As the founder of Moscow's Baibakov Art Projects and Artspace's strategic director, the collector Maria Baibakova keeps close tabs on developments in the emerging contemporary art scene, traveling to biennials and art fairs around the world. Touring Art Basel in advance of the dinner she hosted with ArtBinder's Alexandra Chemla in the Black Forest, Baibakova singled out the works of five artists to watch.
1. Slavs and Tatars at Three Star Books
I realize I have picked two wool pieces in a row, but Slavs and Tatars has always been a personal favorite for the way they weave together tough questions about the way ideas like "geography" and "ethnicity" have shaped our world, but with a sense of humor that makes complex ideas approachable. This tapestry offers a taste of the book they are about to publish—cheekily-titled Love Letters—which looks at the way alphabets have been used as a system of control. The image updates an old Mayakovsky illustration, adding the letters of the alphabet which did not previously exist in Cyrillic but were hastily added as a way to transcribe other languages.
2. Eva Rothschild at Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Another textile—this is starting to get ridiculous. Anyway, I've been following Eva Rothschild's work for some time now, and I'm fascinated by the way she's evolved. There's something about the plasticity here and her natural feel for form that just intrigues me.