Art | Basel 2013
13 - 16 June 2013
You will find us in hall 2.0 booth E7 (ground floor)
Darren Almond | Günther Förg | Mona Hatoum
Joan Mitchell | Ernesto Neto | Albert Oehlen
Richard Phillips | Bridget Riley | Thomas Struth
Rebecca Warren | Toby Ziegler
For the Bunkers, Mona Hatoum combines basic modular structures and a modified material: metal, which integrity has been destroyed from the inside and the outside by craftsmen. The damaged metallic surface being reminiscent of the architectural situation in Beirut after the war, some of the Bunkers carry in their proportions references to specific buildings, here the St.Georges hotel.
A traditional hammock hangs between two oxidized steel plates, waiting for a body. Ernesto Neto uses one of his characteristic construction method: his sculptures stick together like toys made of prefabricated components, challenging gravity with their heaviness despite of their visual softness. For the new steel sculptures presented in his last exhibition at the gallery in February, Neto created several organic forms, always playing with materials and sensations.
We are pleased to present this rare early "post-non-figurative" painting. In 1989, Albert Oehlen started to complicate his paintings by covering images under a seemingly chaotic layer, opening the way for his further abstract works. A recent painting from the Fingermalerei series (2011), and two large-scale drawings from 2008 using computer imagery as a source, will also be shown. In September, we will open our new spaces in Berlin-Charlottenburg with a solo show by Albert Oehlen, Interieurs, as well as with a painting group show featuring his work.
Bridget Riley's recent stripe paintings feature a warmer and brighter palette compared to previous series. Those still focus on relations between form and colour with regard to the vivid and impressive phenomena of perception. Their dense rhythm, the alternating clusters of colours and their dissolution involving unexpected visual impressions, might be perceived as reminiscences of landscape painting. The exhibition Bridget Riley, Die Streifenbilder / The Stripe Paintings 1961-2012 is on view at the gallery until July 18th.