digital works. With a reapplication rate of 99% for the sector, this year’s strong selection of returning exhibitors is complemented by nine galleries participating in Galleries for the first time. 47 Canal, Alexander Gray, Bergamin & Gomide, Casas Riegner, Kadel Willborn, Kate MacGarry, KOW, Mendes Wood DM and Tokyo Gallery + BTAP join the main sector of the fair having previously exhibited in Feature and Statements. These additions reflect Art Basel's efforts to steadily bring younger galleries and the next generation of Modern galleries into the main sector of the fair, where they can show the full range of their programs.
The Edition sector presents 14 global leaders in the field of prints and editioned works: Brooke Alexander, Inc., Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions, Alan Cristea Gallery, mfc - michèle didier, Atelier-Editions Fanal, Gemini G.E.L., Sabine Knust, Lelong Editions, Carolina Nitsch, Paragon, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, Susan Sheehan Gallery, STPI and Two Palms. In addition to its stand presentation, Alan Cristea Gallery has been selected to present ‘Land 0˚ – 135˚ and Sea 0˚ – 135˚’ (2009) by Jan Dibbets (b. 1941) on the Spotlight wall facing the Rundhof, which forms part of the Edition sector.
This year's Feature sector boasts a particularly ambitious selection of 32 precisely curated projects from both historical and contemporary artists. This year’s edition welcomes seven galleries exhibiting for the first time at the Basel show: Barbara Gross Galerie, Galerie Max Mayer, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Galerie Lange + Pult, Galerie Bernard Bouche, Hosfelt Gallery and Franklin Parrasch Gallery. Highlights in Feature include the presentation of works by the 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid (b. 1954) at Hollybush Gardens, offering an insight into the artists’ experimental, playful and political approach to painting. Richard Saltoun Gallery will present six pivotal works by British artist Helen Chadwick (b. 1953 – d. 1996), whose unique and multi-disciplinary practice at the intersection of conceptual-performative art and feminist thinking, captured the zeitgeist of Britain in the 1980s. Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Roma will showcase rarely seen works by Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963), including five iconic ‘Bookshelf’ sculptures that embody her deep exploration of memory and are associated with her seminal works: ‘House’ (1993) and the ‘Vienna Holocaust Memorial’ (2000).
Monica De Cardenas will present two significant cut-out works by Alex Katz (b. 1927), from the late 1950s. Hamiltons will display a wide selection of rare and unseen photographs by Irving Penn (b. 1917 – d. 2009), which were captured in the late 1930s and early 1940s in New York and the American South. Further highlights include three significant works by Gilberto Zorio (b. 1944), a pivotal member of the Arte Povera movement, which will be on display at Galerie Pietro Spartà, while ChertLüdde will show two large inflatable sculptures by Franco Mazzucchelli (b. 1939).
A series of images of the civil wars in Lebanon and Palestine by Fouad Elkoury (b. 1952) will be on show at The Third Line, while Galerist will dedicate its booth to Nil Yalter’s (b. 1938) poetic multi-media installation ‘Le Chevalier d’Eon’ (1978), one of the first artworks from the Middle East to engage with transgender identity. Jay DeFeo's (b. 1929 – d.1989) abstract and experimental photo-based work will be presented by Hosfelt Gallery, while a new 4-channel video installation by Elizabeth Price (b. 1966) will be on display at Grimm, in which the artist constructs an abstract ghost narrative using ink and charcoal. For a full list of projects, please visit artbasel.com/basel/feature.
The Statements sector presents 18 exciting solo projects by emerging artists and will include ten first-time galleries: White Space Beijing, Jan Kaps, Sandy Brown, Antoine Levi, mor charpentier, Madragoa, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Croy Nielsen, Carlos/Ishikawa and Essex Street. Several projects in Statements address socio-political issues: Deborah Schamoni will unveil an installation by Flaka Haliti (b. 1982), hosting a robot composed of found objects from KFOR military camps in Kosovo; Antoine Levi will present ‘Ark’ by Alina Chaiderov (b. 1984), a metaphor of the artist’s journey of exile from her homeland Russia to Sweden in 1990; mor charpentier will present a new work by Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b. 1985), composed of a video installation and an ‘acoustic‘ painting featuring interactive visual footage and audio recordings made at the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights; JTT will dedicate their booth to a large meat-rack installation by Doreen Garner (b. 1986), referencing medical experiments on enslaved black women in the United States in the mid-1800s; and Experimenter will present a series of new sculptures by Rathin Barman (b. 1981), who works with architectural forms to explore the history of migrants in Kolkata.
White Space Beijing will feature the project ‘Sound Diet’ by Christine Sun Kim (b. 1980) who was born deaf and explores the relationship between sound, written and spoken languages. At Stigter Van Doesburg Helen Verhoeven (b. 1974) presents her work entitled ‘Church 1’ (2012), while at Mary Mary, an installation by Ektor Garcia (b. 1985) will be presented, which combines the artist’s exploration of craft traditions and themes of Mexican and queer culture.
Further highlights from Statements include a film by Stuart Middleton (b. 1987), reimagining the motorway network as a deindustrialized, transient residential zone inhabited by nomadic communities presented by Carlos/Ishikawa; and The Box’s presentation of new works by Naotaka Hiro (b. 1972), depicting the artist's spatial, aesthetic and psychological relationship to his own body. Essex Street will premier three photographic works by Sara Deraedt (b. 1984), an artist who only ever exhibits each of her works once. Galeria Madragoa will feature a frieze by Rodrigo Hernández (b. 1983) consisting of hand hammered metal panels. For a full list of projects, please visit artbasel.com/basel/statements.
The 20th Baloise Art Prize will be awarded to up to two artists exhibiting in Statements, with recipients being announced during the show. 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.