Monday, December 17, 2012

Art Basel 2012 (being there)

I must say Art Basel was one of the best trips I have had this year.
 There were without a doubt more exhibitors  this year than ever before.  With art pouring in from all around the world it was truly inspirational and an incredible visual stimuli.  Bringing this much art to that many people is truly an underestimated social service.  Art enlightens, inspires and moves people.  Every piece evokes individual emotions and creates a calm atmosphere.  The parties that follow or revolve around the art are as well a celebration of our self expression and how we look and take in the world around us.


The art, the people, the parties.  It was absolutely fantastic.
I have to admit I enjoy staring a beautiful and sometimes thought provoking objects with a little champagne in my hand!


Here are some of my favorite pieces.  For anyone thinking about going next year, DO IT!
      David Datuna’s “Star Spangled Banner” was at Scope as well as his portrait of President Barack Obama titled Mr. President: Legacy that touches on elements of the African-American political and social experience over 150 years. 


The black and white portrait is comprised of tiny images of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Dr. King and Rosa Parks form the eyes of the portrait.


Each lens contains visual representations of the varied facets comprising the overarching theme. Fittingly, the lenses that make up his American flag, his Star Spangled Banner, represent many passions, many politics, many abstractions. “For me, the flag is not just a banner of the country,” he explains. “The flags are living organisms … they can even give birth to something new.”David Datuna conceived the work to mark the climax of the presidential campaign. Seeing the direct link from Lincoln to Obama was simple and straightforward, according to the artist. "But I wanted more," says Datuna. "I wanted to create a window into the legacy that made Barack Obama possible." Dr. King and Rosa Parks form the eyes of the portrait.



Datuna




Datuna

Datuna 

Damien Hirst is an English artist that had an installation at Alchemist which is this insane clothing store.  It is a set of lithographs made up of butterfly’s the guitars and guitar cases are autographed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers Bass play Flea, LOVE THEM!!

Hirst

Hirst

Hirst

Hirst

Hirst

Retna an artist that grew up in Los Angeles where he went from tagging highway overpasses to creating works for galleries and museums. His trademark is an alphabet with traces of Incan and Egyptian hieroglyphics, Arabic, Hebrew and Asian calligraphy, and the graffiti art he grew up with. They are saying that this work of art on the temporary LV store in the Design District resembles the work of Paul Klee, Keith Haring and the erstwhile LV collaborator Takashi Murakami, but with its own cultural overlays.  Being an LV lover is just about passed out when I saw this walking down the street!


Retna

Retna

Retna

Harush Shlomo was born in Jerusalem in 1961 and currently lives and works in New York City and Milan.  I found this to be an interesting way to make furniture into artwork


Shlomo





Janette Mallory




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