Formerly the managing editor of Flash Art and a roving independent curator, Michele Robecchi has now turned his energies to editing Phaidon’s extensive (and growing) Contemporary Artist Series catalog, featuring interviews, essays, and more on the most important artists working today. Here, the so-called “artist whisperer” weighs in on some particularly notable works from LISTE 2016, on view June 13-18 in Basel.
Gemälde II, 2015
Michel Auder's work has always been innovative, and it's great to finally see him finally getting his due. I always liked his combination of French Nouvelle Vague and New York 1960s experimental filmmaking.
Kneeling Machine, 2015
Here is an artist who is seeing the big picture very clearly and is taking great pleasure in fighting it. She definitely has my vote.
I saw Grillo's work for the first time at Gasworks in London about a year ago. His work has the feel of a three dimensional version of Piet Mondrian—geometry and color balance, but with a touch of Arte Povera in it.
Don't Do It!, 2016
LISTE is defined by such strong architecture that it often turns into a test of how artists and gallerists deal with space. I like Vlad Nanca's work and I am curious to see how it will be presented here.
No totally/I mean why not, 2015
I know Spichtig's photographs, but not his sculptures. This is an interesting twist on Alberto Giacometti's studies on abstraction and how to represent the human body.
Anatomy of a Revolution: Azawad, 2014
Laveronica Arte Contemporanea
Staal's work is very politically charged but also educational. This series of pictures focuses on the unrecognized state of Azawaad in Northern Mali.
I am not very familiar with Anke Weyer's paintings but Office Baroque has never failed to introduce some really interesting artists over the years—I very much look forward to finding out more.