By Guiseppe Bernstein
Just as I thought I would catch my breath, another flight across the globe has me surveying one white cube filled with art after another. Where am I these days? Oh yeah, I’m at Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, the original one.
With over 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa showing everything from great masters of Modern and Contemporary Art to the latest generation of emerging artist. It’s the reason the parties are so libatious. If I weren’t properly lubricated yours truly would catch a rug burn from dragging myself down yet another carpeted corridor. Every artistic medium is represented at this Basel: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance.
Here are the staple names of artist we all know and buyers love: Bourgeois, Close, Koons, Pettibon, Murakami, Weiwei . The European and American markets are showing up in full force this week as the fair opened to the public today.
Among the first to enter the fair of course, I was stopped in my tracks several times. Seeing the beautiful photography at Howard Greenberg Gallery, such as this portrait by Eugene Atget and still life by Edward Steichen, offered a balance to the other photography shown at fellow New Yorker, Bruce Silverstein Gallery. Todd Hido at Silverstein holds up nicely beside the photographic greats and add something that was missing on the showroom floor – a bit of risk taking. (more…)