Between September 23 and September 26, Art Basel presents ‘OVR:2020,’ a program of “online viewing rooms’ featuring 100 Art Basel galleries from 28 countries and territories. ‘OVR:2020’ will be exclusively dedicated to works made this year.
This new format provides participating galleries the opportunity to present tightly curated exhibitions, showing up to six works simultaneously. Collectors will be able to discover 600 exceptional works created in 2020 by established and emerging artists across the globe, including painting, sculpture, drawings, installation and photography, as well as video and digital works.
Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong.
Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms offer exhibitors an additional platform to showcase artworks to Art Basel’s global network of patrons, as well as new collectors and buyers. The original concept of the Online Viewing Rooms was to run in parallel to the shows, which have all been cancelled for 2020–rather than replacing the physical experience of an art fair–allowing gallerists to showcase additional curated exhibitions of works not presented at the fair.
The upcoming edition of the Online Viewing Rooms will introduce a new live-chat feature that allows visitors to directly engage with galleries. Another edition of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms will be taking place in December, when the Miami Beach show has traditionally taken place, with details to follow in the upcoming weeks.
Multiple galleries will feature presentations that address vital themes of social justice and racial equality. Several highlights include: Anat Ebgi’s selection of video and digital collage works by Jibade-Khalil Huffman that examine the contradictory and intrinsic nature of racism in America; Jenkins Johnson Gallery’s ‘Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out’, featuring works by five African Diaspora artists, Lisa Corinne Davis, Rashaad Newsome, Blessing Ngobeni, Amani Lewis, and Raelis Vasquez, who explore international political and social issues of 2020; and ‘Gentle People’ at Jessica Silverman Gallery featuring Sadie Barnette, whose work draws on her family history, particularly the life of her father Rodney Barnette, a founding member of the Black Panther Party. Ebony G. Patterson, whose work addresses themes of global social and political injustices, will present her most recent works on paper at moniquemeloche.
Artwork concentrating on 2020’s other pressing concerns from the Coronavirus pandemic and the experience of front line workers, to the role of femininity in American society, human migration, general political unrest, environmental catastrophe and rights of Indigenous people to name a few.
“The viewing rooms that comprise Art Basel’s ‘OVR:2020’ represent an incredible force and variety of artistic perspectives, which together offer our audiences across the globe the opportunity to experience artists’ most recent works–both conveying and contending with the lived experiences of our time,” Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel said.
For the full gallery list, visit artbasel.com/ovr. The Online Viewing Rooms will be available via the Art Basel website under artbasel.com/ovr, as well as on the Art Basel App for the most mobile-friendly experience.