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Art Basel Will Refund Hong Kong Exhibitors 75% Of Booth Fee

| Art Basel will partially refund galleries slated to participate in its now-canceled Hong Kong fair, according to a fair spokesperson. MCH Group, Art Basel’s parent company, announced its decision to call off the fair yesterday, February 6, due to concerns related to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. A few weeks ago, the fair’s organizers had reportedly refused participating galleries’ request for a 50% reduction in booth fees, describing the concession as “financially untenable.” Read the full story here.

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Three Takes on the Art Basel “Rioters”

Over the weekend, a group of 100 or so activists protesting Tadashi Kawamata and Christophe Scheidegger’s “Favela Café” were teargassed at Art Basel. The café, in attempting to mimic the desperate conditions of Brazil’s tragic slums, meant to bring introspection and perspective to Art Basel’s air of orgiastic excess — a project not unlike building a waterslide on the sun.