Darek Kondefer series of painting art works - red tree, Art Cologne 2023
Darek Kondefer sculpture / installation - children of sodom
Darek Kondefer sculpture / installation - havilah
Darek Kondefer series of painting / installation works - boat
Darek Kondefer series of painting art works - mystical landscapes

darek kondefer (hermit)
selected works

Darek Kondefer series of images art works - go Shopping
Darek Kondefer series of art works - snapshots
Darek Kondefer series of art works - fish
Darek Kondefer series of photographs - about
Darek Kondefer artist's statement

History of Art Basel

The inaugural modern art fair debuted in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, founded by Swiss gallery owners Ernst Beyeler, Trudl Bruckner, and Balz Hilt. Seeking to attract a fresh audience of art enthusiasts and collectors, the event garnered over 16,000 visitors and quickly became a sensation in the art world. Recognizing its success, organizers saw the opportunity to expand the fair globally, showcasing a diverse collection of contemporary art.

During the early 2000s, Art Basel's organizers shifted their attention to Greater Miami & Miami Beach, known for its vibrant multicultural atmosphere. Encouraged by the city's potential and backed by local leaders and private collectors, Art Basel introduced its first sister fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, in 2002. This expansion marked a significant milestone in the world of art, as it brought a new platform for modern art collection and gallery exhibitions to the United States.

In its first year, 160 galleries from 23 countries exhibited their modern art collections at the fair, attracting 30,000 attendees. Art Basel Miami Beach offered a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts to mingle with the elite while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere that only Miami can provide. Visitors were able to purchase world-class works of art and immerse themselves in glittery parties and celebrity sightings, blending a sun-soaked vacation with their appreciation for art.

Multiple key figures played vital roles in bringing Art Basel to Miami Beach. Norman Braman, a prominent member of Miami's art scene, played a crucial part in convincing the prestigious Swiss art fair to consider expanding to Miami. As a car dealer and art collector, Braman had established strong relationships with fair officials through his art purchases at the Swiss fair. Mera and Don Rubell, known for their impressive personal art collection showcased at the Rubell Museum, also played a significant role in attracting Art Basel to Miami Beach. Other private collectors, such as Martin Margulies of The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, also contributed to the effort to bring the world-renowned art fair to Miami Beach.

galleries I like:

Galeria Raster

Enari Gallery

Galerie Boisserée

Maddox Gallery

Galerie Kellermann

Galerie Michael Janssen

Sandau & Leo Galerie (Doris Leo and Jörg Sandau)

Zuleika Gallery (Lizzie Collins)

Anca Poterașu Gallery

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (Kristin Hjellegjerde - Owner and Head Curator, Hedvig Liestøl - Director, Eva Maria Ostendorf - Director and Partner, Synne Ravlo - Director)

Crane Kalman Gallery London

Galerie Berès (Anisabelle Berès, Florence Montanari)

Galerie Hurtebize (Dominique HURTEBIZE, Jade ROCH)

Calder Contemporary

Galerie Louis Carré & Cie

Kutlesa gallery: Ante Kutlesa, Marko Kutlesa, Ivana Kutlesa

Rossi & Rossi gallery: Fabio Rossi

Hang-Up Gallery, Ben Cotton Founder & Director

Whitford Fine Art, Adrian Mibus, Director

Piano Nobile Gallery, Matthew Travers Director

Barbara Wien gallery

Paul Stolper Gallery

NOTAGALLERY: Ivan Gette owner, Maria Gitelmann Gallery manager

Stern Pissarro Gallery: David Stern and Lélia Pissarro

Galerie Haus Schlangeneck: Helmut Doll, Frank Gunzelmann

Samuel Le Paire Fine Art

Wilde gallery: Barth Pralong - Partner & Director; Sébastien Maret - Partner & Director; Véronique Huttman - Director, Genève; Simmy Swinder Voellmy - Director, Basel

Galerie Judin

gallery Aurel Scheibler

Galerie Häusler Contemporary Zürich: Wolfgang Häusler, Julia Kruckenhauser

Galerie Crone: Ascan Crone and Mechthild von Dannenberg

Galerie Schimming: Birgit Schimming, Holger Schimming, Stephanie Schürmeier

SmithDavidson Gallery: David Smith, Gabriëlle Davidson, Paul Geerlings

Galerie Clara Maria Sels

Tony Wuethrich Galerie

Galerie AM PARK: Luise Buisman

Baldwin Contemporary gallery: Adam Baldwin

Galerie Brockstedt: Boris Brockstedt

Galerie Andreas Binder

Rosenfeld Gallery

NINA MDIVANI, SHULAMIT BRUCKSTEIN, LARISSA KIKOL

Galleri K: Kristin and Ben Frija

Galerie VON&VON

PLUS-ONE Gallery: Jason Poirier dit Caulier, Manon Bolssens

Gallery Sofie Van de Velde

Galerie Kornfeld: Freddy Kornfeld, Anne Langmann, Mamuka Bliadze, Dr. Tilman Treusch, Cristina Wiedebusch, Shahane Hakobyan, Jane Neal, Nina Mdivani, Shulamit Bruckstein, Larissa Kikol

