In ART, General

Inside the Warteck brewery for the latest edition of Liste, the younger, scrappier cousin of Art Basel presents 77 booths dedicated to cutting-edge and emerging contemporary art.

Art Basel’s fair of emerging art is always one to watch, and this year Liste does not disappoint. The fair this year presents a cohort of younger artists and galleries, this year being held under a newly appointed director, Joanna Kamm, who brings to the fair a unique Berlin-flair having helmed a gallery there previously. Following the departure of Peter Bläuer, who had directed the last 23 edition of Liste, Kamm this year did not intend to upset the wagon. Rather, it was her intention to continue in the legacy of what the fair had already accomplished.

Liste opening.Courtesy LISTE – Art Fair Basel. Photo by: Diana Pfamatter.

“In the first year, I do not intend to turn everything upside down, but I want to get to know the processes and processes, have many discussions, and then see where in the future adjustments will be necessary,” she said.

Like Basel, the age of the gallery and artists are now part of a sliding scale model, with the lowest priced stand costing CHF6,800 and the highest CHF16,000. This model, in theory, helps younger artists and galleries participate.

At Liste, one of the stand out works this year is a site-specific installation by Hayden Dunham, evoking plasticity and the relationship between objects and their use and purpose. While over in Tehran-based Dastan’s Basement, also exhibiting for the first time this year at Liste, their two-person booth features the mesmerising work of Hoda Kashiha and Sam Samiee, images that evoke the history of painting and its relationship to surface, form and the means of production.

Lodos Gallery’s booth brings pieces by Noah Barker, Emanuele Marcuccio and Diego Rios, works which collectively relate to educational politics and violence in Mexico, where the gallery is based. Over at Adams and Ollman, the Portland-based gallery makes their Liste debut with a show of works by Ellen Lesperanec and Stefanue Victor, who draw sensitivity from materiality and the relationship materials have to power, value and gender.

Tokyo-based Mujin-to gallery offers an entire booth dedicated to one artist, the Berlin-based Yukihiro Taguchi. There, an installation composed of found objects and stop motion animation give fair goers a dizzying perspective into the artist’s fantastical world.

Above all, Liste’s 24th edition is teething with young and emerging artists worth keeping an eye out for.

Liste is ongoing until June 16, 2019.