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Press Release, 17 October 2007 Art Basel Miami Beach 2007 New Partnership between Art Basel and Cartier

Cartier, one of the world's leading luxury goods companies, has joined Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach as a new Associate Sponsor. For the Art Basel Miami Beach show, Cartier will create the Cartier Dôme, located in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. In addition, the Fondation Cartier will present itself to the public in the Art Guest Lounge, in a special space designed by world-famous architect Jean Nouvel.

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden, across from the Convention Center, will be home to the Cartier Dôme and will house an incredible array of one-of-a-kind jewelry in a dramatic and creative setting. This is where Cartier will receive VIP guests and organize events in honor of art-world personalities. The Cartier Dôme will be open to the public every day from 2:00 – 4:00 pm during the art show. The new partnership gives the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain the opportunity to present its Parisian program of exhibitions as well as its publications. The start was made at this year’s Art 38 Basel with a new commission project featuring an interactive piece by the internationally renowned French artist Pierrick Sorin. The enterprise continues in Miami with the Jean Nouvel-designed lounge. «We are thrilled to take part in Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, the world’s leading international art shows. The dynamic setting of the art show, coupled with the vibrant atmosphere of Miami, is the perfect setting for Cartier to present the exceptional artistry and creativity of our jewelry and timepieces.

It is also an ideal environment to showcase our longstanding and continued commitment to the contemporary arts with the lounge dedicated specifically to the Fondation Cartier», says Frédèric de Narp, President and CEO of Cartier North America. «Art Basel is pleased to be embarking on a new association with Cartier, one of the world’s finest jewelers and an artistic patron of long standing. The projects presented at our two international art shows are sure to excite the public. Cartier’s philanthropic commitment is a shining example of what a company can do to support contemporary art», reflects Samuel Keller, Director of Art Basel.

Cartier Cartier, one of the world's leading luxury goods companies, designs, manufactures, and distributes all of Cartier's products. The company markets a broad range of luxury products including jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrance, writing instruments, lighters, leather goods, and scarves. There are 33 stores in North America, including two in Canada. Founded in 1847, the House of Cartier has long been identified with quality, prestige, and history and has served as crown jeweler to 19 royal houses.

The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain Founded in 1984, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is dedicated to supporting and facilitating the development of contemporary art forms and to fostering awareness of these arts. As such, it is a unique example of corporate philanthropy in France. In fact, not content to confine itself to ordinary patronage, the Fondation Cartier has become a prime mover in the world of contemporary artistic creation. In 1994, after ten years spent in Jouy-en-Josas near Versailles, the Fondation Cartier moved into the airy glass and steel building in central Paris designed specially by Jean Nouvel, also the creator of Art Basel Miami Beach: New Partnership between Art Basel and Cartier the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Musée du Quai Branly.

Famous in France and internationally for his unique way of dematerializing architecture, he was presented the challenge by Cartier of harmoniously bringing together 12,000 square feet of exhibition space and six stories of offices on the Boulevard Raspail. A lively place for discussions and exchanging ideas, the Fondation has built up steady relationships with artists, supporting their work through exhibitions as well as through commissions and publications. The Fondation is distinguished by the many projects that, throughout its 23-year history, it has developed in close collaboration with French and foreign artists. Highlights on the Fondation Cartier’s yearly calendar include, first of all, five exhibitions, thematic or solo, which often lead to commissioned works from artists; secondly, a weekly event open to one and all, the Nomadic Nights, initiated in 1994, which turn the spotlight on the theatrical and performance arts, dance, music, and literature; finally, the acquisition each year of additional pieces for the Fondation’s collection, which boasts 1000 works by 300 different artists. Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach

Founded in 1970, Art Basel will take place in Basel (Switzerland) for the 39th time from June 4 through 8, 2008. It is the world’s leading annual international art show and features over 300 galleries from all continents. Carefully selected from 1,000 applicants, these galleries will be showing highquality works of the 20th and 21st centuries by 2,000 artists. The works on show range from inexpensive pieces by young, yet-to-be-discovered talents to museum-quality masterworks. Special sectors present one-person shows of young artists, a film program, and «Art Unlimited», an exhibition hall for largescale pieces. There are also video projections, sculptures, wall paintings, performances, and art in public space.

This year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach runs from December 6 through 9, 2007. An exclusive selection of 220 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia will be exhibiting 20th- and 21stcentury works by over 1,500 artists there.

Art Basel Miami Beach is a new type of cultural event, combining an international art show with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties, and crossover events including music, film, architecture, and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city's beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and most hotels and restaurants. Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show on the American continent and a cultural and social highlight of the Americas.

The international art shows staged by Art Basel attract 100,000 collectors, museum directors, artists, art dealers, and art lovers each year, and are covered by some 3,700 media representatives from across the globe.

