Last week, the entire art world was carefully looking at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021. Despite being smaller than it was in 2019, this year’s edition ended up being a success. The global American art fair brought together 253 exhibitors from 36 countries and territories to showcase innovative contemporary fine art and different art projects. Without a doubt, it became the most anticipated art event of Miami Art Week. Let’s take a closer look at the outcomes of the grandiose show.
Art Basel Miami Beach in numbers
The fair took place at the Miami Beach Convention Centre in Florida. It was traditionally divided into different sectors, each dedicated to different activities. From December 1-4, everyone had an opportunity to explore many booths filled with amazing fine art.
This year, the organizers managed to present a bunch of NFT art events since crypto art has already occupied a niche in the world of contemporary art and has become the hottest topic of the year. Not surprisingly, many artworks exhibited at the art fair were sold. Here are some of the top sales of Art Basel Miami Beach 2021.
Pablo Picasso’s ”Mousquetaire et Femme a la Fleur” became the most expensive artwork sold at the fair. Helly Nahmad’s gallery traded it for about $20 million on Tuesday. At the same time, the well-known White Cube gallery managed to sell two paintings by Julie Mehretu and Mark Bradford, respectively, for $4 million each. One more canvas belonged to Keith Haring, one of the most iconic figures of pop art. His untitled painting was sold by Gladstone Gallery on the first day. Its price was $1.75 million.
These quick statistics prove one thing: Art Basel Miami Beach is still highly relevant nowadays. Despite a one-year break, it continues to attract a lot of art dealers, collectors, and art lovers. Hopefully, we all will be able to enjoy the show next year.