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A common theme – of angst at a world in political turmoil, beset by a migration crisis and dread of terrorism – unites many of the works at this year's Art Basel, the world's biggest contemporary art fair.The world's angst-infusing politics and economies, however, do not appear to have perturbed the deep-pocketed collectors swarming around Art Basel. Elegantly dressed art enthusiasts braved the rain to throng to the show's advance VIP opening Tuesday to check out what the 286 galleries on site had to offer. In the show's "Unlimited" section – dedicated to 88 large-scale installations, including Shiota, Young and Attia's works – Hauser & Wirth gallery sold a Paul McCarthy installation called "Tomato Head" for $4.75 million.While the world is clearly "a complicated place at the moment," Kelly remarked, "the art world ... is somewhere that you go to escape those everyday pressures.Art Basel also has much to offer to art enthusiasts with less liquidity.
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