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Art Basel to present a new installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nikolaus Hirsch, Michel Mu_ller and Antto Melasniemi in Basel this June.

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For the duration of Art Basel, 'DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY' by conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, German architects Nikolaus Hirsch/Michel Mu_ller and Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi will be installed on Messeplatz in Basel. The new work will be an extension of Rirkrit Tiravanija's and Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert's project 'the land', a self-sustaining artistic community near Chiang Mai in Thailand that engages with the idea of an artistic utopia, presenting an ecological and sustainable model for future artistic practice. Including a herbal garden, kitchen, communal dining and meeting area, the project will involve collaborations with engineers Bollinger + Grohmann and students from the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel and the Sta_delschule in Frankfurt to activate the work during the fair.

'DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY' can be seen and experienced as a visually striking large-scale work at the entrance to the fair and as a platform for communication. The installation invites the audience to enter a sphere of recovery and community amidst the excitement of the art fair. Creating a place of hospitality, visitors can engage through the activities on offer, such as the drinking of herbal tea plucked fresh from the on-site garden, the preparation and eating of food. The food will be rooted in Thai tradition and will be available with no fixed schedule, menu or price list: compensation is self- determined, by self-serving, serving others, donations or even participating in the cooking or washing up.

The activities and events will be run in close collaboration with students from Basel and Frankfurt, who will be working alongside Tiravanija and Melasniemi running the kitchen, preparing food and organizing additional events. Both schools, Sta_delschule in Frankfurt and the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, have a cooking tradition with students being experienced in running experimental kitchens and testing new concepts of hospitality.

The installation will consist of a modular bamboo and steel structure designed by Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Mu_ller within which the various themes of the project will be played out. Developed and executed in collaboration with Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi, the program will explore an ecological cycle beginning with the growing of herbs and continuing on to their use in the production of tea and culinary creations. Based on the idea of self-sufficiency, 'DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY' will employ various alternative energy models including a solar kitchen.

The installation will function as a platform to further develop the artists' ongoing 'the land' project in form of a series of mini-symposia hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist on themes and issues relating to the project.
At the end of the show, following its concept of transfer, the installation's structure will be shipped to 'the land' in Chiang Mai where it will form the basis for a new workshop building that will host a range of artistic projects including artistic residencies, workshops, and seminars. 'DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY' is commissioned by Art Basel.

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The Fine Art Society have announced two major exhibitions of new work by Emily Young (FRBS), widely acclaimed as Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor.

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The first exhibition will be staged in the cloisters of the Madonna dell’Orto church in Venice from 9 May - 22 November 2015, to coincide with the 56th Venice Biennale.

Venice is a city of stone, and a city of stone carving; it is therefore a fitting location for this exhibition, which presents twenty monumental stone heads. Using rock from quarries near her studio in the Etruscan hills, Young’s work fuses the age-old principles of stone carving with a progressive, widely informed approach to form and composition. The contemporary and ancient are united in these sculptures, creating a rare and poetic presence that is amplified by the atmosphere of the tranquil Venetian cloister, which is part of the Madonna Dell’Orto church favoured by the Italian painter Tintoretto. Monumental yet strongly individualised, static yet expressive, these sculptures encourage the deep contemplation on mankind’s relationship with stone and its source of origin; the Earth.

Young observes: “Every moment of every day and every night humankind is called to by the Earth, and we respond to her, our mother planet, our creator. She is our maker, and we her dependents... These are things I think about when carving these stones which the local volcano has thrown out in some eruption, or the wind and rain has exposed over thousands of years, or a river has rolled and smoothed around, for me to find and work into a semblance of me, a conscious human. Throughout our human history we’ve acknowledged nature’s great powers in this way.

When I carve the stones I wait to see what the stone and I arrive at together. I think: these stones can easily carry my call back to the Earth, of sorrow and the knowledge of tragedies unfolding, along with gratitude and delight in the beauty of unpolluted night skies. I add my voice to the stone’s, one made in Earth’s history, in violence and stillness and endurance, born of their ascent out of and descent back to dusty origins. They can last at least as long again as they already have done, millions upon millions of years.”

Willoughby Gerrish, Sculpture Specialist at The Fine Art Society London says: “We're delighted to present these important exhibitions of Emily’s works in Venice and London. Emily’s timeless themes based on humankind’s connection with the natural world will appeal to a wide audience and offer a refreshing sculptural perspective to Venice and London's contemporary art offerings.”

