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Art What!: David Zwirner presents Basel Online – 15 Rooms

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Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Blot), 2015. © Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, London

David Zwirner has announced Basel Online: 15 Rooms, an online-only exhibition available simultaneously at David Zwirner Online and in Art Basel’s Online Viewing Room. The presentation will be on view from 17th to 26th June.

Basel Online: 15 Rooms will feature works from David Zwirner’s artists and estates, many of which have never been on public view and come directly from the artists’ studios. This presentation will also feature a new design format, in which the visitor is able to explore each of the works in-depth by entering fifteen stand-alone viewing rooms that include expanded information, images, and history on each work.

The works presented include historic and significant works by Josef Albers, Donald Judd, Joan Mitchell, Giorgio Morandi, Alice Neel, and Sigmar Polke, alongside recent works by Harold Ancart, Carol Bove, Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall, Oscar Murillo, Neo Rauch, Josh Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Lisa Yuskavage.

This exhibition marks one year since David Zwirner first introduced its franchise of parallel online art fair presentations coinciding with major moments on the art-world calendar, offering collectors rare access, exclusively online, to works of the same caliber as those that the gallery would typically present in a physical art fair booth. In the year since—and particularly in the past three months, in response to the temporary closure of the gallery’s physical spaces—David Zwirner has dramatically accelerated its online sales program and introduced new innovations to its viewing room technology, design, and user experience.

Highlights of 15 Rooms include Kerry James Marshall’s large-scale painting Untitled (Blot) (2015); a painting by Yayoi Kusama titled RED GOD (2015); and Oscar Murillo’s untitled (surge) (2019–2020). Additionally, Basel Online will allow visitors to explore recent highlights from David Zwirner Online’s program and series, including Studio, which focuses on recent works made by gallery artists, including Carol Bove, Lisa Yuskavage, Liu Ye, and Raymond Pettibon; Exceptional Works, an invitation-only presentation of significant historical works priced over $1 million, including rare works by Josef Albers, Giorgio Morandi, and Ruth Asawa; and online-only exhibitions that, under normal circumstances, would debut in a gallery space, including Josh Smith’s exhibition of new paintings and recent sculptures inspired by the circumstances of lockdown.

Since launching in 2017 as the first online viewing room from a commercial gallery, David Zwirner Online has evolved into a seventh gallery space, distinguished by its curatorial approach, the caliber of works, transparency, and artist involvement. In 2019, the gallery presented eighteen online viewing rooms, including a new series dedicated to presentations of significant works in parallel with key moments on the art fair calendar.

So far this year, and since the gallery’s physical closures in March, David Zwirner has presented 24 online viewing rooms. While David Zwirner’s physical galleries begin to reopen, David Zwirner Online remains an active and vital channel for the gallery to present work by its artists to a global audience. David Zwirner Hong Kong and David Zwirner Paris reopened last month, and David Zwirner London will reopen on 15th June with Paul Klee: Late Klee and Bridget Riley: Studies: 1984–1997, both of which were on view for a week in March before the galleries temporarily closed to the public.

Basel Online: 15 Rooms runs from 17th to 26th June 2020, available online here


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