partying at the Art Basel via the New York Times
The 39th Annual Art Basel, visited by 60,000 guests over the course of the fair, proved to be a very successful showcase of the world’s most famous artists. Basel, on the Rhine where Switzerland meets France and Germany, created a perfect setting for wealthy collectors, art enthusiasts, and 300 international exhibitors to network and indulge among the most stylish and cultured of the art world.
Brad Pitt Buys Table at Art Basel; Mittal, Abramovich Browse [Bloomberg]
The 39th Edition of Art Basel Closes With Outstanding Results [artdaily]
Ellsworth Kelly, Basking in Basel [New York Times]
Pre-Partying With the Jet Set of the Art World [New York Times]
Russians Help Art Basel Shake Economic Woe, Falling U.S. Demand [Bloomberg]
The Art Fair Explosion and Its Fallout [WSJ]
In Basel, Contemporary Art Enjoys a Bounty of Friends [NYTimes]
Picture perfect [Financial times]
Art Basel, Switzerland, Is On, Right Now [Art Observed]
Notable collectors in attendance included Roman Abramovich, one of Russia’s richest men, Aditya Mittal ArcelorMittal CFO, and Brad Pitt, who purchased a hollow white marble rococo-style table by Dutch designer Jeroen Verhoeven for $293,000 according to Bloomberg. Art Basel’s most important sales included Lucian Freud’s “Girl in Attic Doorway” for $12 million, an Alberto Giacometti sculpture that sold for $14 million, and a Takashi Murakami sculture that LA dealer Blum&Poe snatched up for $8 million.
Jeroen Verhoeven’s hollow white marble table via Bloomberg
Among the more popular exhibits at Basel stood a once controversial Robert Gober sculpture of the Virgin Mary standing over a storm drain with a water pipe running through her waist. This piece was located at the Emanuel Hoffman Foundation, founded in 1933 to present forward-looking art. Ellsworth Kelly described it as “very mysterious and very confounding” while others found it to be deeply moving.
Untitled installation by Robert Gober on display at the Schaulager via NY Times
Grober’s Untitled installation via Flickr
Despite a reported 20% to 50% decrease in American attendees to the fair in comparison to last year, Art Basel this year pulled through with the strong purchasing power of collectors from Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. Many dealers were enthusiastic to have new clients from countries such as Poland, Turkey, India, and Malaysia to name a few of the countries sending buyers.
Art Basel via artinfo
There was reported interest in the Art on Stage platform at the Theater Basel, where Elmgreen & Dragset’s performance Drama Queens was presented. Professional Day on Friday enticed its target audience where 70 galleries staged special activities at their booths: solo shows of young artists, thematic exhibitions, book premieres, lectures, performances, and guided tours.
Oleg Kulik via Bloomberg
In all, Basel 39 proved to uphold the fair’s reputation as the “world’s premier art show.” It remains one of the best international meeting places for gallerists, collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts alike.