Art Basel Preview 2011 Continued

After lunch on Lincoln Road with Molly Hatch, I returned for round two of the Basel preview, this time with the goal of hunting down something a little Berkshire.

I started by stopping by Paul Kasmin, who recently presented a solo exhibition of Great Barrington artist Walton Ford’s work. Ford’s work was not on display, but I did bump into the wonderful Pittsfield-based Tom Patti, and  his wife, Marilyn. For those who may not know, Tom is a leading glass designer and engineer, who’s architectural and sculptural works can be seen around the world, including right here in Miami.

I then went in search of the Jack Shaniman Gallery to see some works of El Anatsui (who’s exhibition I missed up at The Clark this year).
It was a crowded house, and I found a wonderful tower by Yoan Capote comprised of horizontal lines of bronze teeth punctuating concrete blocks, appropriately titled Stress.

I then headed over to Marlborough Gallery who repesents one of my favorite artists, Portuguese born Paula Rego. By fluke or fate I also found Incendary Nocturne; Provence (MASS MoCA#157) by long time Berkshire Resident, Stephen Hannock.

At this point, the fair overload kicked in and I reverted to my prior approach of navigating by chance.

Basel is definitely the top level fair, navigating through the hundreds upon hundreds of booths, I felt like I was visiting my Modern to Contemporary Art History course from University, but it is always beneficial to see these works in person, and I left wanting to make art. Which is also good.

Now back to the hotel to get ready for tonight and the Aqua Preview.

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