It’s that time of the year again: ART BASEL 2022 week and somehow it feels like the last Art Basel has just been a couple of months ago, and in fact, that’s actually the case. The last two years have been very different and have affected us all in many ways. Hardly any events, limited gatherings etc.. That’s why I am thrilled to share with you this years BASEL SOCIAL CLUB, a place to sit back, relax, reflect and enjoy!
The BASEL SOCIAL CLUB draws inspiration from time-honored institutions such as The Arts Club (1863) in London or the National Arts Club (1898) in New York, and offers a venue for professional exchange and conversation; inviting visitors to spend time with and around artwork, to meet friends and colleagues, or to simply relax by the pool during the busy week. A public program of performances and other events will take place daily.
The opportunity to get together and exchange ideas is enriched by varied gastronomic offerings. Squadra Ravioli serves coffee, drinks and tacos by the pool and in the garden during the day and in the early evenings.
Every night from 6 p.m. onwards, Peng restaurant invites guests to dine on modern Chinese cuisine and selected wines on the second floor. Cocktails will be served on the ground floor by Gentleman‘s Gin.
Squadra Ravioli, by the pool, from 2 pm, www.squadravioli.com,
Peng, 1st flfloor, from 6 pm, www.peng-dumplings.ch, reservation necessary via firstname.lastname@example.org
The BASEL SOCIAL CLUB is a membership club for guests from the professional art world. Daily and weekly tickets are available on site for all non-members. Detailed information about the program, the exhibiting artists and participating galleries can be found at www.baselsocialclub.com.
Monday – Saturday: 2 – 10 pm Sunday: 2 – 6 pm
No entry after 9 pm
Lisa Alvarado (Bridget Donahue, New York)
Markus Amm (Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg)
Anna-Sophie Berger (Faltpavillon, Basel)
Bernadette Corporation (Greene Naftali, New York)
Miriam Cahn (Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe/ Berlin/ Basel)
Mariana Castillo (Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo/ NY/ Brussels)
Monster Chetwynd (Sadie Coles HQ, London)
Dadamaino (Galerie Knoell, Basel)
Michael Dean (Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo/ New York/ Brussels)
Jeremy Deller (The Modern Institute, Glasgow)
Koenraad Dedobbeleer (Clearing, Brussels/ New York)
Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel (Clearing, Brussels/ New York)
David Douard (Rodeo, London / Athens)
Claudia Dyboski (Cordova, Barcelona)
Sam Falls (Franco Noero, Turin)
Irene Fenara (ZERO…, Milan)
Gina Folly (Ermes Ermes, Rome)
Raque Ford (Greene Naftali, New York)
Gina Fischli (Sandy Brown, Berlin)
Jasmine Gregory (Cordova, Barcelona)
Charlotte Herzig (Wilde, Geneva/ Basel)
Karl Holmqvist (Galerie Neu, Berlin)
Judith Hopf (Kaufmann Repetto, Milan/ New York)
Cooper Jacoby (Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris)
Kentaro Kawabata (High Art, Paris)
Emil Michael Klein (Francesca Pia, Zürich)
Adriana Lara (Aguirree, Mexico City)
Klara Lidén (Galerie Neu, Berlin)
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy (Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris)
Bill Lynch (The Approach, London)
Amaka Madumere (Cherish, Geneva)
Arthur Marie (Queer Thoughts, New York)
Lou Masduraud (Cherish, Geneva)
Rene Matić (Arcadia Missa, London)
Jacopo Mazzetti (Fitzpatrick, Gallery)
Hedi Mertens (Galerie Mueller, Basel)
Jill Mulleady (Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris)
Claudia & Julia Müller (Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg)
SAGG Napoli (Champ Lacombe, Biarritz)
Shahryar Nashat (Rodeo, London/ Athens)
Meret Oppenheim (Galerie Knoell, Basel)
A.R. Penck (Galerie Knoell, Basel)
Greg Parma Smith (Francesca Pia, Zürich)
Evelyn Plaschg (Layr, Vienna)
Lukas Quietzsch (Schiefe Zähne, Berlin)
David Rappeneau (Queer Thoughts, New York)
Dorian Sari (Wilde, Geneva/ Basel)
Sergio Sarri (Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris)
Louise Sartor (Crèvecoeur, Paris)
Will Sheldon (Heidi, Berlin)
Alan Shields (Galerie Bernhard, Zürich)
Soil Thornton (Galerie Neu, Berlin)
Richard Sides (Schiefe Zähne, Berlin)
Lucie Stahl (Queer Thoughts, New York)
Vivian Suter (Karma International, Zürich)
Ulla von Brandenburg (Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe/ Berlin/ Basel)
Jan Vorisek (Arcadia Missa, London)
Marilola Wili (Amore, Basel)
Zhang Yibei (BANK, Shanghai)
Sun Yitian (BANK, Shanghai)
Mie Yim (Simone Subal, New York)
Urban Zellweger (Karma International, Zürich)
Bruno Zhu (Cordova, Barcelona
The Beverly Holz
after almost two years of living in a pandemic, this year the annual Art Basel is finally taking place again. This morning I started my Art Basel week with the VIP Preview of VOLTA. There I was honored to meet the super kind and very talented Iranian artist Elham Etemadi represented by BAVAN Gallery.
