This Year’s Art Basel Miami Beach Sales Records Tell Us What to Expect in 2023

With 282 exhibitors from 38 territories and countries, this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach offering is not only the largest in the organization’s two-decade history—it's also the most far-reaching to date. 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-owned galleries and dealers from the Asian and African continents in 2022. Of course, the art world is a global ecosystem vulnerable to market cycles—but at the same time, artists remain the spokespeople of our moment, confronting the sociopolitical imperatives of the day regardless of their commercial resonance.

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