Art Basel

Beyond the limits of statements + conversation: A short guide to Art Basel, Liste, Dream Fair

14 June 2017

Art Basel, a contemporary art fair that also takes place in Miami Beach and Hong Kong during other parts of the year, brings together over 290 international galleries, showing work by over 4,000 artists. The huge project, opening June 15 to 18, is teeming with exhibitions and events, as well as fringe fairs LISTE and Dream Fair (see below) running alongside.

The main fair is split into sections; booth exhibitions in Galleries, solo presentations in Feature, artists up for the Baloise Art Prize in Statements, rare publications in Edition, large scale projects and performances in Unlimited, site specific works in Parcours, experimental screenings in Film, as well as a range of artists talks and panel discussions in Conversations.

Here are our recommendations:

Art Basel


Do Artists Need to Leave Africa to be Successful? Artist talk with Candice Breitz, Zanele Muholi, and Valerie Kabov, Jun 15
– Oh the Humanity! Artist talk with Cécile B. Evans and Susanne Pfeffer, Jun 17
– Archives and the Digital Dark Age. Curator talk with Glenn R. Phillips, Sabih Ahmed, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jun 17


– ‘The Stuart Hall Project‘ (2013) by John Akomfrah, Jun 15


Concerned by the ghost without being bothered (2017) by Flaka Haliti
– City Lights (Dead Horse Bay)‘ (2016) by Lena Henke


Antenna Space presents work by Guan Xiao


– Peres Projects presents Donna Huanca‘s performance ‘Bliss (Reality Check)


Running since 1996, Liste introduces young and emerging galleries and artists, as well as a number of performance events and talks. As a special guest of this year’s programme, HeK presents a selection of artists “who utilise 3D modelling and 3D printing to explore the convoluted dialogue between the real and the virtual world,” including Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, Lou Cantor and Tabita Rezaire, among others.

Some of the participating galleries include:

Arcadia Missa (London) featuring Maja Cule, Hannah Perry, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Hannah Black and Amalia Ulman.
Carlos/Ishikawa (London) featuring Vanessa Carlos
Emalin (London) featuring Nicholas Cheveldave
Aoyama/Meguro (Tokyo) featuring Tatsumi Orimoto + Koki Tanaka
VI, VII (Oslo) featuring Eloise Hawser
Jenny’s (Los Angeles) featuring Julien Ceccaldi, Mathieu Malouf, Eirik Sæther
LambdaLambdaLambda (Prishtina) featuring Tatjana Danneberg, Hanne Lippard, Dardan Zhegrova
MadeIn (Shanghai) featuring Shen Xin, Miao Ying + WANG NEWONE
mother’s tankstation limited (Dublin) featuring Cui Jie
Project Native Informant (London) featuring Juliana Huxtable and Morag Keil
Sandy Brown (Berlin) featuring Grace Anderson, Kamilla Bischof, Quintessa Matranga + Aude Pariset

Curated by Eva Birkenstock, Liste’s 2017 Performance Project Rehearsing Intra-Activity presents a mix of artists and dancers to explore “an expanded understanding of the concept of choreography” including work by:

– New Noveta Abject Majetek, Jun 12
Dana Michel Mercurial George, Jun 14
– Sophie Jung Death Warmed Up, Jun 16
– Isabel Lewis Strange Action, Jun 15
– Jérôme Bel Cédric Andrieux, Jun 13

Dream Basel

The online art fair Dream, which opens June 13 to 18, runs concurrently with international established fairs, where the ‘booths’ hold digital files of work by artists, featuring up to 12 galleries with this one, including Berlin’s Exile featuring Pakui Hardware, Mexico City’s Lodos gallery featuring Elsa-Louise Manceaux
Lewis Teague Wright, and London’s Supplement featuring Sophie Jung
Ben Cain and Marianne Spurr, among other galleries and artists.**

Sophie Jung, ‘The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful’ (2016) HD Video screenshot. Courtesy the artist + Supplement Gallery, London.

