Detroit’s Ambassador to Basel — We miss you Tyree
Tyree Guyton is an internationally recognized artist who has famously transformed a section of Detroit through the Heidelberg Project. He is the epitome of artistic ingenuity. This past January, Tyree left his self-created artistic oasis in Detroit to explore Basel, Switzerland. Tyree has kept a blog while in Basel, From Basel to Detroit: Musings and such of artist Tyree Guyton from Basel, Switzerland. In case you missed it, starting today we will re-post sections of his blog here. We will also reach out to Tyree and try to learn what he has learned through his latest artistic adventure.
Friday, January 13, 2012, Settling In….
I’m here in Basel Switzerland and what a transition for me. The timing was just perfect for me to come here. Things are becoming clearer now. I understand much more, especially the language,so I’m able to get from point A to point B with no problems anymore. I started working in the studio two weeks ago. This part of the excursion is the high-light for me; me here in the studio in Basel.
I’ve met some interesting people here and look forward to meeting more. I’m in a middle class area of the city and was told that there is no homelessness here, in this country, for the most part. I’m currently working on a concept for a possible project here and will reveal more information on this project next post!
To my fans, Auf Wiedersehen!
Monday, January 23, 2012, Eye opening Perspectives….
This week was just wonderful, in terms of me making connections and meeting people here in Basel. I came here to draw my own conclusions about what is art today for me. I’ve been going to openings and visiting museums. There is a opening today that I plan to attend. I’ve seen art here that has made me say, “wait a minute now”, but the point for me is to understand the depth of what art is for some people other then myself.
This is the home of some of your great masters. One artist that has caught my attention here is Joseph Beuys. Beuys was a German artist and I personally love his installation work, and the reason why is because I see myself in the works of Bueys. What do I mean by this comment, I see myself in the works. There is nothing new here under the sun and spirit law is the reason why we do what we do. At the same time, I’ve concluded that everything is connected to a greater source of power that makes us create. Was I see in Joseph Beuys’ work is that same energy that makes me
create my own art every day. It’s the energy to create and it’s in all of us.
Friday, January 27, 2012Jenenne’s visit and….I got a new housemate!
This week was exciting! There were openings and parties and Jenenne was here… to enjoy it all!
We had a chance to talk about the project I have ideas about and I showed some of Grandpa Mackey’s drawings to my new friends.
On Friday we attended an opening at the Kunstmuseum Basel. This show was delightful and pleasant
to look at. This body of work was created by K.S.O, an after school program out of New York.
Saturday we went to The Bird’s Eye jazz club to hear some music. Myself, Jenenne, Maggie, an artist who lives here in Basel. The music was just great! On Sunday, there was another dinner party here at the Laurenz House. We had people here from New York and from the Kunstmuseum Basel. I’m now sharing the house with another artist, who is originally from Vietnam. This guy is truly a party animal and my life will never be the same again after this experience!
A little fun fact I found out: I was told that there are 42 museums here in the city. Art is everywhere. People here live and breathe art. It’s the norm and a way of life for most. I’m surrounded by it and people come from all over the world to be a part of this great energy that’s here in Basel, especially when it comes to the arts and music.