Basel’s Other Art Fairs Part III- I Never Read

A few weeks ago, we went to Miss Read in Berlin.  When I was planning which art book fair to visit, I saw I Never Read Art Book Fair but picked Miss read Art Book Fair because it was in Berlin and I was planning to be in Basel for ArtBasel so did not want to go to Basel twice but, when I was at Miss Read, one of the publishers in Berlin told me that I Never Read was happening the same weekend as Art Basel so I lucked out and got to visit both art book fairs.

Arriving on the Tram,  I found it amusing that the sign for the fair was almost as big as the fair itself and I liked the optimism  of the event organisers. The signs for I Never Read were professionally done and easy to read. I’m not sure this point was important at an art book fair but the organisers made sure that the people passing by could see their English sign. (The Swiss people speak Italian, Swiss German and French… English is not one of their Native Languages.)

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This art book fair is smaller than Miss Read in Berlin. The I Never Read Art Book fair was in a large exhibition room the size of an American basketball court or the main Hall of the Haus der Kunst, which was once used as a basketball court by the American military.

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Have a candy and a look and hang out awhile with some really cool artists for an hour or two.

Because Munich Artists purchased an old Risograph, the first thing we looked for at the fair were Risographs and Risographers.

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The first studio we found on our hunt for compadres was Buero Fuer Problem.

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Buero fuer Problem Studio and Kosmos Art book StoreKosmos Art book Store in Basel –

The Buero sold little A5 books which were printed with black soy ink on white paper.

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Buero fuer Problem – First Edition
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Buero fuer Problem. Basel Risograph Studio – Black and White Risograph book

The book I purchased was filled with the quotes used on T-shirts.  I’m not a big fan of the cover quote but I found the ones in the book amusing enough to purchase the little book from the studio.  The studio also printed A3 posters which, along with the map from Volta, did not make it back in one piece to Munich, Germany. (Drat the little plane and my no luggage ticket.)

The publisher also owns the new book store Kosmos. I told him he was very optimistic opening an art book store and he agreed.  HE opened it out of love not as a European start up so don’t worry, a Kosmos will not be popping up on every corner with Swiss Risographs.

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Risograph book filled with t-shirt sayings by Buero fuer Problem – 15 Euro (I think)

Zoo Park Publishing

Near Kosmos was a Russian publisher Zoopark Publishing Collective.  The collective had quite a few books from Russian photographers & artists.  Alexander Bondar, the man holding the book below,  is the creator of the book he is holding.  I kept picking up his books so evidently I’m drawn to his style of photography and book making.

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Alexander Bondar – Zoopark Publishing Collective holding his book.
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Books from Zoopark Publishing Collective

 

 

DFRG Press

I fell in love with this stand because the books were laser cut.  I’m currently working on a cut book of my own so it was great to see a work done with a laser.  This book below is called Through the Woods and was created by Piri Piri Atelier.  The book is part of a series of 100 with this book below being the 100th print book.

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The same publisher created this book below entitled ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Daniele Catalli.

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Handmade art book  found at DFRG Press

Right next to the handmade books was another Risograph Publisher.

Modele Puissance is a collaboration between Nicolas Nade, Julien Kedryna, Vanessa Dziuba and Jean-Philippe Bretin.  The book you see below is by Jean Philippe Bretin.

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Risograph Artists/Publishers holding Report by Jean-Philippe Bretin edited by Modele Puissance.
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Dogtailed Risograph art book by Jean Philippe Bretin

The book is printed with only an antique gold colour on a very light grayish coloured paper.  I purchased it as an example of the antique gold colour and an A3 paper folded in half. The book is held together with staples and is images with no text.

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Inside artbook by Jean Philippe Bretin

After skimming through the gold book, I turned to my right and found myself facing the land of Risographs known as Extrapool.

Extrapool

When I was on the other side of the room talking with Kosmos, the publisher mentioned that the Dutch artists on the other side of the room had a Risograph machine that could print A2 prints and cost 50k Euro.

