Exploring Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Galleries are Displaying Works (and Prices) by Chris Ofili, McArthur Binion, Woody De Othello, Tschabalala Self, and Theaster Gates

 

ART BASEL HONG KONG transitioned to an online experience this month. In the wake of COVID-19, exhibitions and art events have been canceled and postponed across the world. In response, the Hong Kong art fair never opened to the public and instead announced it would move forward as a digital-only experience, introducing online viewing rooms. Exhibitors are unable to engage with visitors and collectors in-person, but they can connect online.

 


Blum & Poe Gallery, ABHK Viewing Room: TONY LEWIS, “Punk,” 2020 (mixed media, graphite, pencil, and colored pencil on paper mounted on wood, 75.5 x 100.0 x 1.1 inches). © Tony Lewis | $25,001-$50,000

 

The 235 viewing rooms are open March 20-25 (closing March 25 at 6 p.m. HKT) and feature images of up to 10 works from participating galleries. (To gain access, you must register for an Art Basel account, which requires submitting your email address.) Works that would have been displayed in their art fair booths are now showcased online. Viewers can explore images of art, read basic information about the works, and reach out to the gallery if they wish to learn more.

The platform also includes up-front pricing, an element of transparency ordinarily not available when viewing high-priced art. If you want to know how much a particular work costs, usually you must “inquire.” (Unlike an ordinary retail purchase, most galleries are willing to negotiate prices and some offer installment plans.)

More than 2,000 works are featured in the viewing rooms. ABHK galleries are showing a modest selection of works by artists of African descent, about three-dozen works. Sam Gilliam, Chris Ofili, Theaster Gates, Tony Lewis, Noah Davis, and Nari Ward are among those represented. Only a handful of black female artists are featured, including Wangechi Mutu, Nona Faustine, and Sable Elyse Smith.

Works by McArthur Binion are showcased in the viewing rooms of three galleries—Lehmann Maupin, Gray, and Massimo De Carlo. Blending abstraction and minimalism, Chicago-based Binion’s works are realized in tightly composed grid patterns embedded with his personal history

The title for Tschabalala Self’s ICA Boston exhibition comes from “Out of Body,” a 2015 mixed-media painting by the artist. Self’s work depicts two female figures with exaggerated body feature alongside their out-of-body reflections. In its viewing room, Pilar Corrias gallery is offering “Out of Body” (2020) a mixed-fabric editioned version of the work made this year.

Presented by Jessica Silverman Gallery, “Woody De Othello: Precarious Oracles” features a new body of work that “interrogates the art history of ‘still life’ and the global tradition of animism.”

Notably, Jessica Silverman Gallery has dedicated its entire presentation to works by Woody De Othello, an emerging California artist who works primarily in sculpture.

“Woody De Othello: Precarious Oracles” features a new body of work that “interrogates the art history of ‘still life’ and the global tradition of animism. Whether descended from Chinese folk superstitions, Japanese Shintoism, African Voodoo, or even the Buddhist concept of karma, animist belief systems imagine that objects possess distinct spiritual essences or immortal psychological characters.” CT

 


Victoria Miro Gallery, ABHK Viewing Room: CHRIS OFILI, “Poolside Magic 5,” 2012 (charcoal, watercolour and pastel on paper). | $75,000

 

The following listing includes works by black artists exhibited in the Art Basel Hong Kong viewing rooms (galleries in alphabetical order):

Please note, to view the links below, you must be logged in to an Art Basel account

 

BEN BROWN FINE ART

Hank Willis Thomas
“Champion (White),” 2017
Mixed Media
Mixed media including sport jerseys
$50,001-$100,000

 

BLUM & POE

Tony Lewis
“Punk,” 2020
Mixed Media
Graphite, pencil, and colored pencil on paper mounted on wood
$25,001-$50,000

 

CARLOS/ISHIKAWA GALLERY

Oscar Murillo
“Untitled (catalyst),” 2018-2019
Painting
Oil and graphite on canvas
$250,001-$500,000

