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.”