Friday, April 06, 2007

Art 38 Basel - "Art Statements"

Art 38 Basel - "Art Statements"

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Aneta Grzeszykowska, Untitled Film Stills #15, 2006, 25 x 20 cm (Courtesy Raster, Warsaw).

BASEL.- This year the «Art Statements» sector is being expanded to include 26 one-person shows of young artists. Chosen by the Art Basel Committee from over 250 applications, the artists come from 16 different countries. For over 10 years now, «Art Statements» has been providing young artists with a special platform that brings them to the attention of an international audience of curators, collectors, and the media. The 26 projects promise art enthusiasts fascinating discoveries and intriguing encounters with the work of the latest generation of artists. In conjunction with «Art Statements», two artists will be awarded the Bâloise Art Prize, which is linked to a long-term encouragement program.

This year Art Basel's selection committee has focused above all on artists who are as yet little known or whose approach is not easily accessible. The projects on show are being created especially for Art 38 Basel. (A number of the artists are employing materials and techniques typical of the constructivist avant-garde of the 1920s, recasting them in contemporary form.) The participating artists come from China, France, Germany, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.

The following artists have been selected:

Markus Amm, born in 1969, lives and works in London (Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg)
Alexandra Bircken, born in 1967, lives and works in Cologne (Herald St, London)
Kate Davis, born in 1977, lives and works in Glasgow (Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow)
Andreas Eriksson, born in 1975, lives and works in Kinnekulle (Galleri Riis, Oslo)
Matias Faldbakken, born in 1973, lives and works in Oslo (Standard, Oslo)
Delia Gonzalez, Gavin Russom, born in 1972 and 1974, live and work in New York (Galleria Fonti, Naples)
Aneta Grzeszykowska, born in 1974, lives and works in Warsaw (Raster, Warsaw)
Anthea Hamilton, born in 1978, lives and works in London (Ibid Projects, London)
Dani Jakob, born in 1973, lives and works in Berlin (Vilma Gold, London)
Peter Liversidge, born in 1933, lives and works in London (Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh)
Ariane Michel, born in 1973, lives and works in Paris (jousse enterprise, Paris)
Amy O'Neill, born in 1971, lives and works in Geneva and Brooklyn (Blancpain Art Contemporain, Geneva)
Rosalind Nashashibi, born in 1973, lives and works in London (Harris Liebermann, New York)
Susan Philipsz, born in 1965, lives and works in Berlin (Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin)
Riccardo Previdi, born in 1974, lives and works in Berlin (Francesca Minini, Milan)
Bernd Ribbeck, born in 1974, lives and works in Berlin (Galerie Kamm, Berlin)
Jimmy Robert, born in 1975, lives and works in Amsterdam (Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam)
Ahlam Shibli, born in 1970, lives and works in Haifa (Max Wigram Gallery, London)
Naama Tsabar, born in 1982, lives and works in Israel (Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv)
Jiten Thukral, Sumir Tagra, born in 1976 and 1978, live and work in New Delhi (Nature Morte, Bose Pacia, New Delhi, New York)
Kerry Tribe, born in 1973, lives and works in Los Angeles (Galerie Maisonneuve, Paris)
Ricardo Valentin, born in 1978, lives and works in Lisbon (Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon)
Jordan Wolfson, born in 1980, lives and works in Berlin and New York (Galleria T293, Naples)
Haegue Yang, born in 1971, lives and works in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, and Seoul (Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin)
Akram Zaatari, born in 1967, lives and works in Beirut (Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg)
Zheng Guogu, born in 1970, lives and works in Yang Jiang, Guangdong Province (Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou)

The exhibition architecture designed by the Basel architecture firm of Steinmann & Schmid provides for variable spatial configurations adaptable to the individual artists' projects. It offers an ideal context for the young artists' 26 solo shows. The exhibition platform is complemented by a bookstore, a cafeteria, and the «Art Lobby» discussion forum, where artists, art mediators, and the public can meet and exchange ideas.

Art Basel has been committed to promoting young artists for over three decades: «Perspektiven», «Neue Tendenzen», «Young Galleries», and, since 1996,
«Art Statements» have offered galleries of contemporary art an annual reduced-rate forum guaranteeing them a high level of attention. That Art Basel has, over the years, become the international yardstick for cutting-edge art production and that it is where kunsthalles and museums go to select artists for their exhibition programs is a tribute to the enormous success of the meanwhile legendary «Art Statements» sector.

Apart from the fact that sales are excellent, gallerists and artists know that whoever is allotted one of the coveted encouragement booths will be sure to enjoy the attention of the trade to a degree virtually unmatched anywhere else in the world. Word travels fast here when top curators invite artists to participate in their exhibitions or when works are acquired for distinguished collections or placed in well-known museums and galleries. Mariko Mori, Vanessa Beecroft, William Kentridge, Pierre Huyghe, Elisabeth Peyton, Gregor Schneider, Jorge Pardo, Ugo Rondinone, Kara Walker, Manfred Pernice, Ernesto Neto, João Onofre, Hans Schabus, Ghada Amer, Gary Webb, and Kader Attia are only a few of the artists who made their appearance here before going on to become world-famous artists. Since1999 the Bâloise Insurance Group has supported two outstanding «Statements» every year with the Bâloise Art Prize of CHF 25,000.-- each. The company also purchases works by the award-winning artists and donates them to such important museums as the Kunsthalle Hamburg or the SMAK in Gent.

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