Art In America

Bettina Pousttchi

Clocks abound in the photographic, filmic and sculptural worksof Bettina Pousttchi. The German-Iranian artist’s “World Time”series (2008–ongoing) comprises blown-up, black-and-white imagesthat capture clocks on buildings in ...

Peter Friedl

In 2001, Austrian artist Peter Friedl mounted a solo show titled "Forty Acres and a Mule" at the recently opened Nicolas Krupp Contemporary Art in Basel. The exhibition featured a spare, black PVC floor work that recalled Carl Andre's Minimalist...

Falke Pisano and Ana Roldan

The documentation of performance art has been a regular guest at the contemporary art table since the 1970s. Such documents once stuck to a standard format: dry black-and-white serial photographs or straightforward video shot from a single point of...

Marc Bauer, Sara Masuger and Armen Oloyan

There was a black, black humor at work in the show “Where Cuckoos Nest in Autumn,” featuring Swiss artists Marc Bauer and Sara Masüger and Armenian-born Armen Eloyan.

Jill Spector

Jill Spector’s tall, pale and bulbous sculptural assemblages coyly court anthropomorphism. Variously crafted from chicken wire, wood, plaster, pillows, papier-mâché, inkjet prints and photocopies, the freestanding works rise from the floor like...

Martina Gmur

There is something at once unabash­edly romantic and oddly remote about the sensibility evinced by Martina Gmür’s paintings on wood in this recent exhibition, “Das Loch” (The Hole). The 30-year-old Basel-based artist favors a muted palette of icy...

Brightest in Show

In this week's Art Basel-precipitated blur of fairs, performances, museum openings, art dinners and art parties, it is sometimes difficult to ascertain exactly where one is at any given moment. Liste—the well-loved "young art fair" that is generally...

Video Stars at Art Basel

The 1979 New Wave song "Video Killed the Radio Star" kept running through my head as I made my way around the cavernous maze that is Art Basel 41's intermingled Art Unlimited and Art Statements sections. Unlike last year, when outsize and bombastic...

Early Statement: Edit Oderbolz Draws in Air

This week Edit Oderbolz's canvas-like walls will be just a little bit smaller, when her installation for the Art Statements section of Art Basel, in which a curated selection of galleries showcase notable single-artist installations, goes on view in...

Hugo Markl

“I’ve copied folk art that won’t become folk art,” Hugo Markl once remarked of his work. His version of “folk art” is derived from print and digital media imagery—porn magazines and websites, Vogue magazine, multinational company logos—which the...

Kilian Ruthemann

The outsize legacy of Minimalism is so imposing that it is often difficult to talk about any contemporary artist’s work without referencing it (either as influence or counter tendency). Yet this pervasiveness can result in watery generalities about...

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys

A seemingly endless zigzag of tall white partitions, hung with an equally endless series of spare pencil drawings (500, to be exact), greeted viewers of Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys’s recent exhibition. The Brussels-­based artists turned three...

The High Modernist Drawing Board

Lever House, the glassy green box and ur-skyscraper of New York architectural Modernism, has also been the site of some of the city's more interesting contemporary art installations of late. This past week, Los Angeles-based Karl Haendel mounted an...

Pavel Pepperstein

One of the highlights of last year’s Venice Biennale was Pavel Pepperstein’s low-ceilinged den tricked out with black lights and a pounding rap-techno-Stravinsky soundtrack (in the otherwise mostly incoherent Russian Pavilion group show). Covering...

Florian Baudrexel

In the fall of 2007, Germany’s Bielefelder Kunstverein mounted a group show called “New Constructivism” that teased out the not-so-latent Constructivist tendencies of a new generation of abstract painters, sculptors, filmmakers and multimedia...

Deimantas Narkevicius

“No historic period passes without leaving a trace, and its aftermath does not disappear naturally, especially such a dramatic, extensive, radical and overwhelming tide as Soviet rule.” The words are Deimantas Narkevicius’s, and the traces of...

In the Studio With Emil Michael Klein

The studio of Emil Michael Klein occupies a room next to the cold, empty lobby of an enormous '70s-era apartment block building. The building, in the Kleinhüningen neighborhood of Basel and blocks from the Rhine, was designed by Swiss architect Hans...

Monica Bonvicini / Tom Burr

The current exhibition of works by Monica Bonvicini and Tom Burr is an odd coupling, estranged yet intimate, and feral at a studious remove. If the similarities in the two artists' bodies of work are obvious—sculpture that infuses minimalist forms...

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