Art Basel Photos 2008

Posted by on Dec 8, 2008 in Art Coverage

It will take me a month or two to process what we saw this weekend. Below are nearly 700 photos of a sampling of what was available. Take a look and maybe you can make more sense out of it than I can. I’ll be posting several great video interviews in the days or weeks to come.

Art Basel 1, 2008.
Art Basel 2, 2008
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  1. tom p.
    December 8, 2008

    i like the mr. brainwash/ fairey wall in the first set of pictures. i never been, thanks for showing me what i’m missing.

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  2. Akbar Lightning
    December 8, 2008

    absolutely fabulous darling. what a great thing, what great reportage, it’s like i went there, even though I did not. byron king is a journalist in the truest sense of the word.

    btw – the picture with Disney Borg is priceless!

    akbar

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  3. Byron King
    December 8, 2008

    Thanks Guys. Really appreciate it. I really enjoyed it. Being a part of the Fountain Fair, getting a press pass for Globatron to cover Art Basel, getting a little VIP treatment, and then back to Jax and reality. It’s amazing. It will take months to process what I saw.

    Akbar…Disney’s work was amazing in person. We’ve all come so far with our work. It’s so nice to run into old friends and realize how we have all matured in so many ways.

    Tom, It was cool seeing Mr. Brainwash doing his wall. They were giving those Super Obama posters out to whomever passed by.

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  4. Brandon Mata
    December 9, 2008

    Hey Byron I have chatted with you on JaxCal in the past; I was trying to make it over to the Fountain Fair to meet and see your work in person. I was right down the street showing some work at Geisai (inside Pulse). I was unable to visit because we had to man our booths all day from Tues. to Sunday. Hopefully next time!

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  5. Aftermath : See. Eat. Bye. « SEA SHOW Blog - Seattle Emerging Arts
    December 9, 2008

    […] was intrigue, which was only heightened by my discovery that this is the website of a masked art critic. He was at Art Basel and has a ton of photos to show us. Was he masked during the fair? Does he not […]

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  6. morrison
    December 9, 2008

    good weekend bk

    car died. rental car towed. still hungover.

    and got some japanese wasted

    armory in march

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  7. byron king
    December 9, 2008

    Sorry Brandon. Wish I could have made it to Pulse. There was so much to see and so little time. Do you have pics?

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  8. Casey Matthews
    December 9, 2008

    Byron, This is so nice of you! I have never been able to get away and actually attend Art Basel. Maybe next year….. (I keep saying that)
    Thanks for taking the time to take & show us all the photos. You are the best!

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  9. Byron King
    December 9, 2008

    Thanks Casey. Yeah, definitely…maybe next year. It’s worth the trip:)

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  10. Brandon Mata
    December 9, 2008

    Yeah Byron I know what you mean, I was only able to go to Nada and Pulse of course and to a few night time openings and screenings. Saw some cool stuff but still missed some things I planned to see. They put up a few pics on Geisai.us and I am going to try and put up my site tonite with some of the works I was showing.

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  11. Brandon Mata
    December 9, 2008

    Oh yeah they had some really cool stuff right across from Pulse at GenArt.

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  12. markcreegan
    December 15, 2008

    I remember one of favorite moments at Art Basel in 04. I was walking around the main convention center for about an hour, and as i approached the end of one of the aisles I saw about 4 people standing around a garbage can filled with stuff overflowing onto the floor all around the can. These people were scratching their heads trying to determine if this was “art” or just a regular over-filled garbage can.

    Even I took a minute or two to consider it as possible “art” and I remember that feeling of being unsure, wondering if I am a fool, and ultimately realizing that is only natural (human even) for one to do that in such a context. It was probably the greatest art experience of my life, and I don’t even know if was “art” or not

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