50K Euro?

Yes, 50k Euro!

Below are two examples of the books created by Extrapool and how an A2 looks like with one and two folds.

First, the two fold.

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Kwartzwart – Magazine – A2 paper folded twice – The magazine was made by the team at Extrapol and has a glue binding. (no staples or stitching)
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Artwork by Lilia Scheerder for Kwartzwart Magazine
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Artwork by Lilia Scheerder for Kwartzwart Magazine
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Artwork by Jan Dirk de Wilde for Kwartzwart Magazine
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(L)Emma Johnsens & (R) Danielle Lemaire

Now, the one fold.  The larger book cost more than 50 Euro and is a combination of Risograph and screen printing.

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The printer changed artwork for the cover so you could pick a book with a cover of art that you wanted. I picked this book with the coverart by Johann Kauth
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Inside cover of ExtraPlaats.  This project was supported by The Creative Industries Fund, Mondriaan Fund, the City of Arnhem, and the Province of Gelderland.
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Risograph plus screen printing
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multi colour Risograph

I told the publisher that I was from Munich and that Munich Artists purchased a Risograph and they told me that there was a Munich Artists who went to their studio to create work in the prison program.  Here is the book Anna McCarthy created while at Extrapool – Revolution and its Muses

 

Seen

The artist, Nora Luedin, takes her photographs from her travels and curates them into books.

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These are not Risograph books but digitally printed books.  I liked that she took a bunch of her photographs and created these little books. This is what the series looks like:

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This is the artist:

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Artist Nora Luedin with her photo books

Sigrid Calon

The last Risographer that I talked to during my visit to I Never Read was Sigrid Calon. Sigrid owns a new Risograph and she is not on the Stencil Wiki yet.   She is not a printer but I encouraged her as a Risograph artist to let us know she is out there. Munich Artists is also not a printer but we have placed ourselves on the map as Risograph Artists.

Sigrid is a prolific artist and all the work displayed belongs to her and comes from her Risograph. At her stand she had loose prints and also books with spiral binding.

Sigrid said that her new Risograph is much better calibrated than the old machines which I can understand but  I think the old and new machines each have their place in Risograph art and look forward to seeing Sigrid’s work in the future.

At this point, Munich Artists is very tempted to invest in a Risograph Lease but, I think it is best we print a few publications before stepping over that investment bridge. I do know that I’m drooling over the work created with an A2 Risograph.  Is there a sponsor that wants to buy one for Munich Artists?

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Artist Sigrid Calon – Tilburg

Now that we have shown you the photos from ArtBasel Unlimited, shared with you Scope, Photo Basel and Liste, Volta 12 and I Never read, we are ready to tackle the Art Jewellery displayed at Basel Design  and discuss some of the artwork we saw at Art Basel.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email emmy@kyfio.com.

Basel’s Other Art Fairs Part II – Volta 12

Yesterday I shared with you a post about a few of the satellite fairs and the post was mega long so today, we will do one art fair – Volta.

VOLTA

The Volta Show (art fair) is owned by the Vornado Realty Trust and they own some super duper big shows that all Americans know such as the Armory Show.   I did not know this when I walked through the doors.  All I knew was that it was a satellite show near the train station.

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Walking through the doors, I was given my press pass and this little book cover/binder which I was told would hold the materials from the galleries.

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Ticket and booklet where you stored all your information sheets.
As you walk through the fair, you have the option to pick up an information page from the galleries that you like so that at the end of the fair, all you have in your booklet are the artworks you liked and you don’t have to dig through the booklet looking for what you want to see.  This worked great for me.  I grabbed information pages that had the images of the artwork on the back and tucked them into my binder.

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Volta 12 Gallery Leaflets

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volta 12 Show binder with gallery leaflets tucked inside.
Volta was one floor so I decided to start on the right and work my way around the outside and then walk through the inside.

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Artist Irene Grau – metria NCS S 2370-R/112cm Gallery Ponce + Robles
After passing this piece by Irene Grau,  I walked through some doors and found myself watching birds fly by.