Elham Etemadi is an immigrant artist who lives and works in France. In her paintings, Elham looks for forms and figures to explore the abilities of painting in reflecting what she captures in her daily concerns. In her expressionist figurative paintings she tries to create a vast and expanded language which is not verbal but visual and is based on human feelings and attentions. Her works are combinations of her different visions and sides of her character; as a mother, a female immigrant, a wife and an artist. She tries to express her experiences in a visual language that may communicate with as much viewers as possible, from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and genders.
I absolutely love her work. Looking at it makes me drift off from reality and every time I see something new that I have not seen before. Somehow like a very artsy form of “Where is Wally” if you know what I mean. The color composition is totally up my alley. I can already see where I would hang this 200 x 320 x 4 cm “Sublime Suspension” piece. I am very delighted to show you her work on my blog. And I am looking forward to seeing more of her work.
this years VOLTA I wanna focus very much on the works of BONNIE MAYGARDEN, a talented multimedia artist who received her MFA in Studio Arts from Tulane University and attended Pratt Institute in New York, where she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts.
when I heard that Bonnie Maygarden is going to be showing her work at the AESOP shop in BASEL and that I can write about it on the blog I felt very honored for two reasons. firstly its awesome to have the work of such a great young artist in Basel and secondly that I can interview Bonnie and ask her a bit more about the piece she is showing in Basel. so after this blogpost there will be a follow up where I can tell and show you more about the AESOP exhibition.
MORE ABOUT BONNIE MAYGARDEN (*1987)
Bonnie Maygardens work has been featured in exhibitions both nationally and internationally in various museums, galleries and alternative venues including: Université Lumière Lyons (Lyons, France), Pratt Institute, Icosahedron Gallery (New York City), East Hall Gallery (Brooklyn), SALTWORKS (Atlanta), The Front (New Orleans) and New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts where she attended high school. several notable publications have featured Maygarden’s work; including, Gambit Weekly, NOLA DEFENDER, and INVADE NOLA. curator and art critic Tori Bush featured Maygarden’s Master’s thesis exhibition “Hyper Real” in her May 2013 artist spotlight. she also received an honorable mention for her work in UNO Visual Arts Leagues Juried Exhibition in 2013 from Miranda Lash, curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum and former curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. her work was reviewed in ArtForum and Burnaway for her inclusion in “Staring at the Sun” curated by Craig Drennan. Maygardens paintings were also featured in New American Paintings (No. 112, June/July Issue) concurrently with her premier solo exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery entitled “Desert of the Real”. she will also be featured in the forthcoming Issue No. 124. her work was selected for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s third annual LA Contemporary Juried Exhibition, juried by Jonathan P. Binstock of Citi Private Bank Art Advisory & Finance. she has been exhibited nationally at art fairs including: Pulse New York, Miami project for Art Basel Miami Beach, Texas Contemporary, Art Market San Francisco, and the Seattle Art Fair with an upcoming showcase at VOLTA12 Basel (Switzerland) this summer. following Volta, her work will also be featured in EXCHANGE, an international exhibition at Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin. also forthcoming, Maygarden has also been awarded a position at the Slade for the London Summer Intensive Residency Program 2016. her work appears in the collections of former LACMA curator and current Perez Art Museum director Franklin Sirmans (Miami), private collectors Lester Marks (Houston), Myrna Kaplan (Chicago) and Susan and Ralph Brennan (New Orleans), and corporate collections of Advantage Capital Management Corporation, RPM Casting and University Medical Center (New Orleans). Maygarden has been commissioned for Hollywood feature films by several production companies including: ABC Studios, Flashfire Productions, Danni Productions, Georgia Film Fund Seven, Abby Normal Pictures, Lamb Productions, Furlined, LLC and The Goats, LLC.
Light and Air III
“I create paintings without the aid of technology, yet I am interested in making works that are informed by and react to a culture defined by a digital experience. My work references familiar technology-created images, such as photography, x-rays, or Photoshop filters, yet are created only using the meticulous illusion of paint. Through referencing the digital image I am able to make paintings that walk the line between something and nothing, that both play to our expectations of the disposable contemporary image and the valued tradition of the handmade.”
as you just read in the text above, Maygarden is having a run. I really appreciate the color sensitivity in her artworks and am a huge fan of her patterns. the pieces that I am showing in this post have a great depth and an almost relief-like appearance. her work reminds me a lot of fabric and tissues. another impression that her artpieces leave on me is the feeling of nature and landscape, I somehow think of the swiss alps and the relief maps of them.
in case you are in Basel you should definately pass by the AESOP shop at Spalenberg 24 that is showing her art work in the window. (from now until end of VOLTA12). stay tuned for my next blogpost where I will tell you more about her works for AESOP.
more about BONNIE MAYGARDEN here: