opening: June 12, 20112
Hall 2.1. Stand QI
With great pleasure we announce our continued participation in Art|43|Basel.
This year, we will present a selection of new and recent works by
Elmgreen & Dragset
Our booth in ART|43|Basel will showcase the latest print work by Tacita Dean, entitled FILM stills – a work that stems from her work FILM, commissioned under the Unilever Series in 2011 to be exhibited in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. “FILM stills”’ primary focus is the exploration of film both as medium and as object. Incited by the riddle-like allegory of René Daumal's Mount Analogue, a vast mountain only visible to those who believe in its existence, FILM (and in extension FILM stills) beckon the viewer to become a believer. Believing herself in the analogue (versus digital), and in the handcraft of film, Dean has written that with this work she strove to "revive spontaneity and risk," showing "film as film can be."
We are also proud to present Douglas Gordon’s first print work published by Niels Borch Jensen Galerie: “August 12, 1999", 2011, a body of 10 print works, each of which depicts a different image of that date's solar eclipse. With each image taken from a different print newspaper, Gordon addresses the notion of perception, each work depicting different experiences of this one single event, and the polarity of Good and Evil, with the fringed halo-like crown of light escaping the darkness given new significance. From time to time Gordon draws elements from the natural world and employs them as metaphor for this conceptual cornerstone, with the solar eclipse in "April 12, 1999" being the most recent example.
It pleases us to unveil a new work by Berlin-based South African artist Robin Rhode. A young and swiftly rising talent, Robin Rhode is renowned for the simplicity and directness of his media - most often charcoal or simple paint applied to his immediate environment - and for the effectiveness of his seemingly simple works in amassing complex and moving conceptual content. Recognized for his performative works - many of which see Rhode interacting with a two-dimensional he has drawn in the space - 7 Violins maintains this method, becoming both a formal study of an object, as well as a visual manifestation of a person's interaction with that object, the smudges and movement-lines rendering visible the movement of the player's hand, and the sound that would potentially be created.
We will also be showcasing a new print by artist-duo Elmgreen & Dragset. This Scandinavian duo has recently unveiled a new, permanent public sculpture in Elsinore, Denmark, commissioned by the city – locale of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – and with ithe work entitled “Han”, comment on Danish and Scandinavian heritage and cultural symbols, the statue being a stainless steel male version of the famed Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.
Iñaki Bonillas and Danh Vo are two young conceptual artists working with personal, historical material from entirely different perspectives.
The young mexican artist Iñaki Bonillas has been working from his grandfather’s archive for nearly ten years, appropriating images and creating installations and sculptural works that question the very notion of the image. His latest series finished earlier this year is entitled “A Storm of Secondary Things,” and with it the artist goes back, taking another look at an archive he’d already been working with. Inspired by the poem Man Carrying Thing by Wallace Stevens, this set of 25 images sees Iñaki Bonillas address the concept of “secondariness,” and the notion of indirect perception. Using an archive of photographs inherited from his grandfather, Bonillas extracts scenes from the backgrounds of the images, drawing our attention to things and scenarios otherwise overlooked (even by the photographer), things that had blended into the landscape - and then expands on the concept of “secondariness,” flooding the images with secondary colors – violet, orange, and green.
The Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo, whose work explores colonialism, ownership, and the telling of history, always closely infiltrated with his own life and experience, had his debut three years ago at the Kunsthalle Basel with a solo exhibition, "Where the Lions Are." This year we are proud to present select pieces from Vo’s growing print oeuvre. In keeping with the overarching themes found in his larger body of works, with Bye Bye, Portrait of a Hand, and Kardinal, Danh Vo employs found and inherited materials in an exploration of identity, contrasting and combining elements including his ethnic roots in Vietnam, homosexuality, religion, and family.
We are also very excited to be exhibiting a very rare portfolio by Al Taylor. This beautiful set of 8 prints composes “Ozark Drive Bys”: reeling past the landscapes and vistas of Ozark in a car, Al Taylor captures the blurriness of a visit his mother's home on the occasion of her death, evoking a sometimes sinister, sometimes solemn sentiment. We will also exhibit the works “Coat Hanger” and an untitled work on paper, which refer to Taylor’s body of sculptural and installation works.
Our booth will also include selections of works by Lewis Baltz, Tal R, Takehito Koganezawa, Thomas Demand, and others.