Oscar Murillo
“Manifestation of Loss, 24,” 2017
Painting
Oil, spray paint, graphite, and silkscreen on paper in artist’s copper frame
$50,001-$100,000

Sable Elyse Smith
“Pivot II,” 2019
Sculpture
Stainless steel with 2k painted finish
$10,001-$25,000

Sable Elyse Smith
“Riot I,” 2019
Sculpture
Stainless steel with 2k painted finish
$10,001-$25,000

 


Galleria Continue ABHK Viewing Room: PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU, “Graffiti Neon (blue), 2018 (neon), Edition of 3. | $28,000

 

DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

Noah Davis
“Untitled (Man on Couch),” 2009
Painting
Oil and acrylic on linen
$360,000

Kerry James Marshall
“Black Boy,” 2018
Painting
Acrylic on PVC in artist’s frame
$1,500,000

 

GALLERIA CONTINUA

Pascale Marthine Tayou
“Poupée Pascale,” 2019
Sculpture
Crystal, mixed media
$50,000

Pascale Marthine Tayou
“Graffiti Neon (blue),” 2018
Mixed Media
Neon, Edition of 3
$28,000

 


Galerie Lelong, ABHK Viewing Room: SAMUEL LEVI JONES, “Aberration,” 2020 (medical books on canvas). | $25,001-$50,000

 

GALERIE LELONG & CO.

Samuel Levi Jones
“Aberration,” 2020
Mixed Media
Medical books on canvas
$25,001-$50,000

Barthélémy Toguo
“The Canopy Man,” 2018
Painting
Ink and wash on canvas
$50,001-$100,000

 

GLADSTONE GALLERY

Wangechi Mutu
“Outstretched,” 2019
Sculpture
Soil and feather
$250,000

 

GRAY GALLERY

McArthur Binion
“dna:study,” 2019
Painting
Ink, oil paint stick and paper on board
$100,000

Theaster Gates
“Arc,” 2019
Mixed Media
Rubber, tar and wood
$350,000

 


Jessica Silverman Gallery, ABHK Viewing Room: WOODY DE OTHELLO, “A Hope for a Prayer,” 2020 (ceramic, underglaze and glaze). | $10,001-$25,000

 

JESSICA SILVERMA GALLERY

Woody De Othello
“A Hope for a Prayer,” 2020
Sculpture
Ceramic, underglaze and glaze
$10,001-$25,000

Woody De Othello
“One Foot Forwards,” 2020
Sculpture
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze
$10,001-$25,000

Woody De Othello
“Help From Yourself,” 2020
Painting
Oil on canvas
$10,001-$25,000

Woody De Othello
“Cool Escape,” 2020
Sculpture
Ceramic, glaze
$10,001-$25,000

(Entire viewing room—10 works—is dedicated to the artist)

 


Lehmann Maupin Gallery, ABHK Viewing Room: MCARTHUR BINION, “DNA:Study,” 2019 (Ink, oil paint stick, and paper on board). | $100,001-$250,000

 

LEHMANN MAUPIN

Nari Ward
“Breathing Bear Paw,” 2019
Mixed Media
Oak wood, copper sheet, copper nails, and darkening patina
$250,001-500,000

McArthur Binion
“DNA:Study,” 2019
Painting
Ink, oil paint stick, and paper on board
$100,001-$250,000

 

MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY

Tavares Strachan
“Josephine,” 2019
Mixed Media
Mylar, matte paper, pigment, spray paint, acrylic, oil stick, enamel, vinyl, graphite
$135,000

 

MASSIMO DE CARLO

McArthur Binion
“Hand:Work,” 2019
Mixed Media
Oil paint stick and paper on board
$100,001-$250,000

 


Metro Pictures ABHK Viewing Room: GARY SIMMONS, “Bracing for the Blast,” 2020 (oil and cold wax on canvas). | $100,001-$250,000

 

METRO PICTURES

Gary Simmons
“Bracing For The Blast,” 2020
Painting
Oil and cold wax on canvas
$100,001-$250,000

 

MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

Jacolby Satterwhite
“Winner Room,” 2019
Photography
UV print on aluminum
Edition of two, plus one AP of two, plus one AP
$18,000

Jacolby Satterwhite
“Room for Demoiselle Two,” 2019
Photography
UV print on aluminum
Edition of two plus, one AP of two, plus one AP
$18,000

 


Modern Institute ABHK View Room: WALTER PRICE, “Trying to find the rhythm in the words,” 2018 (acrylic, masking tape, and super adhesive on wood). | $10,001-$25,000 (No longer available in viewing room at publication time)

 

MODERN INSTITUTE

Walter Price
“Trying to find the rhythm in the words,” 2018
Painting
Acrylic, masking tape, and super adhesive on wood
$10,001-$25,000
(No longer available in viewing room at publication time)

 

PACE GALLERY

Sam Gilliam
“Untitled,” 2018
Installation
Acrylic on Cerex nylon
$500,001-$1 million

 

PEAL LAM GALLERIES

Leonardo Drew
“Wall sculpture: Number 133L,” 2015
Sculpture
Wood and paint
$25,001-$50,000

 


Pilar Corrias Gallery, ABHK Viewing Room: TSCHABALALA SELF, “Out of Body,” 2020 (quilted fabric), Edition of 30. | $10,001-$25,000

 

PILAR CORRIAS

Tschabalala Self
“Out of Body,” 2020
Mixed Media
Quilted fabric, Edition of 30
$10,001-$25,000

 

STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY

Yinka Shonibare CBE
“Butterfly Kid (Boy) IV,” 2019
Sculpture
Fibreglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, silk, metal, globe, leather and steel baseplate
$100,001-$250,000

Yinka Shonibare CBE
“Bronze,” 2019
Sculpture
Bronze sculpture hand-painted with Dutch wax Batik pattern
Unique in a series of 9 (5)
$100,001-$250,000

 

TEMPLON

Kehinde Wiley
“Untitled,” 2020
Painting
Oil on canvas
$250,001-$500,000

 


Victoria Miro Gallery, ABHK Viewing Room: WANGECHI MUTU, “Womangrove,” 2018 (red soil, pigment, paper pulp, adhesive, wood, cow horn, feathers, wood, glass, and acrylic beads). | $75,000

 

TWO PALMS

Nona Faustine
“Liberty or Death, Sons of Africa,” 2019
Prints & Multiples
Silkscreen, Edition of 20
less than $10,000

Nona Faustine
“My Country,” 2019
Prints & Multiples
Silkscreen, Edition of 20
Less than $10,000

 

VICTORIA MIRO GALLERY

Chris Ofili
“Poolside Magic 5,” 2012
Work on Paper
Charcoal, watercolour and pastel on paper
$75,000

Wangechi Mutu
“Womangrove,” 2018
Sculpture
Red soil, pigment, paper pulp, adhesive, wood, cow horn, feathers, wood, glass, and acrylic beads
$75,000

 

WHITE CUBE

Theaster Gates
“Civil Tapestry (Dirty Yellow),” 2012
Mixed Media
Decommissioned fire hose
$800,000

 


White Cube Gallery, ABHK Viewing Room: THEASTER GATES, “Civil Tapestry (Dirty Yellow),” 2012 (Decommissioned fire hose). | $800,000

 


Pace Gallery, ABHK Viewing Room: SAM GILLIAM, “Untitled,” 2018 (acrylic on Cerex nylon). | $500,001-$1 million

 

BOOKSHOP
“Theaster Gates: Every Square Needs a Circle” and “Theaster Gates: Black Madonna” will be published next month. Forthcoming in July, “McArthur Binion:DNA” explores McArthur Binion’s DNA Series, a cornerstone of his four decade practice. More than 80 works by Binion are illustrated in the volume authored by Diana Nawi with contributions by Jamillah James, Michael Stone Richards, and Hamza Walker. “Wangechi Mutu – A Promise To Communicate” documents a recent Wangechi Mutu installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” accompanied the artist’s first solo museum exhibition.