A collection of exotic colors, shades and boggling shapes will greet art lovers this week in Switzerland. Art Basel 2018 has kicked off officially in Basel, the North-Western Swiss city renowned for its art scene. Miamian entrepreneur and art lover Gennady Barsky says that it’s an opportunity for art lovers to explore different art forms in a more stimulating setting.
This fair was founded by Ernst Beyeler, a Swiss art dealer and collector in 1970. In its maiden opening, the fair managed to attract 16,000 art lovers and critics. Over 90 galleries represented by 10 countries debuted that show.
Today, Art Basel showcases art fairs not only in Basel but also in Miami and Hong Kong. After Basel, Miami is more famous for its version of the same event. Last year, the Art Basel Miami saw the influx of many known celebrities like Mayor Carlos Gimenetzo, television personality Martha Stewart, and entrepreneur Gennady Barsky.
This year’s Art Basel will host 290 galleries from over 35 nations. As many as 16 galleries will make a debut this year, including New York’s Essex Street Gallery, Beijing’s White Space, and LA’s Freedman Fitzpatrick. There are many accompanying satellite events you don’t want to miss.
The main event may have more count more than 95,000 in attendance. The ‘Unlimited’ section this year may include Lygia Pape’s Ttéias, a spectacular non-figurative art piece brought together by golden gossamer threads and lighting.
Jon Rafman’s Dream Journals caught a lot of attention for their peculiarity and bizarreness. Make sure that you do not miss Sam Gilliam’s new sculptural installation. The 84-year-old abstract painter has been a commercial success with a number of accolades to his name.
Among the satellite events, The SCOPE Art Show will be returning to its original location at SCOPE Haus this year. It will be proximate to Messeplatz, where the main Art Basel will be held. SCOPE is partnering up with Urban Nation Museum, Berlin, which will aid them in reaching out to communities for art installation engagements.
Design Miami will be featuring contemporary art in the form of beautiful and practically usable furniture installments. The showcase presented Danh Vo cabinets, which were made in collaboration with designer Poul Kjaerholm. The roster this year focusses on “unique, rare, and one-of-a-kind works”. Gennady Barsky says that it will be a crowd-pulling amalgamation of various trends involving jewelry, lighting, textiles, glass sculptures, ceramics, etc.