Art Basel 2016 will once again be a premier platform for showing artworks from across the globe. With more than half the exhibitors from Asia and Asia Pacific, the show provides an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by leading and emerging artists.
This year the Friends tour will focus on the Encounters installations, we are fortunate to have the curator, Alexie Glass-Kantor, leading our viewing. Dedicated to presenting large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world, Encounters provides visitors with the opportunity to see works that transcend the traditional art fair stands, presented in prominent locations throughout the exhibition halls. For her second curation of the sector, Alexie explores the nature on an ‘encounter’ itself, curating an edition that aims to inspire both awe and wonder in an audience that will be required to interact and participate in the immersive environment of many of the works. This year’s edition will include five site-specific installations and six artworks that will be premiered including works by Brook Andrew, Isa Genzken, Arik Levy, Richard Maloy, Lawrence Weiner, Tintin Wulia and Zhang Ding.
After the viewing guests are welcome to remain at the convention centre to enjoy the vernissage.
About our speaker:
Alexie Glass-Kantor is a writer and curator. In her capacity as Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney she is committed to supporting the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives, education and research residencies for artists and curators. Since 1999 she has curated over one hundred exhibitions in independent spaces, kunsthalles, museums, biennials and festivals, collaborating with international artists across generations to develop projects throughout the Asia-Pacific, Europe and north America. Prior to her appointment at Artspace she was Director-Senior Curator, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and a Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Glass-Kantor reburlary contributes to international catalogues, symposia and journals; she was the Asialike curator-in-residence at Ssamzie Space, Seoul in 2005; she is the Chair of the Contrmporary Art Organisations of Autralia and on the Academic Board of the National Art School, Australia.