A second exhibition of new work by Emily Young will be held at The Fine Art Society in London from 1 July -27 August 2015.

Madonna dell’Orto, Venice, Italy:

9 May - 22 November 2015

The Fine Art Society, London:

1 July - 27 August 2015

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Featuring artists, museum directors, collectors, and curators, Art Basel's series of talks in Miami Beach will offer intimate dialogs between prominent members of the international art world. Participants this year will include Marina Abramovic´, Nicholas Baume, Lynda Benglis, Klaus Biesenbach, Claire Bishop, Simon de Pury, Liu Ding, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Ryan Gander, Mario Garci´a Torres, Massimiliano Gioni, Nicola´s Goldberg, Chrissie Iles, Joseph Kosuth, Pablo Leo´n de la Barra, Ryan McNamara, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Julian Schnabel, Kevin Systrom, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Amalia Ulman, Shen Wei and Martha Wilson.

Conversations, Art Basel's talks series that highlights important issues by bringing together influential art world personalities, will open on Thursday, December 4, with the Premiere Artist Talk, which this year will feature legendary American artist Lynda Benglis. Looking at new funding models of the visual arts, Friday’s Conversation will pair Dennis Scholl, Collector and Vice President, Knight Foundation, with Stephanie Pereira, International Partnership Lead at Kickstarter, plus the gallerist Je´ro^me Poggi from Paris. The panel discussion will be moderated by Andra´s Sza´nto´. Conversations will also present the latest edition of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing series looking at artistic practice, entitled 'The Artist as Curator', with the artists Joseph Kosuth, Liu Ding, Martha Rosler, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Martha Wilson.

Salon, the open platform for shorter presentations during the afternoon, will feature artist talks, panel discussions, lectures with curators, museum directors, and artists. Performance will be a key consideration, with an artist talk with Ryan McNamara and Claire Bishop; a panel discussion with several performance artists featured in Public and Nicholas Baume; an artist talk with Chinese artist and choreographer Shen Wei; and Marina Abramovic´ on a panel entitled 'Materials for Immateriality', moderated by Sam Keller, Director of Fondation Beyeler.

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Art Basel have just announced the details of its third edition in Hong Kong, the first to take place in March. The Hong Kong show of Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will feature 231 premier galleries from 37 countries and territories, presenting premier works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. Once again, Art Basel will be showcasing the best art from Asia and Asia-Pacific, where half of its galleries have exhibition spaces.

Art Basel in Hong Kong will be open to the public from Sunday, March 15, to Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).??

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Ingrid Nilson’s latest venture, the Mayfair Fine Art and Antiques Fair has caused considerable excitement and interest. Held last week in the ballroom of the Grosvenor Square Marriott Hotel it housed some 43 stands and provided a way to kick start the New Year particularly poignantly in light of the demise of the January International Fair at the NEC. I have been enthusiastic about this Fair since it’s inception and seem to recall an antiques fair supported by LAPADA way back in the 1970s held here as well.

The show opened on Thursday and was packed almost all through the day and into the late night closing eventually at 9 pm with visitors still milling around. A lot of our existing clients came to the fair on the opening day and indeed on subsequent days as well. The fair had a good atmosphere with an intimate feeling and having aisles rather than motorways between the stands. The “buzz” was maintained throughout with a couple of quiet spots and Ingrid’s PR/Advertising team being urged to ever greater heights whenever numbers coming in slowed a little. There was certainly quite a buzz when Cherie Blair spent a couple of hours touring the show and looking at just about every stand and finding something to talk about with many of the exhibitors.

I think the secret of all Ingrid’s Fairs lies in her hard work, perseverance and above all her acceptance that it is the exhibiting dealers who are her clients and have to be looked after rather than the visitors and playing the numbers game. If you don’t have a good selection of dealers, you don’t have a viable fair. Professional stand holders who send out invitations to clients and supply high quality images and news stories to the organisers for them to get the appropriate PR should be a healthy recipe for a successful fair. It was interesting to see the numbers of fair organisers and non exhibiting dealers who visited the fair some of whom admitted freely to carrying out reconnaissance trips for future years. We have seldom exhibited at a fair where the visiting public have been so enthusiastic about the “look” and quality of the fair as well it’s size- nice to visit without exhausting one. We did sell a couple of items at the fair and have some very good leads to follow up with “after fair” deals seeming to be more prevalent these days. We hope this will now be an annual event and look forward to showing at the Mayfair Fine Art and Antiques Fair again in the future.