In LISTE's anniversary edition the fair will present 79 leading galleries of a new and middle generation from 30 countries with works by over 180 artists, among which are many new discoveries. LISTE will once again be the meeting place for important collectors, important museum people and artists.
LISTE - Art Fair Basel is proud to look back on 20 remarkably successful years. What began as an initiative of young gallerists has developed into the world’s most important fair dedicated exclusively to new galleries and primarily to young art.
For many years now, every young, ambitious gallery has sought to be a part of this most important art event.
In LISTE’s anniversary edition, from June 16 – 21, the fair will present 79 leading galleries of a new and middle generation from 30 countries with works by over 180 artists, among which are many new discoveries. LISTE will once again be the meeting place for important collectors, important museum people and artists.
A Brief History of LISTE
20 years ago in Basel there began a success story like few others in the art fair world: LISTE – The Young Art Fair in Basel (today: LISTE – Art Fair) was founded in 1996. Within a short span of time, LISTE had established itself as the most important fair exclusively for new galleries and current art worldwide. Since the fair’s inception, LISTE’s focus has been on introducing new galleries with young, emerging artists. The strict selection policy of the expert jury, composed of museum people, combined with the fact that the number of galleries, this year 79, is kept intentionally low give the fair its high quality, vitality and dynamism. These are clearly reasons for LISTE’s great success. LISTE quickly became an important bridge to Art Basel and to other established fairs in the art world. Attending LISTE has become a “must” for collectors and curators who are involved with young art.
Many galleries and artists have been discovered at LISTE. The path of almost every gallery established after 1995 and considered important today has led to and through LISTE. If we look at today’s most important galleries in the art world, we see among them many of the 300 once unknown or virtually unknown galleries from approximately 40 countries that have taken part in LISTE over the past 20 years. For example: Air de Paris, Paris; Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm; Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin; Massimo de Carlo, Milan; Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw; Stephen Friedman, London; gb agency, Paris; Herald Street, London; Martin Janda, Vienna; Casey Kaplan, New York; Johann König, Berlin; David Kordansky, Los Angeles; kurimanzutto, Mexico City; Andrew Kreps, New York; Maccarone, New York; Jan Mot, Brussels; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Franco Noero, Turin; Maureen Paley, London; Perrotin, Paris/New York/Hong Kong; Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; projecteSD, Barcelona; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York; The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou; Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen; Jocelyn Wolff, Paris; Zero, Milan; David Zwirner, New York … just to name a few.
In its anniversary year, LISTE continues to pursue its consistent policy. It offers the visitor an overview of emerging artists from leading galleries of a new and middle generation with a main focus on contemporary young art. The jury – composed of museum people – selected the most promising galleries from over 300 applicants. 60 galleries participated in LISTE last year, 6 are returning to LISTE after an appearance at Statements or Feature at Art Basel, and 13 were selected from the remaining 240 applicants as the most interesting new galleries. All participants will bring a high caliber selection of contemporary art works to Basel, among which visitors will find many new discoveries.
This year’s galleries come from 31 countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Guatemala, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and USA
The Galleries and their Art
In its anniversary year, the fair’s 79 galleries will again be showing important positions and extraordinary new discoveries in the media of painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation, performance, video, film, and multimedia - digital art. The jury particularly values curated presentations of galleries with selected artists. Thus, most galleries will present one to three artistic positions. In total, LISTE will host 30 solo presentations.
13 Newcomer Galleries
Of the 79 galleries, 13 will be presenting for the first time at LISTE.
