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Gordon Parks

Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

archival pigment print

42 x 42 inches

Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation ©The Gordon Parks Foundation

Jenkins Johnson Gallery of San Francisco, exhibiting at the Swiss edition of the fair for the first time, will show a selection of images by the African-American photographer Gordon Parks in the Survey sector.

 

The gallery’s founder, Karen Jenkins-Johnson, said that the images, from Parks’s “Segregation” series, make viewers emotional. “I have seen people stand in front of them and cry,” she said.

 

“History is repeating itself,” she said. “The current tensions surrounding civil rights around the world are reminiscent of past conditions.”

 

The Basel fair is a good place for such material, Ms. Jenkins-Johnson said: “Europeans are very knowledgeable about art and art history. You can push the limits.”

 

Also pushing limits is the larger European context of Art Basel. The 2017 edition takes place amid other high-profile exhibitions on the Continent, a confluence that happens only once a decade: the every-other-year Venice Biennale (on view until Nov. 26); the every-five-yearsDocumenta (through July 16 in Athens, and from June 10 to Sept. 17 in Kassel, Germany); and the every-10-years Sculpture Projects Münster(from June 9 in Münster, Germany).