Following its successful debut last year, the Survey sector returned with exhibitions of artworks created before 2000, including many rare works never before exhibited in an art-fair context. In fact, nine of the 14 international galleries presenting in Survey this year were entirely new to the show.
Art Basel's Film sector hosted James Crump's Troublemakers – The Story of Land Art, a documentary unearthing the history of land art in the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring rare footage and interviews with a cadre of renegade New York artists – including Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer – Crump’s cinematic journey took viewers on a thrill ride through the most significant land-art sites of the American southwest, while unveiling the enigmatic lives and careers of these storied artists.
Public Opening Night
This year's series premiered with artists Trevor Paglen and Jenny Holzer discussing their work and new ideas regarding current information and communication conditions. Paglen is known for layered explorations of contemporary themes of surveillance and covert governmental or corporate activity. Holzer utilizes the rhetoric of modern information systems to address the politics of discourse.