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Best of Art Basel

December 7, 2015

As I have said before the Art Basel Art Fair is the most commercial and the largest of all the art fairs during the art week in Miami. This year 70,000 people are estimated to wander amongst 267 galleries representing 32 countries where about $3 billion in art will be exhibited. The fair appeals to collectors who are ready to spend serious money on art -meaning thousands to millions of dollars. These are corporate collections, institutions, and people who have made the commitment of time and knowledge to art.
This year there was a lot of abstraction and concentration on texture in all forms. Also there were a number of Frank Stella pieces because of his recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. However, I am always attracted to the brightly colored, offbeat and interesting pieces that are not widely shown in the setting of the fair. While my documentation of Basel could have been more inclusive to give you an idea of the entire fair, below are the pieces that stood out to me.

Peter Saul
Cold Sweat, 1999
Acrylic on Canvas
55.125in x 77.875in
Ian Davenport
Black Hydroxate, 2015
Acrylic on Aluminum
78.75in x 78.75in
Walton Ford
Zurichsee, 2015
Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
41.5in x 59.75in
Shepard Fairey
Power Bidder, Plate, 2015
Hand-rubbed, rolled, and transferred ink on photo-etched magnesium plate
32.25in x 24in
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Hank Willis Thomas
Counterbalance, 2015
Yoan Capote
Isla (calma), 2015
Marilyn Minter
Doll Part, 2014
Enamel on Metal
44in x 38in
Harold Ancart
Untitled, 2015
Oil stick on Paper
51.125in x 35.375in
Robert Longo
Xu Zhen
Under Heaven –3320NU0147, 2014
Oil on Canvas, Aluminum
78.6875in x 55.0625in x 5.875in
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Fred Tomaselli
Double Landscape (Large), 1995
Saccharin, Acrylic, Resin, Wood Panel
48in x 48in
Daniel Arsham
Ash Selenite Basketball Jersey, 2015
Volcanic ash, Selenite, Hydrostone
31in x 20in x 13in
Keiichi Tanaami
Vision in the Womb, 2015
Acrylic paint, Digital Pigment Print, Silk Screen Print, Glass Powder on Canvas
39.375in x 80.125in
Andreas Gursky
Dubai World I, 2007
120.875in x 87.9375in
George Condo
Blue Painting, 1986
Oil on Canvas
59in x 59in
Robert Longo
Untitled (Marie), 2014
20in x 20in
Jacob Hashimoto
The Earliest Memories of the Universe, 2015
Acrylic, Paper/Dacron, Wood
72in x 72in x 8in

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