Art Basel, Hong Kong has now gone digital with over 2,000 premier artworks that can be viewed on its newly launched Online Viewing Rooms. By Tanvi Jain

 

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Hong Kong’s famous art fair – Art Basel – has for the first time launched Online Viewing Rooms (OVR)presenting more than 2,000 premier artworks of 235 leading galleries from 31 countries and territories. The art fair also confirmed the same with a post and a video on its official Twitter handle. The first iteration of the new digital initiative has in fact already gone live.  

More than 90 per cent of the exhibitors from the cancelled Hong Kong fair have taken part in the inaugural edition of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms, with over half of the participants having exhibition spaces in Asia 

The digital inaugural presentation also includes artwork by five Indian galleries — Chemould Prescott Road, Gallery Espace, Experimenter, Jhaveri Contemporary, and Vadehra Art Gallery. The presentations from these galleries reflect their programmes and identities, along with works by leading artists like Atul and Anju Dodiya, Jagannath Panda, Shilpa Gupta, Ayesha Sultana and Praneet Soi. 

 

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The online collection of over 2,000 exceptional artworks range from modern to postwar and contemporary, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, videos and digital works. One of the highlights includes Fergus McCaffrey’s ‘Japan Is America’, offering an extended exploration of the complex post-war relationship between Japan and America, along with works by Miyako Ishiuchi, Jasper Johns, Nobuaki Kojima, Tomio Miki, Sadamasa Motonaga, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, and Toshio Yoshida. 

Another highlight from the online exhibit is David Zwirner’s ‘On Painting: Art Basel Online’, which presents artists who have helped define figurative painting today by exploring its historical implications, as well as its conceptual dimensions as a medium in the contemporary moment. Then there is Jessica Silverman Gallery’s solo presentation of new works by Woody De Othello.  

 

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Moreover, Galerie du Monde from Hong Kong shows the artistic dialogue between Euro-American abstraction, and East Asian art and philosophy, also presenting a special feature of the late Hong Kong ink artist Wesley Tongson 

Furthermore, Nanzuka from Tokyo presents, ‘The Laughing Spider’, an animation work by Keiichi Tanaami, who depicts scenes from his own memories and dreams; while Silverlens from Manila features work by the late Filipino artist Santiago Bose, among others.  

 

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Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel, also informed about the wide range of approaches that the galleries have taken in their Online Viewing Roomfrom solo booths for emerging artists, to viewing rooms dedicated to significant work by iconic historical artists.  

Adeline Ooi, Director Asia, Art Basel said, that he hopes the initiative will bring some support and visibility to all the galleries and their artists affected by the cancellation of Art Basel’s March show. 

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