Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

Art Basel. Adriana Varejão, “Carnívoras,” 2012. Photo by Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop

Joan Mitchell’s “Untitled” (1956) sold for $6 million. Courtesy Joan Mitchell Foundation.

All eyes turned to Basel, Switzerland as collectors and art lovers flocked to the Art Basel, SCOPE Basel and Volta9 art fairs.

Art Basel, one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs, annually showcases work from over 300 international galleries. This year an estimated $2 billion worth of art is on sale and includes both modern and contemporary work. The event attracts corporate buyers as well as Hollywood celebrities such as Leonardo di Caprio and Cate Blanchet.

Can’t make it to Basel? Browse the participating galleries here, or skim through photos of the events at

The three fairs wrap up June 16.

(Foreground) hanging works by Simón Vega and an overlook of Hall C, featuring (from left to right) Gallery Skape, Christian Larsen Gallery, Galleri Christoffer Egelund. Courtesy of VOLTA.


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