Green Art Gallery, Dubai, is presenting the cultural-political work of Iranian Nazgol Ansarinia (*1979). Clearing, New York/Brussels, will show the installation solo work by the young US artist Clavin Marcus (*1988). Antenna Space, Shanghai, will present Chinese multimedia artist Li Ming (*1986). Deborah Schamoni, Munich, will introduce works by Anne Imhof (*1978). Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, will show social-political work by Estonian artist Jaanus Samma (*1982). Two new galleries from Paris: Crèvecœur, with an installative presentation by two French artists Jerez (*1982) and Xavier Antin (*1981). High Art will show two artists: Olga Balema (*1984), Ukraine and Max Hooper Schneider (*1982), US. Two new galleries will be traveling from London to Basel: Arcadia Missa will present 3 multimedia artists: Amalia Ulman (*1989), Ann Hirsch (*1984) and Babak Ghazi (*1976); Project Native Informant will present 3 artist groups working in highly diverse media: DIS (*2010), GCC (*2013) and Shanzhai Biennial (*2012). Two new galleries are based in Italy: Federico Vavassori, Milan, with young American painter Benjamin Horns (*1989) and Frutta, Rome, with 3 artists: Stephan Felton (*1975), Ditte Gantriis (*1980) and Alek O. (*1981). Agustina Ferreyra Gallery from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will show an installative work by Irma Álvarez Laviada (*1978). And from New York, David Lewis will present US painter Lucy Dodd (*1981). These new galleries at LISTE will be a source of exciting new discoveries.
30 Solo Presentations
In order to ensure that lesser known artists have a broader opportunity to present, the jury attaches great importance to having a large number of solo presentations. Some of them appear in the above section Newcomer Galleries. Among the remaining solo presentations are: Document-Art, Buenos Aires, will show the Peruvian graphic artist José Vera Matos (*1980), who often works with script. Dépendance, Brussels, will show the most recent works by Lucy Stahl (DE, *1977). Office Baroque, Brussels, will introduce new large works by painter and sculptor Michael Rey (US, *1979). Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, will present Brazilian artist Débora Bolsoni (*1975). Hunt Kastner, Prague, will show Czech artist Jiří Thýn (*1977), whose work is based in photography. Dan Gunn, Berlin, will present a large-scale installation by the Portuguese artist duo Musa Paradisiaca (*both 1986). Lars Friedrich, Berlin, will show the British artist Georgie Nettell (*1984), who is concerned with the socio-economic logic of product distribution in the field of art. Sandy Brown, Berlin, will be presenting the new project "Passages" by Swedish artist Ilja Karilampi (*1983). Ancient & Modern, London, will show new paintings by Swiss artist Fabio Marco Pirovino (*1980). Carlos/Ishikawa, London, new works by Ed Fornieles (GB, *1983). Ibid, London/Los Angeles, will present works by 23-year-old Austrian artist Flora Hauser (*1992). Koppe Astner, Glasgow, will show 3-dimensional works by Niall Macdonald (GB, *1980). Jonathan Viner, London, will show Amir Nikravan (US, *1983). Mother's Tankstation, Dublin, the Australian artist Alasdair McLuckie (*1984). Gaga, Mexiko City, features the much talked about American artist Sam Pulitzer (*1984). Labor, Mexiko City, will introduce Nicholas Mangan (AU, *1979), whose cultural-political works pose questions for the long term. Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland, will show the most recent works by painter Milli Jannides (NZ, *1986). Non, Istanbul, will present mixed media works by Güneş Terkol (TR, *1981). Altman Siegel, San Francisco, will show new 3-dimensional works by Zarouhie Abdalian (US, *1982). Essex Street, New York, will present a site-specific installation by Chadwick Rantanen (US, *1981). Real Fine Arts, Brooklyn, will show the newest works by painter Whitney Claflin, US, (*1983) and Blank Projects, Cape Town, will present large tapestries by South African artist Igshaan Adams (*1982).