Header image: Lewis Teague Wright, ‘Oa4s, ‘Bunnypot’,(2017) Inkjet print on transparent film. Courtesy the artist, Lodos Gallery + Dream Basel.

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Art Basel Miami Beach recommendations, Dec 1 – 4

30 November 2016

The 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach will take over various locations across the Florida city, running December 1 to 4.

The event brings together 269 galleries, as well as a film program, set of talks, performance and large-scale work.

Kicking off the weekend will be a number of free to attend events, including the Life and Death Party at Little River Studios organised by labels PL0T + III Points Present featuring Ame, Job Jobse, HVOB live, Prins Thomas, and Young Marco + more.

The Untitled. Miami Beach art fair is happening alongside, that includes a roster of ‘Special Projects’ including Do We Dream Under the Same Sky by artists Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, while Kult of Konsciousness at Fringe Projects Miami 2016 

The ongoing online project Dream Fair will be live on November 29, and host galleries Exile, Future Gallery, Hollybush Gardens and Limoncello among others. SP15 is presenting Kult of Konsciouscness as part of Fringe Projects Miami 2016, and the An Image group exhibition is running at ArtCenter South Florida.

The nonprofit organisation New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) will also run alongside, featuring: Alex Ito @ Springsteen, Cristine Brache + Jimmy Wright @ Fierman GalleryAmy Garofano @ GoodweatherMax Ruf @ Union PacificAnn Hirsch, Brian Kokoska and Vanessa Gully Santiago @ American Medium and Vikky Alexander and Sara Cwynar @ Cooper Cole Gallery.

See some of our gallery recommendations below:

Kaspar Müller Société 

Group exhibition @ Pilar Corrias

Maggie Lee @ Real Fine Arts 

Kelly Akashi and Patrick Jackson @ Ghebaly Gallery

Amy Yao and Lena Daly @ Various Small Fires

Kult of Konsciousness at Fringe Projects Miami 2016, Dec 3

See the Miami Basel website for the full programme and more details.**

Life and Death Party (2016). Promotional image. Courtesy of Little River Studios, Miami.
Life and Death Party (2016). Promotional image. Courtesy of Little River Studios, Miami.
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Art Basel 2016, June 16 – 19

13 June 2016

The European art fair giant, Art Basel is running in its home town, running June 16 to 19.

Each year Basel, and Switzerland in general, welcomes not only its galleries, artists and loyal fair goers but also an array of other activity and slightly smaller performance festivals and art fairs.  LISTE is on in Basel, Manifesta 11 is taking place in Zurich, which opened its doors on June 11, while online mini art fair, Dream Basel will run across the same dates as (official) Basel, inviting the likes of London’s Seventeen Gallery and Mexico City’s Lodos to curate booths —or clouds.

Running concurrently will also be a group show called NOTITLES_02, a gathering of artists and their works as a part of a project curated throughout 2016 by Sophie Yerly.

Our Art Basel recommendations include artist Timur Si-Qin whose solo booth in the ‘Statements’ sector will be presented by SociétéBasel Abbas + Ruanne Abou-Rahme with Carroll/Fletcher, a re-staging of Jannis Kounellis’ Da inventare sul posto (To Invent on the Spot) (1972) at Luxembourg & Dayan, and Piotr Łakomy who will show with Warsaw’s Galeria Stereo.

There’s an Art Basel l Parcours night on June 18, as well at The Lair group exhibition running concurrently at Oslo10 to July 14.

Frances Stark will show with Gavin Brown’s Enterprise amongst a few others, and LA’s Regen Projects brings together a large group including Ryan TrecartinDoug Aitken and Wolfang Tillmans.

See the Art Basel website for more information.**

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme, 'The Zone', from the series 'Desire and Disaster' (2011). Courtesy the artist
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme, ‘The Zone’, from the series ‘Desire and Disaster’ (2011). Courtesy the artists.


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Miami Art Week, Dec 1 – 6

2 December 2015

It’s December, which means the art (and art-adjacent) crowd takes over the US coastal city, with Art Basel and other events surrounding it at various locations throughout the city between December 1 and 6.

