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Art Basel Through A Gallery Owner's Eyes (Day 2-4) (NSFW)

Posted: 06/13/2012 11:40 am

Art Basel in Switzerland runs from June 14-17, 2012. A photo diary detailing my adventures in the days leading up to the international art show is below. You can see Day One here. Warning: Some images contain nudity.


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  • Back to the Dreispitzhalle

  • Day 2 of the install begins

  • Our neighbors across the hall, Widimer and Theodoridis, Zurich, Switzerland

  • I find out that gorgeous dog from yesterday belongs to Jordanis Theodoridis of Widimer and Theodoridis - her name is Prada

  • Luis de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Almost done with our booth.

  • The director of the VOLTA fair, Amanda Coulson, stops in to say hello to Prada with baby

  • Christopher Michlig, Plastic Space, Concrete Space.

  • Robert Knoke and Oliver Czarnetta at Teapot gallery, Cologne

  • Valle Orti Gallery, Valenica, Spain

  • Swiss Sandwiches for lunch

  • Louise Hindsgvail and Ida Kvetny@ Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Czech Gallery, Vernon Projekt shows a kinetic sculpture of Prague Town Hall

  • Heino Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.

  • One of my favorite booths at the fair, Lawrie Shabibi from Dubai presents a dialog between artists Shahpour Pouyan and Marwan Sahmarani.

  • Marwan Sahmarabi.

  • Back to check in on Teapot gallery to see the progress - now there is neon noose.

  • Niels Sievers at Kudlek Van der Grinten.

  • Back at our booth, "Transitional" coffee table .

  • Jordi Alcaraz at Stefan Ropke.

  • On our way out the door, Kristof Kintera at Jiri Svetska.

  • Quick dinner at Lilly's Stomach Supply where we spot some familiar art world faces.

  • Knitted art installation on Wettsteinbrucke which leads to the Kunsthalle.

  • Knitting on the Rhein

  • Good night


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  • First collectors arrving at Volta at 10 am

  • Our neighbors, Widimer and Theodoridis

  • Amanda Coulson stops with a friend's baby in tow

  • Our booth from Steve Turner Contemporary

  • Gereon Krebber stops in to say hello. He showed with Marine last year and is exhibiting with Galerie Christian Lethert

  • Our LA friends, Luis de Jesus gallery

  • Steve Turner and Knight Landesman of Artforum

  • Simmy Swinder

  • Volta.

  • Eb and Flow gallery, London

  • Volta press manager Brian Fee and jewelery designer Nana Fink

  • Basel based jewelry designer Nana Fink

  • Sheila Pepe and Franklin Evans at Sue Scott, New York

  • An associate from HilgerBROTKunsthall

  • Late afternoon down time

  • Followed by prosecco time

  • One of the preferred methods of transport in Basel

  • Liste is housed in a charming old brewery

  • Sausages for dinner at the Liste Vernissage

  • Peter Mays of Los Angeles Art Association straight of the plane to Liste opening.

  • Collectors at Liste

  • Andreiana Mihail gallery, Bucharest at Liste

  • Lisa Overduin of Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles at Liste

  • Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul

  • Liste

  • Liste

  • Circus gallery, Berlin. - love this piece

  • Long Day

  • Chris Cornish at Schleicher/Lange

  • Restaurant at Liste

  • It's a long way up to the bar in the brewery where Liste is housed, but it is worth the hike!

  • The views of Basel are breathtaking

  • Amy Winehouse on Vinyl and cigarettes for 50 Swiss cents

  • Best way to end a long day


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  • First preview day of Art Basel

  • The rain did not deter the hordes of collectors lining up at 11 am

  • Raphael Suter from the Basler Zeitung

  • Designer Charles De Lisle

  • Mannequin sculpture in front of a Gilbert and George at Napoli gallery, Alfonso Artiaco

  • l always love Louise Bourgeois

  • "I write and make sculpture to be loved for what I am this is a lost cause"

  • Daniele Puppi at Magazzino gallery, Rome - he also had a great audio installation called "Pzzzz" that consisted of that sassy sound people make when surreptitously calling you.

  • The lovely Sarah Watson of L & M Arts, Los Angeles next to a stunning Frank Stella

  • Detail of a Roni Horn, also at Hauser and Wirth

  • George Condo

  • Rosmarie Trockel at Spruth Magers

  • Picasso at Gagosian

  • Larry Gagosian (still) working it

  • Oh look it's that cow again

  • Sara Fitzmaurice of Fitz & CO in front of Philip Taffe at Thomas Amman Gallery

  • Wangechi Mutu at Victoria Miro

  • "Imponderabilia", Marina Abramovic, first performed in 1972 at Sean Kelly gallery

  • Yes, I walked through them to get to the other side

  • I saw jackets in every possible color

  • Rashid Johnson at David Kordansky Gallery

  • David Kordansky next to an Aaron Curry in his booth

  • Heimo Zobernig

  • Galerie Perrotin

  • Yayoi Kusama

  • Giorgio Griffa and Geoffrey Farmer

  • Gronlen Nisunen at Galerie Anhava drew a constant crowd of mesmerized spectators and the sound of the metallic balls rolling back and forth reverberated around the surronding booths like a train passing over the roof

  • UBS Lounge

  • Hallway to the bathroom

  • Lunch!

  • The rain cleared and people started to sit outside

  • 303 Gallery, New York

  • Karen Klimnik at 303

  • Calder at Fondation Beyeler

  • Great dress

  • Lehmann Maupin appeared to be the only gallery employing the new barcode technology on it's wall labels. For scannable art, check out paper links!

  • Tracey Emin at Lehmann Maupin

  • Lehmann Maupin

  • Haegue Yang

  • Yinka Shonibare MBE at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

  • David Zwirner Gallery

  • Matt Wedel at LA Louver, Venice, CA.

  • Peter Goulds (on right)

  • Thomas Hirschhorn and Marcus Steinweg

  • Ricci Albenda at Andrew Kreps

  • Dave Muller at The Approach, London

Claressinka Anderson is the owner of Marine Contemporary and Marine Art Salon and is exhibiting at VOLTA 8 in Basel.