Artists over 40
Over the last several years, young galleries have begun incorporating older artists – often “re-discoveries” – into their gallery programs. LISTE responded to this change and since 2013 artistic positions of an older generation have also found a venue at LISTE. However, the fair’s focus remains on artists under 40, and the vast majority of the artists presented at LISTE fall into this category. Among the works by artists over 40 are: multimedia works by Josef Dabernig, AT (*1956), at Andreas Huber, Vienna. Works from the 70s and 80s by Stano Filko, SI (*1937) at Emanuel Layr, Vienna. An 8-meter-long wall art work by Memphis group co-founder Nathalie du Pasquier, FR (*1957) at Exile, Berlin/New York. Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, will show Tom Humphreys, GB (*1972). At Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, 3-dimensional works by B. Wurtz, US (*1948). At Hollybush Gardens, London, sculptures by Knut Henrik Henriksen, NO (*1970). At The Breeder, Athens, sculptures by Cypriot artist Socratis Socratous (*1971). At Francesca Minini, Milan, a room installation by Flavio Favelli, IT (*1967). Painter Duane Zaloudek, US (*1931) at Monitor, Rome. Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo, will show a room-sized work by the Japanese artist Hiroaki Morita (*1973). At 47 Canal, New York, 3-dimensional works by
Anicka Yi, US (*1971), and Laurel Gitlen, New York, will present a new film work by
Elizabeth McAlpin, GB (*1973).
The widely acclaimed Performance Project will take place for the 11th time. The project is being curated for the first time by Eva Birkenstock (Kunsthaus Bregenz). With the title “Passing Peaks. A Series of Performative Individuations”, focuses on works that inquire different modes of individuation. Beyond experiments with ones own body, they work with overlayerings of various references, materials, and resources, that crisscross these bodies, and with it ones own fluctuating states of individuation. Artists include: zazazozo with Melanie Bonajo (NL) and Joseph Marzolla (FR); Trajal Harrell (US) with Thibault Lac (FR); Jeremy Wade (US); Florentina Holzinger (AT) and Vincent Riebeek (BE) with Nils Amadeus Lange (DE), Annina Machaz (CH), Manuel Scheiwiller (CH); Ieva Misevičiūtė (LT); Villa Design Group (UK/US) and Eglė Budytytė (LT).
Performances at Galleries
On opening day, Feiko Beckers, NL (Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam) will make an appearance, as will Jesse Darling, GB and Amalia Ulman, ES (both Arcadia Missa, London). Alex Bodeo (Plan B, Cluj/Berlin) will present his performance during the entire fair week. Sebastian Bucek, PL (Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw) will perform on Thursday and Friday. Katharina Marszewski, PL (Exile, Berlin/New York) will perform on Friday and Saturday.
The Helvetia Art Prize (formerly Nationale Suisse Art Prize) will be awarded for the 12th time. This coveted prize is awarded to a graduate of a Swiss university majoring in visual art and media art. This year, the prize, which includes a monetary award of 15,000 CHF and a solo appearance at LISTE, goes to Dijan Kahrimanovic, Zurich. His performance was both highly impressive and deeply persuasive for the jury.
Introducing itself to this year´s LISTE visitors will be the "Collection Cahiers d'Artistes" of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. With its catalogue, Pro Helvetia supports artists with their first publication. These publications as well as works by the artists will be presented in the print workshop.
The HeK – House of Electronic Arts Basel, annually one of our special guests, will present emerging artists in the area of new media.
The exhibition space Kaskadenkondensator, Basel, has invited the artist and curator Khanyisile Mbongwa as its guest. She will show artistic positions from South Africa. Also making a guest appearance is U10, an exhibition space founded by a Belgrade artist collective. They will be presenting artists from their country.
For 19 years, E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers, Basel has been LISTE’s main partner. Their generous commitment has allowed LISTE to keep the conditions of participation for our galleries low. We are very pleased to have such a creative, loyal and dedicated partner.
Fabienne Blanc, email@example.com
Monday, June 15, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., admission with press accreditation
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., admission free
Opening reception party:
Monday, June 15, 2015, beginning at 10:00 p.m., with DJ Artmaillé and WTF, at the Volkshaus, Rebgasse 12-14, Admission free
Tuesday through Saturday, June 16 – 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Single entry: CHF/EUR 20.–
Reduced entry price: CHF/EUR 10.–
After 8.00 p.m.: CHF/EUR 6.– / students free admission
LISTE Art Fair