Author Archives: Andrew Russeth

About Andrew Russeth

Co-Executive Editor of ARTnews

Art Basel 2015 Reviews

In Basel, a Closed Museum Opens Other Doors

‘Future Present: The Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation Collection’ at the Schaulager Read More

Art Basel 2015 Picabia Alert
Francis Picabia, Untitled (Portrait de femme), ca. 1942. ANDREW RUSSETH/ARTNEWS

Picabia Alert #9: A Little Bounty at Basel

“Picabia Alert” takes note of shows that include work by the wily French artist Francis Picabia (1879–1953), aiming to sate Picabia appetites until a retrospective of the artist arrives at the Kunsthaus Zurich and New York’s Museum of Modern Art in … Read More

Art Basel 2015 Market
RaebervonStenglin's booth in Art Basel's Statements section.ANDREW RUSSETH/ARTNEWS

Literal Cutting Edge Technology On View at Art Basel

During the VIP opening of Art Basel yesterday afternoon, the booth of Zurich gallery RaebervonStenglin had a pretty solid crowd in it that was standing still—a fairly strange sight at an art fair, where one more typically sees people running from … Read More

Art Basel 2015
Sarah Charlesworth photographs and Danny McDonald sculptures make for a surprisingly wonderful pairing at Maccarone—objects take on strange, charged new meanings in their hands.

Best in Show: Highlights at Art Basel

Yes, there are a lot of things to dislike about art fairs. There are the crowds, the lines, the expense—one salad in the VIP lounge at Art Basel, which opened today, costs 45 Swiss francs, or about $48 (it includes edible flowers). And yet, one gets to see a breathtaking array of … Read More

Art Basel 2015 Market
A work by David Shrigley that invites visitors to draw.

Unlimited, Art Basel’s Section for Gargantuan Artworks, By the Numbers

Yesterday afternoon, Art Basel’s Unlimited section, which is devoted predominantly to works that are too large or cumbersome for typical art fair booths, opened to the public. The conceit is both awesome and a little sad: “Here’s a bunch of huge work!” The quality, of course, varies dramatically, … Read More

Art Basel 2015
The Paris outfit High Art has a bounty of insane constructions by Max Hooper Schneider. This one pairs a wedding cake with leeches. Prospective buyers were told that they would need to feed the leeches about once every six months. If they should die, though, no matter: just buy fresh ones and drop them in.

A Look Around Liste

Liste, Basel’s fair for emerging galleries and artists, opened its 20th anniversary edition this morning in the rain, but that did not keep away the crowds, which came to see work from 79 galleries hailing from 31 countries. The quality is high and there … Read More

Art Basel 2015
Installation view, with ALZ/AZN, Maybe She's Born With It, and Lapidary Tea Slave, all works 2015.

Unforgettable: Anicka Yi at Kunsthalle Basel

For the past few years Anicka Yi has been making preternaturally original and intriguing sculptures that she conjures from materials like bacteria, snails, honey, and tempura-fried flowers. They can be variously inviting, silly, and monstrous (sometimes all those things at … Read More

Art of the City Artists
Keith Edmier, Two Hummingbirds with a Pink Orchid, c. 1875-90 (Lc. Michelle Obama Ctrianaei x Lc Mini Purple), 2015.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PETZEL

Pregnant With Meaning: Keith Edmier on Aphrodite, Handbags, and Al Gore

While visiting a temple dedicated to Minerva Medica in Rome a couple of years ago, the artist Keith Edmier spotted a beehive, and decided to have a closer look. “This is so stupid,” he told me recently, “but I was … Read More

A still from Wakefield Poole's 1972 film Bijou, which will be screened at the leather bar The Eagle NYC on July 8.COURTESY DIRTY LOOKS

Dirty Looks Film Festival Returns to New York in July

Dirty Looks, the itinerant monthly film series devoted to queer cinema, will stage the third edition of its On Location festival in New York this summer, once again hosting screenings of a wide array of films in historic LGBTQ spaces … Read More


Tom Finkelpearl: ‘We Have to Figure Out Together How New York City Doesn’t Lose the Art World’

Last night, the American section of the International Association of Art Critics—or AICA (“EYE-cah”), as its styled—held its annual awards dinner, at Izhar Patkin’s sprawling studio in the East Village. Quite a few artists and curators were on hand to … Read More

Arcane Kids on the cover of issue 10 of Sex.COURTESY SEX MAGAZINE

No More Sex: Asher Penn on the End of His Online Magazine

For the past three years, each new issue of the online quarterly Sex Magazine has delivered a diverse, and often thrilling, mixture of dispatches from across the more outré sections of the cultural landscape, with in-depth interviews, essays, photos, and the … Read More

Art of the City
Carmen Herrera in her New York studio.JASON SCHMIDT/COURTESY LISSON GALLERY

‘Don’t Be Intimidated About Anything’: Carmen Herrera at 100

One afternoon in late April, the artist Carmen Herrera was sitting in her apartment and studio a few blocks north of Union Square recalling the frequent visits she would make to the Whitney Museum of Art some 70 years ago, … Read More

Robert Irwin, Untitled (Acrylic Column), 1969–2011.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND THE PACE GALLERY

Robert Irwin Catalogue Raisonné Is In The Works, With Marianne Stockebrand as Editor

It’s shaping up to be a very nice June for artist Robert Irwin, and lovers of his difficult-to-categorize work, which conjures sublime, subtle visual experiences with an impressive economy of materials. Dia:Beacon, the museum the artist helped design in Beacon, New … Read More


‘Salt Is Ever More Important’: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev on Her Plans for ‘The Most Dispersed Istanbul Biennial in History’

‘You’re going to get to know the Bosphorus really well, and not only that—the islands.’ Read More