45 edition of Art Basel

The Swiss city of Basel, a daily quiet community of less than 200,000 people, becomes each year the hub of international contemporary art. Basel is probably the most important art fair in the world and we must be there.
 
From 18 to 21 June, Basel celebrates the 45th anniversary of Art Basel and makes of its streets and squares the place of recreation for thousands of collectors, artists, photographers, journalists, art critics, museum directors, etc ... that roam the fairs (Basel and the various satellite fairs: LIST - dedicated since 1996 to young galleries - VOLTA - founded in 2005 and dedicated to emerging art - Scope and The Solo Project) hungry for unique pieces. This year, Art Basel involves about 300 galleries with works by 4,000 artists from long experience and prestige in the twentieth century and also the names of young artists of the XXI century, including installation, performance, film,...
Art Basel was born in 1970 as an alliance between several galleries and today is a brand in itself, with branches as Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Basel Hong Kong, and a reference for artists and curators from around the world that should display their best proposals to impress the exclusive selection committee of Art Basel. "It's like being in the Olympics," assures these days the New York gallery owner Fergus McCaffrey, "or as the European Champions League, in which every gallery and artist want desperately to compete."
 
With different sections: Galleries (the General Programme with 222 galleries), Feature (30 curated galleries), Statemets (16 galleries with emerging art), Unlimited (section on large specific formats, sculpture, installations, performances, ...), Film (curated, video art, film, documentary,...). Art Basel is the thermometer with which is measured the international art market temperature.

Imagen sección Unlimited: Jeppe Hein, 360º Illusion.

Obra de Ai Wei Wei, Stacked 2012.

 

For this edition of 2015, the Spanish presence in Basel is seen in virtually all the fairs, and in Art Basel will be Parra & Romero (which makes for the first time) and other veterans such as Helga de Alvear, Juana de Aizpuru, Polígrafa Graphic Work, Elvira González and ProjecteSD.

Vista del stand de OBRA GRÁFICA ORIGINAL en Basel.
 
 
 
In LISTE (79 galleries from 31 countries), where Latin American presence is very significant with the participation of 80M2 (Lima); Document-Art (Buenos Aires); Vision Institute (Bogotá); Labor and Gaga (Mexico DF); Jacqueline Martins (Sao Paulo) and Project Ultraviolet (Guatemala), Spain is represented with only two galleries: Maisterravalbuena and NoguerasBlanchard.
 
VOLTA (69 exhibitors from 19 countries), however, provides the proposed 7 Spanish galleries: DNA Gallery (Barcelona); Alarcon Criado (Sevilla); Rosa Santos (Valencia); Arte Nueve (Murcia); Angeles Baños (Badajoz); Espacio Valverde, Ponce + Robles (Madrid). Among the artists in Volta and represented by these galleries are Carlos Aires, Eugenio Merino, Avelino Sala, Sergio Porlán, Julia Calvo, Andres Pachon, Susanne SD Themlitz, Elena Alonso, Luis Vassallo, Alejandro Botubol, Françoise Vanneraud, Manuel Caeiro, Leslie Smith, Irene Grau and Raul Diaz. To all, very lucky.
Obra de Andrés Pachón, con Angeles Baños Galería en VOLTA.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.