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LISTE 03 – The Young Art Fair in Basel

J.Freeman Making the nature scene, Jockface's living room 2003 ©Edward Mitterand

LISTE 03 – The Young Art Fair: The cornerstone for an international career „Numerous international careers of artists and galleries begin with an exhibition at LISTE – The Young Art Fair." Peter Bläuer, cofounder and organiser of LISTE, can make that proud statement about the 8 th edition of his art fair as the list of achievements of this leading Newcomer exhibition is considerable. Half of the 47 exhibiting galleries are presenting artists who can be seen at this year's Biennale in Venice or their program includes those artists. Over one-third of former participants in LISTE have made the jump into statements of the international art fair in Basel. The concept of LISTE is clearly geared toward young art and new galleries. As a rule, galleries should not be more than five years old, artists who are presented should be under 40, and participation is limited to three or four art fairs. At the same time, only those galleries invited to apply by the fair organisers are admitted, thus guaranteeing a high quality level among the exhibitors. The audience has developed accordingly. Today LISTE is visited by leading institutional and private collectors who seek to discover as yet unknown artistic talents. LISTE has established itself as the most important international art fair event of the year for young art. Notwithstanding its success, the fair remains of a manageable size and is still limited by its own established spatial parameters to a maximum of 47 exhibitors.
Especially exciting for the visitor is the fact that numerous artists who are exhibiting at this year's Biennale can also be viewed at LISTE. Leading the way is, of course, the host country, Italy, with three galleries. The Turin gallery Maze will show Flavio Favelli, Zero (Piacenza) Micol Assaël, Massimo Grimaldi, Diego Perrone und Shimabuku and Laura Pecci of Milan Monika Sosnowska, Adel Abdessemed, Nedko Solakov. The Belgian gallery Drantmann (Brussels) will present Valérie Mannaerts, who is also representing at the Belgian pavilion in Venice. Kurimanzutto of Mexico, with Gabriel Kuri, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Fernando Ortega, Damian Ortega and Daniel Guzman, will exhibit an entire group of Biennale artists. Jota Castro, Alexandre Perigot, and Lincoln Tobier can be seen at the Paris gallery Maisonneuve, Berlin's Johann König will exhibit Jeppe Hein und Sadr Haghighian. From London there are Ian Kiaer, who can currently be seen at the gallery aspreyjacques, and Sara Rossi, from the VTO gallery. The Stockholm gallery Alp/Peter Bergman will show Peter Geschwind, and Hamish McKay of Wellington (New Zealand) will present Michael Stevenson to the international LISTE-audience. Vadim Fiskin, from Slovenia/Russia, will be shown by the gallery Skuc from Ljubljana. And, finally, New York's Cohan Leslie and Brown will exhibit Shizuka Yokomizo, and Sommer Contemporary Art of Tel - Aviv Michal Helfman and Doron Solomons.
The special guest at this year's LISTE is CACTicino, the Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino from Bellinzona (Switzerland), which has focused on multimedia art since its founding in 1994. New works by, among others, Katia Bassanini, Maurizio Bolognini, and the Gruppo Klainuti will be shown at LISTE 03.
Rounding off the program is the Kaskadenkondensator, the exhibition space in the community Warteck, which is led by 15 artists and art historians and which deals with performance and contemporary art. As an art happening at LISTE 03, it will produce jam and then sell it to the public. „Strawberry fields forever. No war!"

LISTE 03 – The Young Art Fair in Basel
Opening reception: Monday, June 16, 2003, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Opening party: starting at 10:00 p.m. at the NT/Areal, Erlenstrasse 21/23
Art Fair:Tuesday, June 17, through Sunday, June 22, 2003
Hours:1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A project in the workshop community Warteck pp, Burgweg 15, CH-4058 Basel
Main sponsor: E. GUTZWILLER & CIE, BANQUIERS, Basel
Press Office: Cadeaux Communication, Dominique Mollet, Blumenrain 23, CH-4051
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