Art Basel announces participating galleries, artists, and highlights for ‘OVR:2021’  –

On view from February 9 to 12 and featuring 59 galleries from 21 countries and  territories, ‘OVR:2021’ will exclusively feature works created in 2021, reflecting on  the artistic production over the remarkable past year. Once again, participating galleries will present tightly curated solo or group exhibitions, showing up to eight  works simultaneously. 

Nine new galleries will join Art Basel’s OVR:2021 platform for the first time: Fridman  Gallery from New York, imura art gallery from Kyoto, Inman Gallery from Houston,  Klemm’s from Berlin, Leila Heller Gallery with spaces in Dubai and New York, Nature  Morte from New Delhi, Galería RGR from Mexico City, Rele Gallery with spaces in Lagos  and Los Angeles, and This is No Fantasy Dianne Tanzer + Nicola Stein from Melbourne. 

“2021 was a disrupted and disruptive year and many of the works in ‘OVR:2021’ bear  witness to that,” Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel commented: “We see that in  the topics recurring across the rooms, in the ever-widening range of perspectives from  

which the artists are creating, and in the galleries newly arriving on the international  scene.” 

Several galleries will showcase presentations that explore our relationship to nature,  including Daniel Faria Gallery’s selection of new sculptures by Jennifer Rose Sciarrino,  whose work draws from science fiction and feminist writers of critical theory to imagine a  future where humans, plants, and animals come together in care and mutualism. Lyles &  King will present works by Rosa Loy and Kathy Ruttenberg, whose feminist voices  critique patriarchy and advocate for a more symbiotic relationship with animals and the  natural world, while new paintings by Carlo D’Anselmi that consider the purpose or  positioning of humans within their environments will be showcased by Thierry Goldberg  Gallery. Nature Morte will bring together a selection of new works by Asim Waqif and  Manish Nai, whose distinct practices call attention to the often-overlooked details of the  built environments and ecologies that they inhabit.  

‘OVR:2021’ will also feature works exploring artists’ fascination and entanglement with  quotidian objects and domestic settings. DC Moore Gallery will exhibit assemblages by  Whitfield Lovell, which juxtapose resonantly drawn images of African Americans with  

vintage found objects, while Venus Over Manhattan will present works by Connor Annor,  whose portraits and figurative works picture moments of community and intimacy set in  domestic spaces. Carlos/Ishikawa will showcase a new body of work from Antonio  Tarsis’ ongoing series of compositions made from discarded matchboxes found on the  streets of the artist’s native Brazil, and Scene of Humanity will present a group show of  works by Marina Cruz, Rao Fu, and Yang Lee, whose paintings of everyday scenes and  objects allow viewers to resonate with preserved objects and family memory. 

Other highlights include bipartite photocollages by Scott Treleaven, whose artistic origins  are in small-gauge filmmaking and self-published zines that made an enduring  contribution to independent, queer, and underground culture, presented by Cooper Cole;  Prometeogallery’s presentation of never-before-seen works by Zehra Doğan, in which  the artist uses shades obtained with fluids such as coffee and turmeric to draw female  figures with naked bodies -but armed with guns and Kalashnikov-, who fight and rebel  against invisible coercive forces, thanks also to the influence of semi-divine creatures in  the form of snake-women or bird-women. Kaikai Kiki Gallery founded by Takashi 

Murakami, presents works by graffiti artists such as TENGAone and ceramicist Otani  Workshop, focusing on the idea of ‘Superflat’, a philosophy discussing westernization,  consumerism and the breakdown of tradition in the post-war world, showing the many  facets that comprise contemporary Japan. Jan Murphy Gallery will bring together works  by Sylvia Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Iluwanti Ken, and the Ken Sisters Collaborative (Tjungkara Ken, Yaritji Young, Freda Brady, Maringka Tunkin and Sandra Ken) – Indigenous artists from Tjala Arts in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara  (APY Lands) of South Australia; and Leila Heller Gallery will exhibit Parinaz Eleish  Gharagozlou‘s paintings and collages, based on the artist’s observations throughout her  travels to her homeland of Iran and embodying the nostalgia for a land so many have  lost. For the full gallery list, please visit  

The Online Viewing Rooms will be available via the Art Basel website under, as well as on the Art Basel App for the most mobile-friendly experience. 

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 

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