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A Tour of Art Basel from A to Z by Kristen Knupp of Artdecision.eu

Monday, June 19th, 2017
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We are grateful to Kristen Knupp, founder of ArtDecision.eu and based out of Switzerland, for writing about Art Basel 2017. Head to ArtDecision.eu  for images and other articles. Follow @ArtDecision on Twitter & Instagram  for more information. Images courtesy of the artists and Kristen Knupp.

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A Tour of Art Basel from A to Z by Kristen Knupp, ArtDecision.eu

Basel is truly a city immersed in art during Art Basel, and it is worth a trip to experience the energy  that this celebration brings to a small city in the middle of Switzerland.  Art Basel attracted 95,000 visitors this year with collectors from over 100 countries.  The first thing I do every year at Art Basel is to head to the Unlimited sector that houses massive sculptures, paintings and installations that are too large for the traditional art show stand format.  Unlimited was curated by New York-based Gianni Jetzer for the sixth year and 76 artists’ work was shown in the warehouse-like space.

One of the first pieces I saw was Jenny Holzer’s Statement – redacted, 2015, from Spruth Magers gallery.  It is a hanging slim LED sign with four sides that glows and flashes bits of sentences that quickly explode into smithereens.  Randomly moving around the space; sometimes stopping, and then moving quickly towards viewers, it is both threatening and unpredictable.  The piece features text from pages of declassified US government documents about military operations.  Holzer has worked with text and light installations since the 1970’s and has recently included text from declassified documents in her work.  Although difficult to read as the words flash by at speed, words like “hope”, “documents”, and “evidence” come through in lurid pink and orange, and then disintegrate before a solid understanding of the words is possible.

Jenny Holzer at Art Basel 2017

The next piece that caught my eye was Subodh Gupta’s Cooking the World, 2017 from Galleria Continua in Italy.  This installation is made of well-used silvery pots and pans of all sizes and shapes, suspended from the ceiling in a precise and delicate arrangement hung by transparent fishing lines.  The result is a temporary shelter, inside of which the artist cooks Indian meals for observers creating a temporary community among the fair-goers.  The feeling created inside the shelter was surprisingly cosy and light shone in from around the edges of the pots in pleasingly random patches.  The concept of the piece is that sharing a meal creates inclusion and acceptance across social and cultural boundaries.  It brought to mind Alison Knowles performance piece “Making a Salad”, originally from 1962, in which a salad is made and shared with the audience.  This was performed last year at Art Basel, so perhaps this is a trend we will see again next year.

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Artdecision – Informed about all things Art, launched by Kristen Knupp

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

On the eve of Art Basel, Kristen Knupp, in collaboration with Irina Vernichenko, launches a new online art magazine, Artdecision – Informed about all things Art

Founders Kristen and Irina introduced Artdecision as follows:

Artdecision is an in-depth, comprehensive, and entertaining art information website. The website provides insight into the art market and works closely with art institutions to inform readers about upcoming exhibitions, events, reviews, interviews, art travel, and more.

We hope you will subscribe to our website to receive new articles directly into your inbox, and follow us on social media.  Starting on June 13th we will be posting live updates from Art Basel.

To read and subscribe click on artdecision.eu

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Highlights from Art Basel from our Switzerland based Member Kristen Knupp

Monday, June 20th, 2016
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We are grateful to Kristen Knupp of KPK Contemporary currently based in Switzerland,  for writing about Art Basel 2016 from the fair. All images by Kristen Knupp. For any questions, contact Kristen.

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Art Basel run on from June 16-19 in Basel, Switzerland, and as you have probably heard, it is huge; enormous; immense. There are 220 galleries in the main halls which is double the number of galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea. Then there is the Unlimited section of the fair, where 88 projects that “transcend the limitations of a traditional fair booth, including out-sized sculptures and paintings, videos, large-scale installations and live performances” are shown. There are six other sections of the fair including Statements, Feature, Edition, Magazines, Parcour, and Film.  On top of this there are satellite fairs such as Scope, Volta, and Photo Basel, each about the size of Battersea.  So an important part of visiting Art Basel is sorting out what you have time to see and where to go.

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After the three-hour train journey from Geneva to Art Basel on Friday, my friends and I decide to spend most of our time in the Unlimited section.  While the galleries section looks much like most other art fairs, the Unlimited section is another beast altogether.  Set in a huge warehouse building and without any gallery staff on hand, the viewing is relaxed and feels like an indoor amusement park of art.  There are many memorable exhibits and I will touch on the ones I like the best…

Queues at Art Basel 2016

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KPK Contemporary Art will be at the Perroy mid-winter fair (11-12 Feb)

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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Kristen Knupp’s KPK Contemporary Art will be at Perroy mid-winter fair where international designers bring their unique creations for two days only to Perroy near Nyon. For more information contact KPK Contemporary Art

KPK Gallery will be at the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead from 13 to 16 June

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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Image courtesy of KPK Gallery

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KPK Gallery will be at the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead from 13 to 16 June showcasing a selection of gallery artists. For more information contact KPK Gallery.

 

 

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