Alexis Hubshman: “Scope is like a treasure hunt”

Scope is celebrating its eleventh birthday this year by launching Scope Haus, a new private art centre in Basel. Its president, Alexis Hubshman has managed to launch a fair that today enjoys widespread success. For this edition, 70 exhibitors have been chosen. Independent and atypical… Scope has stayed loyal to its commitments.   Scope has now been around for about 16 years. Its president, Alexis Hubshman, didn’t go to business school. He’s an artist… and an entrepreneur. He previously worked with a landscaping company and even invented a gadget allowing users to walk around on rollerblades when he was 20 years old. He went on to invest some of his profits in opening an art gallery in the Meatpacking district in New York City where no young galleries existed at the time. Three years later, he decided to create his own art fair, Scope. He has already curated shows on China, India, the Middle East diaspora…   Can you outline the context in which Scope has emerged? We started at a beautiful space in Basel, where we were for more than ten years, and we’ve now evolved by taking possession of a beautiful Crédit Suisse building in the centre of town. For the next five years we have it every day, every month, all year. I first came to Basel to show emerging contemporary art – that was sort of where we started. The business started 16 years ago at a time when here weren’t really any satellite art fairs, as they’ve come to be known, so we were really one of the first. Our goal is to show new young emerging dealers and artists whereas the Armory, Art Basel, or Cologne are for the more established. So a lot of the galleries that have come to Scope are...

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, European charm meets American ostentation

Miami, 10 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Art Basel Miami Beach officially opened to the public on 5 December, though – by this point – the event had already been open for a week, with its associated events expected to go on long after the official opening day. The event features no fewer than thirteen satellite events – Scope, Aqua, NADA, Pulse, Select, Untitled, Ink, Design, Context, Brazil, Russian Pavilion, Miami Project. Other highlights have included the opening of a building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, to act as a dedicated space for the Jorge Pérez Collection. A number of vernissages have also featured, including those for three large exhibitions of private collection (Margulies, Rubell, de la Cruz), as well as those for several museums (including Bass and Wolfsonian). A tour of galleries was offered in the bustling Wynwood district. Suffice to say that between 5 and 8 December it was impossible to visit everything. As in previous years, the event was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, an enormous building which would take visitors at least two days to fully explore. Like other international art fairs of the same stature, the event featured major galleries from across the world, exhibiting their finest pieces – all viewed by smartly-suited buyers, and eccentrically-styled artists. French galleries produced particularly high-quality stands, with notable contributors to the event including Almine Rech, who appeared last year at NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance, a satellite fair) – a gallery which, this year, made its first appearance at Art Basel. Parisian gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, who displayed a large painting, alongside a sculpture by Baselitz, and a drawing by Robert Longo. Art:Concept was another French gallery which stood out, presenting an installation by Richard Fauguet. Paris’s Perrotin gallery was also a prominent participant, choosing to dedicate...

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Call for applications: SCOPE Miami Beach 2013

Miami, 29 July 2013, Art Media Agency The organisers behind SCOPE Miami Beach 2013 have released a call for applications for its 2013 edition, which is to run between 4 and 8 December. Applicants are requested to submit their applications by 30 September 2013. Those who are successful will join a programme featuring 100 international exhibitors and 15 “Breeder Program” galleries, situated on the sands of Miami Beach. Over the past decade, SCOPE has held more than 65 art fairs across the world, and prides itself on existing as a showcase for works by emerging contemporary artists, and embracing a multidisciplinary approach to artistic production. SCOPE Miami Beach is expected to attract over 40,000 visitors over the course of five days, with a target audience of collectors, curators and art enthusiasts. Over the course of its existence, SCOPE has been responsible for generating total sales of over $500m. The event will open with a VIP and press evening on 3...

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Scope New York 2013 in search of new talents

New York,  19 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Scope art fair will be back in New York from 7 to 10 March 2013. The event will be held at the Skylight, Moynihan Station. Scope New York 2013 aims to promote emerging artists. The event welcomes 55 international galleries along with 20 galleries participating in the programme “Scope Breeder”, selected by a jury of specialists. The exhibitors, coming from four continents and 18 countries, showcase the work of promising artists. “Scope Breeder” is indeed an opportunity for new galleries to get involved in the fair and gain visibility. This year, it will highlight among others Peres Projects, John Connelly Presents, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Daniel Reich Gallery, Bischoff/Weiss, Invisible-Exports, Seventeen, Rokeby, Taxter Spengemann, Magical Artroom and Spinello Projects. Besides, Scope New York is also presenting emerging artists from various fields of fashion, cinema, music and performance...

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Record sales and crowds at Scope New York

New York, 22 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The organisers of Scope New York fair, which took place from 7 to 11 Mars 2012, announced their satisfaction following this event, boasting a new record for visitors and sales for this edition. About 18,000 peopleattended the fair, which occupied 5,300 square meters, just opposite the Armory Show. The sneak preview on 7 March welcomed 3,500 people with profits going to Chashama, an association dedicated to backing artists and increasing public awareness of art. More than 60 galleries were present, and several praised, according to the organisers, the quality of the works and particularly the quality of emerging artists. In collaboration with Company, a society specialised in promoting emerging artists, Scope presented its New York Award 2012 to the NOMAD gallery in Brussels and to the Congolese artist Vitshois Bondo. Each will have a 10 square meter space at the next Scope Basel fair, which will take place from 12 to 17 June 2012. The galleries also seemed pleased: several artists, including the street artist Retna, sold all of their displayed works immediately. The von Braunbehrens Gallery took away $300,000 (€ 228,000) in sales, and Global Art Group $165,000. The collector Beth Rudin DeWoody received attention for her purchases. In fact, the galleries have highlighted, still according to Scope’s press release, the quality of the exchanges which took place with the critics, journalists and artists who were at the fair. Lastly, the exhibitors seem to notice with satisfaction quite a renewal among collectors, with younger buyers showing an interest in...

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