In September 2017, Catherine Bastide inaugurated Bastide Projects which will be active for a period of three years in Marseille. This new space is thought as a home base for diverse curatorial and artistic projects, exploring new ways of production. The agency acts as a social entrepreneurship model, whose main purpose is to help empower local communities collaborating with artists and thinkers who encourage sustainable development opportunities and behaviours on a local and global level. It aims to bring together experts in arts, experts in sustainability and civilians to sustain scenarios where all parts are beneficiaries.
Bastide Projects facilitate encounters and exchanges between artists, curators, galleries, foundations, NGOs and social businesses.
Recently, “Bastide Projects” decided to join forces with “ARTPORT_making _waves” in order to establish a video art festival dedicated to the oceans and raise awareness for a global issue. This first edition of the festival will take place on August 31 2018, in collaboration with Art-o-rama, in the J1, a former harbor hangar converted into an important cultural space in La Joliette district , Marseille.
The festival will combine screenings, performances and workshops aimed at encouraging moments of attention that can be given to our environment. Through various proposals it intends to explore with its public a different way of looking at the oceans and the world we inhabit.
About Catherine Bastide
Catherine Bastide Biography
Catherine Bastide has about twenty-five years of experience in the field of Contemporary art. She founded Catherine Bastide Gallery in Brussels in 2000, working to develop the career of artists on the international art scene. She was representing Jacques André, Geert Goiris, Sarah Crowner, Jean-Pascal Flavien, William Pope.L, Ola Rindal, Josh Smith, Valérie Snobeck, Catherine Sullivan, Janaina Tschäpe, Kelley Walker and many others.
As an art dealer she has traveled the world extensively, discovering young talents, staying on top of current art trends, forging deep relationships with artists, collectors, curators and institutions, developing an expertise for dealing in the primary market.
Catherine Bastide got a start in art by working in 1986 for legendary French collector Bob Calle, in preparation for the opening of the “Carré d’Art” museum in Nîmes; working on the Van Abbe Museum collection and an Allan McCollum exhibition. In 1989, she became assistant to Jennifer Flay at Ghislaine Hussenot Gallery in Paris, where she eventually became director. There she worked closely with artists such as Christian Boltanski, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Andreas Gursky, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Sherrie Levine, Richard Long, Matt Mullican, Juan Munoz, Tony Oursler, Richard Prince, Edward Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Diana Thater, Jeff Wall, Franz West …
After an experience in New-York and Los Angeles, where she established long time working relationship with artists she came to Brussels.
In 1999, Prior to opening her own gallery, she co-curated with Anne Pontégnie, a Landmark exhibition with famed artists Mike Kelley and Franz West in the historical Villa Empain in Brussels. In 2011, she was in charge of the artistic direction of the exhibition “After Images” at the Musée Juif de Bruxelles, curated by Fionn Meade. The exhibition presented works by 34 major American artists drawn from Belgian collections.
With the edition company, Les Presses du Réel in Paris and Le Consortium, Dijon, she launched the program at “8 rue Saint Bon” in Paris where she showed publishing-related works by artists such as Lynda Benglis, Charles De Meaux, David Douard, Tom Holmes, Valerie Snobeck, Charlene Von Heyl. Drawing on her extensive experience in the global contemporary art world and art market and her presence on most major international art fairs (Art Basel, Frieze, FIAC, etc.), Catherine Bastide has developed a wide-ranging professional network and deep expertise based on well-established and collegial relationships with art galleries, collectors, institutions and non-profits.
Catherine Bastide is now proposing a new mode of collaborations with artists and the art market on the conception of artist-driven proposals, developing a green fund for artists residencies projects and special projects acting for the awareness of the global goals for sustainable development.