What People Will Be Talking About At Art Basel

by Paddy Johnson on June 6, 2013 Go See

Aleksandra Domanovic, Installation view

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.

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