Guest Contributor: Mary Addison Hackett
/ Turns out tweeting, texting, shooting work and seeing
the art, was more complex than I thought. After catching a cab from the airport and having the cab driver stop on the freeway to call her husband for directions, we shuttled over to Basel for an obligatory overview. I intended on having an unbiased approach to looking at the work, but I was drawn to the more figurative work this year. Overall Basel felt as blue chip as you’d expect and painterly was hard to come by.
Chris Martin, Coltrane, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 84 1/8 x 63 1/8 inches.
Martin Creed, 2013, Work No. 1753, Katherine, acrylic, oil pastel and pencil on canvas, 18 x 14 in.
Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches.
Carroll Dunham, Terrible Sun, 2013, mixed media on linen, 95 1/4 x 75 1/4 inches.
Malcolm Morley, Thor, 2008, oil on linen with cloth and rubber glove attached, 84 x 63 inches.
John Currin, Reunion, 2008, oil on linen, 22 inches diameter.
Michaelangelo Pistoletto, 1976, Black and Light, (dimensions and media unavailable)
Arguably one of the most interesting paintings at Basel. And yes, that’s 1976.
A rapt crowd in front of a furry painting.
Mama Andersson, On Tenderhooks, 2005, acrylic and oil on panel (3 parts) 25 x 96 inches
Josh Smith, Untitled, 2013, oil on panel, 48 x 36 inches
It didn’t seem that crowded.
The taxi queue for weary fair-goers.