The biggest of the three fairs, Art Basel, runs between December 2 and 6 with over 250 international galleries showing modern and contemporary art, including Berlin’s Contemporary Fine Arts, New York’s Galerie Lelong, and Lisson Gallery, as well as Daniel Keller and Guan Xiao with Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler.

Picks from on the fringe include the Spirit Your Mind group exhibition, hosted by Chalet Society, the Littlest Sister “faux invitational art fair” at Spinello Projects and  Martine Syms‘ NITE LIFE exhibition at Locust Projects.

Other art fair alternatives include NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance), running December 3 to 5, and and PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, running from December 1 to 5, with their own list of (sometimes overlapping) galleries and their talent, including C L E A R I N GTemnikova & Kasela Gallery, and The Sunday Painter at NADA, and Transfer Gallery and Faith Holland at PULSE, plus more.

See the respective sites for details. **


Header image: Marko Mäetamm, ‘Deer’ (2012). Courtesy Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn.

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Abbas Akhavan + Hassan Hajjaj @ Art Basel, Jun 18 – 21

18 June 2015

The Third Line is lining up with Art Basel‘s Statements sector to introduce Study for a Monument, a new solo presentation by Abbas Akhavan, running at the Dubai art space from June 18 to June 21.

Akhavan, who is represented by the UAE gallery, will be presenting a floor-based installation of bronze-case plants with Study for a Monument, a continuation of recent works that “archive and memorialize native and endemic flora in compromised ecologies”. The flora, created as metallic incarnations of flora native to the Iraq region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is a suggestion of the immense socio-political turmoil in the region over the last decades, and the consequent irreparable damage to its topography.

Bronze, the material chosen for the reproduction, is intentional in its duplicitous nature—appearing permanent but in fact lacking loyalty. In addition to Akhavan’s installation, a new film by Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj will be featured as part of The Third Line’s Art Basel Film sector presentation, titled Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl and following the henna girls of Marrakesh.

See the exhibition page for details. **

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Art Basel, Jun 18 – 23

16 June 2015

Art Basel is returning for another round in the Swiss town, taking over from June 18 to 23.

The fair brings over 300 galleries exhibiting more than 4,000 artists, with eight different sectors representing the various artistic mediums, and a multitude of events throughout its week-long run, including an artist talk with Harm van den Dorpel, Anicka Yi, and Robin Meier on June 18, one in memory of the great Louise Bourgeois on  June 20, and one on romance and collaboration in contemporary art with Paul Kneale and Elise Lammer on June 21.

Among the 300 leading galleries exhibition are some familiar to aqnb, including Berlin’s Carlier GebauerContemporary Fine ArtsSociétéTanya Leighton, and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, as well as Hamburg’s LEVY Galerie, and the international Hauser & Wirth. Running alongside the art fair is Lady Bar‘s week of musical programming, bringing Berlin techno, Gang Fatale and Night Slugs, among others.

See the Art Basel website for details. **


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Liste Art Fair Basel, Jun 15 – 21

15 June 2015

Running alongside the greater Art BaselListe Art Fair Basel brings 79 new galleries to its roster for its 2015 edition, running from June 15 to June 21.

The art fair, which began as a small initiative by a few young galleries in 1996, has since developed into an international art event, bringing in almost 80 emerging galleries and young talents. This year, the lineup includes some familiar names, with Whitney Claflin showing as part of Real Fine Arts, and Ilja Karilampi showing as part of Sandy Brown.

Other galleries showing include London’s Arcadia Missa and Carlos/Ishikawa, Brussels’ C L E A R I N G, Berlin’s Exile, Croy Nielsen and KOW, and NYC’s Project Native Informant. Alongside the exhibiting booths is a programme of performance projects, including Villa Design Project of June 19.

See the Liste Art Fair Basel website for details. **

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Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec 4 – 7

2 December 2014

Art Basel is returning to Miami Beach this week for its annual stint, running at venues throughout the city from December 4 to December 7.

