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Art Basel's ‘OVR:20c’: Participating Galleries, Artists, and Highlights

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As a janitor in Chicago, outsider artist Henry Darger (1892–1973) mopped floors for a living. In his free time, he wrote a 15,000-page novel, The Story of the Vivian Girls in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, telling a story of abandoned children and their persecutors living in a mythological world. Using coloring books, magazines, and cartoons as sources, Darger also created a series of large-scale drawings to illustrate his kaleidoscopic saga, some of which are presented here by New York City’s Andrew Edlin Gallery.

A Midwesterner as well, Vija Celmins (b. 1938) creates black-and-white photorealistic drawings and etchings of natural objects, landscapes, and cosmic entities. Over six decades, the American artist has developed a highly idiosyncratic practice, in which a stone is depicted with as much precision as galaxies or bodies of water. In the prints (made between 1971 and 1992) exhibited by Susan Sheehan Gallery, Celmins’ technical skills shine.

Patience and dedication also define the practice of Louise Fishman (b. 1939). Vielmetter Los Angeles will show six of her early paintings that have never been exhibited before. They are characterized by vigorous brushstrokes and influenced by Fishman’s feminism, lesbianism, Jewish identity, and her unquenched thirst for the arts in all their forms. These energetic canvases are prime examples of Fishman's continuous quest to develop a highly personal form of abstract art.

Galerie Buchholz’s Viewing Room is dedicated to Isa Genzken (b. 1948). The German artist is best known for her works featuring mannequins, mirrored surfaces, and variations of the world-famous Nefertiti Bust. But forty years ago, Genzken produced works of a different nature: narrow wooden sculptures based on computer-generated calculations. Buchholz’s presentation homes in on one of these elegant early works, shown with preparatory sketches and a photograph from that period.

 

In the 1960s, Italy’s art scene bloomed, as movements such as Arte Povera rose to the fore. Cardi Gallery's booth emphasizes the importance of Italian artists in the second half of the 20th century. It includes works by Jannis Kounellis (1936–2017), Giulio Paolini (b. 1940), and Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933), key representatives of Arte Povera, an artistic movement that emphasized natural and 'poor' materials; Mimmo Rotella (1918–2006), who played an important role in 1960s Parisian avant-garde movements; Mimmo Paladino (b. 1948), one of the most famous representatives of the Transavanguardia painting group, which in the 1970s and 1980s aimed to counteract the dominance of conceptual art; and Gino De Dominicis (1947–1998), who in his practice combined elements from all these artistic currents, while refusing to be associated with any of them.

Giò Marconi’s virtual booth features lively paintings by Valerio Adami (b. 1935), Enrico Baj (1924–2003), Hsiao Chin (b. 1935), Lucio Del Pezzo (b.1933–2020), Mario Schifano (1934–1998), and Emilio Tadini (1927–2002). Influenced by Pop Art and Dada, these artists were among the first to exhibit with Studio Marconi, a gallery founded in 1965 by Giò Marconi’s father, to whom this presentation pays tribute. Their works also show the influence of 1960s Milan’s dynamic design and publishing scenes on artists.






  • 28.10.2020 - 31.10.2020
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    OVR:20c
    Preview (by invitation only)
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020, noon (CET) – Friday, October 30, 2020 noon (CET)
    Public days
    Friday, October 30, 2020 noon (CET) – Saturday, October 31, 2020 midnight (CET)
    Selection Committee for OVR:20c
    Emi Eu, STPI, Singapore
    David Fleiss, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
    Thiago Gomide, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo
    Steven Henry, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
    Lucy Mitchell-Innes, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
    Mary Sabbatino, Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris and New York
    About Art Basel
    Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world's premier art
    shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong.
    Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its
    participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming
    produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. Art Basel’s engagement
    has expanded beyond art fairs through new digital platforms and a number of new
    initiatives such as The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report and The BMW Art
    Journey. Art Basel's Global Media Partner is The Financial Times. For further information,
    please visit artbasel.com.
    Upcoming Art Basel shows
    Hong Kong, March 25-27, 2021
    Basel, June 17-20, 2021
    Miami Beach, December 2-5, 2021
    Upcoming Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms
    OVR:20c, October 28-31, 2020
    OVR: Miami Beach, December 4-6, 2020



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  • Henry Darger, At Wickey Lansina, escape with their brother… / 81 At Jennie Richee Breaking jail second time, 1930 - 1950. Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York City.
    Henry Darger, At Wickey Lansina, escape with their brother… / 81 At Jennie Richee Breaking jail second time, 1930 - 1950. Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York City.
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  • Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 1999. Courtesy of Cardi Gallery, London and Milan.
    Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 1999. Courtesy of Cardi Gallery, London and Milan.
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  • Analivia Cordeiro, Cambiantes (film still), 1976. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Isabel Aninat, Santiago de Chile.
    Analivia Cordeiro, Cambiantes (film still), 1976. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Isabel Aninat, Santiago de Chile.
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