Art Browsing At Art Basel 2015

With yet another edition of Art Basel, after the Miami chapter late last year and the Hong Kong version earlier this year, galleries, artists, art collectors, aficionados and amateurs did not miss their yearly rendez-vous in Switzerland this June, between the 18th and the 21st.

Thomas Schütte, Großer Geist Nr. 6  ©Thomas Schütte. Courtesy Skarstedt New York:London
Thomas Schütte, Großer Geist Nr. 6
©Thomas Schütte. Courtesy Skarstedt New York:London

Skarstedt gallery exhibited a wide selection of works by Fischl, Boetti, George Condo, Willem de Kooning, Keith Haring, Mike Kelley, Albert Oehlen, Richard PrinceCindy Sherman, Rosemarie Trockel and the legendary Andy Warhol, along with a larger than life sculpture (right), by German contemporary artist Thomas Schütte, one of the most important artists of his generation and whose art take different and often contradictory forms.

Also featured here is German artist Oehlen with one of his iconic 1992 fabric paintings (below right) that moved away from his earlier strict, formal compositions.

A fluorescent acrylic piece (below left) by American graffiti artist and social activist Keith Haring left us wondering if it would glow in the dark. Known through New York’s street culture of the 1980s, Haring depicted concepts of birth, death, sexuality and war, raising awareness about AIDS, from which he later died.

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1984  © Keith Haring Foundation. Courtesy Skarstedt New York/London
Keith Haring, Untitled, 1984
© Keith Haring Foundation. Courtesy Skarstedt New York/London
Albert Oehlen Untitled, 1992
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1992
Courtesy the Artist and Skarstedt New York/London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Takashi Murakami, Kōrin: Chaos, 2015
Courtesy of Blum & Poe

 

Artwork by other artists such as Ha Chonghyun, Karel Appel, Kwon Young-woo, Lee Ufan and Sam Durant were exhibited by Blum & Poe, including new 2015 pieces: Takashi Murakami‘s colorful Kōrin: Chaos , a chaotic harmony of blooming flowers with platinum and god leaves (right) and The Cavern (below), a disturbing piece by eccentric American artist and creator of O-ism, Jim Shaw. A pun at capitalism eating the world? Or an implication that man is greedy and money driven? We wonder…

 

 

 

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Jim Shaw, The Cavern, 2015
Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe
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Allan D’Arcangelo, Marilyn, 1962
Courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY
© Estate of Allan D’Arcangelo/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

New York based gallery Mitchell-Innes & Nash presented work by modern & contemporary masters Matisse, Picasso, de Kooning, Fontana, Giacometti, Jack Goldstein and Schwitters, as well a large number of other artists: Jean Arp, Anthony Caro, Jay DeFeobb, Keltie Ferris, Gonzalo Fonseca, Karl Haendel, Leigh Ledare, Daniel Lefcourt, Roy Lichtenstein, Eddie Martinez, William Pope.L, Amanda Ross-Ho -to name a few. Allan D’Arcangelo‘s Marilyn (right) took on a fun DIY spin with a deconstruction of Marilyn Monroe’s face and a display of the different parts labeled with numbers corresponding to their rightful place on her blank, numbered face. 

Hide-Seek (below) by Nancy Graves, an abstract explosion of colours with streaks of a single dark shade, appeals to each viewer’s own perception and inner state; what might be viewed by one as “just colours on a canvas”, could be seen by another as a female dancer swirling in a garden.

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Nancy Graves, Hide and Seek, 1982
Courtesy of the Mtichell-Innes & Nash, NY
© 2015 Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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