Art Basel | Jannis Kounellis

Anne Karin Furunes
Anne Karin Furunes

Anne-Karin Furunes’s gigantic piece took my breath away for a second. The lady at the Gallery Anhava Booth told me that the Norwegian painter is known for her works employing perforation technique. Based on photographs, these pieces have a black or white canvas perforated by the artist in imitation of the screen of a photograph. One the one hand, Furunes’s works are paintings dwelling in light, while on the other hand they express the authenticity and intensity of early beautiful monochrome photographs. I learned that this large-scale portrait, pictured above, was made specifically for Art Basel 09. Stunning.

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  1. This is beautiful.

  2. If you’re ever in Oslo you should make a stop at Nationaltheatret station and have a look at Furunes’ pictures running alongside two train tracks:

  3. aaaaah.

    so beautiful.

  4. Interesting that this guy in the picture is touching the piece of art. Am I old school? Is it just me? It struck me as something really unnerving at Art Basel that it seems to be okay to touch a piece of art as soon as it’s not a painting or a photograph.

  5. This image made me think of the poster/imagery from the movie “The Girlfriend Experience”

    The technique, speaking generally about the dot overlay, seems so simple yet it produces a very dynamic result.

    Thanks for sharing your experience at Art Basel and all of this imagery!