Fiona Rae, Figure 1r, 2015, Art Basel 2015
Art Basel opened this week for its’ 46th edition. It is known as one of the biggest art fairs in the world. This often results in exceptionally strong sales for galleries and ensures a strong showing from some of the best international galleries. The event is seen as a central meeting point for the international art world. Last years event saw 285 galleries from 34 countries across the six sectors of the show. They were exhibiting work from over 4000 artists. There was also a great emerging scene with 24 galleries showing at Basel for the first time. With Art Basel now fully underway we take a look at some of our favourite work from the art fair. The quality of artwork has been stronger than ever and we’ve gathered a selection of our favourites for you to take a look at.
Sarah Sze – Red Stone, 2013-2015
The artist has previously stated that she perpetually collects objects everywhere she goes. This is so that her works can be thought of as autobiographical records of where she’s been. This can be anything and everything and even includes everyday mundane objects. Sze’s Stone Series comprises a series of thirteen abstract monochrome canvases, each paired with groupings of four rocks. The artist is interested in the essential properties of said rocks, such as weight and colour. Established London gallery Victoria Miro represents the artist at Art Basel 2015.
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Thomas Ruff – neg◊nud_01, 2015
The artist uses technological advancements to create new visual possibilities in photography and question it’s artistic qualities. The artist is not interested in photography in a traditional sense however. He does not capture the character or image with a lot of light or shade but he rather only shows the surface. This is in the manner and typologies of straight photography, learned from his teachers Bernd and Hilla Becher. This gives the photography a unique artistic quality. Mai 36 Galerie of Zurich represents the artist at the art fair.
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Roy Lichtenstein – Sky, Land and Water, 1984
The American Pop artist continues to prove popular at art fairs and auctions internationally. The artist was also known for bringing commercial art into the gallery, which at the time was considered a great taboo. He has always stressed the artificiality of his work by using primary colours and painting them as though they’d come from commercial press. His subjects range from advertisements and comics to everyday scenes. The Richard Gray Gallery at features his work in their booth at Art Basel 2015.
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Maria Taniguchi – I see, it feels, 2015
The Filipino multi-media artist is known for her large installation work. Her large format wall paintings often take on dimensions that are sculptural and architectural in their inspiration. Some of her most recent work has featured brickwork designs that closely mimic designs used in bricklaying. The work that is featured here is something completely different however and is a single channel video installation. carlier | gebauer feature the atist in their booth at the art fair.
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Gunnel Wåhlstrand – Wave, 2015
The artist lives and works in Stockholm, where he graduated from Royal University College of Fine Arts in 2003. The artist works on what could be described as redevelopment of photographs using a technique known as ink wash. This is a particularly long and painstaking process where the artist transfers ink to paper and must often immerse herself in an image in order to fully see it. This gives her work a particularly personal feel and the artist often describes experiencing the images. Andréhn-Schiptjenko gallery features the artist at Art Basel 2015.
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Fiona Rae, Figure 1r, 2015
The artist is often counted among the YBA, Young British Artists. Featured as our cover artist for the article, Fiona Rae draws her inspiration from many different sources, ranging from William de Kooning to cartoons. Her abstract paintings make bold use of juxtaposition both formal and thematic. The artist incorporates various techniques in one painting to give a strange allure to her work. It is often both enchanting and slightly menacing to the viewer, or both fanciful and serious at the same time. German and Swiss gallery, Buchmann Galerie, represent the artist at Art Basel 2015.
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Dan Flavin – Untitled (to Bob and Pat Rohm), 1969
The artist utilises fluorescent tubing that is available on the commercial market. He then created light installations that became icons of minimalism. The artist’s wall mounted site-specific installations, are often seen to flood spaces with their glow. They are often composed of intersecting parallel lines of conventional colour. A number of the sculptures have been known to traverse doorways or right angles of rooms, in order to make full use of the architectural space. The artist can be seen at Art Basel with the showing from Acquavella Galleries.
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Keiichi Tanaami – Collage Book 7_47 (1969-1975), 1969
Keiichi Tanaami is a seminal figure in Japanese Pop Art. The artist has stated that most of his expressions are base on his own actual experiences. The artist is best known for his cartoonish and colourful paintings. His work often blends dream figures and references to childhood experiences with pop culture iconography. The artist has worked across a variety of mediums that include video, animation and graphic design. He has also worked in commercial illustration and has stated a profound influence from Andy Warhol on his work. Sikkema Jenkins & Co. present the artist at Art Basel 2015.
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Carrie Mae Weems – Moody Blue Girl, 1997
The artist’s work is steeped in African-American history. It explores issues of race, class, gender and identity. She works primarily in photography and video but also explores many other mediums, including performance and verse. Regardless of medium the artist has said that activism is a central theme to her work. In particular she looks at history as a way of better understanding the present. Most recently the artists efforts were recognised with a ‘genius grant’ from the MacArthur Foundation. Jack Shainman Gallery represent the artist at the art fair.
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Jose Dávila – Untitled (Sex and Death/Double “69”), 2015
The artist draws on his training as an architect in his work. He reflects on the failure of utopian, modernist architectural principles in his assemblages, mixed-media works, photography and installations. He is mainly known for his mixed-media assemblages that include hybrids of painted wood, found objects and plastics. His work here features a trace of Bruce Nauman’s iconic neon light works. After the neon tubes are removed, there’s a remnant of light spectrum that conceptualises the work. Mexican Galeria OMR represents the artist at the art fair.
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Paulina Olowska – After Nomadic Existence of Marguetite Burnat-Provins, 2015
The renowned artist is a veteran of the Istanbul, Moscow and Venice biennales. She aims to blend themes of reality with fantasy in her works. She began her career as a painter, creating nostalgic images of packaging and commercial graphics from late communist era Poland. These would often emulate Western styles. Today her monumental installations include video, graphics and neon lights. The artist can be found at Art Basel with established international gallery, Simon Lee Gallery.
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Neil Gall – Allegory (Bronzino), 2014
The multi-medium artist incorporates a number of techniques in his work. This includes assemblage, sculpture, painting and collage. His work often features everyday and mundane objects. His abstract models form the basis for his exploration of other mediums. Works such as the one featured are made from ribbons, ping pong balls, tape, hot glue and a number of other materials. He then photographs these models and re-uses the material in collages, paintings and such. This intriguing work is featured by David Nolan Gallery at Art Basel 2015.
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