With the 43rd edition of Art Basel set to open this week, art-market reporter Georgina Adam has written a great piece for the Financial Times about the workings of the fair’s selection committee, the group of dealers that decides the event’s list of exhibitors each year. Since galleries stand to net a huge portion of their annual revenue at Basel, the selection process is an understandably tense affair.
Claes Nordenhake of Galerie Nordenhake, which has outposts in Stockholm and Berlin, and London dealer David Juda offer some insights into the work that is required of selection-committee members:
“Being a selector is a serious job, people don’t believe the amount of work it entails,” says Nordenhake. “You have to devote up to 21 full days for meetings, there are planning sessions in the summer. And then, when you’re totally hung over, you have to be up at 8am for the morning visit every day of the fair.” Juda says you “burn out” after about six to eight years.
Ms. Adam also has a bit of an update on the rejection last year of Berlin gallery Eigen+Art, which is returning to the fair this year. Click over for that.
In related news, last week Art Basel released the names of the dealers on the selection committee for its 2013 Hong Kong edition. Make sure to say hello to them when you run into them in Basel!