Thirty-five years later, Art Basel met Christo at Pelican Harbor Marina, the site of Surrounded Islands’ former HQ. In this exclusive interview, the artist revisits the three-year-long process that landed him in court – and led to Florida’s most celebrated art installation.
The German capital has many ruins that bear witness to its tumultuous history. Stretches of the Berlin Wall are preserved as a reminder of the pain wrought by political division during the Cold War, but a piece of that memory has disappeared overnight to make way for new apartments.
The leading international art gallery Hauser & Wirth is donating 10 percent of its online sales proceeds to the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN agency leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
When the artists who pioneered what we now call Land art moved beyond museums and galleries to the great outdoors, they entered a world free of limitations and flush with earthy materials to use. In place of white walls rising up around them were vast expanses of space and forever-stretching horizon lines, and instead of things like epoxy and paint, they turned to tools such as rocks and dirt.
The gallery sector is a resilient industry, says the latest edition of The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report. As the global economy is thrust into a period of deep uncertainty amid the advance of the Covid-19 pandemic, one might take comfort in seeing how the sector withstood the challenges of 2019, including the China / US trade war and the prospect of Brexit. The report also sheds light on promising green shoots in 2019 for the industry's long-awaited pivot towards the digital, a transformation that has now gained a new urgency.