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25 Works We Want From Art Basel

 Christian Marclay, Untitled, 2004. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery

By PAUL LASTER, Jun. 2017

Presenting 291 galleries from 35 countries and six continents, the 48th edition of Art Basel offers artworks in a wide variety of media by an international mix of modern and contemporary artists. Perusing the fair, we’ve chosen 25 works that we want to add to our collection—ranging from paintings by Francis Picabia, Frank Stella and Neo Rauch to sculptures by Mark Manders and Erwin Wurm and photographs by Richard Avedon, Joan Jonas and Richard Prince. 

Scroll through to see more images of our favorite pieces at the fair. WM 

Frank Stella, Sunapee IV, 1966. Courtesy Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2017. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery

Lawrence Weiner, CALLED BY ANOTHER NAME, 2016. Courtesy Alfonso Artiaco

Francis Picabia, Couple de monstres, ca. 1924. Courtesy Richard Gray Gallery

Alberto Biasi, Dinamica Circolare, 1979. Courtesy The Mayor Gallery

Sanford Biggers, We & Them, 2017. Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery

Nam June Paik, TV Buddha, 1992. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery

The Guerrilla Girls The Birth Of Feminism, 2001. Courtesy mfc - michèle didier

Alain Jacquet, Cantique Spirituel à la louange du Très-Saint sacrement de l’autel, ca. 1962. Courtesy Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois

Gillian Wearing, Me and Claude in Mirror, 2017. Courtesy Maureen Paley

 Al Held, Untitled, 1956. Courtesy Cheim & Read

Robert Longo, Untitled (White Door to Freud's Consulting Room, 1938), 2004. Courtesy Galerie Hans Mayer

Rob Pruitt, Rob Pruitt’s Official Art World / Celebrity Look-Alikes, 2016. Courtesy Gavin Brown's enterprise

Erwin Wurm, Flat Iron, 2016. Courtesy Lehmann Maupin

Neo Rauch, Blutsbrüder, 2017. Courtesy David Zwirner

Richard Prince, The Playmate, 2012. Courtesy Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art

Robert Motherwell, Two Figures No.12, 1958. Courtesy Waddington Custot

Mark Manders, Large Composition with Red, 2017. Courtesy Zeno X Gallery

Lee Ufan, With Winds, 1987. Courtesy Tina Kim Gallery

Patrick Caulfield, Girl on a Terrace, 1971, 1971. Courtesy Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert

Richard Avedon, John Glenn, Astronaut, Langley Field, Virginia, March 31, 1961, 1961. Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery

Barbara Kasten, Transposition 28, 2016. Courtesy Bortolami

Joan Jonas, Mirror performance III, 1969. Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese

Arman, Christo's Refuse, 1973. Courtesy Leila Heller Gallery


Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



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