Our Curatorial Team Takes A Deeper Look At Some Of The Fair’s Insightful Presentations
Our Curatorial Team Takes A Deeper Look At Some Of The Fair’s Insightful Presentations
Have you paid a VR visit to the iconic Miami Beach fair tent yet? We investigate some of the poignant, insightful and ingenious presentations on display.
Artland Magazine
Art Basel Organizer’s Board Warns Holders to Accept Murdoch Deal
Art Basel Organizer’s Board Warns Holders to Accept Murdoch Deal
The board of Art Basel organizer MCH Group AG warned investors to accept a rescue package that includes an injection of capital from the younger son of billionaire Rupert Murdoch, or risk running out of time.
Bloomberg
Artland Interviews Jeff Lawson, Founder of UNTITLED, ART
Artland Interviews Jeff Lawson, Founder of UNTITLED, ART
As the world's first virtual reality art fair approaches, Artland Interviews Jeff Lawson, Founder and CEO of UNTITLED, ART
Artland Magazine
Frieze Cancels October London Fairs Due To Covid-19
Frieze Cancels October London Fairs Due To Covid-19
Due to the health risks and logistical problems posed by large crowds and the continued travel restrictions around the world due to Covid-19, Frieze London and Frieze Masters have decided to cancel their physical fairs in early October.
Art Forum
James Murdoch’s firm will become an anchor shareholder in Art Basel’s parent company.
James Murdoch’s firm will become an anchor shareholder in Art Basel’s parent company.
MCH Group, the Swiss parent company of the Art Basel art fairs, will have a new anchor shareholder, pending board approval: James Murdoch, son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The decision confirms previous reports and comes as part of the company’s broader push for a capital increase of roughly CHF 105 million ($111.8 million), after it has struggled amidst the numerous recent fair cancellations.
Artsy
The Market That Became Digital Overnight
The Market That Became Digital Overnight
Mattis Curth, Artland’s CEO argues that tech does not have to compete with real life.
Artland Magazine
Untitled, Art fair tests alternative model; livestream auctions hit the spot; David Zwirner represents Muñoz estate; ‘Complex and developing’ situation engulfs Hong Kong art
Untitled, Art fair tests alternative model; livestream auctions hit the spot; David Zwirner represents Muñoz estate; ‘Complex and developing’ situation engulfs Hong Kong art
Now that digital art fairs seem to be a longer-term prospect than expected, some organisers have begun to reassess their exhibitor fee structure. So far, fairs have mostly replaced their physical events with an online version, generally at no cost.
Financial Times
With the Fate of the Fair in Question as the Virus Overwhelms Florida, Art Basel Miami Beach Ju
With the Fate of the Fair in Question as the Virus Overwhelms Florida, Art Basel Miami Beach Ju
The fair says it is "deeply committed" to holding the event in December "if at all feasible."
Artnet
Murdochs May Be Potential Investors in Art Basel Owner
Murdochs May Be Potential Investors in Art Basel Owner
Rupert Murdoch, the entertainment and media mogul, is interested in providing capital to MCH Group AG, the company that organizes Switzerland’s Art Basel shows, Swiss newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft reported on Saturday.
Bloomberg
A Crafty Swiss Financier Is Reportedly Trying to Gather Investors to Wrest Art Basel Away From Its Parent Company, the MCH Group
A Crafty Swiss Financier Is Reportedly Trying to Gather Investors to Wrest Art Basel Away From Its Parent Company, the MCH Group
It’s been a rough year for Switzerland’s MCH Group, the owner of Art Basel, given the cancellation of the Hong Kong and Basel editions of the contemporary art fair, and the recent defections of major watch brands from the flailing Baselworld fair, which has been shelved for 2020 and 2021.
Artnet
To encourage galleries, Art Basel in Hong Kong relaxes application criteria for 2021 fair
To encourage galleries, Art Basel in Hong Kong relaxes application criteria for 2021 fair
Galleries no longer required to have a physical space, down payments cut from 100% to 25% of stand fees and automatic re-admittance for 2020 ABHK exhibitors
The Art Newspaper
What Sold at Art Basel in Basel Online
What Sold at Art Basel in Basel Online
On the first day of the virtual preview, more than $740 million worth of art was accessible to VIPs through Art Basel’s online viewing room; taking into account the additional works galleries had uploaded in anticipation of rotating their offerings, there was nearly $1 billion worth of art on Art Basel in Basel’s digital platform when the first VIPs logged on.
Artsy
The Gray Market: Why Online Art Fairs Aren’t Solving the ‘Fairtigue’ Problem (and Other Insights)
The Gray Market: Why Online Art Fairs Aren’t Solving the ‘Fairtigue’ Problem (and Other Insights)
Fresh off Art Basel's latest online viewing rooms, our columnist explains why virtual fairs are still exhausting the art world.
