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Art Basel

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Art market

Art Basel/UBS report: global art market dips 5% in ‘tricky year’ but private sales are up

Chinese and British markets take a hit amid trade wars and political unrest

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Art market

James Murdoch's firm invests in Art Basel's embattled owner MCH Group

Media and entertainment investment firm Lupa Systems will become the events company's anchor shareholder, holding around a third of shares if approved on 3 August

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Art market

Might Rupert Murdoch be Art Basel's next big investor?

Media and television mogul is reportedly in negotiations to take a stake in art fair's Swiss parent company MCH Group

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Art market

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

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Art market

How artists are adapting their work to virtual fairs and online viewing rooms

As Art Basel's online viewing room opens, Tracey Emin, Jim Shaw and Avery Singer speak about lockdown and creating for the digital sphere

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Films

Shirin Neshat's award-winning films go online for 24 hours in mini film festival

Goodman Gallery is launching the video programme on 20 June—but you can watch Roja exclusively on The Art Newspaper website from tomorrow

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Art market

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

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Art market

Berlin dealer Johann König stages impromptu 'fair' to coincide with original Art Basel dates in June

"People are hungry for art in the original and the online viewing room can’t replace the personal experience,” the dealer says

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Art market

Art Basel's September fair thrown into further doubt

In frank letter, organisers scrap Monday deadline for exhibitors as Swiss authorities delay decision on large-scale events until 24 June

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The Buck stopped here

Mega art dealers talk collegial spirit against a backdrop of Montauk bedrooms and cats

Art Basel's latest webinar featured David Zwirner, Sadie Coles and Jeffery Deitch talking about new plans for gallery collaborations

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Art fairs

Nada launches new collaborative fair model to help support galleries

Opening 20 May, the online fair requires no upfront fee and features around 200 galleries, all of which will share their profits

Analysis
Art market

How Covid-19 has forced the art market’s speedy digital conversion

In lockdown, many galleries have had a Damascene moment with online programming

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Art fairs

Will Art Basel actually happen in September? A letter to exhibitors suggests potential for more delays

Fair extends deadline to confirm participation until 1 June, but concedes "there are simply too many open questions" to know if the fair will happen at the moment

Analysis
Art market

Will art fairs return in 2020?

As coronavirus lockdowns are extended across much of the world, leaving galleries unable to trade, hopes are fading that autumn events will be able to go ahead

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Baselworld

Rolex, Patek Philippe and Chanel walk out of MCH group’s Baselworld

Future of the Swiss watch and jewellery fair, which is owned by Art Basel's parent company, now hangs in the balance

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Art fairs

Frieze offers full refunds to exhibitors after cancelling its New York fair due to coronavirus

The fair will also launch a new online viewing room feature at no cost to planned exhibitors and will apply reimbursements to future editions

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coronavirus

Masterpiece London cancels 2020 June edition as UK cracks down on coronavirus spread

The move follows news that Art Basel will postpone its 50th anniversary edition until September and New York's major auctions pivot to June

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coronavirus

After much speculation, Art Basel postponed to September due to coronavirus

Swiss art fair is the latest of numerous fairs to be moved to the autumn, as the pandemic decimates the art world calendar

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Art market

Pyjamas and cava: the diary of an Art Basel VIP in an online world

A blow-by-blow account of the Hong Kong digital viewing rooms that launched this morning

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Remembering Ulay. Plus, how coronavirus cancelled Art Basel in Hong Kong

We speak to Tate Modern curator Catherine Wood about the late Ulay, and to Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s global director, about what happened in Hong Kong. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Art Basel

Art Basel announces exhibitors for its 50th anniversary edition this June

More than 20 galleries will take part in the flagship Swiss fair for the first time

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Arab Spring

The ripple effect of the Arab Spring

Political upheaval across the region presents challenges—and opportunities—for artists and collectors

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Art market

Art Basel launches online viewing rooms following the cancellation of its Hong Kong edition

