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5 ways to view amazing art online (excerpt)

As someone who has been working with the visual arts since 2013, I've been thinking about and exploring how the art world might have to adapt to a global pandemic. I browsed the interwebs for some of the most exciting projects and ways to present art virtually in recent years. Here is an excerpt from the article I wrote for the Saffronart blog.

A screenshot of the collaborative online exhibition Faces of Frida on Google Arts and Culture.

As the ongoing pandemic across the world ensures that most of us are confined to our couches, the art world is finding creative ways to deal with the situation. Since we can’t go to museums, galleries or fairs, they are being brought to us instead. Here are our top five recommendations for art that you can view safely and virtually. 


Alserkal Online 

More than 15 galleries in Dubai’s art district Alserkal Avenue got together to take Alserkal Art Week online. The platform, alserkal.online, was launched on 23 March 2020 with a virtual vernissage, or #VernissageFromHome, with over 10,000 hits on their website. Allowing viewers to navigate through 360-degree views of ongoing exhibitions in gallery spaces, zoom in on artworks, read descriptions and even click through to Artsy for pricing information, this tool is the next best thing to actually being able to visit the gallery, and they promise new content and interviews regularly. Current exhibitions include Indian artist Amar Kanwar’s Such a Morning at Ishara Art Foundation and Tapestry of Fading Gardens at 1×1 Gallery featuring artists from Pakistan. 


Nalini Malani and the #MalaniNotebooks  

Recently exhibited at the Goethe Institut in Mumbai, #MalaniNotebooks is an ongoing series of animated iPad drawings that Nalini Malani started in 2017 and has offered online — available for free downloads — ever since. Not only is this an interesting experiment on ownership and an example of Free Art, her animations are also highly relevant and inspired by, according to the artist, “daily politics, other people’s writings, or something mundane I might have just experienced.”

Read the complete article here.

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