#ArtBasel weekend: #VNP only!

Saturday 20. June and Sunday 21. June 2015 it’s Art Basel weekend – the VNP weekend, i.e. the Very Normal People weekend, those not into the Art scene, behind the scene, the specialists, the Hollywood stars, the Art curators, Art critics and so on and so forth.

This is the folks’ weekend, when you are allowed to stroll around and do not feel judged because you do not have 50+ million (USD/EUR/CHF… Zimbabwe dollars unfortunately do not count!) in your bank account.

This is the weekend VNP enjoy the most and hate the most, as the weather this year basically compels you to stay indoor and your cultural guilt forces you to do something a bit more ‘intellectual’ than grilling bratwurst at the lake (when the sun is shining). Hence, all seem to go in that direction: Basel SBB. A Zoll-Frei paradise at the border with France and Germany, easily accessible by all means of transportation.

If you are only visiting for the weekend, and only for one day, then there are some things you would not like to miss. Obviously Art Basel is full of outstanding works of Art and galleries, but I must say not all the works (and galleries) are equally worth. So here you will find some highlights of works and galleries you should not miss.

HALL 2.0

Marlborough Gallery (H11)

Kusama and Picasso at Marlborough Gallery - pics courtesy of Marlborough Gallery
Kusama and Picasso at Marlborough Gallery – pics courtesy of Marlborough Gallery

 

Helly Nahmad Gallery (H5)

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Pablo Picasso at Helly Nahmad Gallery – pics courtesy Helly Nahmad

 

Karstedt (G15)

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Keith Haring, “Untitled (June 1, 1984)”, (1984) – Courtesy Skarstedt

 

Gladstone Gallery (G4)

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Richard Aldrich, “Untitled”, (2015) – Courtesy Gladstone Gallery

 

Galerie Hopkins (G10)

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Egon Schiele, “Seated woman in underclothes”, (1917) – Courtesy Galerie Hopkins

 

Kicken Berlin (F4)

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Helmut Newton, “Big nude III, Paris”, (1980) – Courtesy Kicken

Newton: so eternal! An absolute master.

Gagosian Gallery (B11)

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Mark Rothko at Gagosian Gallery – pic courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
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Jeff Koons – pic courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Larry Gagosian is almost more legend than human and his business artsy activities have now turned into a franchise spread across continents. However, Mr. Gagosian does not like name tags on the walls – therefore no titles! But it was not hard to recognise this gigantic Jeff Koons. What I was shocked about was the Mark Rothko hanging in a little separate room… with its private guard! I rhetorically asked in disbelief whether that was a Rothko and with a big smile the guard nodded. Wow Larry!!

Hauser & Wirth (D10)

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Ron Mueck, “Woman with Shopping”, (2013) – Courtesy Hauser&Wirth

My fav Züri-based gallery. There is also a nice Paul McCarthy at the fair, but for the real-deal go directly to the gallery in Zurich.

 

White Cube (D13)

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Damien Hirst, “Something and Nothing”, (2004) -Courtesy White Cube Gallery

 

Kukje / Tina Kim (D9)

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Anish Kapoor, “Untitled”, (2014) – Courtesy Kukje / Tina Kim

There are plenty of work by Ms. Kapoor around Art Basel –  this (including selfie!) was my favourite.

Metro Pictures Gallery (B5)

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Cindy Sherman, “Untitled”, (1981) – Courtesy Metro Pictures Gallery

 

Anthony Meier Fine Arts (A7)

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John Chamberlain, “Blue Brownie”, (1979) – Courtesy Anthony Meier Fine Arts

 

HALL 2.1

Sadie Cole (L20)

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Sara Lucas – Courtesy Sadie Coles Gallery
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Selfie with Jonathan Horowitz, “Beyonce”, (2015) – Courtesy Sadie Coles Gallery

Gallery Koyanagi (K2)

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Marlene Dumas, “Young Boy (Wet Suit)”, 1996 – Courtesy Gallery Koyanagi

If you you are a fan of Marlene, then you should definitely go to Fondation Beyeler now!

Foksal Gallery Foundation (K9)

A work by Jakub Julian Ziolkowski at Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw) - Courtesy of the Gallery
A work by Jakub Julian Ziolkowski at Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw) – Courtesy of the Gallery

Together with Hauser & Wirth, this is the only other gallery which represents Jakub Julian Ziolkowski… pure love – for Art of course!

Galerie Nathalie Obadia (K17)

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Laure Prouvost, “Ideally we would grow older together”, (2014) – Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Surely what caught my attention was the pink reference. However, what should have struck me is the fact that this young female artist (b. 1978) won the Turner Prize in 2013. She said at that time, after winning the prestigious prize, she felt strange… I think she is simply awesome.

