What sold at 20th edition Art Basel Miami BEACH 2022 -
Some notable seven-
Twenty years in, Art Basel in Miami Beach—for better or worse—has become institutionalized. According to the fair’s outgoing Global Director Marc Spiegler, the pandemic was a major catalyst for this shift, posing “a real question about equity and inclusion in the art world,” and leading to the ABMB's commitment to including more Black-
While ABMB’s 2022 program signaled a newly redoubled commitment to supporting those voices, the proof, in the words of the newly-
Reviewing the official fair report from the inaugural edition, one will find an emphasis on multimedia art practice, including sculpture, photography, installations, performance, and so much more, rather than painting.
Yet that was not so in 2022: Painting dominated the booths, as it has at art fairs all year.
And while much of it was reflective of the most talented crop of contemporary abstract and figurative painters working today, fairgoers appeared fatigued by the overwhelming repetition of the medium and were hungry for anything different.
Agnes Martin’s 1998 painting Untitled #14, PACE
Within the first few hours of the opening day of the Miami Beach fair on Tuesday, Pace Gallery raked in multiple sales over $1 million. One of those sales involved Agnes Martin’s 1998 painting Untitled #14.
The canvas, featuring Martin’s signature faded stripes against an off-
It was not the only high price made for a postwar artist as VIP attendees scavenged for trophy works. Also at Pace’s booth, Andy Warhol’s 1964 painting Flowers sold for $3.8 million.
Pace also said it made sales for works by Beatriz Milhazes, Loie Hollowell, Robert Nava, Fred Wilson, Adrian Ghenie, and Maysha Mohamedi, the last of whom will be the subject of her first solo show at the gallery in 2023. These works all sold for prices between $75,000 and $1 million
In addition to the previously reported sales of Andy Warhol's Flowers (1964) for $3.8 million and Agnes Martin's Untitled #14 (1998) for $7 million, some other notable seven-
White Cube reported strong sales outside of its top seven-
Gladstone Gallery sold a Keith Haring tarp painting, Untitled (1981), for $4.5 million.
White Cube sold a David Hammons piece for $3.8 million to a prominent museum, and several works by Michael Armitage in the range of $3 million–$4 million each.
Jack Shainman Gallery sold Kerry James Marshall’s We Mourn Our Loss #2 (1997) for $2.8 million.
Philip Guston oil painting, Studio in Small Town (1979), Hauser u Wirth
Hauser & Wirth had several major sales: A Philip Guston oil painting, Studio in Small Town (1979), sold for $7 million; George Condo’s painting Love at First Sight (2002) sold for $3 million; and a Mark Bradford mixed-
As many galleries noted, Art Basel in Miami Beach is the fair to bring ambitious works that can be placed in museums.
Such works might exceed the limitations of a more domestic-
Alejandro Jassan, an associate director at Lehmann Maupin, told Artsy that securing institutional placements was a driving force behind the gallery’s curatorial decisions for its booth.
“We decided to bring museum-
Gagosian, which brought works by Ashley Bickerton, Amoako Boafo, Jim Shaw, Alexandria Smith, Anna Weyant, and others, reported that 50 of its pieces sold within the fair’s opening hours.
¨Emilio macht das Licht aus¨ by George Baselitz, 2020, Thaddaeus Ropac
Ropac also sold paintings by Alvaro Barrington, Martha Jungwirth, Alex Katz, Robert Longo, and Robert Rauschenberg, all for prices between $55,000 and $700,000.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in Miami Beach, Art Basel staged its largest-
Art Basel’s 2022 edition in Miami Beach closed on Saturday, December 3, 2022, following a week of vigorous sales across all sectors of the market and throughout the duration of the show
Art Basel celebrated its landmark 20th-
The 2022 edition – Art Basel’s largest to date in Miami Beach – brought together 282 premier galleries from 38 countries and territories, including 25 galleries participating in the fair for the first time, as well as multiple international exhibitors returning to the show after a brief hiatus.
Art Basel continued to draw an attendance of unparalleled global breadth and caliber. Leading private collectors from 88 countries across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East visited the fair, as well as museum directors, curators, and high-
Reinforcing the fair’s commitment to showcasing exceptional art from the region, nearly two-
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Art Basel launched a Gift-
CEO Art Basel, 2022, Noah Horowitz
‘This year’s fair was particularly exceptional. The quality and ambition of work in the halls has arguably never been higher, sales have been reported across all sectors, and the city has been electric,’ says Noah Horowitz, CEO, Art Basel. ‘Over the last 20 years Greater Miami has firmly become a cultural destination of the highest order, with this week cementing itself as the apex moment in the American cultural calendar. We couldn't be more excited about what the future has in store for us here.’
‘Our 20th edition was not only the largest ever, but also the strongest in terms of the absolute quality of work,’ says Marc Spiegler, the outgoing Global Director of Art Basel. ‘And it had the most diverse range of galleries and artistic voices ever present, making this show remarkably rich in discoveries. We are immensely proud of what has been achieved together with our galleries, partners, and the city's cultural community.’
