i finally found the perfect sport for me and it is called fussball
it consists of walking around, looking at art and being fussy
this is the great Basquiat show at the Beyler
this did not make me fuss this was great!
the beyler is beautiful space
andreas! as promised
this piece was awesome but it was so hard to take photos with all the guards
you guys should know that i am like a top sly photo taker
this was the best i could do
the heat was on
they didnt want me to take photos
they wanted me to buy the 85CHF book
portrait of andy warhol as a banana
made when he was like 18? ha ha
drawing of him and girlfriend suzanne
blue movers really cool painting
they had lots of other great works
this is one of my favourite Francis Bacons
felix gonzales torres
the Renzo Piano building
monet on the left, richter on the right
their lunch place was so nice!
basel meant it was so swamped there
stupid place took like 3 hours for lunch
but what a lunch!
me suzanne andreas and rafael! it was super fun
rafael! did you catch that? he came!
there was nada at nada
except javier and a few other friendlies
Carol Dunham with titties!
the piece at Foxy Productions had the nicest surface–wow!
these are not joe bradleys
they are not half bad tho!
this was kind of like the MEDIAN piece at nada
junky, printy, abstract, leany
i seriously don’t know what artists are fucking doing
there are a lot of negative trends happening
like whatever this is
this booth, run by those two girls was a good both!
this was my favourite piece in NADA
even though it borders on junk art
it bravely pulls itself up out of junk art to be something more!
the lesser of the two
these lizzy b’s
still like em!
boy artists really love defacing old photos
they never get tired of it
all previous photos were tolerable
do i make fun of this gallery every year?
this year even funnier
rosson and i joked about calling the hole Baby Steps Gallery, Training Wheels Gallery, My First Gallery, etc
it’s a name for emergency contraception too which is the best
i liked this. it was the circuit board for the building
now we are in ART UNLIMITED
trapped in Yayoi Kusama’s brain
andreas looked exceptionally international playboy like in there. but the camera just couldnt capture it
for kathy eyes only
art unlimited, despite having a name i want, is constantly retarded every year
essentially EVERYTHING we did at deitch would have been better than almost ANYTHING they have done there
although this jack pierson piece is awesome
Doug Aitken’s piece was really awesome… from the outside
this is exactly what TEAM’s booth looked like but black and white
pretty cool project
is this Ugo Rondinone? i forget
look at this monstrosity
Urs Fischer handy holds: looked better in the new moo
rafael coming outta a big white plastic vagina!
andreas in the vagina
it was a really long vagina
rafael and andreas got bored and played on their phones
Sigmar Polke. he just died. was this his last piece?
rafael said he felt like that cat…
it’s not horrible but its just decorative
it should be in design miami
if it were in design miami it would be really good!
this book was pretty neat
no too bad!
i think at this point i’m just saying its good because its better than the rest of the poo
it does have something tho!
seriously this is your booth?
you work for years to get a booth and this is what you put in it?
i swear to you, the viewing public, that if i ever have a booth somewhere, that it will be the most awesome place you have ever seen, that it will transcend boothness, that it will rock your fucking world
you can hold me to that
i will never prop or lean
you can hold me to that too
this wrapped statue wasnt terrible
i will not bother to insult it
i never quite really like democracy in action
ooh! this was in the lobby of my hotel
big story on evan!
anybody wanna translate?
ooh and look its me in the bottom left!
we had fancy dinner with Jeffrey at Chez Donati
suzanne and i were examining him to see what he is like to us now that he is really “museum director”
he was the same
he told the collector with us that i never showed up for work, told interesting art historical stories that made up for it, still says WE in reference to me and suzanne and him, it was fine!
i love it when jeffrey says WE it is the best
i dragged suzanne to the Kunsthalle Bar after so she could see the main meatmarket of the fair
i have done so many bad things over the years in the Kunsthalle Bar
NOFX is the crew patrick woudl hang out withe the years he came to basel
they are awesome! i wish i had their contacts still
i saw one of them in new york in march outside Santos but was shittttfaced and making out with someone and it is all a blur, i should have given him a card or something, i probably really grossed him out tho
this is my favourite sign in Basel
they are full of Fois Gras
we are supposed to eat white asparagus when we go but for some reason i managed to not eat a single sheltered sad one
look! they have an entire section in the newspaper about my new favourite sport!
this is maybe next day we took one last gander at the fair
is this… Pawl Althamer?
this new mark grotjahn is amazing makes me wanna take back what i said about him being one hit wunderkind
remember when i wrote an essay on Warhol Skulls + Hammer and Sickles?
pee pee boss
this piece was 18million bucks!
remember when i interviewed nick cave?
i dont think i have a copy of that i-D do i?
this is for Rosson and her friend Christopher!
blah ok i am bored and i bet you guys are bored too right?
some other summer i will care more about this
it is my fate not to care about this right now
its a sunny saturday 3pm here in new york city and i wanna go make out in a park not post ghey blogs
i have more photos to post tho and what do i do? there are those sitting around their computers super bored hoping the photos are forever so
check out this hot proboscis
saw this sad thingie on the way to design fair
(i am allowed to call this sad thingie right? or should i pretend it is not?)
the design fair was funny i wish rafael had been there to guide us
we don’t know a hawk from a handsaw
or a chair from a… notebook pad
this was pretty cool actually
i recognize this tho!
i love richard woods
we sat here for a while and took it in and talked to Perry who suzanne said used to be a big model!
then we took a cab (most cabs are mercedes in super rich people land) to the Schaulager
everything about the Schaulager is fun including just saying its name over and over
the matthew barney show they had was totally a bummer and so super serious and lame
suzanne and i giggled the whole way through it
i have almost made “Schaulager” an echolalia but not quite
something about their graphic design is too austere for me
something about how i didnt get to sneak even one photo and they made me lock my (not oversized) purse in a 2CHF locker is too austere for me
then we went to the maybe-should-be-a-bit-more-serious VOLTA fair
where as LISTE was junk and lean, VOLTA was corny and embarrassing
this is me giving you the highlights, remember
whats this guys name again
you know i cant help but look at things like this
its not my fault its like my hardwiring or something!!
this guy asked us for change for the homeless
this is a computer hanging from a noose
grosser in person
mercifully we decided to leave and get drunk and plan shows about glory holes
i walked around a long time to find the one liquor store in Basel
it was past the boot house
we watched the boots for a while
we watched the sunset on this (art project?)
we ordered “art suprise menu” at the Kraft Hotel
seriously i have never mad more or fancier food that on this past trip
oh shit another art project!
Cerith Wyn Evans
the saddest of the sad firework displays
i blame both the rain and the sodden romanticism
art surprise desert
bed surprise chocolate
early morning time to go
i dont wanna go
it was only sunny for one hour i was there!
i will just come back next year and do a circus with suzanne and make Basel awesome for everyone
no need to thank me yet
i got the travel itch from my four days there and it made me so sad that i am not doing some grand tour with Athens and Rome and Lisbon and London and Brussels and all the great places i normally get to do and normally with cute Patrick
doesn’t he miss that too?
the sad thing is i think he doesn’t
i can’t imagine missing me when i look this jetlagged and disgusting
which is worse, jetlag heading there or back? there is something about bright sun in your face and hot smelly cab when it is supposed to be 10pm cool eveningtime
i’m so happy to be in New York where i can afford things and people are hot and messy and the city is a wild splat
i love leaving but i love coming home even more!