Black art made major moves during Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel ended December 6 with significant sales and major excitement for collectors, gallery owners and fans of the week-long art fair.This year included artists from all areas of the African Diaspora such as Nari Ward from Jamaica, Elias Sime from Ethiopia, Hank Willis Thomas, Renee Cox, and Mickalene Thomas.According to Art Basel,”The 14th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach closed amid reports of high sales and enthusiastic reception from collectors, institutions, gallerists and critics from across the Americas and the world.” Here is a peak at what sold during this iconic event:
Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Blot) 2015 sold for a reported $850,000

Kerry James Marshall

Chris Ofili’s Poolside (Smoke Signals) sold for a reported $750,000


Just happened to walk upon a sale of a Norman Lewis painting (NOT THIS PAINTING) listed at $575,000

Norman Lewis Self Portrait

Mickalene Thomas Clarivel #1 sold during Art Basel weekend

Clarivel #1

Nari Ward not only amazed visitors at PAMM, but he also sold two pieces Blackboard Numbers and We Shall Overcome

We can’t leave out three notable presenters that made a huge imprint on the art scene on the international stage Prizm Art Fair. Located in the MiMo district, exciting work by Dr.Deborah Willis, Alex Peskine, Amber Robles and more.

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Yeelen Gallery Presented work inspired by the Black woman. Work by the great Tim Okamura and Sylvia Parker Maier explored themes of motherhood, femininity from a Black perspective.

David Castillo Gallery also presented Sanford Biggers and Xaviera Simmons

Photo courtesy of David Castillo Gallery

From the perspective of one that follows African Diaspora art, Art Basel was an exciting time. The amount of work by Black Artist gave South Florid Locals a chance to take part in new exhibitions while provided a platform for exposure and sales for top-tier artists.

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