Events > Art Fair

10 - 14 Jun. 2009

Art Basel 40

Josh Thorpe
Dan Graham
Offsite Location
Basel, Switzerland.
In this Series

13 - 18 Jun. 2001
Art Basel 32

12 Jun. 2002
Art Basel 33

18 - 23 Jun. 2003
Art Basel 34

16 - 21 Jun. 2004
Art Basel 35

15 - 20 Jun. 2005
Art Basel 36

14 - 18 Jun. 2006
Art Basel 37

13 - 17 Jun. 2007
Art Basel 38

04 - 08 Jun. 2008
Art Basel 39

10 Jun. 2009
European book launch and signing for Josh Thorpe's Dan Graham Pavilion

15 - 19 Jun. 2011
Art Basel 42

Art Metropole has been attending the fair annually since 1977. This year, Art Met is highlighting the new book Dan Graham Pavilions with a launch and book signing with the author Josh Thorpe.

Josh Thorpe is an artist, writer, and musician living in Toronto. He has a Master’s in Visual Studies from University of Toronto and he works at ERA Architects and Cove & Ovolo. His work has been shown in Canada, the US, and Europe. In 2009 Art Metropole published Thorpe’s first book, Dan Graham Pavilions: A Guide.

Installation, Performance, and Conceptual artist Dan Graham (American, b.1942) is best known for his pioneering advances in Video Art as well as his highly-conceptual installations, which facilitate specific interactions between viewers. Born in Urbana, Illinois, he moved to New Jersey as a young man and in 1962 opened the John Daniels Gallery in New York, his first official foray into the art world. There he showed the work of Conceptual and Minimalist artists, such as Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) and Donald Judd (American, 1928–1994), and began creating works himself during this time, influenced by similar reductive aesthetics. Beginning in the late 1960s, he worked with photography, documenting houses in both urban and suburban areas, which he later published in a magazine format, accompanied by texts in his Homes for America series. In the 1970s, he was a leading proponent of Performance and Video Art, before turning to an installation format to create architectural sites provoking interactions between viewers and public spaces. He often also used video, mirrors, and other materials in innovative ways to explore the relationship formed between the audience and the artwork. Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles,the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in Germany, the Museu Serralves in Portugal, and the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford. He has also exhibited his work in several Documenta exhibitions in Kassel. In addition to his work as an artist, Graham is also an acclaimed cultural critic and theorist, and has published several significant books over the past three decades. He currently lives and works in New York City.


1: Ann Dean toasting in the Art Metropole booth.
2: AA Bronson and Ann Dean.
3: The booth.
4: The booth.
5: Artist Dan Graham at the Art Metropole booth.

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