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13th June 2017

The continued expansion of Art Basel

Art Basel has opened and has over $3bn of art for sale. “Basel remains the fair to which galleries bring their best work. [It’s] increasingly diverse programme [reflects] the art market’s enthusiastic colonisation … of other cultural fields, in particular experimental film and theatre. Art Basel follows the contemporary art world’s broader shift away from its historic focus on objects towards the production and sale of experiences.” Really?