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the best of unlimited — the art Basel 2022 platform for large-scale projects

COLOSSAL INSTALLATIONS AND PAINTINGS AT ART BASEL 2022 UNLIMITED

Art Basel 2022 concluded on June 19, after a week of strong sales reports across all market sectors. With an overall attendance of 70,000, the event showcased outstanding works of art across its galleries, feature films, statements and publishing sectors. But it was Unlimited, Art Basel’s distinctive platform for large-scale projects, that first caught our attention.

Curated by Giovanni Carmine, director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Unlimited presented 70 large-scale installations ranging from monumental sculptures and vast murals to extensive photographic series and video projections. From a larger-than-life sculpture by Thomas J Price to the outsized figure of Folkert de Jong with a crazy smile on his face, we reveal the best works of Art Basel 2022 Untitled.

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The shooting…July 1, 2006 by Folkert de Jong

The shooting… July 1, 2006 is a sculptural installation by Dutch artist Folkert de Jong which aims to show the different power structures of war and reflects on contemporary notions of power and control. It consists of a crouched, oversized figure with a mad smile on his face surrounded by soldiers. The title refers to Goya’s anti-war masterpiece, The Third of May (1814), which de Jong reinterpreted. Looking at the numbers in detail, it becomes difficult to tell which are good or bad: they all embrace a certain madness, haywire.

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By means other than the senses known by Kennedy Yanko

american artist Kennedy Yanko has created a new large-scale suspended sculpture titled By means other than the known senses. The work is composed of recovered sheet metal, as well as paint skins the artist creates. The metal is sandblasted, aged and painted. CNC scans were used to assemble the metal parts and the most malleable paint the skins. The sculpture is a perfect example of the artist’s research and his visual language.

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Dimension of Liu Wei

Lui Wei Dimension is a form-seeking inquiry guided by the state of the contemporary world. The artist expresses the influence of the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben and explores the notion of the collective body as a possibility for human beings in today’s difficult world. Formed from sheet aluminum and punctuated by two spherical objects painted in bright yellow automotive paint, the work combines interlocking undulating elements in a configuration reminiscent of the Baroque style.

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Number 341 by Leonardo Drew

Created specifically for Unlimited, Number 341 by Leonardo Drew is an immersive installation that speaks to the cyclical nature of life. The artwork consists of thousands of wooden pieces, painted and weathered by Drew, which explode against the wall in a variety of colors and textures. The artist declares that he wants to make chaos legible.

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Untitled (Vivasse) by Anita Molinero

Untitled (Visasse) by French artist Anita Molinero is the second site-specific artwork on our list. For the piece, Molinero played with the architecture of the room, wrapping deformed alien-like trash cans around a column. The artist is not interested in moral remonstrances; instead, she revels in a monstrous language of form that, in terms of volume, presence, and source material, establishes a relationship between human being and machine.

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Contained Moments by Thomas J Price

In his work, Thomas J Price explores societal expectations and assumptions, while considering the space between the viewer and the artwork. In Contained moments, the artist reconfigures a figure he has previously used in a new scale and poses. The gesture highlights the artist’s subtle shifts in presentation and perception, while drawing the viewer’s attention to the systemic marginalization inherent in public monuments.

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Hardware store painting by Theaster Gates

In 2014, Theaster Gates bought a family-owned True Value hardware store in Chicago, and since his debut in 2016, the artist has continued to activate the archive. With Hardware Painting, Gates recognizes the value of such stores and asks viewers to go and question the creation and the artistic work.

‘This [work] examines my instigation and insistence that the world is not separated into high objects and low objects, but rather that the artist has the ability to determine the designation of each,’ shelp Theater Gates. “Can a hardware store be considered a significant work as a hardware store or only after transformation, reformation, dislocation or intervention? Aren’t all works of art just a series of assembled objects made from things you find in a corner store? »

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American Food and Chinese Cockroaches by Huang Yong Ping

With American kitchens and Chinese cockroachesChinese avant-garde artist Huang Yong Ping comments on the incursion of the West into the Chinese daily, as well as on the new balance of power dictated by the recent Sino-American economic war. The installation materializes a conversation between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev in 1959, where Nixon said, “I think we would do well to exchange ideas. You’re good at making rockets, and maybe we’re better at making televisions and washing machines. And Khrushchev replied: ‘we don’t kill flies with our nostrils (that is, we are not simpletons)!’

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AZ Personal Uniforms, 2nd Decade: Fall/Winter 2003–Spring/Summer 2013 by Andrea Zittel

Visitors are welcomed to Untitled with this installation by the American artist Andrea Zittel. AZ Personal Uniforms, 2nd Decade: Fall/Winter 2003–Spring/Summer 2013 are the 76 personal Zittel uniforms designed, manufactured and worn by the artist herself for a decade. According to the artist, ‘While both beautiful and functional, uniforms also challenge our associations of freedom or personal liberation with the market’s demand for constant variety. The Uniform Project proposes that liberation may, in fact, also be possible through the creation of a set of personal restrictions or limitations.

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Head to Head by Louisa Gagliardi

Created specifically for Untitled, Head to Head by Louisa Gagliardi is a colossal painting based on digital that the artist intervenes by hand with gel medium and nail polish. Depicting a dreamlike world with asexual avatars, the artist continues to explore topics such as voyeurism, narcissism and alternate realities. The painting can be read as a landscape, where different stories unfold.

exhibition info:

Last name: Unlimited

location: Art Basel 2022

Juliana Neira I conceive

June 25, 2022