«Art Kabinett»: 22 Curated Mini-Exhibitions

«Art Kabinett» gives 22 participating galleries from eight countries the opportunity to present small curated exhibitions. The projects chosen by the Selection Committee are shown in a separate cubicle of the exhibitor’s booth. The exhibition concepts for «Art Kabinett» are diverse, representing everything from thematic group exhibitions and one-person shows to installations. The spectrum ranges from modern masters to established artists and the youngest generation. A special section of the catalog presents the projects in detail. «Art Kabinett» is an additional attraction for visitors and enables galleries to complement the arrangement of their booths with a curated exhibition. In undertaking this initiative, Art Basel intensifies its efforts to achieve a meaningful combination of commercial and cultural exhibition activity.

Under the title «Photograms and Double Exposures», Kicken Berlin (Berlin) presents an «Art Kabinett» of rare works by photographers of the European avant-garde. As cameraless photography, the photogram is one of the oldest known photographic techniques. In the early 1920s various contemporaneous international photographers rediscovered these photographic roots, recasting them in radically modern, experimental form in their quest for powerful abstract expression in avantgarde photography. The exhibition includes works by Man Ray, Andreas Walser, and László Moholy-Nagy, among others.

Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna) has a one-person show of Chris Burden in store. Born in Boston in 1945, Burden gained a reputation for controversial performances in the early 1970s. In 1976 he turned away from action art in favor of a new artistic concept of monumental sculpture. Through his productions, everyday objects or technical devices like motorcycles, steamrollers, or weapons systems mutate into bizarre, sometimes toy-like, sculptures.

Under the title «Organica. The Non-Objective World of Nature in the Russian Avant-Garde of the 20th Century», Galerie Gmurzynska (Zurich) will be presenting works by Mikhail Matyushin, Elena Guro, Boris Ender, Xenia Ender, Maria Ender, Vera Nikolskaya, Pavel Filonow, Pavel Mansurov, Pavel Kondratev, and Vladimir Sterligov.

Swiss outsider artist Louis Soutter (born in 1871) achieved fame with his crude black-and-white finger paintings and ink drawings. In its Kabinett, Galerie Haas & Fuchs (Berlin) will be showing a selection of 8 of his works from the 1930s and 40s. Sandra Vásquez de la Horra (Kewenig Galerie, Cologne) was born in Chile in 1967 and lives and works in Düsseldorf. The artist regards the installation of her pencil drawings as a single work of art. Always arranging them in groups or lines, she presents them under a thematic heading. For this year’s Art Basel she assembled an «Erotic Cabinet».

Galerie Klosterfelde (Berlin) is presenting a wide selection of drawings by Matt Mullican. The works on paper all date from the last 30 years and occupy a central position in the artist’s oeuvre. They extend from early stick-figure drawings to comic and porno collages and on to the complex cosmologies that chart Mullican’s understanding of the hierarchy of the world, from the material to the symbolic.

The thematic and formal spectrum of the black-and-white paintings of Japanese artist Miwa Ogasawara (Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg) displays enormous variety. Apart from images of humanity, it is above all the experience of space that repeatedly preoccupies the artist. Where sharp boundaries are blurred by light and shadow, where space disappears into darkness or is, conversely, decomposed by bright light, human beings pale into wraithlike outlines. Miwa Ogasawara addresses the parallelism of perspectives in her work.

«Nothing is true everything is permitted», a quotation from Beat Generation poet Bryon Gysin, is adopted by French artist Loris Gréaud (b. 1979; Yvon Lambert, Paris) as the title for his project for Art Basel Miami Beach. This new group of works explores a redefinition of the world, a redistribution of the scales and representations of our universe without hierarchy, between the macro and the galactic.

American artist Sean Snyder (Lisson Gallery, London) will be presenting a Kabinett featuring the video installation «Schema (Television)». In his recent photographic and video work, Snyder has been exploring ideas of accessibility, transparency, and manipulation of information. The artist puts to close analysis the intrinsic codes of technologically produced and processed images, the implications of resolution and compression of visual data, as well as overt montage and propaganda techniques.

Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing) will be showing some of the latest paintings by Chinese artist Yan Lei. These new works are moving towards an even more hallucinatory reality with respect to the mechanical production of images that form a part of the collective everyday existence experienced by the artist and upon which he draws in a synthetic and brokendown fashion.

«Documentary Nostalgia» is the name of a 70-minute video by Korean artist Yeondoo Jung (Kukje Gallery, Seoul). The piece consists of six main scenes: starting from an inside view of a cozy-looking living room, the screen slowly shifts to various seemingly unrelated scenes, where people are caught in a passing rain in a city street or a farmer is working in his rice field. What is notable about the work is that the video consists of «one long take». The result is that we can see not only its «intended» or «necessary» part, featuring each scene with its related background and actors, but also the «unnecessary» part, where the laborious process of changing from one scene to another is laid bare by the camera lens.

