Art Basel was started in 1970 by art dealers and gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt. As an international art fair, Basel was an immediate success bringing more 16,000 visitors to see 90 galleries from 10 different countries in its inaugural year. It has since grown into art fairs in 3 countries, with an estimated attendance of 245,000 people in 2015. I was lucky enough to visit Art Basel Miami in 2016.
We came in a little late and decided to check out some of the art on the beach. This piece Reconstruction of the Universe by Sun Xun was one of my favorites and definitely my three-year-old son’s favorite.
In Reconstruction of the Universe, Sun Xun combines drawings, paintings, and woodcuts to create a truly immersive animation experience. The installation was filled with glowing balls as well as large spheres appearing to be animated from the inside. Below is a good example of one of the spheres.
Leo Villareal’s piece Cloud Drawing was another crowd pleaser. Using LED strips Leo outlines large structures or creates new structures attempting to show the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements and rules that govern how thing work. “Ultimately, the visual manifestation of code in light is at the core of Villareal’s interest.” Artist Statement
My favorite piece was Francisco Tropa’s Lantern. I loved its simplicity and beauty. Lantern is just a magnified drop of water projected onto a wall.
Thomas Bayrle a Berlin artist in the US tradition of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, was one of the first artists to use computer generated art. In Flying Phones using a photo mosaic style, Bayrle is able to comment on the piece using the construction of the piece as the meaning.
Let’s have a closer look at the same piece.
This last piece by Simon Denny I’ll admit is a bit over my head (pun intended). I love that he created an artwork that is also a bitcoin miner. To me, it’s a very funny comment on the commodification of art, but his concept for his work is far more in-depth. If you’d like to learn more check out his exhibit Blockchain Future States at the Petzel gallery.