The results are in – Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 is a mega success ! This year’s event had a record attendance of over 70,000 visitors, including 130 museum and institution groups from across the world, returning renowned private collectors from the Americas, Europe and emerging markets, and a significant number of new collectors.
“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.”
So while most social media coverage focused on the parties, the serious business of art sales turned up a notch. Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 proves that 10 years after it’s launch, Art Basel Miami Beach plays harder and works harder that any art fair out there.