A new survey by Art Basel and UBS that looks at the pandemic’s impact on galleries found sizable staff cuts, including at galleries with net profits of $10 million or more.
Exhibitors will not be charged participation or booth fees for the December show, and application fees for accepted galleries will roll over to 2021.
| 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.
A long-awaited announcement confirms the cancellation of the upcoming Hong Kong fair “due to the outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus.”
The artist announced at Art Basel that he will be using footage of the fires for a documentary, as well as in an opera he’s directing next year.
Abdulnasser Gharem’s “The Safe” (2019) is an installation that puts its visitors inside a padded room that recalls the slain journalist’s torture chamber.
Andrea Bowers’s installation Open Secrets details sexual assault allegations that have come to light in the wake of the #MeToo movement, but came under fire for using the likeness of a survivor after her assault, without permission.
BASEL, Switzerland — How many works by Alexander Calder are out there?
BASEL, Switzerland — The Liste art fair is intended to introduce new, fresh names to the fair scene in Basel. And, true, they are fresh — sometimes too fresh, so that the work seems rushed or unfinished.
BASEL, Switzerland — The opening of Art Basel earlier this week wasn’t anything you wouldn’t expect at the Swiss fair: The world’s wealthiest were queuing at the entrance, half-forcing their way in by pushing and jumping, in the same way that people run into Walmart on Boxing Day.
Here’s a URL that launched this morning: artbasel.com/crowdfunding. Yes, indeed, friends! Art Basel, the art fair behemoth that rakes in millions of dollars annually, is now investing in crowdfunding. Happy day?
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.