Jeff Koons at Beyeler Foundation Beyeler Foundation Jeff Koons Jeff Koons Franz West at Art Unlimited Richard Phillips' First Point, starring Lindsay Lohan Olaf Nicolai   Sam Samore at Team Gallery   Ryan McGinley at Team Gallery   Rob Pruitt at Gavin Brown's Enterprise Joelle Tuerlinckx Roe Ethridge at Andrew Kreps Gallery David Lamelas at Jan Mot Amanda Ross-Ho at The Approach Urs Fischer at Sadie Coles Urs Fischer at Gavin Brown's Enterprise John Waters at Marianne Boesky Gallery Rob Pruitt at Air de Paris Nicolas Krupp Gallery Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures Shana Moulton at Gregor Staiger Stephen G. Rhodes at Overduin and Kite Nicolas Ceccaldi at Neue Alte Brücke Daniel Gordon at Wallspace View from LISTE tower Jeffrey Deitch's and Josh Baer's conversation at Art Salon Terence Koh at Sean Kelly Walead Beshty Damien Hirst at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Wolfgang Tillmans Allora & Calzadilla Nate Lowman at Galleria Massimo de Carlo Alex Israel at Almine Rech Gallery Ellie Ga at Bureau Marina Abramovic at Sean Kelly Pipilotti Rist at Hauser & Wirth David Altmejd at Andrea Rosen Gallery Robert Irwin Thomas Ruff at David Zwirner William Eggleston

Art Basel 2012: The Recap

BY Benjamin Barron | Mon. June 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM | Culture Club
This year, Art Basel was huge––in the most literal sense. The three hundred plus galleries that set up camp in the main pavilion alone (!) made for an expansive fair. But on top of that, the quaint and historic Swiss city teemed with even more art.

In a neighboring venue, 61 artists, including Franz West, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and House Calls host Richard Phillips, presented large-scale installations as part of Art Unlimited, the fair's multi-media exhibition platform. Artists also presented works around Basel's historical center for Art Parcours, Art Basel's site-specific series of works and performances that were free and open to the public. There were many highlights to the fair, but the Beyeler Foundation's scenic Jeff Koons opening (pictured at left), which displayed the artist's work in a collection that included Picasso and Rothko, certainly topped my list.

With the countless talks and film screenings, museum openings, and other fairs happening simultaneously (like LISTE––which exhibited emerging galleries and artists in an industrial building with a tower overlooking the city––SCOPE, and VOLTA), there were plenty of stimulating things so see, hear, and do throughout the 3-day period.