Last month, Art Basel canceled its Hong Kong 2020 edition over the novel coronavirus outbreak. However, the yearly art fair unveiled plans to launch a new digital initiative that offers exhibitors a virtual way to display artworks to its vast network of collectors, buyers, and art aficionados the world over.
From March 20 to March 25, Art Basel’s first-ever Online Viewing Rooms will give participating galleries the chance to present works they intended to display the physical fair in Hong Kong. A total of 231 galleries from 31 countries and territories are set to showcase over 2,000 artworks worth over $250 million USD.
One of the exhibitors is Simon Lee Gallery that will feature a selection of recent works that blur the line between abstraction and figuration. Participating artists include Mel Bochner, Claudio Parmiggiani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and more. Highlights include Pistoletto’s mirror paintings that immerse viewers into their compositional environments as well as Parmiggiani’s Delocazione that explores the concept of ephemerality in painting.
Similar to the traditional fairs, the virtual booths will start with a preview that is only accessible for VIP cardholders starting March 18 and will then be open to the public on March 20. Visit Art Basel’s website to learn more and check out select works from Simon Lee Gallery’s Online Viewing Room above.
Elsewhere in art, Victor Solomon unveils a new crystal ball sculpture as part of the artist’s “Literally Balling” project.
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Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms | Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to participate in the first iteration of @ArtBasel’s new digital online platform designed to connect galleries and collectors from around the world. #ArtBaselOVR launches on March 20th and remains live until March 25th, with VIP preview days on the 18th and 19th. Our #ArtBasel Online Viewing Room will feature a selection of recent works that walk the line between abstraction and representation by gallery artists Mel Bochner, Angela Bulloch, Bernard Frize, Donna Huanca, Claudio Parmiggiani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Garth Weiser, Clare Woods, Yun Hyong-keun and Toby Ziegler. To access Online Viewing Rooms, visit artbasel.com/signup to create an Art Basel user profile. (Link in bio) __________ Image: Mel Bochner, Ha Ha Ha, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery. #melbochner #hahaha #artbaselhongkong #simonleegallery #artbasel #artbaselOVR @artbasel