Art Basel’s Conversations and Salon series will bring together celebrated artists, galleries, art historians, writers, curators, museum directors and collectors from across the globe, including Alexandre Arrechea, Wafaa Bilal, Francesco Clemente, Mark Dion, Lady Bunny, Julio Le Parc, Glenn Ligon, Tony Matelli, Jill Magid, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Damián Ortega, Bernardo Ortiz, Molly Palmer, Howardena Pindell, HE Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, Howard Rachofsky and Sun Xun among others.
Conversations, Art Basel’s acclaimed talks series, will start on Thursday, December 1 with the Premiere Artist Talk. The artist Julio Le Parc (b. 1928) will speak with curator Estrellita B. Brodsky on the occasion of his major exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
On Friday, December 2, the program will see a new Conversations series – Artists’ Influencers. Conceived and moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London, the talk will feature the artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), New York, in conversation with a poet and writer who has had a great influence on his practice, Claudia Rankine, Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, New Haven.
Conversations will continue with Art Basel’s Public/Private series. The panel ‘Debating Disruption: Has Technology Really Changed the Artworld?’ on Saturday, December 3, will bring together Sebastian Cwilich, President and COO, Artsy, New York; Laurent Gaveau, Head of the Lab, Google Cultural Institute, Paris; Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of Digital Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and artist Simon Denny (b. 1982), Berlin.
The conversation – moderated by author and cultural consultant András Szántó – will seek to clarify what is truly new and what digital innovation holds in store for tomorrow’s artworld.
On Sunday, December 4, ‘The Artist and the Gallerist’ will present a conversation about the unique and fundamental relationship between artist Jill Magid (b. 1973) and her gallerist Pamela Echeverría, Owner, Labor, Mexico City, moderated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator of Contemporary Art, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York/Caracas.
Every afternoon from December 1 through December 4, Art Basel presents Salon, an open platform for shorter presentations addressing a diverse range of topics. This year’s series will begin with a panel on ‘The Future of Buenos Aires’ Cultural Landscape’, which will bring together Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor, Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires; Diego Radivoy, Director General, Creative Industries of Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires; Orly Benzacar, Owner and Director, Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires; and Alec Oxenford, Collector and Founder, OLX & Letgo, Buenos Aires; and will be moderated by András Szántó, author and cultural consultant, New York.
On Thursday, December 1, ‘Why is Gender Still an Issue?’ will be considered by Maura Reilly, Director, National Academy Museum and School, New York; artist Joan Snyder (b. 1940), New York; Susan Fisher Sterling, Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; and Paul Schimmel, Vice President and Partner, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles; and moderated by Jillian Steinhauer, Senior Editor, Hyperallergic, New York.
Also on Thursday, a discussion about ‘Public Museums & Private Partnerships’ will take place between Neal Benezra, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Norah Stone, Trustee, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and Howard Rachofsky, Collector, Dallas; moderated by Carol Kino, Freelance Journalist, WSJ Magazine, The New York Times, 1stdibs, Cultured, and others, New York. HE Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah and Gabriele Horn, Director, Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin will be in conversation with Damián Ortega (b. 1967), Artist, Mexico City, who has participated in both Sharjah Biennial and Berlin Biennial, for a discussion moderated by the writer Kate Sutton titled ‘Biennial Commissions: Impact and Complications’.
Two talks on Friday, December 2 will focus on the art market. First, a discussion on the ‘PostElection Art Market’ will feature Heather Podesta, Founder and CEO, Heather Podesta + Partners, Washington D.C.; and Daniel H. Sallick, Chairman, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Founder and Partner, Subject Matter, Washington D.C.; with the moderator Josh Baer, Advisor and Publisher, Baer Faxt, New York. Later that afternoon, ‘The State of the Emerging Art Market’ will be addressed by Beat Raeber, Co-Owner, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich; Rob Teeters, Principal, Front Desk Apparatus, New York and Artistic Director, The Power Station, Dallas; Shelley Fox Aarons M.D., Collector and Supporter of Contemporary Art, New York; and Kenny Schachter, Writer, Dealer and Lecturer, London; with moderator Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief, ARTnews Magazine, New York. ‘What is Modern, Really?’ will present a discussion between David Fleiss, Co-Owner and Director, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris; Niklas Svennung, Partner and Senior Director, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Ahmed Alsoudani (b. 1975), Artist, New York; and Hubert Neumann, Collector, New York; with moderator David Ebony, Contributing Editor, Art in America, New York. ‘Francesco Clemente: Sleep of Reason’ will feature artist Francesco Clemente (b. 1952) in conversation with Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
On Saturday, December 3, Journalist Jori Finkel will moderate a discussion on the art scene in Los Angeles with Mary Leigh Cherry, Co-Owner, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Thao Nguyen, Art, Architecture and Design Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Los Angeles; Philipp Kaiser, Independent Curator and Critic, Los Angeles; and Lita Albuquerque (b. 1946), Artist, Los Angeles. The talks program will also feature artist Howardena Pindell (b. 1943) in dialogue with Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Catherine Petitgas, Collector and Patron, Chair of the Board of Gasworks/Triangle Network and Member of the Tate Latin American Acquisitions Committee, London; and Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970), Artist, Havana, will consider ‘Latin American Collaborations’ during a Salon moderated by Ricardo Porrero, Editor-in-Chief, Revista Código and Founder, Gallery Weekend México, Mexico City.
The complex issue of ‘Artists’ Resale Royalties in the US’ will be the subject of a discussion on Sunday, December 4, between Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Art Historian and Associate Director, The Art & Law Program, New York; Tony Matelli (b. 1971), Artist, New York; and Maxwell Graham, Director, Essex Street, New York; moderated by Franklin Boyd, Founder, Xipsy, New York. David Gryn, Curator of Art Basel’s Film sector and Founder of Daata Editions and Artprojx, London, will introduce the final artist talk in Salon. ‘The Artist as Composer’ will feature artists Molly Palmer, London; Susannah Stark, London; and Rachel Mason, Los Angeles; as well as Kathryn Mikesell, Founder, The Fountainhead Residency and Studios, Miami; moderated by William J. Simmons, Lecturer in Art History, City College of New York, New York.