Year 49

With its A-to-Z format, this year's publication maps the world of Art Basel with profiles spotlighting each of the 500+ galleries that participated across the three fairs in 2018. Designed by Gavillet & Cie (Geneva), it features all the different sectors of the fair, highlights events, talks, Art Basel's new initiatives, and provides retrospective insights into the very first years of the fair, offering vivid and varied perspectives on the global artworld.

Following the former commissioned essays by Harald Falckenberg, Sarah Thornton, Seth Price, Chris Dercon, and Teju Cole, New York-based artist Paul Chan is introducing the book with a piece of creative writing. The essay is composed in the style he has developed since documenta 13 in Kassel in 2012 and his acclaimed book New New Testament published in 2014 to accompany his solo show at Schaulager, Basel. Combining words, phrases, lexical marks, and character sets, it is an invitation, both playful and enigmatic, to consider together the visual and the textual, and to decipher meaning and energy.

Among the international authors and artists featured in the book are Lara Almarcegui, Rasheed Araeen, Andrea Bellini, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Judy Chicago, Ryan Gander, Ingvild Goetz, Valérie Knoll, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Lubaina Himid, Kathy Noble, Irene Panagopoulos, François Quintin, Michael Rakowitz, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Semiconductor, Suhanya Raffel, Xiaoyu Weng, Haegue Yang, Nina Zimmer, and Heidi Zuckerman, and many others whose work contributed to the fairs on all three continents.

The publication is available to buy at all our shows, and at selected art bookstores across Europe, the United States, and Asia and online from suppliers listed below from March 2019, priced at CHF 75 | € 70 | £ 56 | $ 80 | HKD 650.

Online suppliers

Customers from Continental USA, please order through ARTBOOK|D.A.P.at orders@artbook.com

Customers from Canada, Asia and Australia, please order through Amazon.com

Customers from Switzerland, please place your order through AVA Verlagsauslieferung at ava@jrp-ringier.com

Customers from Germany and Austria, please order through Amazon.de

Customers from France and Benelux, please order through Les presses du réel at info@lespressesdureel.com

Customers from UK and other European countries, please order through Cornerhouse Publications at orders@nbninternational.com


Walther König im Museumsquartier, Vienna

Walther Koenig @ BOZAR, Brussels
Peinture Fraîche, Brussels

CCA Bookstore, Montreal
Type Books, Toronto

Louisiana Museum Bookshop, Humlebaek

Librairie Le Consortium, Dijon
Librairie Flammarion in Centre Pompidou, Paris
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Walther König, Berlin
Walther König, Cologne
Walther König, Dusseldorf

Armani Libri - Koenig Libri, Milano

EOS Art Books, Tokyo

The Netherlands
Walther König in Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Bookshop, Moscow

South Korea
Post Poetics, Seoul

Librería Laie, Barcelona

Konst-ig, Stockholm

Stampa, Basel
Kunstgriff, Zurich

United Kingdom
Koenig Books at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Tate Modern Bookshop, London
Cornerhouse Bookstore, Manchester

United States
artbook @ Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
artbook @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
artbook @ MoMA PS1, New York