Art Basel 2018 edition has already ended so it’s time to review the art show and the best exhibitors that participated.
The biggest distraction from the 49th edition of Art Basel is the giant, exhausting, and fantastic Bruce Nauman retrospective “Disappearing Acts” at the Schaulager museum. And the occasion, slated for a forthcoming stint in New York in October—when it will take up a home at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1—has a bit of commerce to go along with it.
Sperone Westwater sold Nauman’s new Contrapposto Split, a 3-D video projection that turns the exhibition space into an extension of the artist’s studio, and Leaping Foxes, a new hanging sculpture with foam-formed wild animals stacked acrobatically. The video piece sold to an anonymous buyer for a seven-figure sum, while the sculpture went (also for seven figures) to the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. “He was able to create two new pieces in time for the exhibition,” dealer Angela Westwater said of Nauman. “You can call it two world premieres at once.”
Simon Lee London and Perrotin Paris utilized their adjoining position at the fair and the special architecture of their booths to create a shared space over two floors dedicated to major works by French painter Bernard Frize.
Galerie Gmurzynska, the innovative and leading international gallery, which has locations in Zurich, St. Moritz, New York, is a must-see at each Art Basel exhibition and is always considered one of the major booths to visit. Known for their innovative ideas and creative collaborations, this year’s gallery presents two specially curated cabin exhibitions: One is an homage to the pop-icon artist Robert Indiana (1928-2018), who became famous for his LOVE paintings and sculptures.
The main Fondation Beyeler stand at this year’s Art Basel is devoted to Pablo Picasso, the emblematic artist of the 20th-century. The selection of works on show concentrates on Picasso’s multifaceted image of woman, with three major paintings and a large bronze sculpture of the artist’s lover and muse Dora Maar.
London’s Victoria Miro gallery has gone with a three-person booth, with work on view by Yayoi Kusama (pictured here), Sarah Sze, and Adriana Varejão.
When it comes to scrappy elegance, it’s hard to beat this year’s outing from Cologne’s Galerie Gisela Capitain. From left to right here, it’s works by Charline von Heyl, Martin Kippenberger, and Seth Price.
47 Canal, which calls New York’s Chinatown home, has in its booth a piquant melange of gallery artists including, left to right here, Janiva Ellis, Antoine Catala, Josh Kline (at front), and Stewart Uoo.
As always the fair was a show stopper with incredible artworks.