As the preview days of Art Basel 2019 draws to an end, and most of us bipedal are heading back home or on to the next show, I look back in wonder: This enormous festival of contemporary and modern art just reached another level, I suppose. Booths are considerably fuller than last year, as Dirk Boll of Christie’s observed. The pressure on galleries to sell is bigger than ever.
Today, Thursday, the show opens for the public, and I can’t wait to read all the reviews, pre-written or not; so, today I want to pay tribute to the real heroes of any art fair in general and Art Basel in particular: Our feet. They take you from Unlimited to the press center, to Hyperion Bar and the main building, on to Liste, Volta and back and not once, if you are like me, have you ever thanked them.
Did you know that the human foot contains 26 of the 206 bones in the adult body and that the average human being walks about 100,000 miles in their lives? Perhaps a little more when you go to art fairs on a regular basis
This gigantic inflatable, single, shoe reminds me of a bouncy castle, and “you can actually sit in it and rest your feet in a shoe“, gallery owner and art dealer Gerd Harry Lybke said to me with his characteristic roguish smile, when I told him about my upcoming article.