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Art Basel Is Putting Over 4,000 Works on Display Through Online Viewing Rooms

The selection will include paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, and photography.

Following the cancellation of Art Basel this year, the fair has made the decision to take the presentation digital with Online Viewing Rooms.

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This June, a total of 4,000 works from 281 galleries from 35 countries all over the world will be on display. The selection will include paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, and photography. It will also feature video and digital works to make use of the platform.

The highlights in the virtual fair will include thematic exhibitions on coronavirus, as well as racial equality and justice. There will also be a new work on paper by artist Kara Walker. Walker's quadriptych "Fons Americanus" from 2019 will also be on show.

Back in March, Art Basel director for Asia Adeline Ooi said that though the Online Viewing Rooms cannot replace the 2020 fair, she hopes that it will support galleries affected by the pandemic.

"As the art market continues to evolve, Art Basel has continually investigated how new technologies can give us new opportunities to support our galleries. The Online Viewing Rooms will provide galleries with a further possibility for engaging with our global audiences, complementing the essential personal interactions that continue to underlie the art market," says Art Basel global director Marc Spiegler.

The Online Viewing Rooms will run from June 19 through 26 on Art Basel's website and the Art Basel app. Check out for more details on participating galleries and their presentations.

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