24 galleries are participating for the first time, including: Ben Brown Fine Arts, with exhibition spaces in Hong Kong, London, and Palm Beach; Bodega, Bridget Donahue, Company Gallery, Garth Greenan Gallery, Kasmin, Lyles & King, Mignoni, Queer Thoughts, and Venus Over Manhattan from New York; Cardi Gallery, with exhibition spaces in Milan and London; Emalin and Union Pacific from London; High Art, Loevenbruck, and Galerie Jérôme Poggi from Paris; Hosfelt Gallery from San Francisco; Isla Flotante and waldengallery from Buenos Aires; LambdaLambdaLambda from Pristina; Lars Friedrich from Berlin; Edouard Malingue Gallery from Hong Kong; Mulier Mulier Gallery from Knokke-Heist; and René Schmitt from Westoverledingen.
Marc Spiegler, Global Director of Art Basel, said: ‘While the pandemic has been a time of resilience and innovation, it has not always been one of discovery – patrons have often not been able to discover the work of new artists; likewise, galleries have not had ample opportunities to meet new collectors who can start to engage with and then later sustain their programs. That's why it’s so important to be able to stage our show again in person, while at the same time building upon the digital innovations of the past year to continue engaging the broadest possible audiences worldwide.’
The show's main sector this year presents 221 leading galleries, showing painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video, digital, and editioned works of the highest quality. Six joint booths will be featured in the sector, including: The Approach and Kate MacGarry, Bergamin & Gomide and Galeria Luisa Strina, Konrad Fischer Galerie and Peter Freeman, Inc., Galería Elvira González and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, Madragoa and Galeria Dawid Radziszewski, and David Nolan Gallery and Sperone Westwater. Galerie Jocelyn Wolff’s booth will host Take Ninagawa as a ‘Wunderkammer’ booth presentation, a new concept allowing exhibitors to stage small exhibitions within another gallery's stand, while Antenna Space, ShanghART Gallery, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, and Vitamin Creative Space will participate with satellite booths. For the full list of exhibitors in Galleries, please visit artbasel.com/basel/galleries.
The sector will bring together ambitiously curated solo or duo presentations by 24 galleries, including 11 first-time exhibitors. Highlights from the sector include: Ben Brown Fine Arts’ booth, which explores Lucio Fontana’s beginnings and evolution as a sculptor; Galerie Jérôme Poggi’s presentation of Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020 winner Kapwani Kiwanga’s ‘The Botanics of History’, which focuses on the artist’s works related to plants and botany; one of the first computer-generated poems by Alison Knowles, presented by James Fuentes; Kasmin’s presentation of significant works by Lee Krasner, tracing early experimentations with Modernism and Cubism that would inform the artist’s mature visual language in the decades to follow; and Mira Schor’s monumental painting ‘War Frieze’ (1991–1994), addressing militarism and patriarchy, presented by Lyles & King. For the full list of exhibitors in Feature, please visit artbasel.com/basel/feature.
Dedicated to emerging artists across the globe, Statements will feature 18 solo presentations this year. Highlights from the sector include: ‘In A Sign for Things to Come’ by Vartan Avakian, who works with the volatility, fragility, and flux of neon signs against the backdrop of the economic and political landscape in Lebanon, presented by Marfa'; Company Gallery’s presentation of an immersive installation by Jonathan Lyndon Chase that pays homage to the American mall, a place that the artist remembers as a safe haven while growing up queer and Black; Jessica Silverman’s booth comprised of sculptural works by Rose Bean Simpson, including post-apocalyptic figures that channel the spirits of high art, Pueblo myths, and queer hip-hop; and LambdaLambdaLambda's presentation of Hana Miletić's hand-woven textile works based on photographs taken in the public space of Pristina, Kosovo, in which the weaving process becomes a way to counteract the economic, political, and social forces at work. For the full list of exhibitors in Statements, please visit artbasel.com/basel/statements.