In Pictures: See the Best of Art Basel Unlimited 2022, From a Painting Made of Hardware-Store Finds to a Shipping Container-Turned-Sculpture
Art Basel, which opens to the public this week, is one of the biggest art-market moments of the year. But it is Unlimited, Art Basel’s distinctive platform for large-scale projects, that places a special emphasis on big. This year, the Messeplatz hosts 70 large-scale artworks ranging from a hanging sculpture made from a shipping container by Kennedy Yanko to a monumental 1988 painting by Keith Haring.
This year’s edition is curated by Giovanni Carmine, director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen. Unlike last year’s outing, which reflected the market’s current obsession with painting by focusing largely on 2D work, this display manages to take a bit more advantage of the 3D space. Videos, installations, sculptures, and (yes) paintings are on view by the likes of Theaster Gates, Francis Alÿs, Jenny Holzer, Rebecca Horn, Martha Rosler, Marianna Simnett, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many more.
“Unlimited 2022 is decidedly intense, no less a reflection on the contradictory era in which we live,” Carmine said in a statement, “A powerful expression of this is the polymorphous chorus of artistic voices in this exhibition, singing in protest against isolation, loneliness, and indifference. The chants are becoming louder and ever-more discernible.”
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