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Our top 10 from Art Basel Switzerland 2017

Our top 10 from Art Basel Switzerland 2017

Doug Aitken - Underwater Pavilions, 2017

Since being introduced in 2000, Art Basel’s Unlimited section shows artworks such as large-scale sculptures, video installations and performances that may not fit in the traditional art-booth framework. This is our top 10 selection of this year’s Unlimited. All comments on the works below are citations from Gianni Jetzer, the curator of Unlimited (2017).

Nick Cave

Nick Cave - Speak Louder, 2011
Nick CaveSpeak Louder, 2011, mixed media including black mother of pearl buttons, embroidery floss, upholstery, metal armature
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Entire busses in major cities wrapped in prints

Entire busses in major cities wrapped in prints

Barbara Kruger - Arts Matter bus (3)

Barbara Kruger - School Bus, 2012
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
Photo: Steve Cohn Photography

Barbara Kruger wrapped a school bus, addressing the importance of arts education in Los Angeles public schools. Her work is universally known for its bold, eye-catching design, and philosophical themes. The artist’s project for Arts Matter, a philanthropic organization, rendered in Kruger’s signature style, addressed directly and urgently the importance of education, especially in the arts. Kruger’s statement, Art is as heavy as sorrow, as light as a breeze, as bright as an idea.. emphasizes the fluid nature of art. At the same time, Kruger stresses that art remains a crucial, indispensible part of a successful educational system. School Bus also references an earlier bus wrap Kruger created for New York City’s Public Art Fund in 1997 (photo below).

About Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger is an artist based in Los Angeles and New York and is one of the most renowned contemporary artists working today. For over three decades her work has encompassed a broad spectrum of contexts and scales, ranging from publication inserts to immersive installations that involve text, images, and video. Kruger’s work has appeared in museums and galleries worldwide.

Bus Wrap for the Public Art Fund, New York City - Barbara Kruger, November 1 - 30, 1997
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 1997, New York City

Barbara Kruger - Bus for Mu­se­um Lud­wig, Koeln, Germany, 2013 1
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2013, for Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany

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