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BASEL, VOLTA10 features a multitude of special projects and programming that accent the fair's decade in Basel. Two additional pre-Markthalle galleries join the 10th anniversary edition: LOOCK Galerie (Berlin, VOLTA1), one of the three original Founding Galleries (back when Friedrich Loock spearheaded Wohnmaschine), pairs New York-based painterly performance artist Jonathan VanDyke (featured in do it (outside), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist at Socrates Sculpture Park (NY) last year) with Berlin-based Polish artist Natalia Stachon's sublime sculptural interventions. As well, Spencer Brownstone (New York, VOLTA1) reveals new paintings by Tucson-based Swiss Conceptualist Olivier Mosset, whose solo projects and esteemed collaborations includes A Moveable Feast - Part V11 at Campoli Presti (Paris) and Manifesta10 (St. Petersburg) this year. Complementing Mosset are copper and light works by Belgian virtuoso Fred Eerdeckens, whose solo Sliding from one state into another just concluded at Sharjah Art Museum (UAE).:
The central subject of Tomohiro Kato's booth installation for TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY (Osaka) is a full-scale, all-steel Japanese tea room, TETTEI. Kato won the 17th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, among Japan's most esteemed arts prizes, for this work in 2013, concurrent with his solo exhibition The Sun and Iron at Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum (Tokyo). Throughout fair dates, Kato will host tea ceremonies for VOLTA visitors, while documentation of his museum performance plays on a video monitor adjacent to the installation. Near the fair entryway, Claudia Chaseling (presented by Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin) enacts a burst of color and a warping of perception: her mix of dry pigments and egg tempera paint results in a unique mural project - in her terms an 'installation painting' - that will be executed into VOLTA10's opening day. Chaseling is an upcoming artist-in-residence at ISCP NY.
Thematic booths and curated projects contribute additional dimensions to exhibitor presentations and encourage deeper insights into their respective gallery programs. From the decade edition's highlights, ERIKA DEÁK GALERIA (Budapest) stages a classic dialogue between master and student, with Moldovan figurative painter Alexander Tinei (featured recently in Body Language at Saatchi Gallery, London) and young Hungarian artist Éva Magyarósi's glass-print compositions. New metaphysical works by Attila Szücs, who participates concurrently in a major painting survey at Frissiras Museum (Athens) and has exhibited with both artists before, completes the story; beta pictoris gallery (Birmingham, AL) investigates trends in non-figurative painting, from materiality to color and scale, in a booth anchored by late, great 'sarcastic abstraction' purveyor Eugene J. Martin and featuring new works by Odili Donald Odita, Leslie Smith III, and Clayton Colvin; Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) creates a vibrant discourse on form, figure, and color between young Berlin-based artist Peter Feiler and New York's Ryan McGinness, subject of solo exhibitions at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond) and at Vous Etes Ici (Amsterdam) this year; and first-time VOLTA exhibitor Dymchuk Gallery (Kiev) assembles three prominent Ukrainian artists, each deeply concerned with the nation's ongoing social and political unrest: Igor Gusev and Arsen Savadov, both featured in Blinded by Beauty at Institute of Contemporary Art Kiev earlier this year, and their countryman Vasiliy Tsagolov, who exhibited alongside them at Saatchi London's Modern Ukrainian Artists group show in 2013.
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (Los Angeles) considers shifting perspectives within photography in a potent combination of experimental photographer Masood Kamandy, existential works by Chris Engman, and Los Angeles-based couple Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst, whose critically acclaimed and intensely intimate Whitney Biennial series Relationship plus film She Gone Rogue will travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) this summer; The Hole (New York) celebrates process-based abstraction and conceptual repurposing via an international cast of young talent, including Ayan Farah (2012 Masters, Royal College of London graduate) and Brooklyn's abstraction alchemist Kadar Brock, plus Kasper Sonne, Evan Robarts, Gabriel Pionkowski, and Graham Wilson; colonialism and cultural history form dianne tanzer gallery + projects' (Melbourne) debut at VOLTA10, showing reinterpreted still-life photography by Marian Drew and photographic portraits in period costume by Jacqui Stockdale, whose works were curated into the Louvre (Paris) exhibition Living Rooms last year, all displayed upon a reconfigured landscape custom wallpaper by Valerie Sparks; and LARMgalleri (Copenhagen) unveils a quartet of handmade cabinets by the late and lauded Scandinavian conceptualist Poul Gernes, each a Wunderkammer filled with a smorgasbord of small-scale works by gallery artists, including Gavin Turk, Oana Farcas, and Nicola Samori.
Food and drink options at VOLTA10 reflect the fair's commitment to local purveyors and discerning palates. Longtime VOLTA collaborator and renowned chocolatier and patisserie Confiserie Beschle, helmed by chef de créationPascal Beschle, presents a variety of fresh and seasonal sandwiches and salads, along with ice creams, the Basel brand's signature pastries, and a full bar serving prosecco, Ueli Bier, spirits and coffee. From their lower-level kitchen/laboratory at Markthalle comes MEYERS Culinarium, featuring a variety of daily pastas and salads, plus rotating mains such as veal carpaccio. As well, the espresso cart finkmüller draws not just velvety caffeinated beverages from free-trade Guatamelan beans, but also pours wines from Vinigma and two bio-organic Appenzeller beers, Brandlöcher lager and Quöllfrisch naturtrüb.
VOLTA10 at Markthalle is located steps from Basel's main train station SBB and is five stops from Art Basel and LISTE (Tram Line 2, direction Binningen). Additionally, several underground public car parks are located within proximity to Markthalle. All travel information can be found on our website.
VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt), and Friedrich Loock (Berlin).
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