June 13, 2019

Art Basel 2019: Unilimited sector

Art Basel 2019: Unilimited sector

Lucio Fontana
Magazzino, Galleria Tega
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Unlimited, Art Basel's unique platform for large-scale projects, provides galleries with the opportunity to showcase towering installations, monumental sculptures, vast wall paintings, extensive photographic series, video projections, and performance art that transcend the traditional art fair stand.

Several presentations from this year's exhibition address and comment on political upheavals and sociopolitical tensions, lending them a lasting presence. ‘Bataille’ (2017) by Rivane Neuenschwander is a partial freestanding interactive installation that explores the power of words taken from protest banners and placards in France. For ‘RYTHM MASTR Daily Strip’ (2018), Kerry James Marshall created comics featuring African-American superheroes. Alicia Framis' ‘LifeDress’ (2018) consists of a clothing line made of airbag materials designed to protect women from harassment. Andrea Bowers' installation ‘Open Secret’ (2018) documents the development of #MeToo and Time’s Up, international movements against sexual harassment and assault, which spread virally following the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein in 2017.

Jonathas de Andrade
Galleria Continua
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Antony Gormley
Galleria Continua
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The sector also once again brings in younger voices from diverse regions. Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga, whose family has Tanzanian origins, and Angolan-born Kiluanji Kia Henda both explore Africa’s colonial history in their presentations. Indonesian artist Fiona Tan presents 'Elsewhere' (2018), a new filmic meditation on urban dystopia, while Korean artist Do Ho Suh invites visitors to life-size textile version of his former home with 'Hub, 260-7 Sungbook-Dong, Sungbook-Ku, Seoul, Korea' (2017). Two artists incorporate Virtual Reality into their works: German artist Lawrence Lek's newly recast 'Nøtel' (2016-2019), an installation built around fictional luxury hotels, is accessible via VR headsets and game controllers, and African-American artist Jacolby Satterwhite, who was featured in Statements last year as an emerging artist, continues the evolution of his singular aesthetic built in VR.

Among the many historical works present, Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT’s 1983 video 'Syntagma' explores female identity in relation to body image, while Hélio Oiticica, the seminal artist of Brazilian Tropicalismo, returns to Basel with the installation 'Penetrável Filtro' (1972). Octogenarian American painter Joan Semmel will bring to Basel her newest and largest canvas, which explores the body as landscape.

Andrea Bowers
kaufmann repetto, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
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Jorge Pardo
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Full list of artists presented in Unlimited:

Andreas Angelidakis, The Breeder
Larry Bell, Hauser & Wirth
Guy Ben Ner, Sommer Contemporary Art
Sadie Benning, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Huma Bhabha, Salon 94
Camille Blatrix, Balice Hertling, Andrew Kreps Gallery
Anna and Bernhard Blume, Buchmann Galerie, Peter Freeman, Inc.
Monica Bonvicini, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Andrea Bowers, kaufmann repetto, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Marc Brandenburg, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Mircea Cantor, Magazzino
Valentin Carron, kamel mennour, Galerie Eva Presenhuber,
Vajiko Chachkhiani, Daniel Marzona
Chen Chieh-jen, Long March Space
Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Gagosian
Bruce Conner, Paula Cooper Gallery, Kohn Gallery
Jonathas de Andrade, Galleria Continua
Lucy Dodd, David Lewis Gallery, Sprüth Magers
François Dufrêne, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
VALIE EXPORT, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Belu-Simion Fainaru, Galeria Plan B
Sam Falls, 303 Gallery, Galleria Franco Noero, Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Lucio Fontana, Magazzino, Galleria Tega
Alicia Framis, Galería Juana de Aizpuru

Alicia Framis
Galería Juana de Aizpuru
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Coco Fusco, Alexander Gray Associates
Abdulnasser Gharem, Galerie Nagel Draxler
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Zwirner
Antony Gormley, Galleria Continua
Laurent Grasso, Sean Kelly, Perrotin
Duane Hanson, Gagosian
Kiluanji Kia Henda, Goodman Gallery
Carsten Höller, Galleria Continua
Suki Seokyeong Kang, Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery
Kapwani Kiwanga, Goodman Gallery

Kapwani Kiwanga
Goodman Gallery
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Daniel Knorr, Meyer Riegger, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Jannis Kounellis, Galerie Karsten Greve
Kaarel Kurismaa, Temnikova & Kasela
John Latham, Lisson Gallery
Lawrence Lek, Sadie Coles HQ
Jochen Lempert, ProjecteSD
Zoe Leonard, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Hauser & Wirth
Liliane Lijn, Rodeo
Renata Lucas, A Gentil Carioca, neugerriemschneider, Galeria Luisa Strina
Sarah Lucas, Sadie Coles HQ
Ari Marcopoulos,Galerie frank elbaz, Fergus McCaffrey
Kerry James Marshall, Jack Shainman Gallery, David Zwirner
Anthony McCall, Sean Kelly, Sprüth Magers, Galerie Thomas Zander
Paul McCarthy, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens
Fausto Melotti, Hauser & Wirth
Senga Nengudi, Lévy Gorvy, Sprüth Magers
Rivane Neuenschwander, Stephen Friedman Gallery
Olaf Nicolai, Galerie Eigen + Art

Olaf Nicolai
Galerie Eigen + Art
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Steven Parrino
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Ugo Rondinone
Gladstone Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber
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Hélio Oiticica, Galerie Lelong & Co.
Jorge Pardo, neugerriemschneider
Steven Parrino, Gagosian
Giuseppe Penone, Gagosian
Vaclav Pozarek, Galerie Francesca Pia, Barbara Wien
Bunny Rogers, Société
Ugo Rondinone, Gladstone Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Mika Rottenberg, Hauser & Wirth
Jacolby Satterwhite, Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Joan Semmel, Alexander Gray Associates
Do Ho Suh, Lehmann Maupin, Victoria Miro
Fiona Tan, Peter Freeman, Inc., Frith Street Gallery
Blair Thurman, Peres Projects
Thu Van Tran, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Francisco Tropa, Gregor Podnar, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
Brent Wadden, Peres Projects
Tom Wesselmann, Gagosian
Franz West, Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner
Pae White, neugerriemschneider
Martha Wilson, mfc - michèle didier, P.P.O.W
Sislej Xhafa, Galleria Continua
XU ZHEN®, Perrotin
Akram Zaatari, Thomas Dane Gallery, Sfeir-Semler Gallery,

A limited-edition catalog, published by Hatje Cantz, accompanies Unlimited, including descriptive texts and images of each artwork. The catalog is for sale at the show as well as in bookshops for CHF 60.