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Images that you cannot afford

Now some rest in the scandalous history of the "Salvator Mundi". According to the latest findings, the 450-million-Dollar Jesus image showed up finally. It crosses, we read, cozy on the luxury yacht of the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. The rest of the art world is controlled now with your private jet to Basel. Here the Rich and super-rich these days, once again with the new value of the stuff covered in it and hide it then from the eyes of the Public, which is similar to the Saudi Prince.

No wonder, hidden by the authoritarian oil Sheik, the by the way – the world public – the Yemen together bombs can be his trophy. Because in the meantime, both the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the authenticity of the painting in doubt. You approve the picture, that it might have come from Leonardo's workshop, but the Museum people found no traces showing that the master himself has used the brush. Well possible, that the whole purchase is eventually cancelled.

The perfect metaphor

Money Laundering and money laundering is the word of the hour, that hangs like a sword of Damocles hanging over a market that has long ago lost its innocence. Art Unlimited, so in that sector of Art Basel, the big art gun-will travel, has set up the Romanian artist Daniel Knorr interestingly enough, a car wash, the brushes are saturated with soap, but with color. In this machine he's sending now with canvas-covered car dummy, in the blink of an eye sculptures in the styles of abstract expressionism to emerge. Knorr calls his work "Laundry". It is a perfect metaphor to industrial dimensions accepting art market that is always in need of collectors and dealers for money laundering.

Copper No. 32 of Hassan Sharif. (Photo: Keystone)

His colour Laundry at the Art Unlimited is in the midst of an exhibition of a total of 74 works, a mixed amazement by the sheer Size of what is seen here, in the bass. Between Ugo rondinone's huge, some other boys sun gear of gilded Bronze, which stands at the entrance to Art Unlimited, and Tom wesselman's tribute to "The Great American Nude", a sculptural still life of gigantic dimensions of sunglasses, lipstick and finger ring at the end of the long exhibition hall is represented by Gianni Jetzer curated Look at pretty much any Art movement, which today can count with buyers.

Where the real Cubans Raúl paper Zamá, the artist Sislej Xhafa in Basel, exhibited here under the title "Ovoid Solitude", is not for sale. He wakes up, of course, unpleasant memories of the Menschenzoos of the early 20th century. Century, and as a visitor you hardly here about "poverty porn" to think about. However, this Installation is made up of a living man and a long corrugated sheet metal wall also has its Good side, it is with the simplest of means on the obscenity of a market and the hub for the art crowd's attention, which has lost all the love for the arts almost all of her passions to money and gloss and Glitter.

women only

Not without pride, Gianni Jetzer highlights the political Work in his Show. With the Goodwill of the curator will suffer considerably, that at the entrance to the exhibition of the exhibition of ten giant, 1000 year-old olive trees creators probably have been placed, the sight of which you would repent before the pity of these uprooted creature on the loved one again.

Among other things, Alicia Framis shows at the Art Unlimited of a very voluminous clothing line, with the women against Attacks on their body can protect them. Not far away, Andrea Bowers has built two mighty, red wailing walls, in which hundreds of partially most prominent men only, which have been flown in the Wake of the #MeToo debate and accused. On the red walls but also the women only set, has now been extended to Twitter on the part of Affected to loud protests. The artist from Los Angeles is accused of, that you would exploit the suffering of the women into a spectacle without depth. Bowers has apparently used elsewhere already published images and texts of the victim for your artwork, without the abused gave women their consent.

"The Dirty dolls of Pomerania," by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. (Photo: Keystone)

not all of the galleries, the Art Basel booth, are represented at the Art Unlimited. A work on the Look of the unlimited possibilities, but does not have the financial potency of a gallery in connection. In any case, the small and medium-sized galleries, the groaning for years under the high prices at Art Basel by around 90'000 Swiss francs and moaning, here are mostly fit in. To be able to the type-rent to pay, should well be a Million Swiss francs of sales achieved, I let to me by a gallery owner to explain. The ten images to 100'000 Swiss francs, or twenty to 50'000 Swiss francs. Which of the smaller and medium-sized galleries, the within creates six days? What is the next one that drops the charm?

million implemented in one day

For the really Big in the market, the prices of the exhibition are the stem, however, a cardboard. While the Gagosian Gallery, which has been made in the last year worldwide, 880 million dollars in sales and, more recently, in Basel, a separate branch is doing, to be silent, as always, your sales, reported by David Zwirner sales in the amount of 50 million francs on the first day of art, Hauser and Wirth, sales of a total of 25 million Swiss francs, together counts, wherein two each of 10 million Swiss francs in serious works to come, for the man has been found on the Zurich Gallery Weekend five days ago, the buyer, the gallery informs. Never before has the business had gone so well, writes Ivan Wirth in a press release. He attributes the success both to the good work of the gallery as well as the extra for the fair released, thick art book. Finally, he winds up the Art Basel Party, the concern for the art market in the world for attention.

At the fair itself, the business is mainly in the ground floor as lubricated. Here are the art dealers at home are the works of the classical Modern in the offer, finds about Picabia or Klimt, the are still very wanted. Here, but there are also tons of those victory of art, as the art historian Wolfgang Ullrich is called, which serves the Rich as a status symbol. Who, as a visitor to enough of these giant formats that must resemble how real brand products is always a bit of changes to the first floor, where much less of the quasi-industrially produced victory art flowers.

Here, discoveries are to be made, such as those admittedly somewhat creepy Installation by Giulia Cenci, one of the two most prestigious art prizes, the Baloise insurance has received. The young Italian, living in Amsterdam, to be formed for the work of "Territory" a tangle of metal rods to the bone - and skeletal-like structures, so that the acting entities feel when you Enter the exhibition booth, as in a thicket of organic, but (almost) any Resemblance to living beings is purely coincidental.

Art Basel is open until Sunday. (editor-in-Tamedia)

Created: 12.06.2019, 17:22 PM

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