May 26, 2008 - VOLTA - In Basel
May 26, 2008

In Basel

Melanie Schiff
Self-Portrait after John’s
16″ x 20″ (40. 6 x 50.8 cms)
Archival Inkjet, 2008, Ed. 30

June 2nd – June 7th, 2008

VOLTA4—opening on June 2nd—announces auxiliary projects and events, including a return of last year’s Outdoor | Sculpture Projects, introducing a works on paper section as well as supplementary artists’ projects that include the Waterside Pavilion, designed by German artist team Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hoerbelt and the fair’s main entrance, The Gate of Woodoo, designed by Basel based artistic duo, yummy industries. Also two special editions by this year’s Whitney Biennial participants, Melanie Schiff and Eduardo Sarabia.

The VOLTA4 Outdoor ⎪ Sculpture Project section will once again enliven the Ultra Brag area, with large-scale works and performances, too difficult to show in a standard booth presentation. The projects this year either address the location itself (using the water, the bridge, the grass hillside) or emit light, so that in the evening the illumination changes the abandoned aspect of the harbour area and lights up the pavilion where performances and collector dinners are to be staged.

The Pavilion itself—designed and constructed by Frankfurt-based artists Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hoerbelt with support by Nüssli, the company responsible for building the VOLTA fair—acts as an architectural counterweight to the main hall, taking advantage of Ultra Brag’s area situation next to the Rhine. Featured inside the Pavilion is the large-scale Winter/Hoerbelt work Mensa, a long steel table, out of which the silhouette of 120 place settings have been cut. All the “unnecessary” parts of the table have been sliced away leaving only the geometric shapes of the dinner service.

Corresponding to a difficult time in some countries in our planet, 20 percent of the sale of any of the smaller 6-seater dinner tables by Winter+Hoerbelt will go directly to the international relief organization People in Need (PIN). Working directly with local churches, religious communities and NGO’s, PINs members travel directly to disaster areas cash-in-hand to distribute funds directly to the organizations and victims in need.

The Waterside Pavilion will host also performances by Chicago-based art duo Miller & Shellabarger and other events; during the Press & Professional Preview curator Paco Barragán’s new book, The Art Fair Age, published by CHARTA Books will be presented. The Art Fair Age examines in an analytical, well-documented and irreverent manner the ongoing evolution of the art fair phenomenon.
The VOLTA4 OutdoorSculpture Projects also include work by:

Fabian Seiz, represented by Hamish Morrison Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Maik and Dirk Loebbert, represented by Voges + Partner Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
Miller & Shellabarger, represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago, USA
Susanne Starke, represented by Galerie Birgit Ostermeier, Berlin, Germany
CutUp, represented by Seventeen, London, UK
Kristof Kintera, represented by Jiri Svetska Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Nathaniel Rackowe, represented by Bischoff/Weiss, London UK
Thomas Möcker, galerieKleindienst, Leipzig, Germany
Rune Olsen, represented by Samson Projects, Chicago

Connecting the sculpture park to the main hall will be a major intervention by Basel-based duo yummy industries, a vast gateway constructed from salvaged wood where visitors can pin their dreams and spells. The structure will lead visitors into the Annex—an architectural addition used in the first VOLTA fair and designed by Berlin architectural team Florence Girod and Philip Engelbrecht—extending the hall to include seven new booths.

Inside the hall, the Curatorial Board chose this year to dedicate the project section of the fair to works on paper. Extending the architectural concept of the VOLTA floor plan—where the gallery level and its attendant well provide a literal breathing space by opening up the visual horizon—the feeling was that paper works might augment the sense of quietude and pause created in this focal point of the fair. In this section, the visitor will find not just drawings, but also paper used in a variety of ways as a support, medium and sculptural material. Artists and galleries participating in the Paper Projects Section are:

Jochen Gerner at Anne Barrault, Paris
Marti Cormand, Darío Escobar, Robert Jack, Marco Maggi, Julianne Swartz at Josée Bienvenu, New York
Jeffrey T Y Lee at Domobaal, London
Claudia Angelmaier at galerieKleindienst, Leipzig
Duke Riley at Magnan Projects, New York
Peter Callesen, Tommy Støckel at Helene Nyborg Contemporary, Copenhagen
Marijn Akkermans, Jodie Carey, Nik Christensen, John Lurie at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam
Diana Cooper, Constantin Luser, Filib Schürmann at Rotwand Gallery, Zurich

Finally, VOLTA4 is proud to announce a collaboration with two Whitney Biennial artists for their 2008 editions: Chicago-based photographer Melanie Schiff’s Self-Portrait after John’s, in an edition of 30, which shows the artist as vulnerable and childlike yet with a strong sexual undertow, and Guadalajara-based artist Eduardo Sarabia‘s edition of 30 unique ceramic plates, which continue his exploration of traditional Mexican craft techniques with modern themes. VOLTA would like to thank Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, and I-20 Gallery, New York for their respective support in the production of the editions.

