New Zealand Gallery to Show at Art Basel   18 May 2012

Anna Blair

Michael Lett Gallery are to exhibit at Art Basel this year. The Auckland based gallery will show work by Simon Denny.

The 44th edition of Art Basel runs this year from the 14th to the 17th of June. Held in Switzerland, Art Basel is one of the largest, and most prestigious, contemporary art fairs in the world. The fair acts as a meeting point for the world’s top tier galleries, best-known collectors and biggest contemporary art publications.

This year, as most years, Art Basel’s exhibitor list is overwhelmingly weighted toward Western Europe. Most galleries will come from Paris and across Germany. Over twenty galleries from London and one from Salisbury will represent the United Kingdom.

For those located outside centres such as London and New York, Art Basel is significant in gaining international notice both for galleries and their artists. Less than ten galleries from the southern hemisphere are exhibiting. Michael Lett Gallery is the only one of these galleries to hail from Australasia.

This is not Michael Lett Gallery’s first year at Art Basel, though visitors to the fair will find them in the section dedicated to emerging galleries. In 2010, the gallery showed the work of Sriwhana Spong at Art Basel. In 2009, Michael Lett showed the work of Dan Arps.

New Zealanders have also been shown at Art Basel by galleries from outside New Zealand. Jacqueline Fraser’s work appeared at Art Basel in 2006 and 2007, shown by Roslyn Oxley Gallery, based in Sydney.

This year, Michael Lett Gallery will present the work of Simon Denny, a New Zealander based in Germany. Denny’s work looks at the relationship between media, technology and culture, often focused around the television. In addition to his upcoming appearance at Art Basel, Denny’s solo show at Aspen Art Gallery in the United States opens tomorrow and he is, alongside Sriwhana Spong, nominated for this year’s Walter’s Art Prize.

Those wishing to see New Zealand galleries in London may have some luck at Frieze, the United Kingdom’s biggest art fair, in October. Michael Lett Gallery have shown at Frieze for the last two years. Simon Denny was shown alongside Hany Armanious in 2010, while Dan Arps represented the gallery last year. This year’s exhibitor list has not yet been released.

Anna Blair is a freelance writer and architectural historian studying hotels from the 1920s. She currently divides her time between Paris and East London. Further work can be found at her blogDispatches from Europe.

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Presbyterian Church to lead Waitangi Day dawn ceremony

29 Jan 2015 News
  Presbyterian Church to lead Waitangi Day dawn ceremony for first time For the first time in the history of the Presbyterian... more

Upwards NCEA trend continues

29 Jan 2015 News
New Zealand Government Upwards NCEA trend continues Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the release of provisional results ... more

Business

NZ dollar drops after RBNZ abandons bias to raise rates

29 Jan 2015 Business News By Jonathan Underhill
Jan. 29 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar dropped, touching a four-year low, after the Reserve Bank abandoned its bias for ... more

NZ venison, lamb ventures win $41 mln of funding under PGP

29 Jan 2015 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   NZ venison, lamb ventures targeting wealthy consumers win $41 mln of funding By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 29... more

Living

Signing - Next amazing Exhibition at Academy Galleries

28 Jan 2015 Lifestyle
Academy Galleries Signing The New Zealand Academy of Fine Art’ latest exhibition is commemorating 175 years since the signing... more

‘Sunday’ Selected for Byron Bay International Film Festival

28 Jan 2015 Lifestyle
Sunday The Film Kiwi Romance ‘Sunday’ Selected for Byron Bay International Film Festival 2015 New Zealand film... more

Property

Americans the biggest buyers of NZ land since 2010: Linz

29 Jan 2015 Property
Article - BusinessDesk   Americans the biggest buyers of New Zealand land since 2010, Linz data shows By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 29... more

Housing affordability drops 14%, driven by Auckland prices

29 Jan 2015 Property
Article - BusinessDesk   Housing affordability drops 14%, driven by Auckland house price rises By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 29 ... more

Migration

Free new Kiwi workshops return for fresh season

23 Jan 2015 Migration
Newcomer settlement support agency Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) is kick-starting the New Year with the return of its ... more

Overstayer numbers at record low

22 Dec 2014 Migration
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes new figures showing New Zealand overstayer numbers are at the lowest since 2000. A... more

Travel

Fifteen New Zealand spots to visit in 2015

23 Jan 2015 NZ Tourism
Need some inspiration for the year ahead? Here are some brilliant things to do around the country. 1. Crankworx The world's... more

Holiday parks making most of sunshine

22 Jan 2015 NZ Tourism
Holiday parks are reaping the benefits of the great holiday weather, starting the new year with record-equalling confidence... more

Sport

Mannering caps landmark year at NZRL Awards

29 Jan 2015 Rugby League
NZRL Mannering caps landmark year at NZRL Awards NZ skipper Simon Mannering has captured NZ rugby league’s top honour for... more

Mojo Pulse 2015 Pre-season Games Announced

29 Jan 2015 Netball
Netball Central Zone Mojo Pulse 2015 Pre-season Games Announced 29 January 2015 With only 30 days till the start of the 2015 ANZ... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the Eleanor Catton rumpus

29 Jan 2015 Column
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on the Eleanor Catton rumpus by Gordon Campbell If anyone was in doubt about the... more

Gordon Campbell on the Sabin case, and pressures on Greece and coyotes

28 Jan 2015 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
  Brain fades are one thing, but the brain freeze that seems to have beset the Prime Minister over the Mike Sabin affair is... more

Kiwi Success

Xero names US-based Douglas Jeffries as CFO

29 Jan 2015 Appointments By Tina Morrison
Xero names US-based Douglas Jeffries as CFO as it targets North American market By Tina Morrison Jan. 29 (BusinessDesk) - Xero, the... more

New Zealand scientist receives top award in China

16 Jan 2015 People
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the news that Kiwi scientist Dr Phil Rolston has been awarded the Chinese ... more

Recruitment

Tainui's Mike Pohio resigns

23 Jan 2015 Recruitment
By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) - Mike Pohio, chief executive of Tainui Group Holdings, has resigned after eight years at... more

Manufacturing activity rises to decade high in December

22 Jan 2015 Recruitment
By Suze Metherell Jan. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Activity in New Zealand's manufacturing sector rose last month to its highest level in a... more