Kaufmann Repetto (K12)

A work by French-Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch at Gallery Kaufmann Repetto - Courtesy of the Gallery
A work by French-Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch at Gallery Kaufmann Repetto – Courtesy of the Gallery

Gallery based in Milano and New York, has a very interesting selection of works and very nice staff  🙂

But most importantly, they have some of the latest works of Latifa Echakhch, an artist I am particularly attached to, as I wrote my very first *artemporary post about her!

Almine Rech Gallery (K11)

A work by artist Julian Schnabel at Almine Rech Gallery -  Courtesy of the Gallery
A work by artist Julian Schnabel at Almine Rech Gallery – Courtesy of the Gallery
A work by artist Richard Prince at Almine Rech Gallery - Courtesy of the Gallery
A work by artist Richard Prince at Almine Rech Gallery – Courtesy of the Gallery

Poetic Julian Schnable’s works and irreverent Richard Prince works here. If you can never get enough of Prince, check out his IG-account… he is flooding everyone’s feed with his pics.

Antony Reynolds Gallery (K14)

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Richard Billingham, “Untitled”, (1995) – Courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery
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Paul Graham, “Senami, Akaroa, NZ”, (2011) – Courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery

Some of the most remarkable YBA artists can be found in this London-based gallery. Mr. Billingham historically comes from a very average working-class environment and used to picture his parents in extremely realistic situations… you can go see him if you need a reality check! I do!!

Cabinet London (K19)

Ed Atkins,  "Untitled 8", (2014) - Courtesy Cabinet London
Ed Atkins, “Untitled 8”, (2014) – Courtesy Cabinet London

Ed Atkins, mostly known for his video art, rocks poetry in his work… there is plenty of him also at Art Basel Unlimited.

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (S2)

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View of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise space (S2)
Steven Shearer, "Sleep Trptych", (2015) - Courtesy Gavin Brown's Enterprise
Steven Shearer, “Sleep Triptych”, (2015) – Courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

More than the works, this gallery deserves to be checked out for its fancy carpets all over the gallery space, although – I must admit – I found this “Sleep Triptych” quite nice and amusing.

ShangART (S11)

LU Lei, "The fountain of Crow", (2015) - Courtesy of ShanghART
LU Lei, “The fountain of Crow”, (2015) – Courtesy of ShanghART

Only for the brave….

Galerie Greta Meert (R18)

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John Baldessarri, “Scene ( ) / Take ( ) : Mansion”, (2014) – Courtesy Galerie Greta Meert

Victoria Miro’ (R7)

Yayoi Kusama, "Inifinity-Nets (Ndea)", (2015) and "Floating cloud in the heaven", (2015) - Courtesy Gallery Victoria Miro'
Yayoi Kusama, “Inifinity-Nets (Ndea)”, (2015) and “Floating cloud in the heaven”, (2015) – Courtesy Gallery Victoria Miro’

Yayoi Kusama is close to 90 years old but this lady is… amazing?! The 2 works above are from this year… draw your conclusions!!

Long March Space (R16)

Zhan Wang, "Flying Stone No. 3", (2014) - Courtesy Long March Space
Zhan Wang, “Flying Stone No. 3”, (2014) – Courtesy Long March Space

Sean Kelly (R2)

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Marina Abramovic, “Artist portrait with a candle”, (2012) – Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery
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Joseph Kosuth, “Self-Defined-Five Colours”, (1965) – Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery

Gallery full of rockstars.. from Marina to Joseph…

Dvir Gallery (P6)

Another work by artist Latifa Echakhch at Dvir Gallery - Picture courtesy of Dvir
Another work by artist Latifa Echakhch at Dvir Gallery – Picture courtesy of Dvir

Tel-Avivian Art-power-house, Dvir is also showing some recent works from French-Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch.

RaebervonStenglin (N1)

Rapheal Hefti at Galerie RaebervonStenglin
Raphael Hefti at Galerie RaebervonStenglin

Zurich-based gallery run by 2 young gallerists, they are currently showcasing a machinery-artsy-work… a technician is there to make sure everything is running smoothly, as the machine is continuously working.

Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (M6)

Oscar Murillo, "De marcha... Una rumba? No, solo un desfile con etica y estetica (A march... a rumba? No, Just a demonstration of ethics and aesthetics)", (2015) -  Courtesy Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi
Oscar Murillo, “De marcha… Una rumba? No, solo un desfile con etica y estetica (A march… a rumba? No, Just a demonstration of ethics and aesthetics)”, (2015) – Courtesy Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi

 

It looks like a warehouse and is a bit messy – truth be told – but it has something that attracts attention.

The week was very intense but really worth it –  as any Art Basel. The quality of the works showcased was high. I truly enjoyed this week of events and art and I saw some of my favourite artists in the flesh. I could not have asked for more!

Until the next year folks!!