Art Basel Miami Beach continues its glitzy run this year promising over 250 international galleries from over 30 countries bringing more than 4,000 artists, including the US’s Clement Valla, Rollin Leonard, Kate Durbin, Mattie Hillock and Philip David Stearns, as well as France’s Pierre Clement, Vincent Broquaire, and Estrid Lutz + Emile Mold.

And running for the week of Art Basel is @hypersalon, a “meeting point for contemporary art” created by Transfer Gallery and XPO Gallery in partnership with Hyperallergic. The week of salon-style exhibitions, hosted conversations and daily artist talks include some names all too familiar to aqnb, including Daniel Temkin, as well as Carla Gannis and Claudia Hart who recently showed at the Coded After Lovelace exhibition, Spanish artist Claudia Mate, Marisa Olson of Art Post-Internet, and artist Alma Alloro.

See the Art Basel Miami Beach website for details. **

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Sandy Brown + Dena Yago @ Art Basel, Jun 17 – 22

13 June 2014

Berlin gallery Sandy Brown will exhibit artist Dena Yago as part of the Art Basel‘s annual LISTE program.

Established in 1996, the initiative offers emerging gallerists opportunities to show at one of the biggest fairs in the world, highlighting some (then) unknown artists through the years that went on to have prominent careers, including Wilhelm Sasnal and Elizabeth Peyton.

And NYC-based artist Dena Yago – also working with the NYC trend forecasting collective K-Hole – will be the first artist presented at LISTE by Sandy Brown gallery as they join the programme.

See the Sandy Brown website for details. **


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Salon Talks @ Art Basel, Jun 19 – Jun 22

12 June 2014

Art Basel is hosting a series of salon-style discussions running as part of the larger art fair from June 19 to June 22.

Exploring a range of topics spanning the contemporary art scene, the Salon programme features dozens of prominent artists, gallerists, curators, art historians, publishers, poets, architects, collectors, and critics taking part in the often informal presentations.

The first of the Salon talks, scheduled for June 19, includes discussions of art markets with Josh Baer and art collector David Mugrabi, artist talks with Sam Falls and Nick Mauss among others, as well as a group poetry reading featuring Harry Burke, Deanna Havas, Karl Holmqvist, Paul Kneale, Quinn Latimer, and Megan Rooney.

On the same day there’ll be Serpentine Gallery co-director and curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist talking ‘Living Sculptures’, while on June 20 there’ll be discussion from artists involved in last year’s Speculations on Anonymous Materials. They’ll be Ed Atkins, Alisa Baremboym, Josh Kline and Katja Novitskova before a Xu Zhen book presentation with Philip Tinari of UCCA.

June 21 will feature Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Andrew Norman Wilson in conversation with Lunch Bytes director Melanie Bühler on ‘Art & Commerce’. That’s before ‘Art Practices Beyond the Contextual Narrative in the Middle East’ with Umer Butt of Dubai’s Grey Noise as well as artists Gregory Buchakjian, Pascal Hachem and Basim Magdy.

Finally on June 22 there’s a talk on ‘Revolt of Language with Marcel Broodthaers’ that includes writer behind ‘Faith Money Love’ and the recent COOKIE! publication Jan Verwoert.

See the Art Basel Salon programme for details. **

0% Promise by Megan Rooney. Image courtesy artist.
0% Promise by Megan Rooney. Image courtesy artist.
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An interview with PWR studio

3 June 2014

Hanna Nilsson and Rasmus Svensson are the Berlin-based design duo known as PWR studio. For this interview, we agreed to meet on a street corner in Schöneberg on what turned out to be the only rainy day in a long stretch of summery ones. Having never met them before, I asked pretty much everyone who idled there for a minute if they were “supposed to meet me here on this corner”. When they did arrive I had already fallen silent (aware of my creepiness) so we ended up staring at each other for a while across the intersection. Though everything about their appearance fit my preconceived idea of young, Scandinavian designers, the baby they had brought along was an initial surprise.

