In pictures: See the best of Art Basel Unlimited 2022, from a painting made from hardware store finds to a sculpture turned into a shipping container
Art Basel, which opens to the public this week, is one of the biggest art market moments of the year. But it’s Unlimited, Art Basel’s distinctive platform for large-scale projects, that places special emphasis on big. This year, Messeplatz hosts 70 large-scale works of art 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 release, which reflected the current market obsession with painting by focusing heavily on 2D work, this display manages to squeeze a little more out of the 3D space. Videos, installations, sculptures and (yes) paintings are presented by Theaster Gates, Francis Alÿs, Jenny Holzer, Rebecca Horn, Martha Rosler, Marianna Simnett, Wolfgang Tillmans and many others.
“Unlimited 2022 is decidedly intense, no less a reflection on the contradictory era we live in,” Carmine said in a statement, “A powerful expression of that is the polymorphic chorus of artistic voices in this exhibition, singing in protest against isolation, loneliness and indifference The songs become louder and louder and more perceptible.
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