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Stories of this month
As they've spread fast on social media you’ve likely already seen pictures of Jeff Koons in his signature pose next to Bluebird Planter (2010-2016) in David Zwirner’s booth at the sixth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. Having attracted 80,000 art lovers from around the globe, the fair closed last Saturday with the news ringing throughout the art world that Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XII (1975) sold within the first hour of the fair for $35 million by Lévy Gorvy.
The outstanding sales performance of this year’s fair aside, it’s worth stopping to appreciate how the artists who continue to drive the art world forward still do so according to their own projects. In particular it’s worth unpacking the overarching project of Alexie Glass-Kantor—the curator of the institutional-scale installation project of Art Basel Hong Kong since 2015—who invited the art world to experience twelve ambitious projects in ‘Encounters.’
by Amy Gahyun Lee
Last May Anne Katrine Senstad, a Norwegian artist living in New York, unveiled her latest work, ‘Elements’ as part of ‘Through the Spectrum’—a group exhibition at Athr Gallery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia presenting Senstad's work alongside that of James Turrell, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Robert Irwin. Senstad views 'Elements' as the culmination of her lifelong project of exploring light as a medium, narrative, and connection between space and environment. Throughout her career her sculptures and installations have invited the viewer to a meditative spatial experience.
by Tansy Xiao
Earlier this month Eazel visited the seventh edition of Frieze New York on Randall’s Island, boldly disregarding rumors of fairgoers driven away by an unexpected heatwave. Having secured an interview with Loring Randolph—Frieze’s new Artistic Director of the Americas—we were keen on getting firsthand insight into what the art fair model has been up to as of late.
by Patrick Rolandelli