ENGLISH:
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The Basel-based Galerie Knoell will see parts of its business assumed by Hauser & Wirth, and hire its founder, Carlo Knoell, as a senior director. Art Basel, which stages editions in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Miami Beach, and Paris, has made two major hires for its leadership team: Hayley Romer and Craig Hepburn. Marc Spiegler, the former global director of Art Basel, has joined the board of directors for Superblue. Barbara von Stechow has been a member of the executive committee of the Regional Association of Galleries of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate since 2002. The Sharjah Art Foundation, which organizes the Sharjah Biennial, revealed the five-person curatorial team: Natasha Ginwala, Amal Khalaf, Zeynep Öz, Alia Swastika, and Megan Tamati-Quennell. The British dealer Stuart Shave open Modern Art gallery in Paris. Art patrons and philanthropists Allison K. and Larry Berg have announced the creation of the A&L Berg Foundation. Ingrid Schaffner Joins Hauser & Wirth as Curatorial Senior Director. The Biedermann Gallery was founded in 1971 by the art historian Dr. Margret Biedermann. The Enari gallery is founded by Paul van Gemen and Christina Voulgari. Eva Presenhuber launched her namesake gallery in 2003 in Zurich. Team: Andreas Grimm, Katharina Geymüller. Francesco Manacorda has been named director of Italy’s Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. Galerie Nordenhake is located in the Lindenstraße in Kreuzberg and in Stockholm. Galerie Nordenhake was founded 1973 by Claes Nordenhake in Malmö. Alexie Glass-Kantor executive director of Artspace in Sydney. Galerie Daniel Lelong & Co.: President and Managing Director: Jean Frémon, Director: Patrice Cotensin, Associate Director: François Dournes.
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Die in Basel ansässige Galerie Knoell wird Teile ihres Geschäfts von Hauser & Wirth übernehmen und ihren Gründer Carlo Knoell als Senior Director einstellen. Die Art Basel, die Ausgaben in der Schweiz, Hongkong, Miami Beach und Paris veranstaltet, hat zwei wichtige Neueinstellungen in ihrem Führungsteam vorgenommen: Hayley Romer und Craig Hepburn. Marc Spiegler, ehemaliger globaler Direktor der Art Basel, ist Mitglied des Verwaltungsrats von Superblue. Seit 2002 ist Barbara von Stechow Mitglied des Vorstandes des Landesverbandes der Galerien in Hessen und Rheinland-Pfalz. Die Sharjah Art Foundation, die die Sharjah Biennale organisiert, gab das fünfköpfige Kuratorenteam bekannt: Natasha Ginwala, Amal Khalaf, Zeynep Öz, Alia Swastika, und Megan Tamati-Quennell. Der britische Kunsthändler Stuart Shave eröffnet eine Galerie für moderne Kunst in Paris. Die Kunstmäzene und Philanthropen Allison K. und Larry Berg haben die Gründung der A&L Berg Foundation angekündigt. Ingrid Schaffner wechselt als Curatorial Senior zu Hauser & Wirth Direktorin. Die Galerie Biedermann wurde 1971 von der Kunsthistorikerin Dr. Margret Biedermann gegründet. Die Galerie Enari wird von Paul van Gemen und Christina Voulgari gegründet. Eva Presenhuber launched her namesake gallery in 2003 in Zurich. Team: Andreas Grimm, Katharina Geymüller. Francesco Manacorda wurde zum Direktor des italienischen Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea ernannt. Die Galerie Nordenhake befindet sich in der Lindenstraße in Kreuzberg und in Stockholm. Die Galerie Nordenhake wurde 1973 von Claes Nordenhake in Malmö gegründet. Alexie Glass-Kantor, Geschäftsführerin von Artspace in Sydney. Galerie Daniel Lelong & Co: Präsident und Generaldirektor: Jean Frémon, Direktor: Patrice Cotensin, stellvertretender Direktor: François Dournes.

My reflections on art, collectors, marchers and contemporary art auctions

ENGLISH: Curator Maya Allison Is Organizing the UAE’s Pavilion for the Next Venice Biennale and Making Sourdough. Lisa Long, Curator, Julia Stoschek Collection. Artangel is a London-based arts organisation founded in 1985 by Roger Took. Directed since 1991 by James Lingwood and Michael Morris. Dove of peace. Cecilie Fredriksen collector Contemporary art; Postwar art. Diana Nawi, Pablo José Ramírez Named as Curators of 2023 Made in L.A. Biennial
GERMAN: Kuratorin Maya Allison organisiert den Pavillon der VAE für die nächste Biennale in Venedig und macht Sauerteig. Lisa Long, Kuratorin, Sammlung Julia Stoschek. Artangel ist eine in London ansässige Kunstorganisation, die 1985 von Roger Took gegründet wurde. Seit 1991 wird sie von James Lingwood und Michael Morris geleitet. Taube des Friedens. Cecilie Fredriksen Sammlerin Zeitgenössische Kunst; Nachkriegskunst. Diana Nawi, Pablo José Ramírez als Kuratoren der Biennale Made in L.A. 2023 benannt

 Record for Macklowe Collection, Sotheby's

The auction of the art collection of American real estate mogul Harry Macklowe and his ex-wife Linda has exceeded the high expectations at Sotheby's in New York. The "White Glove Sale", in which all lots were sold, achieved a record sum of 676.1 million dollars - never before has a single art collection brought in so much money. Four artists alone, including Agnes Martin and Jackson Pollock, set auction records. Among the night's four highest-priced works, each grossing more than $50 million, was Cy Twombly's 2007 "Untitled," a five-foot-wide canvas dotted with bright red peonies exaggerated into the abstract, which fetched more than $58 million dollars changed hands.

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