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Art Basel Miami Beach 2023: A Dazzling Showcase of International Artistry and Influence

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Art Basel returned to Miami Beach with a successful 2023 edition, rounding out the year with ambitious presentations by new joiners and veteran exhibitors from the Americas and beyond, strong sales across market segments, and sprawling exhibitions and events with leading museums, private collections, and cultural partners throughout the city.

Solidifying its position as the premier art fair in the Americas, Art Basel Miami Beach’s 2023 edition concluded, marked by an extraordinary diversity of artistic positions on view in and beyond the halls; a new floorplan; the presence of 25 new participating galleries, hailing from the US to Mexico, Brazil, France, The Netherlands, Poland, and Egypt; a strong showing of leading collectors and institutions from the region and around the world; and a vibrant program of events and activations unfolding both at the fair and across the city’s rich cultural landscape.

Bringing together 277 leading international galleries across its five sectors, the show attracted an overall attendance of 79,000 throughout its VIP and public days.

Drawing inspiration from Miami’s position as a gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, Art Basel’s Conversations program featured prominent speakers, including leading Cuban-born artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons; collector, curator, and philanthropist Estrellita Brodsky; and singer-songwriter, producer, and activist Chance the Rapper.

Art Basel, whose Global Lead Partner is UBS, took place from December 8-10, 2023, with Preview Days on December 6 and 7, at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).

Galleries reported robust sales across all market segments, including works by 20th-century luminaries such as Carla Accardi, Philip Guston, René Magritte, Alice Neel, Keith Haring, and Mildred Thompson; prominent contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Barbara Kruger, Tracey Emin, Lynda Benglis, Marlene Dumas, and Rashid Johnson; outstanding practitioners from Latin America and the Caribbean, including Esaí Alfredo, Firelei Báez, Hélio Melo, Teresita Fernández, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, and Jorge Méndez Blake; and emerging voices such as Reginald O’Neal, Erin Jane Nelson, Noémie Goudal, Tau Lewis, Qualeasha Wood, and Clio Sze To.

Leading art patrons and private collectors from over 92 countries and territories visited the fair this week. In addition, representatives from more than 200 cultural institutions and foundations were in attendance, including Asia Society, New York, NY; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Buffalo AKGm, Buffalo, NY; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; ICA Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; MoMA PS1, Queens, NY; MoMA, New York, NY; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL; MFA Boston, Boston, MA; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Swiss Institute, New York, NY; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; ICA Boston, Boston, MA; MOCA Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; The New Museum, New York, NY; The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY; Musee des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal; MALBA – Museo de Art Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Serpentine Galleries, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.

The first edition of Access by Art Basel, a new online art sales platform powered by Arcual and designed to support philanthropic giving, launched at Art Basel Miami Beach 2023 with 15 galleries exhibiting in the fair: François Ghebaly (Sayre Gomez), Karma (Maja Ruznic), Kasmin (Alma Allen), kaufmann repetto (Katherine Bradford), Lehmann Maupin (Robin Rhode), Luhring Augustine (Mark Handforth), Mendes Wood DM (Jaider Esbell), Mitchell-Innes & Nash (Rafael Delacruz), Hauser & Wirth (Angel Otero), Pace Gallery (Matthew Day Jackson), Sean Kelly (Wu Chi- Tsung), Jessica Silverman (Chelsea Ryoko Wong), Frederic Snitzer Gallery (Hernan Bas), Sprüth Magers (Jenny Holzer), and Tina Kim Gallery (Kibong Rhee). For each sale made on the platform, collectors were required to make an additional charitable pledge, beginning at a minimum of 10% of the price of the artwork, with the potential to increase further. The artist and their exhibiting gallery received the full value of each artwork sold on the platform, with the charitable donation going to the collector’s choice of The Miami Foundation or The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

To date, Access by Art Basel has raised over $100,000 in charitable donations to The Miami Foundation and the ICRC.

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