Art Basel

Recommendations from Eugenia Lai

 Knight Landesman, Photo: David Levene for the Guardian

Knight Landesman, Photo: David Levene for the Guardian

Frieze Projects, Frieze Talks, Frieze Sounds and the Frieze Artist award: over the past few years Frieze Art Fair proper has grown to incorporate a full range of non-for-profit projects and events. But isn't that missing the point? Our writer remembers what Frieze is really about.

Claire Fontaine, Portrait; Courtesy Air de Paris, Paris / Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Is it possible these days to make political art within the existing art (market) system? That is precisely what the art collective Claire Fontaine have been been trying to do since their inception in 2004, though the odds may be stacked hopelessly against them.

 Gavin Brown (links) und Daniel Baumann (rechts)

Gavin Brown (links) und Daniel Baumann (rechts)

The New York-based gallerist Gavin Brown and the Swiss curator Daniel Baumann take a shot at an unromantic view of the art market. It turns out depressing, entertaining, and instructive at once.