Viewing Room

Art Basel OVR:20c | Make It New

VIP Dates: October 28–30, 2020
Public Dates: October 30–31, 2020


Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce its participation in Art Basel’s OVR:20c with Make It New. This online viewing room features exceptional works by masters who defined fundamental directions of 20th-century culture. The audacious works in Make It New reaffirm the power of engaged creativity and profound originality in the face of the rapid transformations and vast challenges of the era, offering hope and inspiration that remain more relevant than ever.

Frank Stella’s Flin Flon (1970) epitomizes his investigations into the core possibilities of abstraction. Composed with brilliant hues arrayed in interlaced shapes that comprise a circle, the monumental Flin Flon carried forward the experimental approach that Stella had developed in his shaped-canvas Protractor series, applying those innovations in color and form to a square format. From the end of the 20th century, Günther Uecker’s Feld (for Ezra Pound) (1999) is a nail painting dedicated to the brilliant and controversial poet, emerging from the artist’s sustained engagement with the culture of his time, and with Pound’s injunction to “make it new.” Featuring a new body of work, Günther Uecker: Lichtbogen is Lévy Gorvy’s inaugural exhibition at its newly opened gallery space in Paris.

Philosophe (1947) by Francis Picabia is an important late work by the pioneer of Cubism and Dada, painted during his postwar return from figuration to abstraction. Incorporating forms reminiscent of musical instruments and mechanical forms, this abstract portrait of a philosopher is thought to refer to Friedrich Nietzsche, whose thought was of great interest to Picabia.

Another key work, Gertrud’s Hut (1998) by Georg Baselitz represents the artist’s wife, Elke, though with his subject inverted in his signature approach to painting—a strategy designed, he has said, “to empty the context out what one paints.” The World Upside Down: Works by Georg Baselitz, 1965–2015 is currently on display at the gallery’s location in Zürich.