John Jones guide to Art Basel
10 June 2013
La Pique cass+®e, 1959, Linocut in colours on v+®lin dÔÇÖArches paper, Paper 62.0 x 75.2 cm Image 53.5 x 64.0 cm. Edition of 50. Courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery
From 13 – 16th June, Art Basel will welcome a host of international talent in modern and contemporary art at one of the biggest art fairs in the world. Over 300 leading galleries will showcase the highest quality in painting, installation, photography, film, and sculpture in the Swiss capital. Our team has pulled together a guide of must-see stands from the event – not to be missed!
Established West End gallery Stephen Friedman has a beautifully diverse range on display at this year’s Art Basel, including the magical Air Rectified. A Digression of Earth (2013) by British painter Ged Quinn, and the serine From the Bottom to the Top (2013) by Jim Hodges, a multi-media artist who constructs complex and poetic works layered with meaning. Other represented artists include Tom Friedman, Kehinde Wiley and the crowd-pleasing David Shrigley who has gained international acclaim following his 2012 exhibition at the Hayward.
Alexander Gray Associates
This contemporary gallery and advising firm first opened its doors in 2006 and has established a deserving reputation on the New York art map. The space is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America and will participate in the ‘feature’ sector of Art Basel, dedicated to precisely curated projects and thematic exhibits. Their stand will pay particular focus to Juan Semmel, a pioneering feminist whose works have not been presented to a European audience since 1969. Semmel explores feminist themes, sexuality and aging within her paintings, which are sure to attract widespread attention.
As the largest publisher of contemporary editions and prints in Europe, the Alan Cristea gallery has become one of the leading contemporary galleries in the continent. We are looking forward to viewing a high calibre of work on their stand next week, including Pablo Picasso’s La Pique Cassee (1959) one of the artist’s most famous linocuts. Also included will be Joseph Albers portfolio of 5 screen prints and 7 folios of text by writer Rolf-Guntor Dienst entitled Die Oberflache. This promises to be a star studded stand!
Hauser & Wirth
With galleries in London, New York and Zurich, the internationally celebrated Hauser & Wirth will showcase some of the world’s finest sculpture, including stunning Louise Bourgeois pieces in bronze and stainless steel. Bourgeois gained widespread acclaim for her abstract sculptural work, expressing themes of betrayal, anxiety, and loneliness. Look out for Quarantania III (1949) and Sterling Ruby – STOVE (2013).
Founded in London in 2002, Simon Lee Gallery represents a diverse range of artists from both Europe and the USA. The gallery will be treating Art Basel visitors to a beautiful UV ink piece by Jess Elrod entitled Air-step (blue) (2013), as well as a cast pink glass scull by Sherrie Levine. The stand will also feature paintings and sculpture by Toby Ziegler, an artist who oscillates between abstraction and figuration, classical composition and digital manipulation.
John Jones is delighted to have a strong working relationship with all of these galleries, designing bespoke framing solutions for their represented artists.