Art Basel 2019

Rise With the Sun! A Look Around Liste—Basel’s Fair for Emerging Art—in 51 Photographs

The Werkraum Warteck, a brewery turned arts center that hosts Liste each year.

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On Monday morning, the vigorous rain that has been falling on Basel for the past day suddenly let up, and the clouds gave way to sunshine. The gods favor the city along the Rhine, at least for now. By 11 a.m., a hearty group of collectors, curators, and the like was massed outside the former Warteck brewery for the latest edition of Liste, the scrappy, emerging-art-focused satellite of Art Basel, sipping glasses of champagne and nibbling on cured meats. Pretty soon, the doors were open and they were inside, perusing 77 booths that have been tucked into every nook and cranny of the labyrinthine building, which is now home to an arts center and a bevy of bars and restaurants.

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The new is the name of the game at Liste. More than a quarter of the exhibitors—21 in total—are showing at the fair for the first time. With so many cooks in the kitchen, there is pretty much something for everyone, and one can speak of trends only in the broadest sense, but let’s give it a whirl. There seems to be far less goofball figurative painting and far fewer scrappy ceramics than in recent years, which was a pleasant development. In their place: a bounty of what one might call sinister objects—vaguely threatening pieces that suggest machines or unknowable mechanical contraptions. Also here: a surprising scrum of life-size sculptures of humans and animals, often with a gothic or grotesque edge.

Below, a look around the fair, which runs through Sunday, in 51 photographs.

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