What happened to Art in 2016 according to Art Basel.

As each year, the art industry attends to Art Basel as the biggest art event. We decided to have a look at it. We selected ten works created over the last two years to give a glimpse of what happened lately into art. All art has been contemporary they said. Follow us.

 

Robert Grosvenor

Untitled (Yellow) , 1996-2016,installation,  aluminium and epoxy enamel, Paula Copper Gallery, Galerie Max Hetzler

Something yellow, something minimalist, something which appears weightless in the air. This is Robert Grosvenor installation from the 60’s which occurs here to be a remake. This one got our intention because of the hidden suspended process along with its minimalist aesthetics which invites you to move all the way around the installation.

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Paul Pfeiffer

Caryatid, 2016, video/ film, digital video loop, chromed télévision,/ Dvd combo 2 minutes- Carlier Gebauer

An iconic image from sports,  here what we hardly still name « popular culture » appears as the subject. The title ‘Caryatid’ reminds us to the ancient greek architecture. Sculpture of women  supporting an architecture which nearly makes the video here as a sculpture. In this one we only see one boxer alone on the  box ring fighting on his own maybe fighting against himself.

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Ricardo Alcaide

Critical, 2015 ,painting, car lacquer on mdf- Von Bartha

Venezualan artist Ricardo Alcaide got some modernist archicture feeling through this minimalist painting.  Here the abstract shape is just a glimpse of Ricardo Alcaide’s artwork that we advise you to look around.

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Alicja Kwade 

creation, 2016, sculpture, casted aluminium, brass, König Galerie

Using everyday life materials, Alicja Kwade gives us smart and absurd sculptures. Having an interest into specific materials such as here with aluminium, the artist plays here with suface and space. The silver bloc partly finished partly to be continued had our interest.

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Matt Connors

After William and Robert (Second values), 2015, installation, acrylic on canvas and aluminium pole, Herald ST

From the title, we guess Matt Connors’ work is full of art history references.  Using mostly raw canvases, here the artist blurs the lines in between the painting and the installation. Matt Connors’ artwork is fully here into space and takes its own life away from the wall.

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N. Dash

Hot Eye, 2016, work on paper- ULAE

Here as it often occurs trought out N Dash’s works, the artist juxtaposed  common materials here with paper, in order to mix disparate elements through various experimentations. N Dash’s work  focus on touching materials while experimentation with it comes to her hands.

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David Altmejd

Forking Paths, Mixed Media, Aqua resin, expoxy resin, fiberglass, expoxy dough, steel, graphite, MSA Varnish, Andrea Rosen Gallery

David Altmejd always catches our eyes from his giants sculptures series to his plexiglas boxes. Here the canadian artist focuses on the construction process, feels like someone left prints and makes us want to do the same on this immaculate white work.

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Jeppe Hein

This is a magic moment, 2016, sculpture, powder coated, alumunium, neon tube, two-way Mirror, powder coated steel, transformers, König Galerie

In most of Jeppe Hein’s work such as this one, the artwork notices the viewer who somehow makes the artwork. The Mirror reflection conveys the viewer to spend a magic moment. Creating a direct relation to the viewer is here the main point of the artwork but still with some touch of humour.

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Pedro Cabrita Reis

Black painting with burlap salt bag, 2015, Mai 36 Galerie

Pedro Cabrita Reis uses here reccurent materials from his work such as neon tubes, enamel on glass, aluminum, electric cable… Here lights seems to shape the other materials. The artwork appears in a three-dimensional space linked to architecture.

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Hicham Berrada

Mesk-Ellil, 2015, installation, ensemble of 7 stained glass terrariums, cestrum nocturnum, hoticultural lighting, moonight lighting, delay- Kamel Mennour

In between art and science, Nature takes a huge part in Hicham Berrada’s work. Mesk-ellil, the flower grows at night in the blue light. What a picture can’t describe is the smell of Hicham Berrada’s work which occurs only at night and here because of the low light on day time for the viewer and offers a night garden.

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Text of Fiona Vilmer writer specialized contemporary art.