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Basel Online 2020

Gagosian is pleased to announce its most significant online sales presentation yet. Important works by modern and contemporary masters will be unveiled in mid-June through two separate online platforms—Gagosian Online and Art Basel Online. These individually curated selections will offer collectors direct access to artworks of the highest caliber. To experience the presentation in its entirety, viewers will need to visit both gagosian.com and artbasel.com. The works on gagosian.com will rotate every forty-eight hours, for a total of five cycles.

The presentations include a remarkable painting by Roy Lichtenstein that combines abstraction and still life, two genres that he reimagined through the prism of Pop art. From the studio of Georg Baselitz comes a key work that has remained in the artist’s possession since he made it in 1980. A robust example of his Strandbilder (Beach Pictures), the painting reflects the primitivist impulses of his large-scale sculptures, the first of which were exhibited at the Venice Biennale the same year. An epic Last Supper painting by Andy Warhol from 1986 is one of very few entirely hand-painted works in the artist’s oeuvre. A sublime “soak-stain” painting by Helen Frankenthaler exemplifies her 1960s shift from gestural, linear painting to “composing with color.” Untitled (Smalls Capri 52.71) (2020) is a dynamic new large-scale painting by Mark Grotjahn. The fragmented look of the Black woman in Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s painting Essential Worker (2020), made especially for this occasion, reflects the repressive double bind into which she has been forced.

Mark Tansey has also produced a new painting especially for this occasion. Recent works by John Currin, Urs Fischer, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Damien Hirst, Neil Jenney, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Giuseppe Penone, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Sarah Sze, Jeff Wall, Mary Weatherford, and others will also be unveiled.

Gagosian has exhibited annually at Art Basel in Switzerland since 1995 and is proud to have established a permanent gallery in the city of Basel in 2019. For more information about the works to be featured at gagosian.com and at artbasel.com, please contact inquire@gagosian.com.

Helen Frankenthaler, Orange Underline, 1963 © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Helen Frankenthaler, Orange Underline, 1963 © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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