The sheer grandeur the name Art Basel carried for me, thanks to Jay-Z, only made more sense when I experienced the majestic fair. During my first time Basel-ing, thanks to @ Marian, I met a handful of interesting people working in the art world, like critic Hilde Lynn Helphenstein, better known as Jerry Gogosian. More than anything, I discovered a ton of new artists and the status quo of the art world.
To start off, I will go through the booths at Unlimited which impressed me. Art Basel Unlimited grants galleries the space to showcase sculptures, video projections, wall paintings and performance art.
Starting with a BANG, artist Leonardo Drew blew me away with his assemblage installation. Through his orderly chaos, the Tallahassee born creates, at the same time, an intimate but also destructive portraiture of art. Using weathered materials, like cotton, animal hide or wood. While there may seem not much more behind the work, Drew critiques social injustices and the cyclical nature of existence.
Folkert de Jong was one the artist I wasn’t familiar with, but I was am instant fan of his majestic sculptures. Communicating themes like war, greed and power, De Jong also portrays a spectrum of emotions on the faces of his characters, like mania, delusion or introspection.
One of the artists I was excited to see was Louisa Gagliardi and she stunned me with her ‘little guy’. Her digital-based paintings shows ethereal worlds with dreamlike characters. Gagliardi’s works are produced on photoshop, and printed on PVC.
Another artist I was looking forward to see, and which Avant Arte is soon collaborating with, is Ciu Jie. Jie astounds me with her bright portraiture, highlighting the post-Soviet brutalist architecture in modern cities.
Last but not least is artist Shannon Bool who suddenly sparked my interest the moment I was leaving unlimited. With her jacquard tapestry with silk she combines two worlds: architecture and weaving. Also exploring themes like the feminine identity, Bool is one I will have my eyes on.
Thanks for sharing. What's the Jay-Z reference to? Is it a lyric from one of his songs?
7 months ago·