25/03/2021 – 27/03/2021

Nagel Draxler @ Art Basel OVR: Pioneers

VIP Preview: March 24 - 25 2pm CET
Public Days: March 25 - 27

Special Events:

VIP Walk-through: News from AmericaHosted by Amanda Echeverría - featuring Martha Rosler
Thuesday 25 March, 7pm - 8pm CET

VIP Walk-through: SouthboundHosted by Denise Vilgrain with special guest Sandra Hegedus - featuring Kader Attia
Friday 26 March, 6pm - 7pm CET

Press Release

In the late 1980s, art increasingly became the prestige project of the market in the sense of everything goes. Decorative trophies increasingly determined the surface. Martin Kippenberger revolted against this tendency by directly addressing it in his works. In parallel, a group of mainly young American artists formulated intellectual and conceptual positions in art that were critical of the market. Referring to the institutional critique of the 1960s and 1970s, an art emerged that massively incorporated the process of creation and, above all, the conditions of the exhibition site into the artwork. 
Clegg & Guttmann, Mark Dion, Andrea Fraser, Renée Green, Martha Rosler and Heimo Zobernig were among the protagonists, each creating unique groundbreaking signatures.

Focal points of this development were the galleries American Fine Arts, Pat Hearn, Metropol, and Galerie Christian Nagel.

Context art was one of the last important style formations of the 20th century. Kader Attia is an artist who brings context art into the 21st century by placing it in the center of recent postcolonial political debates.

Image: Martin Kippenberger "Das Ende der Avantgarde", 1988
Installation view: "Martin Kippenberger, Bitteschön Dankeschön. Eine Retrospektive." Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

Preview on request

With works by:
Andrea Fraser
Martin Kippenberger
Mark Dion
Marha Rosler
Heimo Zobernig
Kader Attia
Clegg & Guttmann
Renée Green