Trends to Follow from Basel 2018 – Basel 2018 seemed bigger this year with satellite events popping up daily in Basel, Switzerland.
And there were many new events to be seen, including Photo Basel, Paper Position, the Frame Art Fair, the Rhy Art Fair, the Outsider Art Fair and I Never Read, Art Book Fair.
During the fair, extraordinary galleries tried to outdo each other with caviar, bubbles and sublime works of creativity and skill.
Meanwhile, illustrious museums in Basel put on their best shows for the year, from Bruce Nauman at Schaulager, to Giacometti/Bacon at Beyeler, to Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger at Tinguely.
Other institutional stand-outs? The Kunstmuseum, Kunsthalle, Kunstraum, Alsace’s CRAC, France’s Fondation Fernet-Branca, and 40 years of collecting by Geneva’s David Brolliet.
Overall, the spectacle of Basel didn’t disappoint.
Here, collectors arrived in private jets; curators from Red Bull and Pushkin looked to fill in new initiatives; power brokers gathered at the Trois Rois Hotel bar; and aficionados rushed from the “Conversations to Film” program to the Parcours displays around the city.
Below are some of our favorite highlights and trends from Basel 2018.
What pieces captivated the crowd?
Carlos Cruz-Diez, “Translucent Chromointerferent Environment,” 1974/2009, installation, mixed media, 375 x 1186 x 1187 cm. Courtesy of Galeria Raquel Arnold.
[NOTE: Carlos Cruz-Diez — who’s 95-years-old — stole the show with his geometric elliptical light box at Art Unlimited. The exclusive UBS lounge also featured his works in their collection.]
Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, two British artists known as Semiconductor, came up “HALO,” a piece of dynamic “data artwork,” after participating in an artist residency program at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research). Words and images courtesy of Monica Bello, head of Arts at CERN, curator of the 2018 Audemars Piguet Art Commission; Audemars Piguet; and the 2018 Audemars Piguet Art Commission.
Calvin Klein’s Raf Simons celebrated American quilt patchwork with these unique chairs — all sold out the first day at Design Miami.
It’s true that all that glitters isn’t gold, but shimmery stuff was trending at Basel.
Jim Hodges, “moments of forever I,” 2018, Glitter, acrylic medium and pastel on canvas, 120 x 99 x 2 inches (304.8 x 251.5 x 5.1 cm). Courtesy of Anthony Meier Fine Arts.
Rudolf Stingel, “Untitled,” 2007, Oil and enamel on canvas, 95 1/4 x. 76 in. (242 x 193 cm). Courtesy of White Cube.
Leonor Antunes, “Discrepencies with a Caucasian textile (2),” 2018, 3 elements: brass; i. 194 7/8 x 18 1/8 in. (495 x 46 cm); ii. 194 1/2 x 18 1/8 in. (494 x 46 cm); iii. 194 7/8 x 23 5/8 in. (495 x 60 cm.); Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery.
RECYCLING, FRAGILITY & THE ENVIRONMENT
Also on display? Themes of decay, reuse, transformation and sustainability.
Jorge Peris, “Claro de Luna para un instrumento innombrable,” 2018, Modified found wooden furniture pieces, 320 x 185 x 110 cm. Courtesy of MAGAZZINO.
R.M. Fischer, “RMF5742,” 2018, wood, wood stain, steel, stainless steel, vinyl, fabric, thread, polyester, fiberfill, brass, copper wire, electric light, cable, 129.5 x 94 x 61 cm (51 x 37 x 24 in). Courtesy of Southard Reid; Shown at LISTE, Wartek Brewery.
Daniel Jacoby, “Tecnopor,” 2017, Foam, cotton fabric, metal structure. Courtesy of Maisterravalbuena; Shown at LISTE, Wartek Brewery.
Lara Favaretto, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” 2018, Installation, Colored confetti; 10 elements, 90.0 × 90.0 × 90.0 cm (35.4 × 35.4 × 35.4 Size in). Courtesy of Galleria Franco Noero; Shown at Art Unlimited.
At the Design Miami showcase, South African designer-activist Porky Hefer created several endangered animal pieces — including this Orangutan — for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundationthrough the SFA Advisory and Southern Guild. Communities in Africa produced the works – with the sale proceeds benefitting the foundation. For more information, please click here.
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