Art in Basel and Art Basel 2015

Entrance to Art Basel © Jan Oberg 2013

Entrance to Art Basel © Jan Oberg 2013 – Click on any photo here to see its details.

I was there – were you?

This year I basically “write” about the Basel Art week through my pictures. You’ll find some in this blog post, some on Pinterest at a board called “Picture At An Exhibition” (oh no, no ref to Mussorgsky who just happened to entitle his piano suite similarly) and some on Instagram and some inside my newsletter, “Shoot” (which you may subscribe to by sending your mail address of obergphotographics@gmail.com).

I’m out a little late in relation to Art Basel that took place about a month ago but I am not a reporter and I take pride in processing and/or playing with raw images and make personal presentations rather than upload endless fast snapshot photographs on the spot.

Some readers belonging to the gallery world may recognise their own booth/gallery with art pieces and visitors on the mentioned links above – which, btw., are not only taken at Art Basel.

From Art Basel 2015 © Jan Oberg 2015

From Art Basel 2015 © Jan Oberg 2015

 

Not an art review – what matters is what we like and therefore share

That said, this is no review of Art Basel, the world’s largest art fair. That would be impossible at least for me. I go there for inspiration, not for comparative studies or judgement. And neither am I an art critic. I just take pictures.

One reason I go to Basel every year is that I love to see my favourites ‘live’ – Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Hockney, Richter, Scully, Johns, Motherwell and many others – too many to mention. Another is that I want to get a sense, just a tiny one, of everything exciting that happens in the so-called art world. And, third, to tell you the truth, I go to even steal an idea or two or, as I said above, to get inspired.

With almost 300 galleries there – mainly Western but also quite a few from around the world – it is simply too big and too overwhelming to get hold of. I calculated that I must have seen a good 6.000 works during 4 days or 30+ hours.

So when you read in all those expert magazines that there are ten “must-sees” or that they know what is the best or most  amazing, it’s a choice – perhaps a result of “group think” among a small elite. It can certainly not be based on a thorough review of everything exhibited. Continue reading

Shoot # 17

“Encounter With The Art World” – 2014 © Jan Oberg 2014 – Click to enlarge and get info

Whether you are an old or new friend I welcome you to Oberg PhotoGraphics .

Shoot is a single photo, a digital gift – a moment of meditation – with which I wish you a good weekend and weekbegin.

Today’s photo is of a little girl’s “Encounter With The Art World” – a picture from 2014 that stimulated my interest in developing a series called “Picture At An Exhibition” – see sketches at my Pinterest board. 

Since last I have completely re-designed ObergPhotoGraphics – interactive, better picture presentation and super-functionality on your phone, tablet and screen.

Don’t miss the new GlobalArt Magazine which I curate. Exciting “flip-reading” of articles and videos that permits you to explore today’s global art! Welcome to follow it!

Special Collection

This new “Special Collection” has been created specifically with connoisseurs, galleries and collectors in mind.

My best
Jan Oberg

Shoot # 16

” Osaka Bar Entrance” – 2010 © Jan Oberg 2015 – Click to enlarge and get info.

Whether you are an old or new friend I welcome you to Oberg PhotoGraphics .

Shoot is a single photo, a digital gift – a moment of meditation – with which I wish you a good Sunday and weekbegin.

Today’s photo is from Osaka and, as I explain here, perhaps it’s about everything and nothing. Other works from my Japan collection here.

Don’t miss the new GlobalArt Magazine which I curate. New exciting articles and videos every week. Follow it!

My best
Jan Oberg

PS Thanks for all encouraging comments to and sharing these “Shoots”.

Shoot # 15

Jim Shaw's monumental Jim Shaw’s monumental “Capitol Viscera Appliances” (2011) being watched by visitors at Art Basel 2014 © Jan Oberg 2015

Lund, Sweden – July 4, 2015

Hi!

Whether you are an old or new friend I welcome you to Oberg PhotoGraphics .

Shoot is a single photo, a digital gift – a moment of meditation – with which I wish you a good Sunday and weekbegin.

Now, I’m exploring what happens when we go to exhibitions. Above is a shot of spectators in front of Jim Shaw’s monumental “Capitol Viscera Appliances” (2011) – with nuclear explosion, technological products and the White House. It is af if they witness and photograph the end of the world…

I explore that in some sketch-like photos I’ve uploaded to my Pinterest place under the headline  “Pictures At An Exhibition” – follow if you like, there will be more. Visitors and gallery owners at Art Basel and the Biennale may find themselves there.

Can pictures of such art-ificial settings become art beyond documentation?

Great artists like Eric Fischl, Thomas Struth and David Hockney seem to say “Yes”.

All the earlier Shoot messages are now at my photo and other art blog. And lots from Art Basel on Instagram – let’s follow!

Finally, don’t miss the new GlobalArt Magazine which I curate. Welcome to follow it.

My best
Jan Oberg

PS Thanks for all encouraging comments to and sharing these “Shoots”.

Shoot # 14

Lund, Sweden, June 28, 2015

“Couple With Clive Head” – In front of Clive Head’s ‘Thinking About Georges Braque’ 2013
© Jan Oberg 2015

I shoot out a single photo to you as a digital gift – a moment of meditation – and wish you a good Sunday and weekbegin.

What happens when we go to exhibitions? Much more than just looking at some art works.

Exhibtions are landscapes with pictures as scenaries in front of which spectators act and interact in particular ways. Many see art through their smart phones more than through their eyes.

They move in and out of art spaces and create ever-changing situations. Many come merely to be seen.

Can pictures of these art-ificial settings become art beyond documentation?

I explore that in some sketch-like photos I’ve uploaded to my Pinterest place under the headline  “Pictures At An Exhibition” (much else to see there).

Great artists like Eric Fischl, Thomas Struth and David Hockney have been interested in this perspective too.

Finally, don’t miss lots of new stuff about photography and other contemporary art around the world at the new GlobalArt Magazine which I curate. Welcome to follow it.

My best
Jan Oberg

PS Thanks for all encouraging comments to and sharing these “Shoots”

Shoot # 13

Lunch at Art Basel 2015 © Jan Oberg

Lunch at Art Basel 2015 © Jan Oberg

Basel, Switzerland, June 21, 2015

I shoot out a single photo to you as a digital gift – a moment of meditation – and wish you a good Sunday and weekbegin.

Yesterday, I took this picture of a couple about to have lunch at Art Basel – the world’s largest art fair with almost 300 galleries from around the world each exhibiting their 10-15 best works.

Every artistic medium is represented: paintings, prints, sculpture, installations, video, multiples, photography etc. Overwhelmingly diverse – and commercial. In a week, art is sold for about US$ 3 billion! That said, there is no other place where so much brilliant contemporary art comes together.

All over town there are other events such as the much less elitist SCOPE and, for the first time, Photo Basel. Will share my impressions and pictures soon.

Meanwhile, take a look at the new GlobalArt Magazine which I curate.

My best
Jan Oberg

PS Thanks for all encouraging comments to and sharing of my “Shoot” mails.

Shoot # 12

Finding The Way - Oreby Castle 2008 © Jan Oberg

Finding The Way – Oreby Castle 2008 © Jan Oberg

Lund, Sweden – June 13, 2015

I shoot out a single photo to you as a digital gift – a moment of meditation – and wish you a good weekend and weekbegin.

This one – “Finding The Way” – is from Oreby Castle in Denmark.

And take a look at the new GlobalArt Magazine which I curate.

The largest art fair – Art Basel – is coming up in about 10 days. I’ll be there and tell you more.

My best
Jan Oberg