Art Basel 2013: Light and Fire

This year's Swiss edition illuminates vibrant sculptures of filtered glass, mirrors and more

Like moths to flame, light art—and its use within, and as a complement to, sculpture—attracted the attention of many visitors at this year’s 44th edition of Art Basel. Lamp-like orbs and rods, shadow art and even live fire mesmerized spectators. The use of light isn’t new to the art world, but the following artists utilized it with vibrance; morphing shape, perspective and color. Once again, …

Art Basel: Animals

Creatures on canvas, cast in metals, suspended in air and more at Switzerland's massive show

Whether the main subject of a taxidermy-inspired sculpture or an allegorical reference within a larger composition, animals are an evergreen source of inspiration among a diverse range of media and genres. The pivotal role creatures play was apparent in fresh, provocative ways at this year’s Art Basel, where we encountered several works that shed new light on a classic subject. See the works that got …

The Cloud

Asif Khan's indoor cloud machine at Art Basel

Tasked with creating an installation to spark dialogue at Design Miami this year as part of the W Hotel’s “Conversation Pieces,” Asif Khan took the anti-architecture route, using helium, soap and water to make a mini-cloud cover indoors. Khan explains it as “an architectural experiment into what’s the simplest way to create a shaded space where conversations can happen.” Check out the above video to …