Move over Frieze talks. This year’s Art Basel in Switzerland Conversations and Salons looks pretty great. They’d better livestream this shit.
Here’s a few panels we suggest attending, should you be in Basel next week for the fairs.
Thursday June 13
10am – 11:30am | Public/Private | Museums and Austerity
Suzanne Cotter: Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
Marina Fokidis: Independent Curator, Founding Director Kunsthalle Athena and Editor in Chief of South Magazine, Athens
Agustín Pérez Rubio: Independent Curator and former Director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Madrid/New York
Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York
How can European museums respond to austerity measures, and the simultaneous demands for expansion? Here’s a line of people with jobs that probably really suck right now.
1pm – 2pm | Art Market Talk | The Place of Mid-level Galleries in the Age of the Mega-gallery
Elizabeth Dee, Founder and President, Elizabeth Dee Gallery and Co-Founder and President of The Independent, New York
Edward Winkleman, Founder and President, Winkleman Gallery, New York and Co-Founder, Moving Image Art Fair, New York and London
Moderator: Josh Baer, Publisher, Baer Faxt, and Art Advisor, New York
What a line-up. Edward Winkleman, who is known as one of the few remaining honest gallerists in the city, and famed blogger. Elizabeth Dee, gallerist and founder of the Independent and X-Initiative. Finally, Josh Baer, founder of the most religiously-read industry newsletter there is: The Baer Faxt. This has got to be good.
Saturday June 15
5pm – 6pm | Lunch Bytes | On Releasing, Distributing and Exhibiting Art Online
Aleksandra Domanovic, Artist, Berlin
Oliver Laric, Artist, Berlin
Domenico Quaranta, Curator, Critic and Co-Founder of the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age
Ben Vickers, Curator of Digital, Serpentine Gallery, Co-Curator, Limazulu Project Space and Member of Edgeryders, London
Moderator: Fabian Schöneich, Assistant Curator, Kunsthalle Basel and Melanie Bühler, Lunch Bytes, Amsterdam
A great line-up of smart artists and curators who work online and off. Chances of something important being said here are very high.