The birds were brought to Volta by the YGallery in New York.  I found the birds so mesmerizing that the galleriest came over and showed me that I had only four more left and then I was out of luck.  Oh no!  Luckily I flicked the press pass at him and then he told me a little about Juan Fontanive and the artist Juanli Carrion  whose art was on the same wall.

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Fly Birdie Fly!  I’m pining for your butterfly and insect companions below.
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Here is the art of Juanli CarrionJuanli Carrion. If you go to his website, you will be amazed at the different part of his art practice. He really is my kind of artist unafraid of making a statement in public through the use of words and light and video.

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Artist  Juanli Carrion – Y Gallery NYC
KUK

Rounding the corner, I came face to face with two men blabbering on video screens.  The looped video collages are by a German artist named Ulu Braun.  Ulu is a trained painter who also studied film.  The galleriest Erni Krupic from the Krupic Kersting (KUK) gallery Cologne, said the gallery focuses on artists whose work is a bit more political so the underlying theme of the video loops is political/social commentary.  Each loop shown below has an audio loop of a speech. Ulu won the Bundesfilmpreis in 2014 but I could not be impressed by this since I was not even aware of the prize. (Living in my isolated little bubble.)  I found Ulu’s work amusing enough to take a short video clip. (You can hear Erni Krupic talking in the background about the artwork.)

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Artist Ulu Braun at the KUK gallery – Volta12
SODA GALLERY

A rocket!  This wall reminded me of when I was married to a scientist and he worked for the military and I would have to pass all these rockets standing in front of his office. FLASHBACK!

The artist’s name  is Stano Filko and the artwork is called Kosmos. All the prints are seriographed a/k/a screenprinted.  The gallery represents the estate of the artist and Stano Filko is considered one of the most famous artists from Slovakia. ( He showed at Documenta 7 and at the Biennale de Venezia.)

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One of the other artists in the Soda Gallery booth, Ilona Nemeth created the center of Europe and, creates a center of Europe wherever she shows her work which are the smaller marble plaques on the wall.  The map held by the gallerist shows all the places that proposed to be the center of Europe at one time (This does not include  Ilona’s work).

I was allowed to take one of the map’s home with me but it is too crumpled to show you- crumpled by a big old ArtBasel book and a very small airplane.

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Ed Cross Fine Art London

This is an African artist living overseas and represented by Ed Cross.  Mr. Cross explained that the artist loved to work at night and everything in this photo was created by hand with black stone (charcoal?) and pastels.  The works are really large and on paper but because of the detail, you feel like standing really close to look at it. In the first image below the people are fairly large but in the green painting they are so tiny that I don’t know if you can find them in the photograph I took.  I enjoyed seeing these pieces and they gave off a very peaceful feeling even with all the busy lines and details.

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Eric Pina – Ed Cross Fine Art London

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Artist Eric Pina – Ed Cross Fine Art London -Volta12 – Around 5K Euro
Gallery Kogure

Paper! The artist Asuka Sakuma takes paper from her daily life and uses them to make her sculptures. The galleriest said that if the sculptures did not sell, they would take them back and the artist would keep adding to them because that was her process – nothing stayed static as long as it was in the artist’s possession.  I enjoyed reading about the artist Asuka Sakuma’s art practice and learning about one of her other sculptures which was made up of all her old teabags.

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Tea time (Not at Volta12)

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Asuka Sakuma – Gallery Kogure – Volta12

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Artist Asuka Sakuma – Gallery Kogure – Volta12

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Artist Asuka Sakuma – Gallery Kogure – Volta12
The Flat – Massimo Carasi – Milan

As I walked through the exhibition room, I saw this wall sculpture and wanted a closer look at the pattern.  Last year, I took a bed frame and cut it up for my Made Your Bed installation and I was curious how another artist used the springs on the bedframe to hold his mandala in place.

The artist, Leonardo Ulian,  created the Mandala using old electrical parts and utilitarian items like the bedframe and books.

