These Eccentric Works Caught Everyone’s Attention at Art Basel


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The recent 48th edition of the Art Basel fair ended on a pretty high note, as the annual international art fair closed on Sunday with galleries reporting exceptional sales. The season proved particularly busy as collectors, art enthusiasts and market players gathered to view contemporary artworks by established and newly emerging artists.

“We had our most successful Art Basel ever. The quality of the fair is astonishing and this year we felt that the caliber of the collectors, museum colleagues and patrons was not only of the highest order, but even more international than we have seen in past years,” said Dominique Lévy, founder and co-owner of Lévy Gorvy in a statement to the press.

Indeed, in the atmosphere of success and great sales, there were some works that stood out for their eccentricity:

Dead Soldier, 2017

A thought-provoking painting by Calvin Marcus questioning mortality and life’s final moments.

Ear Sofa; Nose Sconces with Flowers (in Stage Setting), 2017

John Baldessari’s highly anticipated living installation marks the artist’s first ever tableau vivant, highlighting the fascination over conceptual vigour with the execution of wit and visual inventiveness.

Three Sisters, 2017

Viviane Sassen’s Three Sisters (2017) brings a rich, confusing framework within a surrealist atmosphere.

Fonoll, 2009

A stirring ceramic sculpture by Miquel Barceló, detailing technical virtuoso and the beauty of inevitable erosion.

Untitled, 2017

A sculpture of bronze, clay and pitch by Jānis Avotiņš is one of ghastly fragility, as if a peek into an otherworldly, fragile world.

Benito Juárez, 2012

Sarah Lucas’ vivid and exciting bust sculpture of Benito Juárez on carved cantera stone, cigarettes and adobe bricks comes to life in an honourable homage to the famed Mexican politician.

Foreign Body, 2015

Turner Prize-winning sculptor Tony Cragg’s bronze work ushers in the age of brilliance in a sinuous, twisting form, extending beyond the viewer’s awareness in exciting contortions.

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