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December 26 2010

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich: The Great Vodka River / Installation and Performance

One of the largest and most popular artworks that were presented within the framework of the Art Public sector of Art Basel Miami Beach was mixed-media installation and performance “The Great Vodka River” by Russian artist Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich.

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich has conceived a scaffold-like structure the artist considers as related to constructivist ideas of the 1920s and later 20th century responses to constructivism, such as the Centre Pompidou. The structure houses an aluminum gutter in which the vodka river is channeled down. The vodka rushes downwards, following the winding of the stairs. The text handwritten by the artist on the sidewalls of the gutter is from the storyline Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich has invented for the project. It involves a the weeds, bacteria, fish, animals, and nymphs that inhabit the Great Vodka River.

VernissageTV documented the project during a performance that was part of the work and that took place each day of the presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach. The “Nymphs of the Great Vodka River” perform a ritual that involves descending the stairs with empty aluminum buckets and ascending them again with buckets filled. The above video is an excerpt, the full-length video (14:00 min.) is available after the jump.

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich: The Great Vodka River. Installation / performance, presented by Luciana Brito Galeria, Sao Paulo, Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach. Collins Park, Miami Beach / USA, December 4, 2010.

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December 21 2010

Jasper Niens: 35-II, Site-Specific Installation at Art Basel Miami Beach / Interview

In this video, we have a look at the work of Jasper Niens, an artist who is known for his site-specific installations for art fairs. Each of the installations deal with the traditional booth architecture that art fairs are known for and transforms it. For Art Basel Miami Beach he conceived an installation that doesn’t quite fulfill the expectations of the regular art collector. Rather than providing easy access to the gallery’s commodities, Jasper Niens designed a space that can only be entered by squeezing through a narrow corridor. VernissageTV met with Jasper Niens at the booth of Galerie West. In the conversation with Sabine Trieloff, Niens talks about his new installation, titled 35-II, and his work in general.

We first saw an installation by Jasper Niens when we worked on our coverage of Art Forum Berlin 2009 in collaboration with Art – Das Kunstmagazin. Until now, Jasper Niens realized four installations that deal with art fair architecture: 6 Doors (Preview Berlin, 2008); Handicap Principle II (Art Forum Berlin, 2009); 5 Rooms (NADA Miami Beach, 2009); 35-II (Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010).

Jasper Niens: 35-II, site-specific installation at Art Basel Miami Beach, Galerie West. Interview with Jasper Niens, December 4, 2010.

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From the press release:

After the success at NADA 2009 with his installation 5 rooms, Jasper Niens (1980) is presenting a new installation at the fair, specially made for Art Basel Miami 2010. The architectural objects of Niens create spaces that seem without function at a first glance. Physical obstacles such as narrow corridors or locked doors increase this feeling but are at the same time the core of his work. Fascinated by conventions and the human (group) behavior, Niens searches for limits with his work and confronts the audience with his idea about privacy, determination and solidarity. He constructs interventions, mostly made of wood or metal, which change their meaning of space both inside a building and in open air. Terms such as isolation, quest or transitions are not only topics for Niens, but can be experienced physically in his work as soon as we move inside his work. The installation he has made for Art Basel Miami Beach is strongly related to the architecture of the fairground and is directed at the audience in an unexpected imperative manner.

Niens’ installations have been exhibited at NADA 2009, Miami Beach; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Tent, Rotterdam; Site-ations, Zaragoza; Art Zuid, Amsterdam; and West, Den Haag, amongst other places.


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December 06 2010

Interview with Beatriz Milhazes / Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

From January 29 to April 25, 2011, the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel (Switzerland) will present a solo show with works by Beatriz Milhazes. The exhibition will comprise four monumental paintings, a selection of her major collages, and a mobile.

As a teaser for the upcoming exhibition project, the Fondation Beyeler presented a floor work at Art Basel Miami Beach that covers the whole floor of the booth and for the first time features Beatriz Milhazes cermic tiles.

