Art Basel Miami Beach Begins Its 20th Edition Bigger, Better, and Stronger
November 30, 2022 - Lisa Morales for Widewalls
Where would Miami be, when it comes to art and culture, had Art Basel never planted the seed in 2002? Would The Magic City still be living under the shadow of its Miami Vice/Cocaine Cowboy past? Over two decades ago, auto mogul, art collector, and philanthropist Norman Braman and his wife Irma had a bigger vision for both Miami Beach and the art world. Although there’s been challenges and victories along the way, Art Basel Miami Beach’s 2022 edition is bigger, better, and stronger.
"We found our life partner and 20 years ago we met our significant other in Art Basel," said Dan Gelber, Mayor of Miami Beach. "It would not have happened without Norman and Irma Braman."
It was recently announced that Marc Spiegler would step down as Global Director after 15 years at the helm. Noah Horowitz, after leaving Art Basel as Director Americas to work at Sotheby’s, fittingly returns to step into Spiegler’s shoes. The transition should be seamless, and Horowitz will bring new energy and vision to the show.
"It is incredibly exciting to step into this role, not only the fairs but try to open a new chapter of what we can do as far as broader innovation in the art ecosystem and market," comments Horowitz. "I think there is extraordinary untapped potential in Basel and that is what I’m most excited about."
He continues, "I love Art Basel because of its mission and supporting galleries and arguably more so coming out of Covid. That power of coming together is transformative."
Largest Show to Date
Following a pandemic hiatus in 2020 and a challenging 2021, Art Basel Miami Beach returned full throttle boasting its largest edition to date. There are 282 premier galleries from 38 countries and territories. 25 are first-time participants.
Success from the Start
While gallery sales have yet to be released, it was an exciting first time exhibiting at Art Basel Miami Beach for Berry Campbell Gallery (Survey). The New York gallery presented Lynne Drexler: Nature Sparked, a focused exhibition featuring Drexler’s groundbreaking works created between 1959 and 1967.
"It is an honor for Berry Campbell to participate as a new gallery in the 20th anniversary Art Basel Miami Beach fair. We are grateful to Art Basel for their inclusivity and for their willingness to include galleries with new ideas and unique perspectives," commented Christine Berry and Martha Campbell. The gallery had a hugely successful fair selling out the booth. The largest canvas, titled Mutinous Water from 1964, sold for $1.2 million. Continue Reading