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2013 - Issue 3 - May/June

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ART FULL mountain masterpiece CONTEMPORARY ART LOVERS FROM CHICAGO AND AROUND THE WORLD GEAR UP FOR THE ANNUAL SWISS MEGA-SHOW, ART BASEL. BY SUE HOSTETLER "T he fair in Basel is very serious," says Marilyn Fields, who, along with her husband, Larry, is one of the most respected contemporary art collectors in Chicago. "People who go are truly concerned with seeing the best art anywhere, under one roof." Indeed, each year the apex of the international summer contemporary art marathon is Art Basel Switzerland. Now in its 44th year, the esteemed show distinguishes itself from the myriad other events with its unflinching curatorial rigor, consistently presenting the highest quality work and featuring a global, geographically diverse selection of galleries (representing a whopping 39 countries at this year's June 13–16 run). The recent expansion into Hong Kong gives the Art Basel team an unparalleled three-continent, year-round engagement with the art world. "Collectors from all parts of the globe travel to Art Basel's show in Switzerland for a unique experience," says Marc Spiegler, director of the shows. "The Swiss edition presents the strongest concentration of European galleries of any show, but also features the largest percentage of exhibitors from Asia and the continued on page 66 PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RICHARD GRAY GALLERY (THE CONVERSATION) The Conversation by David Hockney, 1980. 64 MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 064-066_MA_SC_ArtFull_MayJune13.indd 64 4/16/13 10:41 AM

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