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The Art of Looking at Art at Art Basel in Basel

Kaarel Kurismaa presented by Temnikova and Kasela in Unlimited. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel
 

By PAUL LASTER, June 2019 

Art fairs are trade shows, but they are also a place to discover new artists, new work by your favorite artists and unknown treasures that are new to the market. Some people come to buy while others just come to look. There’s no better place to do both than at Art Basel in Basel, which opened to VIP visitors on June 11, the general public on June 13 and runs through June 16.

Sifting through more than 1000 photographs shot in the Galleries, Statements, Unlimited, Feature and Edition sections by Art Basel’s team of photographers during the opening days of the fair, we’ve selected 25 images that curiously catch people in the art of looking at art, while simultaneously providing a peak at some of the fascinating artworks on view. WM

Galleria Continua's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

The Modern Institute's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Buchmann Galerie's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Peres Projects's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Galerie Urs Meile's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

A Gentil Carioca's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Jan Mot's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Galleria Continua's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Pace Gallery's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Lisson Gallery's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Jack Shainman Gallery's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Greengrassi's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Xu Zhen presented by Perrotin in Unlimited. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Canada's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Duane Hanson presented by Gagosian in Unlimited. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Marfa's presentation in Statements. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Paul McCarthy presented by Hauser and Wirth and Xavier Hufkens in Unlimited. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Jack Shainman Gallery's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Huma Bhabha presented by Salon 94 in Unlimited. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Galeria Elba Benitez's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Zoe Leonard presented by Galerie Gisela Capitain, Galleria Raffaella Cortese and Hauser and Wirth in Unlimited. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 Esther Schipper's presentation in Galleries. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

Tom Wesselmann presented by Gagosian in Unlimited. Courtesy Art Basel in Basel

 

Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of Artkrush.com and Artspace.com and art editor of Flavorpill.com and Russell Simmons's OneWorld Magazine; started TheDailyBeast.com's art section; and worked as a photojournalist for Artnet.com and Art in America. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse and ArtInfo.com.

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