Art Basel in Miami Beach’s 15th edition: a landmark year, featuring strong sales across all sectors of the show
This Sunday, December 4, Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach closed amidst high praise from participating galleries reporting healthy sales across all levels of the market. The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, featured 269 world-class galleries from 29 countries, who presented exceptional works, ranging from modern masterpieces to contemporary paintings, films, sculptures and installations by established and emerging artists.
According to the organizers, “in a challenging socio-political and economic landscape, this edition demonstrated that works of the highest quality presented by leading galleries continue to drive strong demand and solid attendance from serious international collectors. Several galleries chose to present powerful and emotive works that address these issues, which collectors responded to with great interest.”
Across the five show days, the fair attracted an attendance of 77,000, including influential private collectors, as well as directors, curators, trustees and patrons of leading international museum and institution groups such as Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto); Fondation Beyeler (Basel); New Museum (New York); Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires); El Museo del Barrio (New York); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Los Angeles); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston); The Museum of Modern Art (New York); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco); Serpentine Galleries (London); Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing) and Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).
Art Basel welcomed many long-time exhibitors back to the Miami Beach show, as well as 21 new galleries, including Callicoon Fine Arts; Christian Andersen; Clearing; Di Donna; Edouard Malingue Gallery; Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M; Galerie Greta Meert; Galerie Maria Bernheim; High Art; House of Gaga; joségarcía ,mx; JTT; Leo Xu Projects; Marc Selwyn Fine Art; Nanzuka; Off Vendome; Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte; The Box; Thomas Erben Gallery; Various Small Fires and Vigo Gallery.
In its 15th year, Art Basel in Miami Beach solidified its standing as the premier art fair in the Americas and continued to positively impact South Florida’s vibrant arts and culture scene.
Photos: Courtesy of Art Basel. Pictured galleries: Esther Schipper (top); Mnuchin Gallery, Dominique Lévy, Acquavella Galleries (bottom, left to right)