Art Basel Names Selection Committee, Special Sections for Hong Kong Fair

Hong Kong. (Courtesy Christopher Lance/Flickr)

The Art Basel team is wasting no time in revealing what it has in the works for the Art HK fair, which it recently announced will operate under the Basel name in its next edition, running May 23–26, 2013. (Art Basel’s parent company bought a 60 percent share in Art HK’s parent company last year.)

Today it released the selection committee for the fair, which will include about 250 galleries, roughly the same number as Art HK, which presented 266 in its latest edition. The list of selection committee members includes David Maupin, of Lehmann Maupin, which plans to open a gallery in Hong Kong. The complete list is as follows:

— Emi Eu, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
— Shireen Gandhy, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, India
— Suzie Kim, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
— Maho Kubota, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan
— David Maupin, Lehmann Maupin, New York, United States
— Urs Meile, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China & Lucerne, Switzerland
— Massimo De Carlo, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
— Zhang Wei, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou & Beijing, China

The Basel group has brought on experts for emerging galleries—Atsuko Ninagawa of Tokyo’s Take Ninagawa and Finola Jones of Dublin’s mother’s tankstation—and for modern art, Mathias Rastorfer of Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska.

Like the Art Basels in Miami Beach and Basel, Switzerland, the fair will boast a number of specially curated sections beyond the main gallery section: Insights, Discoveries and Encounters. Details from Art Basel’s news release are below:

The Galleries sector will present 180 leading modern and contemporary art galleries from Asia and across the world, selected on the merits of their gallery programs. The sector will present exhibitions from the 20th and 21st centuries, displaying paintings, drawings, sculpture, installation, prints, photography, film, video, and digital artworks.

Insights will present curatorial projects developed by galleries specifically for the show. The sector will exclusively feature galleries from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region and will present works by artists of those regions, including solo shows, exceptional art- historical material and strong thematic group exhibitions.

Discoveries will provide a dedicated platform for emerging contemporary artists from across the world. Galleries will primarily show completely new work and special commissions for the show, featuring one or two young artists from their gallery program.

Encounters will be dedicated to presenting large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world. The sector will provide visitors with the opportunity to see works of an institutional scale, presented in prominent locations within the Galleries sectors throughout the two exhibition halls.

Art Basel Names Selection Committee, Special Sections for Hong Kong Fair