VernissageTV met with Beatriz Milhazes in Miami to chat about her upcoming show. In this conversation with Sabine Trieloff, the Brazilian artist talks about her project for Art Basel Miami Beach und the upcoming show at the Fondation Beyeler.

Interview with Beatriz Milhazes / Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. December 1, 2010.

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More info (from the press release):

Beatriz Milhazes is one of the most respected Brazilian artists on the contemporary art scene. The underlying motifs of her work draw on the rich, tropical landscape and the history and culture of her native country, resulting in vibrantly colored paintings. The artist’s formal references, however, play an equally significant role, especially those to early 20th century European modernism. While painting forms the center of gravity of her activity, Milhazes also devotes herself to collages and prints.
 
From January 29 to April 25, 2011, the Fondation Beyeler will present an exhibition project by Beatriz Milhazes, comprising four monumental paintings, a selection of her major collages, and a mobile.
 
The paintings, executed specially for the show, are devoted to the four seasons. Milhazes’s unique painting technique is based on decalcomania. Due to the re-employment of the foils she uses to apply paint to canvas, each painting, like a palimpsest, bears traces of earlier works. Arabesques, floral ornaments, geometric shapes, rhythmical patterns in brilliant colors suffuse her compositions. In her collages, she obtains analogous effects by means of candy wrappers, monochrome colored papers, and patterned, glossy or fluorescent paper. The materials used in the mobile, too, comprise simple decorative elements of the kind that adorn floats in Carnival parades.


December 02 2010

Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Once again the sister event of Switzerland’s Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach is drawing the art world to Miami Beach. More than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. Take a stroll with VernissageTV through Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 during the Preview.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, Preview. December 1, 2010.

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July 19 2010

Micol Assaël: Mindfall / Art 41 Basel / Art Public

For the Art Public program of Art 41 Basel, the international art show for Modern and contemporary art in Basel / Switzerland, the Italian artist Micol Assaël presented her installation Mindfall (2004), a container filled with motors that produce unpleasant smells and noise.

As every year, the Messeplatz in front of the main halls hosting Art Basel again served as the arena for the fair’s Art Public program. Selected by the Art Basel Committee and curated by Martin Schwander, this year’s Art Public sector featured 14 works by internationally renowned artists Ai Weiwei, Dora Garciá, Eric Hattan, Hanspeter Hofmann, Thomas Houseago, Alicja Kwade, Ernesto Neto, Bettina Pousttchi, Ugo Rondinone, Alberto Tadiello, Oscar Tuazon, Lawrence Weiner, Heimo Zobernig, and Micol Assaël.

Micol Assaël developed Mindfall for the Manifesta 5 in San Sebastian. In altered form the installation was also shown in 2008 at the gallery Johann König in Berlin. Central elements in Micol Assaël’s artistic work are scientific and physical phenomena and their interaction with the human body. In cooperation with the Moscow Physics Research Institute, Micol Assaël developed a work that transformed the exhibition space at Kunsthalle Basel into an electromagnetic field (Chizhevsky Lessons, 2007) that gave visitors a noticable electirc charge. Entering the installation Mindfall, the visitors is confronted with an arrangement of electrical motors, running on unusual, emmitting very unpleasant odors and noises. After a short while, staying in the room becomes more and more insufferable.

Micol Assaël was born in rome in 1979. She studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of La Sapienza University in Rome. She took part in several biennials, such as the Venice Biennale, the Moscow Biennale, and the Berlin Biennial.

Micol Assaël: Mindfall (2007) / Johann König, Berlin; Zero…, Milano at Art 41 Basel, Art Pubic sector. June 14, 2010.

See also: A conversation with Micol Assaël at Kunstjournalen B-post.

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June 22 2010

Hanspeter Hofmann: Mit Fahnen und Trompeten / Art 41 Basel / Art Public

Swiss artist Hanspeter Hofmann conceived a performance with flags and trumpets for Art 41 Basels’s public art project on Messeplatz, Basel, Switzerland. Coming from the field of natural sciences, Hanspeter Hofmann is interested in research practices and processes in the arts. Since 1990, he has been systematically researching the epistemological foundations of painting. He visualizes this research not only through exhibitions and publications, but also with performances.

