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 email@example.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.
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