Collectors, gallerists, critics and journalists, all the art world gathered for a week in Switzerland for the The 47th edition of Art Basel, the world’s biggest art fair, featuring an overwhelming 4,000 artists across stands by 287 galleries from 33 countries.
Curated by Gianni Jetzer, the Unlimited sector of Art|Basel is dedicated to 88 institution-sized works, focussing on politically engaged works, from massive sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations to live performances.
Ai Weiwei turned the remains of a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) wooden residential structure into an 80-square-meter installation covered in white paint namely titled ”White House’, and balanced on glass bowls.
A substantial work by Greek sculptor Vlassis Caniaris made during a period of ex-patriation in Berlin, called ‘Praise’ (1974) touches upon themes of stifled movement, ownership, possession, and displacement.
The most impressive installation is Hans Op de Beeck’s “The Collector’s House”, an immersive, gray-plaster piece that invites viewers to enter the Pompeii-like petrified home of an aesthete, complete with a grand piano in the lounge, a library full of books, and beautiful Roman sculptures surrounding a lotus pond.
The Gli (Wall) is a dazzling gold sculpture formed with aluminium and copper wire from 2010 by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui.
Paul McCarthy’s playful and highly expressive 1994 “Tomato Head,” is a play on the children’s toy Mr. Potato Head.
Peter Halley’s 2016 “Weak Force” is a colorful wall installation mixing new grid paintings with digitally printed wallpaper that echoes the hues and patterns of the paintings.
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