Uncommon sculptures at Art Basel – The 2016 show, one of the most successful in Art Basel’s history, brought the international artworld together, with more than 280 of the world’s leading galleries showing the work of over 4,000 artists. A full program of artworld talks took place each day. Exhibitions and events were also offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week. Check out the most uncommon sculptures at Art Basel!
Next show in Basel: June 15 – 18, 2017
Art Basel kicked off in Switzerland, and the internet is overflowing with the most memorable—and marketable—modern art in the world. As an art lover today, the trick to winning at art fairs is to find all the most Instagram-friendly art as fast as possible, and then grab selfies with it before your friends do. Only then can you spend the rest of your time sifting through the rest for the real gems.
We’ve gathered Basel’s biggest installations from art stars like James Turrell, Anish Kapoor, and Ai Weiwei. We’ve collected this year’s showstoppers, like Chiaru Shiota’s forest of hanging suitcases, Donald Moffett’s hyperrealistic donkeys, and Davide Balula’s mimed renditions of famous sculptures. Then, we round it out with a few strange and obscure pieces we think you’ll enjoy.
Our personal award for “strangest sculpture” goes to Paul MacCarthy’s Tomato Head (Green), a 1994 work featuring a veggie-headed man wearing no pants on a field of geometric objects, one of which appears to be covering his extra-long schlong.