At Art 41 Basel, Hanspeter Hofmann premiered a performance resulting from his most recent artistic research. A group of people and musicians stand in formation, wearing uniforms and waving flags designed by the artist. The flag, which has already appeared at other occasions, shows a revised crest of the Hofmann Family.

Like previous works, Mit Fahnen und Trompeten (With Banners and Trumpets) deals with the constantly increasing competition in the art world and with the growing influence of the entertainment industry on art.

Concept, production, and design: Hanspeter Hofmann. Music composed by Hermann Bühler exclusively for this performance. With participation of the Musik Akademie Basel, Marcus Weiss & Students/Friends and the Fahnenschwinger-Vereinigung Zürich und Umgebung.

Hanspeter Hofmann: With Banners and Trumpets (2010), Art 41 Basel, Art Public. June 14, 2010.

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June 21 2010

Art 41 Basel Highlights by Art – Das Kunstmagazin: Beckmann, Bourgeois, McCarthy, van Liefland

The Highlights of the international show for Modern and contemporary art, Art 41 Basel 2010 as selected by Ute Thon (Art – Das Kunstmagazin): Louise Bourgois at Karsten Greve, Max Beckmann at Jörg Maaß, Paul McCarthy at Hauser & Wirth, and Joep van Liefland at Galerie Gebr. Lehmann (in German language).

Art 41 Basel 2010 Highlights. Basel / Switzerland, June 16, 2010. Interviews: Ute Thon, Art – Das Kunstmagazin.

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June 18 2010

Art 41 Basel / Art Unlimited

Art Unlimited is the most spectacular section of the world’s most important art fair, Art Basel. The 2010 edition of Art Unlimited at Art 41 Basel presents large scale installations, sculptures and videos by artists such as Doug Aitken, Dan Flavin, Agnes Varda, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ugo Rondinone, Yona Friedman and many others.

Art 41 Basel 2010, Art Unlimited. Walkthrough, June 14, 2010.

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June 16 2010

Art 41 Basel / Vernissage

Crisis? What crisis? At the 41st Art Basel, the international art fair for Modern and contemporary works, one gets the impression, that the art market is booming again (evil tongues say that this is also shown by the fact, that many dealers are putting up tasteless works again). The Vernissages of Art Unlimited on Monday and Art 41 Basel on Tuesday saw huge crowds and art dealers with happy faces. This years Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. More than 2,500 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars, are represented in the show’s multiple sections.

This video provides you with a walkthrough, showing some artworks (and people) that caught our camera’s eye.

Art 41 Basel 2010. Vernissage, June 15, 2010.

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June 14 2010

Agnès Varda at La Maison de la Poésie, Basel and Art Unlimited / Art 41 Basel / Conversation

Legendary Nouvelle-Vague Filmmaker, Photographer and Artist Agnès Varda is presenting her work for the first time in Switzerland. Her new instalation ‘La Cabane sur la plage (qui est aussi une cabine de projection)’ at Art Unlimited during the Basel Art Fair 41, is hosted by Galerie Nathalie Obadia. A comprehensive retrospective of her films is taking place during the whole month of June at the Stadtkino Basel. Born in Ixelles, Belgium in 1928 to Franco – Greek parents, Agnès Varda lives and works in Paris.

La Maison de la Poésie is a private space of curatorial practice which invites a few outstanding guests during the year. It has opened in May 2008 with the film programm ‘Chris Marker, inside the Time Tunnel’ presented by film historian Thomas Tode, and it houses one of the oldest and perhaps most beautifull Wisteria vines in the city of Basel.

This is an excerpt of a conversation between Agnès Varda and Betty Leirner at La Maison de la Poésie. The the complete interview (23:26 min.) is available after the jump.

Agnès Varda in conversation with Betty Leirner, La Maison de la Poésie. June 12, 2010.

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December 03 2009

Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, the sister event of Switzerland’s Art Basel, again combines an international selection of top galleries with a program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 First Choice, Preview and Vernissage, December 2, 2009.

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