One of the most rewarding moments in contemporary art can be making connections. Not to miss the obvious, I realize of course, for some it all about connections with people, but what I’m talking about here is the associations between the art works. Often these are made with works that are derivative, or reference other pieces of art/artists and works that employ appropriation. However the connections I’m looking at here are between Art Basel, Venice Biennale and select current museum and gallery shows. I’m certainly not covering it all and I’ve chosen to include some particular favorites from Art Basel and perhaps a few hints on some “trends” that might be fun to lookout for.
Just to give an example, let’s talk ceramics. Crossing into more mainstream contemporary art from what might have previously been seen as craft, artists working in porcelain and ceramics have become highly desirable. Perhaps we can give a little credit to Jeff Koons who has been working with porcelain since the 1980’s, significantly his Banality series. Thank you to the Prada Foundation in Venice, “Ca’ Corner della Regina”, for their display of Jeff Koons work, Fait d’Hiver (1988), next to a collection of Meissen porcelains from the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg. This may leave the viewer to wonder which work made the other look more kitsch? Some contemporary artists working in this medium we saw in Basel are: Rachel Kneebone, White Cube; Mai Thu Perret, Timothy Taylor; Ai Weiwei, Mary Boone.
As a visual person (and since it is all about the art after all…) I’ve created a photo essay of Art Basel 42 and noted a few connections that jumped out at me. Please enjoy the photo show! * Editor’s apology: images are not as great as hoped as the fair was chockfull of people the entire week; congrats to the galleries and collectors for a super successful (almost to the degree of worrisome) turnout.
*Anton Kern Gallery, New York: Michael Joo, Untitled (Rope/Stanchions), 2011. Unique series of 7. Also exhibited at Glasstress in Venice.
*Matthew Marks Gallery, New York: Thomas Demand, Tribute, 2011. C-print mounted on plexiglass. Also seen at The Prada Foundation in Venice.
Katharina Fritsch, 6th Still Life (2011), Polyester, pain, Five hand-finished casts: Snake, Skull, Egg, St. Nicolas, St Katharins. Dimentions variable. Also seen at the Arsenale in Venice.
* Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, London, New York: Paul McCarthy, White Snow Dwarf (2010-2011). Also exhibited at Punta della Dogana, Venice.
* Galerie m Bochum, Bochum: Richard Serra, Siamese, 1988. Also seen at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel.
* Klosterfelde, Berlin: Jorinde Voigt, Territorium, ÖI, Wasser, Elektrizität/Kontinentalgrenze, 2010. Ink, pencil on paper. Also exhibited at the Arsenale in Venice.
* Massimo De Carlo, Milano, London: Sol Lewitt and Rashid Johnson. As seen at the Arsenale, Venice.
* Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris: Giuseppe Penone, Respirare I’Ombra / To Breathe the Shadow, (1998) Laurel leaves, bronze as seen at Palazzo Grassi, Venice.
* Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London: Jean-Luc Mylayne, No 520, February-March-April 2007. C print. As seen at the Arsenale, Venice.
* L&M Arts, New York, Lost Angeles: Thomas Houseago, Yet to be titled (Decorative panel II), 2011.
Also in the L&M booth were Jeff Koons’ Walrus Seal Trashcan, (2003-2009) and Paul McCarthy’s Tripod, 2006. All on view at Punta della Dogana. I wonder where Francois Pinault shops?!
* Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Salzburg: Erwin Wurm, Daunenjacke, 2011. Acrylic, clay, painted. Ed. 1/7 + 2 APs. Also exhibited at Glasstress, Venice.
*Kamel Mennour, Paris: Latifa Echakhch, Sana titre XV1, 2010; White carbon paper mounted on canvas, wood frame. As seen at Art Unlimited at Art Basel last year, 2010.
*BQ, Berlin: Friedrich Kunath. As seen at a recent White Cube Gallery, London show, Hoxton Square.
***Other Art Basel Highlights:
Neuger-riemschneider, Berlin: Ai Weiwei.
Sadie Coles HQ, London: Sarah Lucas, Cnut, 2004. Concrete figure, cigarette, paint, stainless steel toilet, plastic seat. Unique.
And Jim Lambie, Morning Glory, 2001. Metal, chrome, paint. Unique.
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York: Joe Bradley, Jason, 2001, oil on canvas.
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York: James Casebere, Nevisian Underground #3, 2001. Framed digital chromogenic mounted to Dibond paper.
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York: Pier Paolo Calzolari, Untitled (black on red, black on black, black on green / burnt salt triptych), 2010. Burnt salt, dye, lead, refrigerator motor. Also available at The Pace Gallery.
Lehmann Maupin, New York: Hernan Bas, The Impending Flame (or, the great barn fire of ’83), 2011. Acrylic, airbrush and block print on linen.
Alison Jacques Gallery, London: Lygia Clark Art Feature.
Cheim & Read, New York: Adam Fuss, Untitled, 2007. Gelatin silver print photogram.
***Art Unlimited highlights:
Jason Rhoades’ installation at Art Unlimited, ‘Untitled. From the body of work: My Madinah, in pursuit of my ermitage…’ Sold to Dasha Zhukova for close to $1million.
Matthew Buckingham, Caterina van Hemessen Is Twenty Years Old, 2009.
Kendell Geers, Hanging Piece, 1993.
Nari Ward, CarouSoul, 2011.
Jorinde Voigt, 308 Views (Rhododendron Garden/ 32 Views, Black Locust/ 44 Views, Birch/ 50 Views, Olive Tree/ 41 Views, Ginkgo/ 50 Views, Cherry Plumb/ 50 Views, Laburnum/ 41 Views: x batches; countup; countdown; wind direction; wind force; declination direction of rotation; declination rotation speed), 2011.
Highlight of Liste:
Ivan Seal at Carl Freedman Gallery, London.
At the end of the day, it is all about making connections and seeing as much work from artists that peak your interest as possible.