The «Art Statements» will include one-person shows of 17 artists presented by the following galleries: Shugoarts (Tokyo), Galería Nina Menocal (Mexico), Team Gallery (New York), Casey Kaplan (New ! York), Pierogi (Brooklyn), Greene Naftali Gallery (New York), Galerie Michael Neff (Frankfurt), Galeria Toni Tàpies (Barcelona), Spencer Brownstone Gallery (New York, Paris), Nicole Klagsbrun (New York), Artcore Gallery (Toronto), Galeria Elba Benítez (Madrid), The Project (New York), Low (Los Angeles), Griedervonputtkammer GmbH (Berlin), Galleria Giò Marconi (Milano) and The Modern Institute (Glasgow).
«We wanted to take the quality another step further, and we succeeded. Art-lovers can look forward to Art 33 Basel, which promises to be an unparalleled art event», stressed Samuel Keller, the director of Art Basel.
Last year's extension of the infrastructure (new exhibition walls) and the range of services offered (gourmet restaurant Stucki, kindergarten «Art Kids» and wellness studio) was well received by exhibitors and visitors alike and will be available to guests again this year. This year will also see the introduction of new elements in the lamps to improve the quality of the lighting. Moreover, Art Basel is the first art show to introduce an ombudsman for questions regarding quality. This new service to visitors is supported by a respected art expert and museum manager, and will enable questions regarding the authenticity and condition of a work of art to be clarified. The Art Loss Register, the largest database for lost and stolen works of art, is being presented for the third time now.
By offering these facilities, Art Basel underlines its commitment to top quality and service.
The main focus of Art Basel is always on art. All artistic means of expression are represented at Art 33 Basel. The repertoire ranges from paintings, drawings and editions to sculptures and installations as well as photography, performance, internet and video art. Museum-quality masterpieces are being presented as well as new works by more than 1,000 renowned and up-and-coming artists.
The Art Unlimited exhibition hall offers a platform for works of art that could hitherto only rarely be exhibited at shows because of limitations in time, space, concept or budget. In Art Unlimited, visitors will, in particular, be able to see and buy innovative and outsize works of art in all kinds of media. These are being displayed together in the form of an exhibition rather than in individual gallery booths. A separate catalogue for Art Unlimited is being published in a limited edition to coincide with the opening of Art 33 Basel. Art Unlimited and Art 33 Basel are generously supported by UBS Financial Services Group, which has been a committed sponsoring partner of Art Basel since 1994.
Basel is the art world's most important annual market and offers visitors the largest «temporary museum» in the world. Here art experts and enthusiasts can discover much sought-after works of art and new talent, compare prices and spot new trends. For the artists themselves, it is a recognized platform of worldwide appeal. The intimate atmosphere in the beautiful city of Basel is a wonderful setting while special exhibitions and events in the museums provide further attractions and opportunities for meeting friends. The place to be at night is the Art Club with its bar, lounge and disco in the Kunsthalle.
The Carharrt fashion label is flying in DJ talents from all over Europe. On the night of June 15, 2002 a free cultural celebration, the ArtZappening, is being organized for visitors from near and far.
Art 33 Basel has the backing of an attractive catalogue. Every year, this publication offers the largest overview of what is on offer on the international art market and provides comprehensive information on the most important annual event in the art world. The catalogue will be lavishly illustrated and contain pictures of about 500 works of art from the classical moderns to the latest in contemporary art.
Current information on Art 33 Basel can be called up on the internet at http://www.ArtBasel.com
Art Basel Miami Beach, the new sister event of Art Basel in the USA, takes place for the first time from December 5 to 8, 2002.
Media information on Art Basel is available from:
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