Black and Basel: Who made money at Art Basel Last Week

Above: Non-Orientable Nkansa II, 2017 by Ibrahim Mahama. White Cube, Installation, Mixed media. Courtesy of Art Basel/White Cube.

Art Basel signature had quite a few artists from the African diaspora on view and pieces by black artist sold. Basel saw work by Barthelemy Toguo, Ghana’s Ibrahim Mahama, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Kerry James Marshall, Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Mark Bradford to name a few. While not every gallery discloses purchase prices or sales, I was able to get intel on some pieces that were sold. Check out what I learned below:


Mark Bradford: $2.5 Million for a 2017 creation.

Jacolby Satterwhite: All of the work by Mr. Satterwhilte was sold by his gallery Moran Moran.


Sam Gilliam: 9 (!) Sam Gilliam pieces sold to both private collectors and institutions.

Henry Taylor: the Louis Vuitton Foundation purchased Mr. Taylors work depicting the U.S./Mexico Border.

Kerry James Marshall: Jack Shaiman Gallery sold Mr. Marshall’s Vignette.

Nina Chanel Abney: Ms. Abney’s piece Anytime, Any Place sold for $60,000.

Barkley Hendrick’s: Mr. Hendricks Greg sold for 1.5 million.



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