While fairs, Art Basel included, often get cast off as purely market-driven affairs, with the art world now congregating at such events more than any others these days, “artist discovery” is increasingly the buzzword thrown around. And Basel’s Statements section remains one of the best—and most concentrated—places to do so. Sixteen galleries have mounted solo presentations in the section this year, its second in the midst of the main fair hubbub of Hall 2.
For many of the galleries in Statements, this marks their first time at the fair—and for some their first-ever time in Basel. Among them, JTT was having a particularly successful go of it, selling all four of the works by
that they brought to the fair. Suspended from the wall with artist-designed frames, extension cords, and other hardware supplies (often neon-toned), plus a pack of Camel Lights, flatscreens play loops of heavily layered videos that source their individual components—squid, fungus, stingrays, and bursts of text—from nature videos, commercials, and animated internet clips.