Galleries exhibiting across all sectors of the fair remarked on their experiences of this milestone edition:
‘We've been participating in Art Basel Miami Beach for 20 years — we haven't missed a year, and every year, new collectors become new friends. It is a cultural crossroads that combines many energies, many colors, creating a lively rainbow.’
Lorenzo Fiaschi, Co-
‘Art Basel Miami Beach is the best fair in the United States. Not only did we sell all the works we brought here, but we kept hanging out with collectors that weren’t interested in leaving the fair anytime soon. They kept coming back every day.’
Daniele Balice, Founder, Balice Hertling (Paris)
‘Over the last 20 years, Art Basel Miami Beach has shown us the incredible impact a city can have on the art world as well as the powerful effect our community can have on a city. The fair has helped transform the art world into a more expansive and experimental place, and we, in turn, have helped Miami grow into the international powerhouse it is today. This year’s fair was incredibly successful for us, impactful for our artists, and exciting for the collectors and art lovers who attended. Our congratulations go out to the Art Basel team, with special thanks to Marc Spiegler for a great conclusion to his tenure and a new start for Noah Horowitz, as he leads the organization into the future.’
Marc Glimcher, CEO and President, Pace Gallery (New York, London, East Hampton, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Hong Kong, Seoul, Geneva)
‘From the moment the doors opened our booth was flooded with curators, directors, and top collectors from around the world. The stream never stopped, and each day more and more folks poured into our booth. The vibe was unlike anything I’ve experienced in my 17 years of selling art.’
Anthony Spinello, Founder, Spinello Projects (Miami)
‘A booth devoted to American masters seemed to us the ideal approach to the premier American art fair. And the response has been euphoric. We’ve placed more works on the first preview day than in any previous years in Miami Beach and in major private and institutional collections. Such positive energy at the fair seems a harbinger of great things ahead for the art world in 2023.’
Marc Payot, President, Hauser & Wirth (Hong Kong, Ciutadella de Menorca, Gstaad, St. Moritz, Zurich, London, Somerset, Los Angeles, New York)
‘Berry Campbell was honored to be included for the first time in the 20th anniversary of Art Basel Miami Beach. The Survey section was an ideal way to introduce a solo presentation of works by an overlooked artist like Lynne Drexler. We had a flurry of activity and sold out our booth on the first day. The market continues to be strong for artists that were left behind due to age, race, geography, and gender.’
Christine Berry, Co-
‘We have taken part in Art Basel Miami Beach since its inception, and it is always one of our annual highlights at Sean Kelly. This year the first day was remarkable. We have never had more sales in the history of the fair and we could have rehung almost the entire booth after the first day. The appetite and resilience of the market is unparalleled and extraordinarily strong. We sold to people from all over the world.’
Sean Kelly, Owner, Sean Kelly (New York)
‘Art Basel Miami Beach is always an exceptional platform to support our mission of amplifying the voices of marginalized artists, and this year we saw a tremendous level of public interest in the artists we represent. We saw brisk sales and placed more than a dozen pieces, both to international institutions and significant private collections. It’s more important than ever to support works that subvert inequitable social structures, and to give space to masterful aesthetic voices advocating for a more open and equal future. We’re proud to be leading that effort.’
Kavi Gupta, Founder, Kavi Gupta (Chicago)
‘The intensity of the projects we shared sector with in Positions was fantastic, and we feel very proud to have been a part of a group of galleries working with new generations of impactful voices.’
Mau Galguera, Founder and Director, Pequod Co. (Mexico City)
‘Art Basel Miami Beach is special to us who are coming from the African continent, because we get to introduce artists living on the African continent to a diverse group of art collectors. We are glad to be back here and look forward to building a stable audience in Miami for our artists.’
Daudi Karungi, Director, Afriart Gallery (Kampala)
‘This was the gallery's strongest Miami Beach outing to date. The caliber of collectors in attendance was stellar, and we made significant sales to an international crowd as well as a number of collectors with homes in South Florida. We saw strong demand for both historic works and fresh works from emerging artists. Kudos to Art Basel for delivering an elevated experience to exhibitors and visitors alike.’
Timothy Taylor, Founder, Timothy Taylor (London, New York)
For the full list of statements from galleries, please click here.
DRIFT’s Franchise Freedom
To mark Art Basel Miami Beach's 20th anniversary, DRIFT staged their award-
The Legacy Purchase Program by the City of Miami Beach
As part of the City of Miami Beach’s Legacy Purchase Program, the city acquired work by emerging artist Juana Valdés, represented by Spinello Projects from Miami.This acquisition program deepens Miami Beach's longstanding partnership with Art Basel, building a legacy for the future.
The Étant Donnés Prize
The CPGA (French Professional Committee of Art Galleries) and Villa Albertine joined forces for the first time to launch the Étant Donnés Prize, awarded to a living artist active in the French art scene and exhibiting at Art Basel Miami Beach. Julien Creuzet, alongside his galleries High Art (Arles, Paris) and Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York) were selected by an appointed jury and jointly received a $15,000 cash prize funded by CPGA.
Design Miami/ Basel
The 18th edition of Design Miami/ took place concurrent to Art Basel Miami Beach from November 30 to December 4, 2022, with a VIP preview day on November 29, 2022. Design Miami/ brought together world-
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