International art organization Art Basel is launching the June edition of Online Viewing Rooms. After organizing the first virtual exhibition as a replacement for its Hong Kong installment last March, the June edition will see a lineup of 281 galleries from 35 countries across the globe, with a total of 4,000 works from the Modern to post-war and contemporary periods which will be presented online including paintings, sculptures, drawings, installation, and photography, as well as video and digital works.
The presenting galleries will host their own thematic exhibition, such as Jack Shainman Gallery’s Reach out and touch me that will encompass works that explore “the power of physical intimacy in a time marked by a retreat from the public sphere and the decline of casual interpersonal contact,” but will also deal with racial equality and justice in their presentations. Sikkema Jenkins & Co.’s online viewing room for example will include works by Deana Lawson that question the multifarious identity and materiality of Black culture, and a new work on paper by Kara Walker within the same presentation. Walker’s “monumental quadriptych from her 2019 ‘Fons Americanus’ archive, is a work that addresses the power systems of white supremacy that comprised the trans-Atlantic slave trade within Europe and America.”