|Koons' 'Split Rocker' in the Beyeler gardens|
Basel’s too-much-to-see in its busiest week included many interlocking shows, talks and events in addition to the central concept of 250 world class galleries selling their best work: I also got to Art Edition, Art Features, Art Unlimited and Art Statements on the main site; Art Parcours in the city; the separate Liste, Volta and Solo Projects fairs; and concurrent shows around Basel, of which the highlight – as everyone I spoke to agreed – was a stunning presentation of Jeff Koons at the Foundation Beyeler.
|Gitte Schäfer: 'Flower Wall'|
|Levi van Veluw|
Of course, many familiar artists showed well: I could mention Neo Rauch, Walead Beshty, Doug Aitken, Los Carpinteros, Alexis Harding, Peter Funch, Daniel Lergon, Sarah Barker and Boo Ritson or I could desist...
What you really want to concentrate on if visiting Documenta is ambitious, knock-out work which is unlikely to be as good anywhere else. As it happens, much of that is in two areas somewhat away from the main Friderichsplatz centre:
And the zone around the Huguenot House, newly converted to artists’ studios as artworks by Theaster Gates, has:
So there you have a handily compact eight of my personal top dozen from Documenta. The others being largely accumulations in line with the trend:
|Anna Maria Maiolino|
· Anna Maria Maiolino’s obsessive accumulation of clay items ‘Here & There’, which fills an entire gardener’s cottage in
· Tacita Dean’s blackboard drawing project ‘Fatigues’ linked Kassel to Afghanistan – a set theme for this Documenta – and was ideally placed in the unlikely site of a former tax office.