As the highly anticipated 45th edition of Art Basel is
unveiled, an international audience converges on Basel, Switzerland, in search
of the next big artists, and the familiar figures they’ve come to expect. Over
the past week Artsy users have browsed our preview of the fair, and we present
below the artists who have received the most follows.
: After first establishing his reputation in the
1980s with biomorphic sculptures in limestone and other natural materials,
Kapoor began to explore the theme of “the void” in large-scale stone works,
some with defined insides and outsides and others that clearly delineate empty
: In 1950s New York, Joan Mitchell was a lively,
argumentative member of the famed Cedar Bar crowd, alongside Franz Kline,
Willem de Kooning, and other notable first- and second-generation
painters. Based on landscape imagery and
flowers, her large-scale paintings investigate the potential of big, aggressive
brushstrokes and vivid color to convey emotion.
Considered one of the progenitors of
optically complex and illusionistic paintings, Victor Vasarely spent the course
of a long, critically acclaimed career seeking, and arguing for an approach to
art making that was deeply social. He placed primary importance on the
development of an engaging, accessible visual language that could be
universally understood—this language, for Vasarely, took the form of geometric
: A recurring theme in Bochner’s work is the relationship
between language and physical space or color. This is famously demonstrated in
his “Measurement” installations of the late 1960s, visualizing the exact
dimensions of rooms and exhibition spaces, and thesaurus-inspired paintings of
a single word and its synonyms.
: Lichtenstein stressed the artificiality of his
images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the
flat, single-color Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand
using paint and stencils. Later in his career, he extended his source material
to art history, including the work of
experimented with three-dimensional works.
: LeWitt is best known for his large-scale “Wall
Drawings,” rigorous compositions of shapes, grids, and colors rendered in
pencil and paint in coherence with strict instructions and diagrams to be
followed in executing the work. LeWitt made over 1,200 of these works in his
career, through a visual vocabulary in strong alignment with
his rejection of the movement.
: A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms,
Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled
magnitude. Inspired by Primitivism and developments in the world around him,
Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably
rose to prominence in the early 1990s through the dispersion of posters,
stickers, and murals, related to his Obey Giant campaign, which yielded an
international cultural phenomenon. Fairey’s iconic poster of President Barack
Obama was adopted as the official design associated with the presidential
campaign and encapsulates a number of recurring concerns in the artist’s work,
including propaganda, portraiture, and political power.
: A first-generation
, de Kooning is one of the most important artists
of the 20th century. In 1950s New York, when painters like
away from representational imagery toward pure abstraction, de Kooning
maintained a commitment to the figurative tradition, developing a signature
style that fused vivid color and aggressive paint handling with deconstructed
images of the female form—a then-controversial body of works that has become
known as his “Women” paintings.
: Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and
created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his
quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away
with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from
popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32
Campbell's Soup Cans
(1962), Brillo box sculptures
, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the
medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and
flat areas of color.