Two decades ago, Art Basel started its sun-splashed edition. Now, as the fair changes leaders, art world insiders consider the road ahead.
This week fairgoers can feast on the usual superabundance of art, including 20 large-scale projects in the Meridians section, curated by Magalí Arriola, director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. They include Devan Shimoyama’s The Grove (2021), a massive work made of “D.I.Y.” utility poles, shoes, crystals and silk flowers, presented by Kavi Gupta gallery. The piece, conceived in response to the upheavals of 2020 and the idea of spontaneous memorials, draws on the urban tradition of hanging shoes from telephone wires and the many different ways it can be perceived.