FAIR PLAY | ART BASEL SWITZERLAND 2014: THE SUPERTOUCH RECAP

June 25, 2014  |  art

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It might seem like there's a major art fair every month at this point, but the original Art Basel is still the biggest and baddest. This year's event—which transpired in its namesake Basel Switzerland last week—showed that, unlike the kitschy Art Basel Miami, or new money Art Basel Hong Kong, it's still the place serious collectors go to buy serious art. Absent are the celebrity newcomers and their entourages who've been instrumental in bringing the events to the public attention in recent years. Their notable absence is instead filled by dapper blue chip collectors and advisors looking to park massive amounts of spare capitol in art as surefire investments likely to bring them bigger returns than the current housing and capitol markets.  Proof of the art market's resilience was the $32 million pink Warhol self portrait that sold within 15 minutes of the fair’s opening, or the $5 million dolphin sculpture that disappeared just as briskly. As advisor Todd Levin told Bloomberg news, “It’s about the need of high-net worth investors to park their excess capital. They don’t want to keep it in cash in the bank. They can’t put it in a mattress. Art has historically provided the greatest intergenerational return of any asset class.” Of course Supertouch was on hand to rub elbows with the ruling class to take it all in, from the gleaming Koons baubles to the dirt cheap (by comparison) Todd James Somali pirate paintings. Have a look:

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Nude performance artist Milo Moiré gets turned away at the front door...

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Fully clothed performance art by Camila Cañeque (titled "Dead End")

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Jeppe Hein asks the eternal question...

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Jeff Koons' Hulk -vs- Richard Avedon's Beatles

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The world's best art collectors...

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What a $32 million Warhol looks like...

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Os Gemeos

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George Condo

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Sam Falls

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Damien Hirst's double vision at Art Basel's 14 Rooms installation

Elmgreen And Dragset
Elmgreen & Dragset

Robert Indiana
Robert Indiana

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Doug Wheeler

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Mel Ramos

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Yayoi Kusama

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Laura Lima

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Tony Oursler

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Xu Zhen

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Glenn Ligon

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Jan Fabre

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Kishio Suga

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Richard Prince

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Donald Judd

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Gerhard Richter

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David Wojnarowicz

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David Wojnarowicz

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David Wojnarowicz  (detail)

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Kehinde Wiley

Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly

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Andy Warhol

Claes Oldenburg
Claes Olderburg

Mike Kelley
Mike Kelley

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L to R: Julie Knifer, Carl Andre, & Alexander Liberman

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Aaron Curry

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Christopher Fullemann

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Berta Fischer

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Alice Neel

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Maria Lassnig

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Shepard Fairey

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Alex Israel

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Elaine Lustig Cohen

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Lawrence Wiener

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Mariko Mori

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Kate Hardy

Sam Gilliam 1972
Sam Gilliam, 1972

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James Rosenquist

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Julio Le Parc

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Andy Warhol

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Rirkrit Tiravanija

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Keith Haring

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Kathryn Andrews

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Francis Bacon

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John Chamberlin

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Carl Randall

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Martin Creed

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Alexander Calder

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Guy Limone & Johan Creten

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Alex Katz

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Tony Cragg

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Julio Le Parc

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Gardar Eide Einarsson

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Cady Noland

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Antje Dorn

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Kenny Scharf

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Richard Phillips

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Jeff Koons

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Robert Indiana -vs- David Hockney

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Exactly what everyone thinks of when they hear the term "Performance Art"...

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Vern Blosum

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Andy Warhol

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Olafur Eliasson

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Christopher Wool

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Michael St John

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Keith Haring

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Michael Majerus

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Ai Weiwei

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Richard Avedon's 1967 Beatles portraits

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Alex Hubbard

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Vera Lutter

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Raymond Pettibon

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Katja Novitskova

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Keith Haring

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Richard Phillips

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Gerhard Richter

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Gerhard Richter

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Pierre et Gilles

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Jason Brooks

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Kara Walker

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Elmgreen & Dragset

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Scott Campbell watercolors

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Scott Campbell laser-cut sculpture

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Hank Willis Thomas

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Philip Guston

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Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago

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Dieter Roth

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John Copeland

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John Copeland

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Alex Hubbard

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Jeff Koons

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Gerhard Richter

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Gerhard Richter

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Gerhard Richter

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Gerhard Richter

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Gerhard Richter

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Gerhard Richter

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Andy Warhol

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Rob Pruitt

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Rob Pruitt

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Rob Pruitt

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Rob Pruitt (detail)

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Gerhard Richter

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Old Masters: Giacometti sculpture & Balthus

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Rikrit Tiravanija

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Laura Owens

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Rob Pruitt refrigerator sculptures

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Takashi Murakami

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Miriam Cahn

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Cindy Sherman & Olaf Breuning

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Torbjorn Rodland

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Think Pink...

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Ashley Bickerton

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Pablo Picasso

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Alina Szapocznikow

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Tara Donovan

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Jean Dubuffet, 1954

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USA FUN!

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Harold Ancart

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Barbara Kruger

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Daniel Buren

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Jackie Sleper

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Josh Smith

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Yonel Lebovici

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George Condo

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Alberto Ehlen

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Lichtenstein & Calder

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Jeff Koons

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Zheng Fanzhi

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Victor Vasarely

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Ricky Swallow

Sam Gilliam 1972

Robert Indiana
Robert Indiana

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Xu Xhen

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The late David Wojnarowicz

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David Wojnarowicz

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David Wojnarowicz

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Shepard Fairey

Mike Kelley
Mike Kelley

Claes Oldenburg
Claes Oldenburg

Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly

Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami

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Kehinde Wiley

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John Currin

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Jeff Koons

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Sterling Ruby

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Hideaki Kawashima

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L to R: Robert Indiana, Jeff Koons, & Tom Wesselmann

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Jason Brooks

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Doug Aitken is into you

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Andy Warhol

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Yoshitomo Nara

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Robert Mapplethorpe

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Anish Kapoor

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Kehinde Wiley

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Paola Pivi

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Jamue Plensa

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Lilly Van Der Stokker

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Pablo Picasso

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Ed Ruscha

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Gun control installation featuring over 20,000 spent shells by Matias Faldbakken

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Matias Faldbakken

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Ann Veronica Janssens

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Jonathan Monk

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Jonathan Monk

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Jonathan Monk

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Stephen Powers

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Stephen Powers

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Stephen Powers

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Todd James

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Todd James

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Goeff McFetridge

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Cyprien Gaillard

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Roy Lichtenstein

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Doug Aitken wraps things up...

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