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Art Basel enters its second decade in Miami Beach

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Posted December 11, 2012 by in

2012 Art Public Opening Night

Miami Beach, Florida, USA – The 2012 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach officially closed yesterday, Sunday, December 9. Praised by critics, exhibitors and visitors as Art Basel’s most serious presentation in Miami Beach to date, its galleries across the board reported consistent sales throughout the week.
The show, whose main sponsor is UBS, again attracted 50,000 visitors, generating an attendance of 70,000 over the five show days. Art Basel in Miami Beach was visited by over 130 museum and institution groups from across the world. Renowned private collectors from the Americas, Europe and emerging markets returned, and were joined by new collectors from
around the globe.

As Art Basel marked its second decade in Miami Beach, more than 250 leading galleries from 31 countries from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia presented the highest
quality of work at the show, underlining its seriousness. Given a particularly strong representation of Modern material at the show, as well as the entry of a dynamic selection of younger galleries – including nine that were newly accepted to the fair from NADA– visitors explored 11 decades and over 110 years of art history within the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Additionally, collaborations with local and international partners ensured a diverse and deep program of art events, from Art Basel Conversations and Art Salon to Art Public, Art Video and Art Film, making this edition a celebration of the artists and their galleries.

The experience of galleries proved highly positive:

Stefania Bortolami, Bortolami Gallery, New York
‘After the destruction that the gallery experienced from Hurricane Sandy it is significant that we were able to show at Art Basel Miami Beach. All of our efforts were rewarded by meaningful sales at the fair and wonderful exposure for our younger artists.’

Alia Fattouh, Lombard Freid Gallery, New York
‘I would say that the fair comes at a crucial time for many New York galleries that have been hit by the hurricane and the flexibility that Art Basel showed in these exceptional circumstances has been particularly appreciated and helpful.’

Silke Thomas, Galerie Thomas, Munich
‘Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 has again been a great fair. There were interesting new collectors and sales. We really enjoyed being part of the show.’

Sean Kelly, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
‘The preview of Art Basel Miami Beach was the best first day the gallery has ever had at any art fair…ever. We literally had nothing left but to sell off the iPads. We sold an Antony Gormley for 300,000 GBP, a Los Carpinteros for 110,000 Euros, and every Terence Koh we brought. We also met new collectors and viewers genuinely interested in our artists. An astonishing fair!’ 

Adam Sheffer, Cheim & Read, New York
‘We were delighted again this year by the results at Art Basel Miami Beach. It remains the gold standard of the international art fair circuit.’

Marc Payot, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, London and New York
‘At a moment when art fairs are almost too numerous to count, Art Basel Miami Beach stands out in attracting an extraordinary number of museum curators and directors from across the entire United States and around the world. With that in mind, we presented an exhibition-like stand that brought clarity and very high impact to new works by just two artists – Roni Horn and Guillermo Kuitca. We are now engaged in talks about several important institutional projects for both artists. So for Hauser & Wirth, this year’s fair was a major success not only in commercial terms, but also in the opportunity to connect our artists’ with museums internationally.’

Steven P. Henry, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
‘We approached the show in a very serious way this year, with a strong curatorial view. We noticed that there was a lot of thought that went into the presentations around us as well. The general statue of the Miami Beach edition has really risen to a level comparable to Basel.’

Hella Pohl, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Paris
‘There was a very strong demand for works by Georg Baselitz and Robert Longo. Our first sale, a work by Jason Martin,happened only a few minutes after the fair opened.’

Elyse Goldberg, James Cohan Gallery, New York
‘This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach was a truly wonderful fair. We were successful in placing many works in collections both public and private, as well as meeting collectors, curators, and writers new to our gallery’

Thomas Dane, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
‘We have had good fair in Miami. We had success in selling works by Arturo Herrera, Glenn Ligon and Alexandre da Cunha. Miami has always been an important fair for us and this year was no exception.’ 

Maho Kubota, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
‘This is the only American fair where we show. We had a clear strategy to present only Japanese artists from multiple generations and through this we were able to share the diversity of Japanese art with a large number of viewers and have connected with many new and diverse collectors in return. The show’s high quality allows exhibitors to showcase works as they deserve to be seen.’

Pedro Mendes, Mendes Wood, São Paulo
‘Miami for us is a junction between the North and the South. It’s almost a port where everyone gathers. At the show in Miami, we’ve connected with collectors and curators from so many different countries and throughout the region that in a sense Art Basel Miami Beach becomes a window for Latin American thought, its art dialogue and practice.’

Paul Kasmin, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
‘This year the fair drew primarily new international clients for us and it was a great success for many of our artists. It was a particularly remarkable year for Iván Navarro, with the fair’s curated programs for Art Kabinett and Art Public.’

Flávio Cohn, DAN galleria, São Paulo
‘We are very pleased with our participation at the show and have had very positive responses to our presentations. We achieved good results, even better than we had hoped for. The interest in the Latin American and Brazilian artists we represent has definitely grown over the past two years.’

Jorge Mara, La Galería Jorge Mara La Ruche, Buenos Aires
‘This is our third time at Art Basel in Miami Beach – and it has been the best fair for us. Over the past two years visitors to the fair have come to see and buy, and now they are coming back again. We bring artists to the show not many people outside of Argentina or Latin America know and we provide the intellectual background to get to know these artists.’

Aurelia Bourquard, Press & Communication, Art: Concept, Paris
‘The fair went well, the sales were good and we met extremely interesting collectors from Europe as well as the Americas.’

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