The debut of the digital initiative was moved to March to offer exhibitors a sales platform for the works they planned to show

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Art Basel Hong Kong

'With changes come opportunities': first reactions to the cancellation of Art Basel in Hong Kong

Local galleries are determined to forge ahead after the fair announced it will not take place this year in light of coronavirus fears

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Hong Kong

'The arts will continue to thrive': Hong Kong galleries band together in face of coronavirus fears

Local dealers plan to forge ahead with exhibitions even if Art Basel decides to cancel this year's edition of the fair in the city

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Art Basel

Growing unease among Art Basel in Hong Kong dealers as WHO brands coronavirus a ‘global emergency’

The fair's directors, meanwhile, say postponing or cancelling the fair “is a complex process”

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The Year Ahead 2020

Newcomers and stalwarts: highlights from the 2020 fair calendar

Art Basel celebrates its 50th anniversary and new fairs in London and New York join the fray

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Art Basel helps Hong Kong exhibitors offset extra costs

Fair organisers says the discounts are not "incentive to do the fair" but are "part of an effort to mitigate their additional expenses"

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Art fairs

Art Basel cancels $15,000 per ticket Abu Dhabi conference

The first Art Basel Inside was due to take place in February 2020, over the same dates as Frieze Los Angeles

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Art Basel

Venice Biennale is still ringing the Art Basel sales till

Artists showing in Venice are brought en masse to the fair as galleries leverage exhibition exposure

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In the frame

Toddler sends €50,000 sculpture flying at Art Basel

Podcast

Art Basel and William Kentridge

As his show opens at the Kunstmuseum Basel, we talk to the South African artist about his latest works. Plus, we look at the 50th edition of the Art Basel fair. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: Robert Indiana's spooky sculpture and a rogue rat

Plus, would Marcel Duchamp approve of a snow-globe urinal?

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Bauhaus

Big birthday is a boon for Bauhaus

Works on the stands at Art Basel show the market for artists associated with the German movement is hotting up in this centenary year

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel Messeplatz artist Alexandra Pirici demands compensation for underpaid performers

The system of dividends is a way to address the "immense amounts of unpaid or underpaid labour" that support the art world, she says

Interview
Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Interview: Lawrence Abu Hamdan—a self-styled 'private ear'

Your voice reveals much more about you than you think—and the Turner Prize nominee and Parcours artist is listening

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Art Basel 2019

The human side of AI

How do algorithms see and shape the world? An exhibition at Basel’s HeK explores the often uncomfortable coexistence of humanity and AI

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Andrea Bowers

Interview: Andrea Bowers discusses power dynamics post #MeToo

The artist, whose work is causing a stir at Art Basel, aims to keep alive conversations on the toxic nature of power that sparked the feminist social movement

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: celebrity-spotting, nimble octopi and a bratwurst that cuts the mustard

Plus, Alvaro Barrington has designs on Notting Hill Carnival

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Commercial galleries

Salon 94 gallery is moving to a huge property on Manhattan's Upper East Side

The founder of the art and design space plans to consolidate the gallery programme

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William Kentridge

Interview: William Kentridge on his life lessons

Self-interrogation is central to the work of the South African artist, whose latest piece on show at the Kunstmuseum Basel poses a series of questions that get half-answered

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: horseplay with Harry and Meghan and fairgoers prove it's never too old for swinging

Plus, bath time with a very young Jeff Koons

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Motherhood

When life happens, just remember that art fairs will be 'fine without you for a while'

Melanie Gerlis asks whether the art world is compatible with parenting

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Art Basel 2019

Bringing up baby: making motherhood work in the art world

Being a mother has been cast as career suicide by Tracey Emin and Marina Abramovic. We speak to four women in the art world who beg to differ

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: crime, casinos and cocks

Plus, a pumped-up Mark Zuckerberg

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Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian's pop-up gallery in Basel to become permanent

Mega-dealer says “world-class museums” and Ernst Beyeler’s legacy are behind the move to keep the space beyond Art Basel week

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Art Basel 2019

Art meets dance in Alexandra Pirici's living time capsule at Art Basel

Sixty dancers will enact "performative environment" on the Messeplatz in Basel every day this week

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Climate Change

How the art world is going green

Those within the art world who advocate for environmentally friendly practices are finding a sector willing to do its part.

