Two Palms at Art Basel 2019

Visual Arts

At the 2019 edition of Art Basel, Two Palms will present a selection of works by Mel Bochner, Cecily Brown, Carroll Dunham, Cameron Jamie, Jeff Koons, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Dana Schutz, Stanley Whitney, and Terry Winters.

Making its Art Basel debut is a suite of ten etchings by Chris Ofili titled Othello, currently on view at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. Inspired by Shakespeare’s venerated play, the lead character Othello has been rendered in Ofili’s etchings with delicate white lines and a black mica-coated surface that creates a subtle, iridescent glow. Othello’s haunting face overwhelms the entirety of each etching, with plot points depicted on his forehead.

Two Palms will also present After Dark (5 meters), a large-scale work based on 1960’s era pulp fiction paperbacks by bibliophile Richard Prince. Simultaneously a minimalist homage, consumer culture critique, and interrupted male fantasy, Prince has crafted a bookshelf filled with printed book covers that appear to offer pulp fiction’s promise that books can satisfy the desire to escape. In Prince’s manipulated version of these books, the sexually explicit cover is replaced by dry non-sequitur commentary that Prince refers to as “bird talk,” the words masking and confusing the conflict with true feelings and relations.

Two Palms will also present two new Jeff Koons Gazing Ball prints, Gazing Ball (Klimt Kiss) and Gazing Ball (Manet Luncheon on the Grass). In this series a highly-reflective, cobalt-blue gazing ball is embedded into prints that reference masterpieces from art history. The studio will also showcase a rare cast bronze sculpture and new monotype by Elizabeth Peyton, along with a new monotype by Dana Schutz.

Additional works on view include monotypes by Cecily Brown which were recently included in the artist’s survey exhibition at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark. A monotype by artist Cameron Jamie who is included in May You Live in Interesting Times at the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, will also be presented, along with works by Carroll Dunham and Terry Winters, both of whom are currently exhibiting new works at galleries in Zurich, and new monoprints by Mel Bochner.

Contact: Abby Addams