RECAP: THE BEST OF ART BASEL SWITZERLAND, 2013

June 17, 2013  |  art

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Last week, art world illuminati descended on Switzerland for the most serious installment of the Art Basel trade show franchise in the town where it all started. Unlike the debauched winter party that is Art Basel Miami or the new money fishing hole of Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Basel Switzerland is a serious affair where the big boys go to land serious deals (over $2B in art was on display this year) and the hedonism is second to the business of cashing big art checks. This year's festival was no exception and the art was solid as ever in the main and attendant fairs as well as an assortment of public works on display throughout the city and in private art shows like KAWS' "Giswil" show of giant sculptures in the nearby city of the same name. Here's a recap of some of the week's best:

Herzog Demeuron1The incredible Basel Convention Center by Herzog & Demeuron

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*Donkey2The donkey show

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Noriyuki HoriguchiNoriyuki Horiguchi

251621d6d2ca11e2999e22000a1f8afc_7Rob Pruitt happiness

8ccf332ed38f11e29d1722000aaa07c6_7Damien Hirst Pill Case

9acfc0fcd34d11e2a0b722000ae911ee_7Ichwan Noor

9de71e38d38f11e2bb8a22000a1f97fc_7Basquiat

0a7fd118d3c011e2902122000a9e5160_7Yue Minjun

*ParlaJose Parla kept the party moving...

fde8fab8d5bf11e28cf922000a1fcc03_7Scott Campbell

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**KANYEKanye successfully dodged his 200lb Kardashian...

Chen Zhen1Chen Zhen

Chen Zhen2

Ai WeiweiAi Weiwei

Ai Weiwei by Anton CorbijnAi Weiwei by Anton Corbijn

2d32f9a6d59111e2ab9022000a9f14bb_7Raymond Pettibon

Jim LambieJim Lambie

Nara2Yoshitomo Nara

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Jim ShawJim Shaw

0f5683d2d3fa11e29b6422000aa80460_7Richard Phillips

Maurizio Cattelan1Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan2

Ruscha1Ed Ruscha

Pitor UklanskiPitor Uklanski

SEAN LANDERS1Sean Landers

SEAN LANDERS2

TOM WESSELLMANNTom Wesselmann

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Mr Warhol was well represented as usual...

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Warhol6

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Warhol11

WARHOL-CHICK-1

Ugo3Ugo Rondine

Longo3Robert Longo's photorealistic black & white drawings—including this one of an aged Kate Moss—stunned...

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Condo1George Condo work was best in class...

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Condo4

Condo5

42edff56d5c411e2ab6822000a1f96e8_7Chuck Close

Cindy ShermanCindy Sherman

067d703ad34c11e2b83922000ae91223_7Jeff Koons

Jeff KoonsJeff Koons

Krishna2Coolest art lovers ever...

KRISHNAS1

Mccarthy DekooningPaul McCarthy Snow White sculpture & Willem de Kooning painting

Kruger3Barbara Kruger

Kruger2

Mathias KissMathias Kiss

John ChamberlinJohn Chamberlin

Anish KapoorAnish Kapoor

*MURAKAMI1Takashi Murakami

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907a66fcd50511e28e8222000aa82017_7Anthony Lister

Ryan McGinleyRyan McGinley

Kim Hyun-SikKim Hyun-Sik

Picasso1Late period Picassos were fast movers

Picasso2

Picasso5

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Evan Penny1
Evan Penny excelled at creeping people out

Evan Penny2

13ebabe0d45211e2a47422000a9e28eb_7Kenny Scharf

Douglas GordonDouglas Gordon

florian maier aichenFlorian Maier-Aichen

Lisa AlonzoLisa Alonzo

Tim HawkinsonTim Hawkinson

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 9.01.39 PMMarcel Dzama

Aitken2Doug Aitken

Esao AndrewsEsao Andrews

juan genovesJuan Genoves

Mel BochnerMel Bochner

Alex KatzAlex Katz

Morris Lewis Beta Alpha 1961Morris Lewis' landmark painting "Beta Alpha" from 1961

Martin HonertMartin Honert

MagritteMagritte

Francesco VezzoliFrancesco Vezzoli

fd9f6b82d45711e29d1722000aaa07c6_7Tracey Emin

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 9.08.12 PMErik Parker & Keith Haring

Audrey Kawasaki

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Nathalie DjubergNathalie Djuberg

RothkoRothko

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 1.19.11 PMKenny Scharf playhouse...

Ricci AlbendaRicci Albenda

Screen Shot 2013-06-15 at 10.41.27 AMTodd James

teppei kaneujiTeppei Kaneuji

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*****ENDWords of wisdom...

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