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The art world has, for the most part, been excruciatingly slow in entering the digital realm. For a business that is built on 'IRL' (in real life) events, both for their social function and for the chance to actually experience works of art in person, the virtual world has tended to be treated with a degree of disdain, often talked about, but rarely adopted in full. The transparency of information on the internet does not always sit comfortably with dealers, and the fact remains that art almost always looks better in person than it does on a screen. However, the coronavirus and the global crisis it has caused has meant that galleries have had to do more to adapt to the digital world in the last two weeks than many have in their whole histories, with online initiatives and digital strategies now at the forefront of the industry's efforts.

This does come with its advantages. Art Basel Hong Kong, Asia's most important art fair, had to be canceled amid the spreading virus, and in their efforts to provide an alternative the fair's organisers launched a series of 'Online Viewing Rooms', where galleries can upload the works they would have shown to a digital version of their booths. And while still nothing beats seeing the works in person, we can save ourselves (and the planet) a lot of airmiles, and expense, and enjoy browsing the rooms from the comfort of our sofas.

Here is a selection of highlights from the fair, selected from a broad range of galleries and available at a broad range of price-points, starting at under $10,000.

Paloma Bosquê
Plate #3, 2019
dental stone, led sheet, paper, cacti thorn and beeswax with rosin
94.0 x 63.0 x 7.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: Mendes Wood DM

Egon Schiele
Nude Self Portrait, 1911
Watercolour and pencil on paper
48.5 x 32.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: Richard Nagy Ltd.

Danh Vo
Untitled (Les grands voyages), 18, 2014 - 2015
Sculpture
Talavera pottery from Santa María Canchesdá, Mexico
77.0 x 81.0 x 81.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: kurimanzutto

Kimsooja
Bottari 布包, 2018
Used clothes and bedcovers from Korea
Showing with: Axel Vervoordt Gallery

Sam Durant
Empathy for Everyone (large version), 2018
Electric sign with vinyl text
3/3+2AP
Showing with: Blum & Poe

Werner Büttner
Brüder (Kain + Abel), 1983
190.0 x 240.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: Contemporary Fine Arts

Tal R
House red, 2018
Oil on canvas
203.0 x 150.5 x 6.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: Victoria Miro

Per Kirkeby
"Untitled", 2011
Oil on canvas
180.0 x 140.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: Michael Werner Gallery

Janaina Tschäpe
Clouds of Morning, 2019
Casein based paint and colored pencil on canvas
208.0 x 157.5 Size (cm)
Showing with: Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel

David Douard
O'da'oldborin'gold, 2019
Serigraphed fabric, wood
199.5 x 150.0 x 3.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: Galerie Chantal Crousel
Ron Nagle
Dietary Indiscretion, 2019
Cellulose acetate, epoxy resin, catalyzed polyurethane, and acrylic
13.0 x 12.0 x 12.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: Matthew Marks Gallery

Anne Collier
Woman Crying (Comic) #11, 2019
C-print
Edition of 5 + 2APs
166.0 x 128.0 x 5.0 Size (cm)
Showing with: Gladstone Gallery