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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