Artnet
Black Gallerists Press Forward Despite a Market That Holds Them Back
Black Gallerists Press Forward Despite a Market That Holds Them Back
As Art Basel opens online, African-American galleries are glaringly absent.
New York Times
Documenta 15 Artistic Directors ruangrupa Announce Participants
Documenta 15 Artistic Directors ruangrupa Announce Participants
The Indonesian art collective has released further details about the 2022 exhibition, including new ‘lumbung-members’
Art Review
The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Basel Online
The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Basel Online
On Wednesday, Art Basel’s newest online viewing rooms opened to the digital public.
Artsy
David Zwirner sold a Jeff Koons sculpture for $8 million through the gallery’s online showroom
David Zwirner sold a Jeff Koons sculpture for $8 million through the gallery’s online showroom
A Jeff Koons sculpture sold for $8 million through David Zwirner’s online digital showroom this week.
Artsy
Here's what has sold so far from Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms
Here's what has sold so far from Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms
From a tribute to a guerrilla soldier and priest to an exploration of black female beauty, collectors snap up pictures on fair's VIP day.
The Art Newspaper
Dealers Report Robust Sales for Top-Dollar Works at Virtual Art Basel Fair as Art World Migrates Online
Dealers Report Robust Sales for Top-Dollar Works at Virtual Art Basel Fair as Art World Migrates Online
During the first day, dealers reported numerous big sales at the virtual Art Basel fair, which runs through June 26, indicating that galleries’ investments in building out their online offerings have paid off.
Art News
Art Fairs ‘There Have to Be Some Silver Linings to Virtual Art Fairs’: How Galleries Adapted Their Big Plans for Art Basel as It Went Online Only
Art Fairs ‘There Have to Be Some Silver Linings to Virtual Art Fairs’: How Galleries Adapted Their Big Plans for Art Basel as It Went Online Only
Dealers faced with a digital version of the art fair had to pivot quickly from their old ways of doing things.
Artnet
Hauser and Wirth Opens Up Its Website to Host an Indie Art Fair That Had to Cancel Its Basel Edition
Hauser and Wirth Opens Up Its Website to Host an Indie Art Fair That Had to Cancel Its Basel Edition
The move is the latest effort by a mega-gallery to host struggling smaller upstarts online—and gain additional eyeballs in the process.
Artnet
Art Basel cancels Swiss edition in September due to coronavirus concerns
Art Basel cancels Swiss edition in September due to coronavirus concerns
Flagship fair will relaunch next June in Basel as organisers focus on delivering Miami Beach show in December
The Art Newspaper
Art Basel cancels September show
Art Basel cancels September show
Art Basel regrets to announce that the 2020 edition in Basel has been canceled. While there are signs of hope as individual countries are coming out of lockdown, the global situation remains precarious, and, unfortunately, too many uncertainties remain to go ahead with the fair.
Art Basel
Berlin dealer Johann König stages impromptu 'fair' to coincide with original Art Basel dates in June
Berlin dealer Johann König stages impromptu 'fair' to coincide with original Art Basel dates in June
Facing a series of art fair cancellations, one Berlin dealer is setting up his own impromptu event. Johann König is offering works by artists including Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Anne Imhof and Katharina Grosse in a week-long “fair” to coincide with the original dates of Art Basel. The live Basel fair has been provisionally postponed until September and instead, online viewing rooms will open from 19 June.
The Art Newspaper
With Art Basel Going Online Only, European Dealers Are Staging Online Viewing Rooms IRL—and Johann Konig Is Even Hosting His Own Fair
With Art Basel Going Online Only, European Dealers Are Staging Online Viewing Rooms IRL—and Johann Konig Is Even Hosting His Own Fair
Art Basel’s flagship Swiss fair has been postponed until the fall, and while participating galleries will take part in the fair’s online viewing rooms this month, some have also decided to take advantage of Europe’s recent reopenings by supplementing their digital booths with physical presentations. König Galerie and Esther Schipper in Berlin and Thaddaeus Ropac in London are among those hosting physical versions of their fair booths in their galleries.
Artnet
Riga’s Riboca biennial defies Covid-19 by transforming into an arthouse feature film
Riga’s Riboca biennial defies Covid-19 by transforming into an arthouse feature film
Art biennials across the world have made the decision to postpone or cancel altogether in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 13th edition of the roving Manifesta biennial, which had been due to open last month, has tentatively announced it is to open at the end of August, while the Venice Biennale will now skip a year to 2022. Smaller biennials, like Glasgow International, chose to display work entirely online. But none have attempted to use their commissioned work to create an arthouse feature film.
The Art Newspaper
The Seattle Art Fair’s Parent Company Vulcan Is Closing Its Art and Entertainment Division, Throwing the Future of the Fair Into Question
The Seattle Art Fair’s Parent Company Vulcan Is Closing Its Art and Entertainment Division, Throwing the Future of the Fair Into Question
Vulcan, the company founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is slimming down—and as a result, the fate of several important Seattle arts and culture initiatives, including the Seattle Art Fair, is up in the air. The company announced last week that it would shutter its Arts + Entertainment division, as well as its filmmaking arm, Vulcan Productions, by the end of 2020.
Artnet
Art Basel's September fair thrown into further doubt
Art Basel's September fair thrown into further doubt
The organisers of Art Basel were hoping for clarity from Swiss authorities this week over whether its already postponed 50th anniversary fair can go ahead from 17 to 20 September.
The Art Newspaper
No boys allowed: this year’s Chart art fair will only exhibit women artists
No boys allowed: this year’s Chart art fair will only exhibit women artists
The organisers of the Nordic Chart art fair say they plan to show only women artists at this year’s eighth edition (28-30 August) in a bid to “highlight one of the biggest structural barriers in the art scene and art market: gender imbalance”. In another radical move, the fair will adopt a new “de-centred format” this year in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, taking place across five Nordic cities.
The Art Newspaper
AI you ready for this? Tenth Bucharest Biennale to be curated by artificial intelligence programme called Jarvis
AI you ready for this? Tenth Bucharest Biennale to be curated by artificial intelligence programme called Jarvis
Curators may soon find themselves out of a job as the Bucharest Biennale announced this week that its tenth edition will be curated by an artificial intelligence (AI) programme called Jarvis.
The Art Newspaper
“UNSCHEDULED” ART FAIR TO LAUNCH IN HONG KONG NEXT MONTH
“UNSCHEDULED” ART FAIR TO LAUNCH IN HONG KONG NEXT MONTH
A new art fair, “Unscheduled,” featuring presentations from twelve galleries at the Hong Kong nonprofit Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts’s Duplex Studio and organized by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA), will make its debut in June. The fair emerged as a response to the Covid-19-related cancelations and suspensions of art fairs, museum openings, and other cultural events—including Art Basel Hong Kong, which was canceled in February. It will have timed ticketing, a floor plan designed by BEAU Architects to facilitate decentralized traffic flow, and other measures in place to minimize crowding, and will run from June 10 through June 27, 2020.
Art Forum
Hong Kong Galleries Are Banding Together to Launch a Mini Art Fair to Help Revive the City’s Struggling Art Market
Hong Kong Galleries Are Banding Together to Launch a Mini Art Fair to Help Revive the City’s Struggling Art Market
Organizers of the event, titled “Unscheduled,” call it a “response to these unprecedented times.” It will operate a lot like a fair, but they’re billing it as “a platform for selling and networking that will present solo exhibitions from [the association’s] gallery members, with a focus on modern and contemporary art that has a connection to Asia.”
Artnet
Art SG cancels inaugural fair—again
Art SG cancels inaugural fair—again
The first edition of the Singapore fair Art SG, due to run from 30 October until 1 November, has been postponed for the second time and will now take place from 5 to 7 November 2021. In a statement released this morning, Art SG's organisers say the decision was made: "In light of the current uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of consideration for the health and safety of all involved". It adds the fair, which is led by director Shuyin Yang and co-founder Magnus Renfrew, will "continue to work with partners on a number of physical and digital activations", though no further details are given as yet.
The Art Newspaper
Untitled Is Bringing the First-Ever Art Fair to Take Place in Virtual Reality to Your Screen This Summer
Untitled Is Bringing the First-Ever Art Fair to Take Place in Virtual Reality to Your Screen This Summer
The timing of Untitled, Art’s two main annual fairs, in Miami Beach in December and in San Francisco in January, has meant that, so far, it has not been as disrupted by the shutdown as its spring and summertime counterparts.
Artnet
Untitled, Art turns to virtual reality to improve the online fair experience
Untitled, Art turns to virtual reality to improve the online fair experience
Untitled, Art is the latest art fair to announce an online edition, launching this summer using virtual reality (VR) technology to better the user experience. The platform, developed with the Danish art-and-tech startup Artland, uses video game technology to imitate the IRL (in real life) art-fair feel of aisles; the first iteration of the online-only edition will be modelled on the layout of Untitled’s Miami Beach location and feature roughly 40 exhibitors.
The Art Newspaper
At New Digital NADA Fair with Unusual Financial Model, Galleries Take 20 Percent of Total Proceeds
At New Digital NADA Fair with Unusual Financial Model, Galleries Take 20 Percent of Total Proceeds
With fairs ranging from Frieze New York to Art Basel revealing plans to take their offerings online this year, the New York–based New Art Dealers Alliance has announced its own digital fair. Titled FAIR, the online event will convene 200 galleries, 118 of which are NADA members, and it will take place from May 21 to June 21. In a statement, Heather Hubbs, executive director of NADA, described the event as being a “response to the current situation.” In keeping with that, she said, FAIR will showcase galleries’ “collaborative spirit and fostering mutual support for one another.”
Art News