We settled in a café to talk about the recent work they’ve been doing. PWR studio seems to be involved in designing most of the documentation –material or immaterial –for a certain niche of the art world. From Future Gallery’s website, to Harry Burke’s latest poetry anthology I Love Roses When They’re Past Their Best, to the upcoming digital catalogue of the Art Post-Internet exhibition in Beijing, their prolific body of work is now an unmistakable aesthetic pillar. While much of their design is internet-based, or inspired by the internet somehow, they spoke at length about the importance of the physical book.

Say my name say my name. Graduation catalogue, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 2013.
Say my name say my name. Graduation catalogue, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 2013.

Reflecting on the term ‘post-internet,’ they see the role of printed matter as not necessarily being about the content. While one could easily, and perhaps more conveniently, read the content digitally, the book’s importance as a physical presence or anchor for the work is a valuable concept for PWR studio. They currently have plans to work with a handbag designer called New Ultra Group on a single copy book, modeled after a Medieval approach to the format as a kind of fetish object.

This month, PWR studio is launching the web catalogue for Art Post-Internet, so much of our conversation revolved around this loaded concept hovering over much of the contemporary art world. It seems increasingly impossible, and in some cases undesirable, to step away from online proprietary systems, but PWR studio is critical of their stronghold and manages to make use of creative subversive tactics in their web designs.

Tell us a bit about what you do at PWR studio and how you got started?

PWR studio: We used to publish a magazine called PWR paper. I think we published six or seven issues. Basically, we accumulated materials from artists who are mostly active online, on to this piece of paper. That was our starting point.

They were people whose work we found interesting and that was the start of the personal connection. It acted as a way of getting in touch with people. From paper we went to online again. We did something called PWRSHARE, which was an online magazine, another version of PWR. Then at the beginning of last year we decided to make it into a studio. What we are doing is a continuation of the work we were doing with PWR paper. We’re doing a lot of work with the same people. We call it a design studio now as a way of fitting into the system of how things operate.

Both of us equally do the practical design work.

You called PWR paper “the web materialised” which I thought was interesting, given that your narrative now seems to come at it from a different angle, from paper to internet.

Ps: Yes, that’s the core of what we’re doing. We’re acting as a sort of middle-person –the representation of content either from physical to internet, or the other way. This is the background of everything we do. We’re sort of past this post-internet conversation, like we don’t see some sort of distinction between the internet and physical things. We had PWR papers printed in New York and we had to deal with the printer. It was an industrial set up and we got this big bunch of papers. We had a friend pick them up there and send them to us. And then we would send them out.

The Infinite Webring of the Eternal Internet Brotherhood, A project by Angelo Plessas interpreted by PWR, 2014.
The Infinite Webring of the Eternal Internet Brotherhood, A project by Angelo Plessas interpreted by PWR, 2014.

The post-internet discourse seems to encompass what you’re saying though, that everything is already effected by the internet so even physical art or publication is a reaction to that…

Ps: We definitely think that’s true but it’s also already a banal topic. The word post-internet is interesting in the broad sense that we are already affected by digital communication. But we’re not so interested in it as a category for art. It’s more like an internal affair to the art world.

You did a website recently for the Eternal Internet Brotherhood, can you tell us a bit about that design?

Ps: It was based on the webring phenomenon –the old early internet way of making connections. In the 90s/early 2000s you could join a web ring and there would be a banner that would take you from website to website. It could be a web ring about German Shepherds and you click through sites. [It’s] comparing this to much more sophisticated ways of making connections now.

In the 90s there was still this utopian idea of the internet as some sort of frontier and now, over the last five years, it’s become clear that it’s a completely controlled environment. Of course, there’s always a need to connect to these bigger networks, like you need to have interface with Google and Facebook, but it’s important to find ways to subvert them. There are so many systems that you have to rely on but it’s good to find ways to retain autonomy.

In the case of the ‘Internet Brotherhood you are never sure where you’ll end up, you are put in a random position and you have to make your way in either direction. These are creative ways of dealing with our normal mode of accessing information.

Disruption begins at home, Martti Kalliala and Jenna Sutela with PWR Studio 2014.
Disruption begins at home, Martti Kalliala and Jenna Sutela with PWR Studio 2014.

