According to major artists such as Dominique Lévy the 48th edition of Art Basel that took place last week was by far one of the most rewarding.
Art Basel 2017 ended the past Sunday, June 18, and brought together 291 premier galleries from 35 countries, presenting extraordinary contemporary and Modern works from over 4,000 artists. The 48th edition of Art Basel served to point out the event’s ability as an art and design trendsetter with an attendance of 95,000 visitors and new collectors from over 100 countries.
According to Dominique Lévy, Founder and Co-owner of Lévy Gorvy this edition of Art Basel was one of the most successful due to the quality of the fair and the presence of the highest order of collectors and patrons.
‘We had our most successful Art Basel ever. The quality of the fair is astonishing and this year we felt that the caliber of the collectors, museum colleagues and patrons was not only of the highest order, but even more international than we have seen in past years.’
Alison Jacques considered Art Basel as an important reference for networking and meeting other professionals of the industry.
‘Art Basel 2017 has been extraordinary. Art Basel is the best fair in the world and this year was stronger than ever. We made major sales every day, many to new collectors, and I feel we could build much of our business for the year ahead on the contacts and discussions established at this fair alone.’
The fair’s main sector was Galleries, and it presented 226 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of works that included not only painting, sculpture, drawing but also photography and video. Overall, the gallery sector of the show was rejuvenated by 12 galleries showing within the sector for the very first time. On the ground floor, names such as Di Donna and Tornabuoni Art while on the first floor new exhibitors included Susanne Vielmetter and Pilar Corrias.
Within the Statements sector, visitors and collectors had the opportunity to discover the work of emerging artists. At least eight galleries were exhibiting at the Basel show for the first time! Galerie Emanuel Layr, Chapter NY and Real Fine Arts as well as Galeria Dawid Radziszewski and Hopkinson Mossman. The 19th Baloise Art Prize was awarded to Martha Atienza.
The 16,000 square meter Unlimited sector offered artists and galleries an exciting platform to present ambitious large-scale works following the traditional art-fair stand. Both historical and contemporary works were featured, celebrating renowned masters as well as emerging artists, including Mac Adams, Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, Phyllida Barlow, among others.
Art Basel‘s engagement with emerging artists enabled visitors to get to know an ample dimension of art and design concepts and meet the best of every territory – from painting to photography – different styles and values of what is art were presented in a carefully coordinated event.
The 48th Edition of Basel Show that ended the past week was by far one of the most outstanding and proved itself as an important meeting point for the international art world. Definitely an event to keep in the agenda.