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2013 - Issue 3 - May/June

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ART FULL LEFT: eor, roe poPpe cree.p eht by Tony Lewis, 2011. BELOW: Art Basel in 2012. houses the stellar collection of dealer Ernst Beyeler and his wife, Hildy; Beyeler also happened to cofound the Art Basel show in 1970 and, though deceased, remains a beloved figure in the art world.) The sentimental favorite will likely be the presentation of Pablo Picasso's work at the Kunstmuseum, featuring special pieces from many local collections. The Art Basel team prepares to welcome its 65,000-plus guests to Switzerland on the heels of hosting the first Art Basel in Hong Kong just a few weeks earlier. "In this first edition we had 245 of the world's leading galleries, 48 of which had never before exhibited in any Hong Kong art fair," says Spiegler. "We successfully brought new faces, new artists, and new ideas to the region in addition to having built strong relationships with the local art scene. It's a ton of work, but totally exciting for us and for many of our friends in the art world." For Fields, the greatest thrill is discovering the emerging stars of tomorrow. "The most exciting aspect of the art world now is the young, talented artists popping up on the scene," she says. "There is a lot of great creativity being unleashed." MA SWISS HITS Chicago art collector Marilyn Fields shares her must-sees in Switzerland. 66 Larry Fields At the show: Chicago galleries Richard Gray and Stephen Daiter participate in the Main section, but for Fields, Shane Campbell Gallery's solo presentation of work by local artist Tony Lewis in the avant-garde Statement section is the event's real Chicago highlight. "His work is very text-based and somewhat esoteric," says Fields of Lewis, who graduated from the School of the Art Institute and whose work investigates political and aesthetic boundaries. Institutions and exhibitions: Fields attests that the legendary Fondation Beyeler is a must-see for its special project produced by the inimitable Maurizio Cattelan. And after a three-year renovation, the Schlaulager reopens with the largest survey ever of work by British superstar Steve McQueen, co-organized by Chicago's own Art Institute. Other highlights not to miss include the Kunsthalle Basel, Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Vitra Design Museum. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY, CHICAGO (LEWIS ART); BARB LEVANT (FIELDS); COURTESY OF ART BASEL (EXTERIOR 2012) continued from page 64 Asia-Pacific in the history of Art Basel." In addition to the main fair, the unique sectors, particularly Unlimited and Parcours, highlight characteristics specific to this fair. "The Unlimited sector shows museum-quality works that transcend the traditional art fair booth," Spiegler says. Parcours (which literally means "distance covered" or "to rove") presents site-specific works, performances, and installations sprinkled throughout the city of Basel. Energized by a new curator, Florence Derieux, Parcours will lead visitors this year through Klingental, one of the city's most culturally diverse quarters, located along the right bank of the Rhine. The unveiling of renowned Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron's newly designed expansion of Hall 1 in the Messeplatz—where highly anticipated portions of the show such as Conversations and Salons will take place—is also of interest. Rumor has it that the traditional exhibition space has been transformed into a three-story, ultramodern building flooded with natural light. But every insider knows that the true secret to Art Basel's appeal is the city's long list of world-class private collections, foundations, and museums. "The art show is complemented by extraordinary exhibitions presented by local institutions," Spiegler notes. Sure to be at the top of every visitor's list is the major retrospective by Max Ernst, paired with a show of work by Italian prankster Maurizio Cattelan, at the storied Fondation Beyeler. (The museum Marilyn Fields and her husband, Larry, have a long history of attending the Art Basel shows. "We went to the first Art Basel Miami Beach, and that grabbed us," recalls Marilyn. "We were like kids in a candy store. Collecting is just an addiction." Devoted supporters of the Museum of Contemporary Art (where Larry is a trustee and Marilyn is on the Women's Board), the Fieldses have a long history of collecting local artists' work—think Theaster Gates, Nick Cave, William O'Brien, and Kerry James Marshall—all of it displayed in a private gallery adjacent to their chic Streeterville apartment. Here, Marilyn gives us her recommendations for Marilyn and the Switzerland fair this year. MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 064-066_MA_SC_ArtFull_MayJune13.indd 66 4/16/13 10:41 AM

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