One of you worked as an intern at Metahaven design studio in Amsterdam, right? There are some aesthetic similarities…

Ps: Yes, Metahaven is one of the few design studios we find interesting, both aesthetically and in terms of ideas. [It’s] pretty much the only design studio we like. We don’t see ourselves as graphic designers so we have a distance from that world. All the research and writing that Metahaven does is connected. And they actually take the aesthetics very seriously. In the end their expertise, and ours as well, lies in making visual things that are connected to the content.

How would you describe your aesthetic?

Ps: Our aesthetic is an ongoing struggle –we like to make things that we feel a little uncomfortable about, aesthetically. In general it needs to feel fresh, like a challenge. There’s an edge of things feeling not-quite-right. Things move quickly and we try to ask ourselves, “why do we like this?” and we often very quickly find the reason. Occasionally it’s a good reason, and sometimes it becomes clear that it’s because of a shallow reason. And we try to avoid those, and to avoid applying a style to everything we do. We have certain obsessions with things we do, but it’s more of a method that creates the aesthetic.

You’re launching the Art Post-Internet digital catalogue this month?

Ps: Yes, we’ll see if it actually comes out then. We didn’t see the exhibition actually, it was in Beijing, but there is a lot of material collected digitally. We see it as a chance to revisit this constant question of the conversion from internet to physical, and back and forth. All of these works we have seen are images online and they travel that way, but now we are dealing with images of them gathered in one physical space.

In a way, the fact that you never saw them in person seems quite logical to the whole concept.

Ps: Once again we’re seeing these images, knowing they’ve been displayed together in China, so with this publication we’re more directly getting back to the digital-analogue question. In general we’re involved in facilitating this conversion, usually with presenting gallery exhibitions on the internet.

Deep Data (connect the dots), Workshop at Performing the Archive at Skogen, Gothenburg, 2014.
Deep Data (connect the dots), Workshop at Performing the Archive at Skogen, Gothenburg, 2014.

Do you have a personal preference between digital and analogue design presentations?

Ps: No, we think both of them are annoying in their own ways. There’s a lot of labour involved in any case, whether programming or working with the printers. In a way the manual, technical labour is so much more clear than the creative work. It’s a technical problem-solving activity. In both cases it’s easy to get lost in those problems. It’s the kind of Modernist idea of the designer, that you identify a problem and find a solution. Of course, this is not the way we see it. It’s never one problem and one solution. It’s about making something that will be a good something.

This disjuncture between the conceptual part of the work and its realisation can be very shocking; how different the modes of working are. You also design gallery websites, like the one for Future Gallery. How is that process?

Ps: We’ve done a couple of gallery websites and it’s very difficult, because they are so strict in general. It doesn’t have to be that way, but people can be quite conservative. They don’t want to be, but in the end it should always be about the work, and that should be in focus. We agree that it is about presenting the work in the best way possible. But most galleries are still white cubes and the website can also become an extension of that.

As a studio, we work closely with the content of our projects, the editing and selection. We have many different roles but we like the role of the designer because you are connected to people through representation, as a kind of middle-person between their projects and their audience. In general we’re not that into graphic design studios, but we do enjoy acting in this role. **

The Art Post-Internet digital catalogue, designed by PWR Studio, will be coming out later in the year.

Header: template.mud ♻ PWR CLASSICS. Stadium, New York, 2012. All images courtesy PWR Studio.

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Steve Turner Contemporary @ ‘UNTITLED.’, Dec 2 – 8

27 November 2013

LA’s Steve Turner Contemporary will have a booth at this year’s UNTITLED. art fair in Miami, one of the fringe events running during Art Basel Miami Beach, running December 5 to 8, with previews December 2 and 3.

As one of the 90 galleries and not-for-profits exhibiting from 19 countries, artists Petra Cortright, Pablo Rasgado, Camilo Restrepo and Michael Staniak from LA, Mexico City, Medellín and Melbourne, respectively, will feature. Cortright recently exhibited a film commission for Frieze London last month, and has an exhibition, ✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk •・∘ , running at the gallery until December 21.

See the Steve Turner Contemporary website for more details. **

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