Art A Year in Review: The Events That Shook The World In 2021
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Art A Year in Review: The Events That Shook The World In 2021

byMichelle LaverDecember 31, 2021

Exhibitions Got Physical Again And Art Fairs Were Freed From The Pixelated Confines Of Online Viewing Rooms. Well, Except For The Addition Of NFT That Is.

Art Basel Around The World 2021

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With the previous Art Basel, 2020 took only place online. This year’s edition was postponed from June to September. 

Finally, on the first days only for VIP’s, Art Basel 2021 opened its doors on September 20. 

As always, the gigantic fair managed to bring thousands of art lovers, collectors and enthusiasts together for a show of a lifetime.

This was the first time that the event welcomed the renowned non-fungible tokens digital art world to its gallery spaces.

NFT artists and there accompanying artworks was a great hit at the five day event.

It is held once a year in three host cities—Basel in Switzerland, Miami Beach in Florida, and Hong Kong in China—and gives hundreds of galleries a prestigious platform to present and sell art.

Paintings, sculptures (including outdoor pieces), works on paper, photography, digital art, video art, and installations make up most of the works featured year after year.

In Miami, art dealers reported a red-hot market, with gallerist Helly Nahmad selling Pablo Picasso’s Mousquetaire et Femme a la Fleur, for just under $20 million to an undisclosed buyer and more.

The L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped In Paris 

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The artists Christo and his wife Zhan achieved worldwide fame for their decades of oversized art installations. From surrounding a couple of Miami islands in vibrant pink fabric to draping New York central park in billowing orange.

Both have since passed away. But one of their earliest artistic visions has finally been realized.

2021 saw Christo and Jeanne-Claude reveal their final, posthumous work in Paris which shocked the world as a $60 million installation turned a national monument into a rather controversial one. 

From Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021, the artwork that wrapped the Parisian Arc de Triomphe in 25,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene silver-blue fabric with 3,000 meters of red rope.

It lasted for two weeks gave the surrounding locals a fresh pair of eyes on something that they normally took for granted.

The nephew of the famous duo, Christo V. Javacheff, took over the project. It was entirely funded through the sale of Christo’s preparatory studies, drawings, and collages of the project as well as scale models – all works from the 1950s and 1960s.

The Frieze London 2021

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Frieze Masters is an art fair unlike no other. The fair is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs, focusing only on contemporary art and living artists. 

This year it made a debut return in London and took place live inside Regent’s Park from the 13-17 October 2021. 

Colourful face masks may have concealed the cheerful smiles of VIPs and exhibitors at Frieze Masters, but the excitement of returning to a physical fair in London after a prolonged period of lockdown was still evident during this year’s event. 

With close to 160 galleries from 40 countries showcasing the very best of contemporary art worth millions of pounds, the Frieze London 2021 art fair saw a lot of exhibits excel with major sell-outs.

For example this year, art dealer, David Zwirner sold works by Ad Reinhardt, Josef Albers, Paul Klee, and Yayoi Kusama for prices ranging from $500,000 to $1.1 million. 

Breaking records only eyes in 2021 could see.

Being Fully Immersed In A Digital Art Realm

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We saw another huge way in which exhibitions changed the way we experience art in 2021. Most of the time there’s a clear distinction between us and the artwork. But artists like Yayoi Kusama confuses this on purpose. 

To experience her mirror rooms, she asks us to become part of them. By walking through her mind we break down all the boundaries between the subject and the object itself. 

From fully immersive experiences to surprisingly simple, yet effective designs these public works reflect and confront the change and uncertainty of the world around us.

Even the immersive walk through the exhibition that celebrated the artist of Van Gogh saw a great response.

SEE MORE: Immersive Exhibitions are The Future of The Art World

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