Art Basel 2012

Art Basel 2012

Private Parts: At Basel’s Beyeler Foundation, Jeff Koons Unveils, Explains New Work


Going by Adam Davidson’s logic in his recent New York Times Magazine article—the art market is “a proxy for the fate of the superrich themselves”—fans of the 1 percent will be thrilled to hear that sales were full speed ahead at least week’s Art Basel fair, despite Greece and Spain and myriad other global economic woes. One afternoon, an artist turned up outside the convention center with an unsanctioned artwork—a giant mousetrap poised to snap on a bunch of giant euros—and was swiftly removed by a bunch of guards, Masque of the Red Death-ishly. Read More

Art Basel 2012

Simon Denny and Karsten Födinger Garner Art Basel’s Baloise Art Prize

Simon Denny. (Courtesy Baloise)

It’s raining money over there at Art Basel! Someone just snapped up a Richter that was reportedly priced above $20 million at Pace’s booth. On the more modest end of the spectrum, young artists Simon Denny and Karsten Födinger are set to receive checks for 30,000 Swiss francs ($31,300) as the winner’s of the fair’s annual Baloise Art Prize, which goes to the best contributions to its Art Statements section. Read More

Art Basel 2012

Preview Art Basel 43

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Isa Genzken, Untitled, 2012

Art Basel 43 in Basel, Switzerland—where most everyone in the art world happens to be at the moment—has gotten off to a swift start. There have been notable sales by artists Philip Guston, Rosemarie Trockel, Bruce Nauman, Mickalene Thomas and many more, as well as details that inspire an eyebrow lift or two. (Gagosian’s Read More