Art Basel Unlimited 2014 and 14 Rooms

Giuseppe Penone: Matrice di linfa, 2008, Fir tree, plant resin, terracotta, leather, metal, 127 x 4600 x 400 cm, approx. (c) the artist, photo by PAS



At the Art Basel Unlimited section for large scale works, Giuseppe Penone featured a huge tree cut in half treated with his typical uncarving method and filled with resin. Quite impressive!




Video installation by Guido van der Werve, film Nummer veertien home, 2012, © the artist courtesy Luhring Augustine Gallery and Marc Foxx Gallery



I also liked the strange video ‘home requiem’ by Guido van der Werve. It is a meditation about home and never returning to it. He features himself on a strange triathlon swimming, cycling and running from Poland to Paris in order to deliver polish soil to the grave of Frédéric Chopin. The famous composer was born in Poland but never returned since the days of his childhood. Really, it is worth to take the time to see the full length!




Carsten Nicolai, ‘unidisplay’, of 2012, Real-time projection, large-scale screen, mirror walls, bench with loudspeakers © the artist courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin.



The sound and computer installation ‘unidisplay’ by Carsten Nicolai featured last year at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, is now on sale here in Basel. It is a brilliant minimal piece about the mechanics of perception.




Certainly the most impressive side event of Art Basel 2014 was ’14 Rooms'. The superstar curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans-Ulrich Obrist created at a separate fair hall 14 rooms entirely devoted to performance art.



I really enjoyed the Tino Sehgal performance in which a couple tried to sell a Tino Sehgal performance to the audience for the price of € 30.000 in an edition of 4. The performance on sale  in the performance was a collectors couple receiving some guests in their home. Instead of welcoming them, they should walk backwards and then exclaim’ Timo Sehgal in 2004’.


Anybody interested?




by UGL.





Installation view at Xavier Hufkens Gallery: spray painting by Sterling Ruby © the artist


Tim, 23-06-14 07:34
I liked the John Bock Video installation.
Why didn ' t you mention it here?
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Q: Quote a section of this chatper that made you think and explain why. Art Basel, do you all know we have an Art Basel every year here in Miami? How many of you have gone? How many of you have gone to an Art Fair in general, what was your experience was it “horror, alienation and amusement” as stated by the author? I personally really enjoy them, but get so exhausted! It is not the ideal way to view art, but can give you a glimpse for later follow up on the artists career. Artists tend to view art fairs with a mixture of horror, alienation, and amusement. They feel uneasy when all the hard work of the studio is reduced to supplying the voracious demand, and they wince at the sight of so much art accompanied by so little substantive conversation. It is probably quite obvious why I chose this quote, with our own small art show that just recently went up, and the entire process of establishing a strong idea and being able to explain it quickly and hope that the viewers understand your work. It is all very stressful, and although we are still in the art making process, it is important to remember that if we are trying to get our work and ideas out there, we have to also know how to express ourselves. All the work these artists have put into their work is now out of their studio, and open to the fair. They can not change anything, and they probably feel rather exposed. However, this is an art fair, and not a gallery exhibition. which means that people are mostly considering whether or not they want to add your work to their collections. It is far different than showing your work in a museum or art gallery where people are not immediately wondering the worth and whether or not they could make a profit off of your work.I myself have never been to the Miami art Basel, but I have been to the art show down park. the one here in winter park I feel has more craft oriented work, and it is very exhausting to look at each booth and try to be as unbiased as possible and appreciate the work for what it is. Also, it is a different experience seeing a price tag next to a piece, vs. seeing the title of the work. I do however like that it is interactive and that the artists themselves are there to explain their work to you. It is definitely something I would like to make be a part of, just for the experience of it. [url=]kaqjat[/url] [link=]zkpzvbecvr[/link]
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