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Art Fair Report

Back with a Bang?

Installation view of Art Basel at Messe Basel, 2018. Courtesy Art Basel.

In an increasingly crowded market, art fairs come and go. This year, it was Art Stage Jakarta’s turn to postpone, while the biennial Melbourne Art Fair returned after skipping its 2016 edition. Fairs may tenaciously grind along, but results remain uneven and unpredictable.


After a blockbuster year in 2017, confidence was high among the more than 290 exhibitors at the 49th edition of Art Basel in Basel (June 14–17), bolstered by strong auction results in…

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