The Kabinett of Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York) features two sculptures by American artist Robert Indiana, «The Electric EAT» and «The American Electric LOVE». The six-foot «Electric EAT», done at the same time as the twenty-foot «EAT» sign commissioned by Philip Johnson for the New York World’s Fair, is a unique piece that bears the word in electric lights that light up sequentially and flicker on and off within a circular frame. «The American Electric LOVE», which takes the form of Indiana’s much-celebrated sculpture, is rendered in white, red, and blue, illuminated by flashing bulbs.

For its Kabinett, the Margo Leavin Gallery (Los Angeles), in association with The Estate of David Smith, is showing works created by the American artist in the 1950s. The exhibition consists of a carefully selected group of closely related works establishing a continuity between Smith’s well-known sculptures and works in other media.

Under the title «Artists as architects – architects as artists. Latin America in the 50s and 60s», two New York galleries, Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art and Adler & Conkright Fine Art, will present architectural sketches, maquettes, and photographs of various projects in Latin America. Works by artists and archiArt tects like Paul Lester Wiener, GEGO (Gertrud Goldschmidt), Alejandro Otero, Mathias Goeritz, Carlos-Raul Villanueva, Jesus-Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Alexander Calder, and Roberto Burle-Marx will be on display.

Star of the Robert Miller Gallery (New York) Kabinett is an early installation by Robert Mapplethorpe, created in 1970. This piece is a bricolage of found objects – fur, lamps, drapery, a wooden crate and table, and votive objects. The installation will include a select group of related work by the artist from this early and relatively unknown period.

The world view of native Congolese and their art, cult of saints, and spirituality are subjects Cuban artist Jose Bedia (Fred Snitzer Gallery, Miami) deals with in his installation. The Kabinett features one or two fine examples of Central African sculpture around which Bedia creates a small mixed-media installation. Bedia views this juxtaposition as an «embrace», a form of creative and spiritual exchange about the «essence of shared sensibilities», reflecting a direct bond with the Central African people he knows.

The Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery (New York) will be presenting drawings, watercolors, and photographs by Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez in its Kabinett. While Perez is known for his oil paintings, which use layers of paint in different colors to build up an image, his works on paper provide a more intimate and direct experience of his imagery. The installation includes some 25 works hung salon style, forming an index of New York and Latin American modernist architecture.

Francis M. Naumann Fine Art (New York) will be showing works by six women artists under the title «Daughters of New York Dada». Although only some of the pieces by Beatrice Wood, Clara Tice, Florine Stettheimer, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Katherina S. Dreier, and Mina Loy were created between 1915 and 1923, while others are later, they reflect the typical spirit and humor of Dadaism.

Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art (New York) features a new series of finely scaled works by 96-year-old artist Louise Bourgeois entitled «The Fragile». «The Fragile» is the culmination of her «Good Mother Bad Mother» body of work. It consists of 36 small works on fabric, very delicate, quiet, and intimate. The fearlessness, insecurity, innocence, yet dissatisfaction and desperation of youth are the subject of Californian Ed Templeton (b. 1972; Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles). In 139 photographs in black-and-white and color, he offers portraits of young people from the suburbs of Orange County, where the artist grew up and still lives today.

Sperone Westwater (New York) is mounting a small retrospective of works by American photographic artist Laurie Simmons. Since the mid-70s, Simmons has staged scenes for her camera with dolls, ventriloquist dummies, mannequins, and occasionally people, to create images with intensely psychological subtext. By the early 1980s, Simmons was at the forefront of a new generation of artists, predominantly women, whose use of the media as subject began a new dialogue in contemporary art.

Zwirner & Wirth Gallery (New York) is also presenting a retrospective, in this case of works by American artist Al Taylor. The show includes wall and floor pieces made of painted and unpainted wood and occasionally metal, which will be shown together with drawings. Taylor’s pieces walk a tightrope between painting and sculpture, between drawing and object. His conventional drawings further underline his stretching of disciplines and categories, while also revealing his dry humor.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2007

"Art Kabinett" 22 Curated Mini-Exhibitions
Künstler: Man Ray, Andreas Walser, László Moholy-Nagy, Chris Burden, Mikhail Matyushin, Elena Guro, Boris Ender, Ksenia Ender, Marija Ender, Vera Nikolskaya, Pavel Filonow, Pavel Mansurov, Pavel Kondratev, Vladimir Sterligov, Louis Soutter, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Matt Mullican, Miwa Ogasawara, Loris Greaud, Sean Snyder, Yan Lei, Yeondoo Jung, Robert Indiana, Paul Lester Wiener, Gego , Alejandro Otero, Mathias Goeritz, Carlos-Raul Villanueva, Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Alexander Calder, Roberto Burle-Marx, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jose Bedia, Enoc Perez, Beatrice Wood, Clara Tice, Florine Stettheimer, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Katherina S. Dreier, Mina Loy, Louise Bourgeois, Ed Templeton, Laurie Simmons, Al Taylor ...