Art Basel Goes Online With Over 4,000 Art Pieces Set Up In Virtual Viewing Rooms
By Thanussha Priyah, 12 Jun 2020
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Art Basel’s June edition of its Online Viewing Room, a virtual platform that displays artworks online to connect art galleries from around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, will take place from 17 June 2020 to 26 June 2020.
Its first-ever virtual art fair took place earlier in March as a replacement to its yearly Hong Kong-based exhibit, which was postponed due to COVID-19.
The 2020 edition in Basel has also been canceled due to uncertainties surrounding the virus crisis worldwide. Thankfully, the June edition of its Online Viewing Room will offer the much-needed dosage of art to people around the world.
The upcoming edition will feature over 4,000 works, including painting sculpture, drawings, installation and photography, as well as video and digital presentations.
Over 200 leading galleries from 35 countries across Europe, America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia will participate in the digital spectacle.
In the lineup of galleries, fans can expect to see works reflecting on the impacts of the pandemic. Jack Shainman’s Gallery’s Reach out and touch me explores the power of physical intimacy in a time when it is frowned upon due to health concerns.
The June edition will run from 19 June 2020 till 26 June 2020, and the preview for members will be available from 17 June to 19 June 2020. View the participating galleries, go on studio visits, and experience virtual walkthroughs via Art Basel’s official website.
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Since the early 1960s, Franklin Williams has maintained an idiosyncratic approach to art-making, creating intricately constructed sculptures, paintings, and works on paper using a range of techniques, including stitching yarn and crochet thread directly into his supports. Influenced by household craft traditions and historical styles of ornament, Williams’s deeply personal work—rich with material and conceptual experimentation—addresses elemental themes of sexuality and desire, fantasy and reality, life and death. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe through for a sneak peek at several of his works in the solo exhibition presented by @Parker.Gallery in our Online Viewing Rooms. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. ‘Untitled’ (1968), acrylic, polyurethane, yarn and crochet thread on canvas stuffed with cotton batting ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. ‘Climax of Passion’ (1975), acrylic and crochet thread on paper, mounted to canvas ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. ‘Untitled’ (1965), acrylic, graphite, crochet thread and yarn on canvas stuffed with cotton, batting, wooden support ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. ‘Yellow Apron’ (1970), acrylic on canvas with crochet thread and painted nails ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. ‘The King's Chamber’ (1973), acrylic and yarn on paper and canvas, with sewn fabric ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 6. ‘Sixteen Sweet Moments’ (1972), acrylic, crochet thread and fabric on canvas — Online Viewing Rooms: • VIP preview: June 17-18 • Public days: June 19-26 • Visit artbasel.com/OVR #artbaselOVR — #franklinwilliams #parkergallery #sculptures #artcollector
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