Best of Art Basel: Top 10 Artists at the Fair, so Far

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Jun 14, 2013 5:25AM

10. Katharina Grosse, Untitled (2013) at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

Katharina Grosse’s 2-D works share their vibrant palette and vigorous brushwork with her world-renowned installations, which examine the interplay of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

9. Yang Fudong, Look Again Nr. 3 (2004) at ShanghART

Yang Fudong is known for his films and photographs in which slow-moving, surrealistic scenes unfold in uncanny, yet distinctly contemporary, dreamscapes.

8. Chuck Close, Kate Diptych (2012) at Two Palms

To create this print of the ever fascinating supermodel Kate Moss, Chuck Close drew on an age-old process—the Woodburytype—that has long been valued for its superior, almost liquid-like tonal variations.

7. Noriko Ambe, A Piece of Flat Globe Vol. 33 (2013) at SCAI The Bathhouse

To create these delicate sculptures, Noriko Ambe carves through hundreds of layers of paper, whether pages in books or, in this case, inverted stacks of Yupo paper.

6. Sam Falls, Untitled (Topanga Rain, Rope, 18) (2013) at Metro Pictures

For Sam Falls, weather is a central medium—as in this work, whose pigments were exposed to the Southern California rain, literally tracing its path.

5. Cindy Sherman, Untitled (1983) at Metro Pictures

This tragicomic photograph is from Cindy Sherman’s iconic 1983 series, the first of several to explore female representations in the fashion industry.

4. Roy Lichtenstein, Things on the Wall (1973) at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC

Though devoid of his signature comic book women, this large painting has all the trappings of classic Lichtenstein: bold primaries, Ben-Day dots, and references to pop culture.

3. May Ray, Untitled (Bangwa Queen and Model) (1934) at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

In a typically Surrealist juxtaposition, this photograph by Man Ray pairs two nudes: a striking live model and an iconic African sculpture of feminine strength.

2. Anish Kapoor, Untitled (2013) at SCAI The Bathhouse

Whether massive or intimate, Anish Kapoor’s works distort perceptions and subvert expectations, as in this disorienting sculpture that magnifies and inverts reflections on its surface.

1. Egon Schiele, Two Reclining Nudes (1918) at Galerie St. Etienne

The ultimate Expressionist, Egon Schiele is known for his erotic and deeply psychological portraits—drawings and paintings still unmatched in their tortured, sinuous lines.

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