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.