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As there took place the fair Arth Bazel: the most large deals, the best for installation and new names

From June 13 to June 16 in Basel there took place one of the main fairs in the world of art - Arth Bazel. About the most large deals and the brightest installations especially for the curator Yulia Polishchuk wrote.

the 2019th year for Art Bazelya special - anniversary: the fair was 50 years old. This year struck me with quantity and quality of the presented works of classic artists: on Basel showed Magritte, Rotko, Kalder, Modigliani. In total this year Arth Bazel brought together 290 world galleries and more than 4000 works.

For the first time Bazel's guide made some changes concerning payment for participation in a fair and more young people of gallery reduced the prices for the purpose of attraction. "We always try to rejuvenate a show, and addition of new galleries is a part of how we do it", - Mark Shpigler, the global director of Art Basel told. As a result 19 new participants and galleries, such as Vadehra Art Gallery from New Delhi, Barro Arte Contemporáneo from Buenos Aires, Temnikova & Kasela from Tallinn were added to the constant list of galleries.

the David Zwirner Gallery, one of the most known galleries in the world, this year created the virtual Basel Online online platform where it is possible to acquire works of top artists. From the moment of its start, it is less than per day, Donald Judd's sculpture was sold for 900,000 dollars to the collector from San Francisco which could not arrive to Basel. This platform was to some extent received by a parallel art fair, only online.

If to speak about transactions and the prices for works, then here everything is usually kept a secret. But after all after the current fair there are some of most discussed transactions. For example, Jeff Koons broke the next record again: a month ago the art world discussed his "Rabbit" who bought for 91 million dollars at Christie's auction. In the same time at the stand of Gagosian gallery on Art Bazele other bright work of Koons - "Sacred heart" from the Celebration series was presented. It was sold for 14.5 million dollars.

© Jeff Koons

this year many successful sales was in the first day of the preview. George Bazelits was one of the most popular artists of the first day. Several its works left at the prices from 1 million to 2.5 million at stands of Thaddaeus Ropac and White Cube galleries. I very much love the sculptor Alexander Kalder and his difficult sculptures from a wire. During the fair I could not miss its work in several galleries at once - Di Donna, Pace, Hauser & Wirth, Galeria Elvira Gonzalez’s, Lévy Gorvy, Richard Gray, Van de Weghe, Acquavella Galleries. The order of the prices of my favourite artist dispersed from 2 million to 12 million dollars. It is curious that some of fresh works were directly taken from Kalder's family directly - it happened for the first time. The David Zwirner gallery had successful transactions: they sold Gerhard Richter's work for 20 million dollars.

the Most interesting section Art Bazelya - Unlimited. These are platform which gives the chance to galleries to present large-scale projects, big installations, video of work, monumental sculptures



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