The best stands are dedicated to artists with strong formal concerns.
In the swirling commercial vortex of the Art Basel fair, quiet spaces of contemplation are rare and welcome. The outstanding booths are dedicated to artists with strong formal concerns. Such practitioners blossom in spare environments, where unlike in the mainstream fair booths, there is no danger of eclipse by a carnival of different expressions.
Appel once said painting should be like “the roar from a lion’s breast”. Throughout Art Basel’s Feature section this week, you can hear the echo of that devoted passion.