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Art market

Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel

Continuing Abstraction show will run off-site throughout the fair, featuring artists such as Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Theaster Gates

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Art Basel

A lesson in attending Basel on a budget

Is it possible to attend an event where extravagant expenditure is commonplace without paying for the privilege?

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Art market

Art Basel owner sells stake in Art Düsseldorf to fair organisers Sandy Angus and Tim Etchells

Angus says he is also keen to buy MCH’s share in the India Art Fair as the group divests its regional art fair portfolio

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In the frame

Art Basel to unite across continents to celebrate 50th anniversary

Podcast

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires

We talk to Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel; discuss the forgotten artist Richard Lin; and speak to the curators of a New York exhibition on the ancient Middle East. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

Fair share: parity for Asia’s female artists gains ground at Art Basel in Hong Kong

While men still dominate the local market, there are signs of progress towards equality in Hong Kong this week

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

US-China tension creates buyer’s market in Hong Kong

Despite a burgeoning arts scene in the city, worries persist that the trade war and economic uncertainty could affect business at Art Basel in Hong Kong

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Law

French court fines Art Basel backer UBS €3.7bn for tax evasion and money laundering

The conviction follows a seven-year investigation into the Swiss banking giant by French authorities

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In the frame

Kanye graces Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Politics

Latin American galleries reassess sales strategies for Miami Art Week after border crackdown

Trump's decision to station 15,000 troops at the country's southwest border has further soured political relations between the US and its South American neighbours

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Art Basel

Art Düsseldorf exhibitors react to MCH Group's decision to sell stake in fair

Art Basel owner's move has divided the opinions of dealers, but Art Düsseldorf's founders remain optimistic

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Art market

Art Basel owner backs off from its regional fairs

MCH Group is selling its stakes in Art Düsseldorf and India Art Fair and will pull out of Singapore’s Art SG

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Art market

Art Basel introduces new booth pricing structure to subsidise younger galleries

Dealers say it is a ‘step in the right direction’ but acknowledge there is a long way to go to redress the balance

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Exhibitions

Artists and projects announced for first Art Basel Cities Week in Buenos Aires

September event marks end of first year of the initiative overseen by Cecilia Alemani, the director of High Line Art, New York

Interview
Art Basel 2018

Collector's Eye: David Brolliet

The Swiss collector discusses his love of Lichtenstein, his regret at not buying a Subodh Gupta when he had the chance and hanging art on his refrigerator

Interview
Art Basel 2018

Collector's Eye: Grazyna Kulczyk

The Polish art lover on her fascination with female artists and how she wishes she could have been seated at Judy Chicago's Dinner Party

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Art Basel 2018

Rapper pays $18.5m for work at auction but the artist gets nothing—is the system in need of reform?

Anny Shaw asks if auction houses and dealers should pay their dues to the artists from whom they profit

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Art Basel 2018

Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger: Where the wild things are

From getting fit to analysing your tears, Swiss artists’ installation at the Museum Tinguely invites visitors to dive right in

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Art Basel 2018

Chinese collector scoops up McArthur Binion painting at Unlimited

Nine other works by the US artist sold on Lehmann Maupin’s stand at Art Basel

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Art Basel 2018

Theaster Gates: ‘There’s no better Madonna than my mother’

Artist sets up printing press in Basel to explore ‘Black Madonna’ theme

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Three to see

Three to See: Basel

From a gesamtkunstwerk designed to awaken the senses to a five-decade survey of Bruce Nauman