There is a reason why Art Basel is Art Basel! Everyone just seems to be at their best for Basel. It’s like putting on your best designer dress for an exquisite gala (but in a good way, not a pretentious snobbish way, if you get my drift). All the galleries seem to keep their best for Basel, and the fair is just an amalgamation of great art and innovative, creative mediums. The grounds are huge and between Art Basel, Unlimited, and Design Miami/Basel, you really do need a few days to cover the fair!
Loved Nan Goldin’s Diptychs at Kewenig gallery. Leila Heller gallery showed the ‘Refuse’ series of Plexi trash containers by French-American artist, Arman, bringing focus to the sad state of things today, shedding light on the idea that we might all be buried in junk soon if nothing is done about mass production and over consumerism. Leila Heller gallery also took part in Art Basel Parcours projects and show Reza Aramesh’s beautiful sculptures in key locations around Basel.
As always, I was happy to see Middle Eastern artists; I loved Walid Raad’s Letters to the Reader and Mounira Al Solh embroidery and textile artworks at Sfeir-Semler gallery, and Akram Zaatari’s cyanotype contact-prints. Amongst all the amazing art, I enjoyed the artworks at Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, Konrad Fisher, Lelong, Lisson, Pace, Daniel Tempion, Andrew Kreps, Peter Freeman, Buchman, Annet Gelink, and the eclectic colorful booth of Gagosian.
There was interesting performance art at Dawid Radziszewski gallery, which gave me a highly needed chance to sit down, and enjoy the piece.
I especially enjoyed gazing at the Blue and Gray Mark Rothko from the Beyeler Collection, and the photos of Marina Abramovitch’s Imponderabilia performance.