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Paint outside the lines at Art Basel

Located at the crossroads of Europe, on the borders of France, Switzerland, and Germany, the idyllic Basel is home to the most distinguished, flashy, and colourful art event of the year – Art Basel.

Hundreds of galleries from around the world swoop into the small city to showcase the works of their most cherished artists, who delve into paintings, sculpture, photography, installations, performance, and videos.

There is so much diversity amongst the over 4,000 artists in attendance that all who find themselves in this European enclave will discover goosebumps rising, eyes watering, or smiles widening over something within their sightline.

Here are some pieces that caught our eyes…

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Daniel Lefcourt from Campoli Presti Gallery, Debris Field [#4], 2011

Like finding pictures amongst the clouds in the sky, try to make out images in this work of art by Daniel Lefcourt.

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Martin Kippenberger from David Zwirner Gallery, 1982

Known for his exposing self-portraits, Martin Kippenberger reveals clues to his sense of being with each painting. What is he telling us here?

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Tom Wesselmann, Tiny Dropped Bra #15, 1981

Also fashioned as a larger than life steel sculpture, one wonders if Tom Wesselmann had a particular woman in mind when creating his dropped bra series.

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Richard Prince from Gagosian Gallery, 2012

Cowboys have always been a fascinating character from our culture, and Richard Prince captures this “Marlboro Man” with such intricate detail that we can almost smell his cigarette.

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Andy Warhol from Galerie Klüser, Lenin, 1986

Oddly enough, Andy Warhol’s depiction of Lenin bears striking resemblance to John Malkovich.

- Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Andy Warhol created fame. He manifested celebrity. He defined the term icon. And he gave pop art an eternal life. With leaping colours and swirling pop culture themes splattered on his striking images, and a blazing social life that would make any other human being collapse, it’s no wonder we love him here at OPUS.

Let us count the ways…

1. Long before OutKast told us to shake them, Warhol made Polaroid cool and covetable with a series of celebrity candids

 “I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumours to my dogs.”

2. He was the original Facebook. He documented his life and the people around him with more hunger and vitality than most of us do on social media today.

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.”

3. Everyday household objects became works of art when looked at through his eyes. He brought Campbell’s soup cans and Coca Cola bottles to life, while simultaneously boosting the brands’ sales. He taught us to appreciate the “ordinary”.  

“I like boring things.”

4. First rule of icon: Be yourself. Warhol was always open about his sexuality, desires, and personal life by expressing each facet through his art. Then again, he was also the master of warping perceptions. What was actually real and what was fantasy?

“I don’t know where the artificial stops and the real starts.”

5. He didn’t care about the critics. Warhol never stopped creating art.  

“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.”

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider