Since the pandemic, the fair business has been under enormous pressure. This is especially true for Art Basel. Without a doubt, Art Basel is still one of the most important art fairs in the world. Nevertheless, it too has to come up with something to counteract a trend to conduct business between art galleries, collectors and artists online.
In response to the changing gallery landscape, the Art Basel and its Selection Committee have eased entry requirements for exhibitors, including the number of exhibitions a gallery must host each year, the requirement for a permanent exhibition area, and the amount of time a gallery has been in operation. Changes in the criteria that were first implemented for the 2021 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach have now been implemented across all three Art Basel events, allowing newcomers from different parts of the world to participate.
The 2022 edition of Art Basel, which takes place this June, will bring together 289 top worldwide galleries to exhibit the best artworks in all media - from painting and sculpture to photography and digital works - by artists ranging from early 20th-century Modern pioneers to cutting-edge contemporary practitioners. New and returning exhibitors from around the world, including Africa, Asia, North and South America, and the Middle East will all be represented by a strong roster of European galleries. 19 galleries will make their debut at the exhibition for the first time, including two first-time participants from Africa: Jahmek Contemporary Art from Luanda and OH Gallery from Dakar.
Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel expresses that he`s excited to present Art Basel's first June show in 2019, especially with such a great cast of galleries, including the return of many that were forced to take a break last year owing to the epidemic. This year's high quality and breadth of works will match or exceed previous years - and be more diverse than ever before.
Bringing together the fair’s physical and digital platforms, Art Basel Live will once again amplify onsite presentations in Basel to the broadest possible global audiences – transmitting the vibrancy and excitement from the show floor via a digital program comprising Online Viewing Rooms, virtual walkthroughs, and social media broadcasts.
Art Basel Live will combine the event's physical and digital platforms to provide an enhanced experience for visitors to watch onsite presentations in Basel from around the world - via a digital program with Online Viewing Rooms, virtual walkthroughs, and social media broadcasts.