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Leonardo Ulian,  Technological Mandala #14 – The Flat – Massimo Carasi
I don’t know if the bed makes noise/squeeks or yells at you to get off  but some of Leonardo’s sculptures/ mandalas do make noise.

As the Massimo went to get the Volta leaflet for my binder, I saw this book artwork on his back shelf. Massimo told me he had another book sculpture in a box and asked if I wanted to see it.  I said yes!

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As Massimo unwrapped the book sculpture below, a buyer saw the piece and asked if I wanted it.  I showed him my press pass and told him I was just writing about the artwork so he said he would buy it.  The buyer had already bought one piece and did not know there was this piece hidden away in a box.  This is a good reminder to all gallery booths and artists to make sure you show the buyers everything you’ve got with you… don’t stop at just one, if the buyer loves the artist, they may buy two. this was an exciting way to end my day at Volta and it will now be the end of this very long post.

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Next, I ‘m going to share information and photos about  I never Read.

 

NOTE:  The link for this post says Volt not Volta and I apologize for this but I guess I felt that this fair was so electric that I had to change its name.  I’ve corrected the title but have to leave the slug cause it’s been published and I don’t want to break the link.  If you see me using the wrong name for an art fair please let me know and, welcome to Emmy Horstkamp’s world where her brain made the Leap from the man who made Electricity to the actual electricity and then snuggled it into the name of an art fair so that she did the American thing and shortened it as short as it could go.  Go Volt/Volta Go!

Art Basel 2016 – Photos of Basel Unlimited

I have so much information from the 48 hours that I was in Basel that I’ve decided to start with photos today and then talk about the Basel Art Fairs over the next few days as follows:

  • Wed – Unlimited Art Basel and a few gallery art pieces in one post.  Liste, Scope and Volt art fairs in a second post.
  • Thursday -Art Jewellery vs Artist Jewellery at Design Basel
  • Friday – Art Book Fairs – I Never Read Basel Art Book Fair

Photos from Art Basel Unlimited:  (Detailed information will be shared in separate post.)

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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – Chiharu Shiota – Accumulation Searching for Destination.  Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Dieter Roth- Flacher Abfall- Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – Detail of Flacher Abfall by Dieter Roth- Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Mike Kelley- Reconstructed History- Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Gretchen Bender – Total Recall-  Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – John McCracken- Six Columns-Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Alan Shields – Maze- photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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(U88) Art Basel 2016 -Thomas Bayrle- photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016Jonathan Monk- Site/Specific/Pallet/Rock – Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Anish Kapoor- Dragon- Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016- Kader Attia-Culture of Fear: An Invention of Evil – Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Jungle Jam-Chelpa Ferro(A Whole room like this) Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – Wolfgang Tillmans- Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – The line to see an installation – approximate wait 2hr. Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016- Hans Op de Beeck – The Collector’s House- Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – Hans Op de Beeck – The Collector’s House-Photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Tim Rollins and K.O.S. photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Prabhavathi Meppayil-tw/one- photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Close up of tw/one by Prabhavathi Meppayil photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -Jannis Kounellis-untitled- photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 -part of untitled work by artist Jannis Kounellis- photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – El Anatsui – photo by Emmy Horstkamp

 

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Art basel 2016-Tracey Emin – The more of you the more I love you – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art basel 2016-Tracey Emin – The more of you the more I love you – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – Christo –
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Art Basel 2016 – Samson Young – Canon- photograph by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016- Ai Weiwei -photograph by Emmy Horstkamp

 

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Mixed Media. mp4 files plus flat screen television with oil paint.  Japanese Artist Ken Okiishi “gesture/data” 2015 (two individual pieces)  Gallery Take Ninagawa photo by Emmy Horstkamp

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Detail shot of Aggregation 16-AP046  – Gallery Landau Fine Art – photo by Emmy Horstkamp

 

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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horsktamp
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Art Basel 2016 – photo by Emmy Horstkamp