1:16 PM, June 20th, 2011

Shuffle at Art Basel

Christian Marclay, one of the 10 most important artists of today and the man behind the art sensation Clocks, deals out cards to classical musicians that indicate the notes they’re supposed to play. Blake Gopnik deconstructs it here:

It was as though someone took a photograph of rolled steel in a boatyard, and presented it as a picture of a Richard Serra.

5:16 PM, June 17th, 2011


Daily Pic: A still from a wonderful series of videos by Finnish artist Pilvi Takala, in a group show at the Kunsthalle in Basel. Takala runs a kind of social experiment in them: She gets herself hired as a marketing trainee at Deloitte in Helsinki, and for her last few days there she does … absolutely nothing.

I can also see this being an SNL skit.

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6:01 AM, June 16th, 2011


Daily Pic: Crowds of collectors in Basel, Switzerland, rush to see the art at the city’s great commercial art fair. The gross commercialism of the event is almost overwhelming, but luckily some older art’s on view that functions as an antidote.

Our art critic Blake Gopnik lifts the curtain on Art Basel, a mega art fair that can sometimes feel more like Walmart than a cultured and rarefied affair. Well, if Walmart sold yarn sculptures for $500,000.

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