The complete list of exhibitors is as follows:

Alkatraz Galerija – | Ljubljana | Slovenia
Arratia, Beer | Berlin | Germany
ASPN | Leipzig | Germany
Galerie Anne Barrault | Paris | France
Bendixen Contemporary Art | Copenhagen | Denmark
galerie bertrand & gruner | Geneva | Switzerland
Josée Bienvenu | New York | USA
Bischoff/Weiss | London | U.K.
Spencer Brownstone Gallery | New York | USA
Cardenas Bellanger | Paris | France
Cohan and Leslie | New York | USA
Galerie Conrads | Düsseldorf | Germany
COSAR HMT | Düsseldorf | Germany
Dogenhaus | Leipzig | Germany
Domobaal | London | U.K.
galerie frank elbaz | Paris | France
Eleven Rivington | New York | USA
Derek Eller | New York | USA
f a projects | London | U.K.
FEINKOST | Berlin | Germany
Vera Gliem Gallery | Cologne | Germany
Green on Red | Dublin | Ireland
Christopher Grimes Gallery | Santa Monica | USA
Andreas Grimm Gallery | Munich/New York | Germany/USA
Galería Enrique Guerrero | Mexico | Mexico
H’art Gallery | Bucharest | Romania
Rabih Hage (VIP Lounge) | London | U.K.
Galerie Michael Janssen | Berlin/Cologne | Germany
Kavi Gupta | Chicago/Leipzig | USA/Germany
galerieKleindienst | Leipzig | Germany
Galeria Leme | Sao Paulo | Brazil
Grace Li Gallery | Zurich | Switzerland
Galerie Loevenbruck | Paris | France
Magnan Projects | New York | USA
Maisterravalbuena | Madrid | Spain
Hamish Morrison | Berlin | Germany
Taro Nasu | Tokyo | Japan
Newman Popiashvili | New York | USA
Helene Nyborg Contemporary | Copenhagen | Denmark
One in the Other | London | U.K.
Galerie Birgit Ostermeier | Berlin | Germany
PIEROGI | New York/Leipzig | USA/Germany
Alexandre Pollazzon Ltd | London | U.K.
Prometeogallery | Milan | Italy
Sandroni Rey | Los Angeles | USA
Riflemaker | London | U.K.
David Risley Gallery | London | U.K.
Roebling Hall | New York | USA
Galeria Nara Roesler | Sao Paulo | Brazil
ROKEBY | London | U.K.
Galerie Gabriel Rolt | Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Rotwand | Zurich | Switzerland
Samson Projects | Boston | USA
Alon Segev Gallery | Tel-Aviv | Israel
Seventeen | London | U.K.
Galerija Skuc | Ljubljana | Slovenia
Steinle Contemporary | Munich | Germany
Michael Stevenson Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa
Jiri Svestka | Prague | Czech Republic
Tache-Lévy Gallery | Brussels | Belgium
Travesía Cuatro | Madrid | Spain
V1 Gallery | Copenhagen | Denmark
galerie nadjaVilenne | Liège | Belgium
Voges + Partner Galerie | Frankfurt | Germany
Western Exhibitions | Chicago | USA
Wohnmaschine | Berlin | Germany
ZieherSmith | New York | USA

VOLTA visitors can use the VOLTA Bus Shuttle between Art Basel and the other harbour fairs every 15 minutes. The beloved boat shuttle between VOLTA and LISTE will connect once more both fairs, offering the visitors a refreshing trip, every 20 minutes.

Venue: ULTRA BRAG, Südquaistrasse 55, CH-4019, Basel
Press & Professional Preview: Monday June 2nd, 2 – 4 pm
Regular hours: Tuesday June 3rd – Saturday June 7th, noon to 8 pm.


Press contacts:
Amanda Coulson, Executive Director
Creixell Espilla-Gilart, Project Manager

Production office and venue:
VOLTA4, Südquaistrasse 55, CH- 4019 Basel
Tel: +41.61.322.1270

Lead Sponsors
Sallfort AG

Associate Sponsors
Robert Mondavi Winery
rabih hage


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