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Kim and Trevor have seen a lot of great art this week at Art 42 Basel, the annual contemporary art fair in Switzerland. Among their favorite finds:
1. a beautiful Mickalene Thomas landscape at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
2. the David Kordansky Gallery booth, featuring work by Kathryn Andrews (a Duke grad!)
3. a “killer” work (pictured above) by Nari Ward called “CarouSoul,” from 2011, a monumental sculpture made of repurposed found objects — tires, shoe tips, shoe strings and shoe tongues, tires, etc.
4. the fantastic booth at Jack Tilton Gallery of ’60s and ’70s work by African-American artists in L.A., including John Outterbridge, Noah Purifoy, David Hammons and Betye Saar, among others.
5. the floor of St. Alban Church covered with tiny confetti-like bronze disks, alluding to past festivals, a 2010 work by Kris Martin called “Festum II.”

Trevor’s notes: On Nari Ward’s work, “Playful and rugged, yet delicately crafted.”

Kim’s notes: “We saw lots of good work at the fair, new and familiar artists. … As for Mickalene Thomas, we loved this beautiful large landscape, although she is better known for figurative work. Her landscape inspirations range from Hudson River School to Cezanne to Romare Bearden. … On to Venice tomorrow.”

Museum Director Kim Rorschach, and Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art, traveled to Switzerland for Art Basel before heading to the Venice Biennale. During their travels this month, we’ll hear about works of art that capture their attention.

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