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At this year’s edition of Art Basel in Basel, which opened Tuesday to VVIPs, dealers were reporting multiple sales in the seven- and eight-figure range—a surprisingly strong start to the art world’s most important fair. On this episode, we explore what’s behind these big-ticket purchases and what it means for the wider art market. Plus, we’ll take a look at the best work on view in Basel this week.
This podcast is hosted by Artsy Associate Editor Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Executive Editor Alexander Forbes and Art Market Editor Anna Louie Sussman. It was produced by Editorial Associate Abigail Cain.
Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free
Cover image: Installation view of Rob Pruitt, Rob Pruitt’s Official Art World / Celebrity Look-Alikes, 2016/2017, presented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise at Art Basel Unlimited, 2017. Photo by Benjamin Westoby for Artsy.