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Satellite Fairs Profit from Art Basel’s High Profile

A number of satellite fairs that have sprung up around Art Basel appear to be profiting from its high profile. Liste 06 (June 13-18), which bills itself as “the young art fair in Basel” and is now in its 11th year, posted a 10 percent increase in attendance over last year to 15,000, and benefited

BASEL—A number of satellite fairs that have sprung up around Art Basel appear to be profiting from its high profile. Liste 06 (June 13-18), which bills itself as “the young art fair in Basel” and is now in its 11th year, posted a 10 percent increase in attendance over last year to 15,000, and benefited from its pre-Art Basel preview. In contrast to the polished perfection of the big fair, Liste has a definite raw edge—and that suits its galleries just fine.

Jean-Claude Freymond-Guth, a Zurich dealer at Liste for the first time, described the fair as “beyond expectations. It gave our artists excellent exposure and sales were very good.” His all-Swiss lineup included Elodie Pong, a winner of this year’s Swiss Art Award; and Ingo Giezendanner, whose videos, drawings, multimedia installations and books chronicle his worldwide travels in exquisite detail.

Voltashow 02, held June 14-18, moved in its second year to an open, airy space in Basel’s harbor district, connected with Liste by a boat shuttle on the Rhine. Geneva gallerist Edward Mitterand liked the new atmosphere after three years at Liste. He reported that ink drawings of fairy tales with a ferocious twist by Swiss artist Virginie Morillo, 23, were a surprising success with international collectors.

Among this year’s four satellite fairs, two were newcomers, both imports from Art Basel Miami Beach: Bâlelatina, which showcased Latin American artists, and Design Miami Basel. Included in the standouts at London’s Established & Sons was Zaha Hadid’s Aqua Table. The limited edition of 12, priced at £60,000 ($108,000), was a complete sellout, with a production version at £13,000 ($23,400) doing well.

Hadid was also featured by Gabrielle Ammann of Cologne, who sold two of the architect’s “Iceberg” seating pieces for €40,000 ($50,400), one of them to Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s worldwide head of contemporary art. Ammann said the design show was a logical addition to the Art Basel scene: “In the past few years, more and more art collectors and galleries have expanded their interests to include design, so the two belong together.”

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